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What's this? Photo essay on Yokozuna Akebono's
retirement ceremony held on Sept. 29, 2001.
Last modified: May 15, 2004
Story and photos by Philbert Ono
|Once they got it on, they pulled it tight.|
|Now they are tying the rope at the back.|
|The tsuna actually has a copper wire at the core so that the rope can be shaped as required.|
|He turned in all four directions to show everyone what it looked like. This is what is called the shiranui style of tying the rope. It is characterized by a single loop in the back. The other style, called unryu, has twin loops.|
|Akebono walks back while the leader of Japan's Olympic cheering committee waves a folding fan with the Japanese rising sun. If you've watched the Japanese Olympic team on TV during a recent Olympics, you might have seen him in the crowd waving a huge Japanese flag.|
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