The history of sumo wrestling

The history of sumo in Photographs by James Vitlou Delano

Worn constant gossip and crowded by foreign competitors a traditional sport in Japan, still struggling to keep pace with the times.
Only slightly more than a decade ago, foreigners had reached such a level of skill that could capture the leadership in the sumo competition. At a recent tournament in Nagoya, in competitions in the two highest discharges involved only one Japanese. Wrestler of the highest level, Barut, pictured right, originally from Estonia.
Sumo is the embodiment of national spirit Land of the Rising Sun, more than any other athletic sports. According to a high school teacher Yamada, itself sumo - is not a refined sport, its elegance is to preserve traditions. This is what makes it unique in Japan.