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What's this? Photo essay on Yokozuna Akebono's retirement ceremony held on Sept. 29, 2001.
Last modified: July 10, 2002

Story and photos by Philbert Ono

Finally we get to see Akebono again. This was a demonstration on how they tie on the thick, white rope (tsuna) around his waist. The tsuna is the symbol of the yokozuna. It takes several assistants to put it on. They are all wearing white gloves.

 

They wrap the tsuna around his waist from the front, or the thickest part of the rope.

 

They are positioning the tsuna correctly around his big girth.

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