National Geographic : 1932 Jan
©Hungarian Press Photographic Exchange WRESTLERS ARE JAPAN'S ONLY PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES These "mountains of flesh and muscle" sometimes weigh from 300 to 350 pounds and stand six feet tall. They areenormous eaters and drinkers. In Tokyo the matches are held in January and May and arouse frenzied enthusiasm; when the bouts are over,the victors tour theprovinces. At thebase of two posts sit the referees. The costly damask apron worn by the wrestlers during preliminary ceremoniesisremoved when the match begins. The men's heads are shaved from forehead to crown, the remaining hair being allowed to grow long to form a topknot.