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Tokyo Meiji 1890s Kazumasa Ogawa
Sumo wrestlers in an outside arena at Eko-in Temple (回向院) in Ryogoku, Tokyo ready to start a bout. The temple was known as a sumo wrestling venue during the Edo (1603-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) periods. The first bout was held here in September 1768. From October 1833 (Tenpo 4) to 1909 (Meiji 42), the period of “Eko-in Sumo” (回向院相撲), all sumo tournaments were held at the temple.

This image was published in 1895 (Meiji 28) by Kazumasa Ogawa in Scenes of the Eastern Capital of Japan.
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