An introduction to the world of sumo thrum the lenses of photographer Tomoki Momozono.
According to Japanese legend the very origin of the Japanese race depended on the outcome of a sumo match.
The supremacy of the Japanese people on the islands of Japan was supposedly established when the god, Take-mikazuchi, won a sumo bout with the leader of a rival tribe. Apart from legend, however, sumo is an ancient sport dating back some 1500 years.
Its origins were religious. The first sumo matches were a form of ritual dedicated to the gods with prayers for a bountiful harvest and were performed together with sacred dancing and dramas within the precincts of the shrines.
About the photographer:
Tomoki Momozono was born in Aomori, Japan. While attending at Sophia University in 2001, he started his career as a sports photographer. He also worked as a studio assistant and a trainee photographer to widen up his fields and the knowledge of lighting skills. After two years of training, he made a contract with a Japanese publisher known as Bungeishunju as a professional photographer covering sports, portraits and still life for five years. In June 2011, he decided to move to the UK to turn freelance based in London.