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Ils s’appellent Takuya, Kota, Toshiyuki, TenHo, Hideki, Kunihiro, Eba, Minoru, Ken... Sous leur carapace impressionnante de muscles et de graisse, derrière ces façades viriles, j'ai pourtant découvert de jeunes hommes touchants. Par leur jeunesse d’abord (ils ont entre 18 et 32 ans). Par leur détermination, ensuite. Par leur humour, enfin. De jeunes hommes à la fois gardiens de la longue tradition du sumo et imprégnés de la société japonaise dans laquelle ils grandissent.


Their names are Takuya, Kota, Toshiyuki, TenHo, Hideki, Kunihiro, Eba, Minoru, Ken... Under their big carapace made of muscles and grease, behind their virile masks, I discovered moving young men. First, because they are actually young (they are between 18 and 32 years old). Second, because they know what they want and they fight for it. Last but not least, because they have a big sense of humour. These are a few young men who are at the same time the «security guards» of a long tradition and fully integrated into the society they are growing up in.

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