Monday 23 January 2012

Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate"

Two photos from a vintage magazine taken during the donation ceremony of a Nakajima Ki-27 "Nate" at Tokyo's Tachikawa airfield on February 2, 1939. Donations for this aircraft, Aikoku #313, were gathered from about 70 Sumo wrestlers (rikishi/sekitori) and Sumo Association members; therefore it was called "Sumo-go". 
The Sumo wrestlers were all from the Juryo and Makuuchi divisions and one of the most famous Sumo wrestlers of all times, Yokozuna Futabayama, performed the Dohyoiri ceremony. 
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