Japan's sumo wrestlers grapple with tradition
TOKYO (AFP) - As the sun rises over Tokyo, six men, naked apart from loincloths, stand on sand and stamp their feet repeatedly.
Six trunk-like thighs are heaved into the air, pausing for a second before crashing down, the topknots on each wrestler's head wobbling with the impact.
Monotonous it may be. But no one ever said training to be a sumo supremo was supposed to be fun.
"Shift your weight!" "Don't raise your hips too fast!" shouts a retired wrestler now working as a caretaker and coach.