Japan sumo champions perform New Year rituals

January 8, 2013

SHOTLIST: TOKYO, JAN 8, 2013, SOURCE: AFPTV - Meiji sanctuary - VAR of Hakuho arriving and performing a "dohyou-iri" ceremony for the new year, with two other sumos - VAR of Harumafuji, who has been promoted Yokozuna in September 2011, with two other sumos SOUNDBITE 1 Hakuho (man), yokozuna or grand champion (Japanese, 14 sec): "I hope this year will be better than the last one for the world of Sumo and that new faces will come and join us." SOUNDBITE 2 Harumafuji (man), yokozuna or grand champion (Japanese, 5 sec): "I was very honoured to perform in the ceremony with the great yokuzuna (Hakuho)." ///