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  • Grand Champion (Yokozuna) Hitachiyama Taniemon, Meiji period (1868–1912), early 20th century
    Japan
    Gift of T. Hitachiyama, 1908 (08.25.5)

    Sumo wrestler Hitachiyama Taniemon (1874–1922) became a grand champion (yokozuna) in 1903, toured the United States and Europe in 1907–8, and retired from wrestling in 1914. He is shown here in full ceremonial garb. Sumo wrestlers wear long elaborate ceremonial aprons (keshō mawashi) such as this one for the ring-entering ceremony (dohyō iri) that precedes wrestling matches. The ropelike belt (yokozuna) and the folded paper streamers (gohei) worn at the waist bear strong associations with the Japanese Shinto religion. While in the United States, Hitachiyama met President Roosevelt and performed a ring-entering ceremony at the White House. On the photograph is written, “Grand Champion Hitachiyama Taniemon of Imperial Japan.”

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  • Grand Champion (Yokozuna) Hitachiyama Taniemon, Meiji period (1868–1912), early 20th century
    Japan
    Gift of T. Hitachiyama, 1908 (08.25.5)

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