The last gathering before Yamadashi, held at the community center in Minato. Roughly 300 parishioners attended.

Makeshift shrine

Makeshift shrine

Rousing the troops

Rousing the troops   Photo by Emi Yamazaki

Heads of the different teams. Left to Right: Kizukuri, Oikake-zuna, Teko, Motozuna. The last two in white are this year's O-gohei

Heads of the different teams. Left to Right: Kizukuri, Oikake-zuna, Teko, Motozuna. The last two in white are this year’s O-gohei

Header photo: Breaking open celebratory sake barrels   By Emi Yamazaki

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