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Child Sumo Wrestlers in the Early 20th Century [Photos]

18 Sep 2010

JapanSugoi has uncovered three grainy but fascinating black-and-white photographs of adorable, fledgling sumo wrestlers in early 20th century Japan.

Hit the jump to see the images in full:

Professional sumo derived from sporting practices during the Edo period in Japan (17th to mid-19th century). Historically, wrestlers were samurai, often rōnin (samurai without a lord or master) earning an alternative form of income. Today, aspiring wrestlers often enter Sumo schools as teenagers, passing a weight class before acceptance.

But for all their strict traditions, we also hear they love their iPads!

[via JapanSugoi]

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