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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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