Sumo wrestlers usher in the New Year
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Top sumo wrestler ushers in the New Year

Hundreds of sumo fans and visitors have gathered at Tokyo's Meiji shrine to usher in the New Year with a performance by top sumo wrestlers.

Dressed in nothing but a pink loin cloth in the middle of winter, Japan's top sumo wrestler, Mongolian-born Hakuho, led the traditional New Year rites.

Twenty-six-year-old Hakuho, which means "white phoenix", weighs 153 kilos (340 pounds) and is 1.93 metres (6 ft 4 inches) tall.

He is now the 69th grand champion of Japan's ancient sport, which some historians say dates back 2,000 years.

  • 06 Jan 2012
Go to next video: Indian woman hopes to conquer Sumo