Sumo 101: Sword bearers and dew sweepers

Sumo Mar 13, 2019

Sumo 101: Sword bearers and dew sweepers

by John Gunning

Every time a yokozuna performs the traditional ring-entering ceremony, he is flanked by two attendants. They are the tachimochi (sword bearer) and tsuyuharai (dew sweeper). The tachimochi is normally the higher ranked of the two, but both must be makuuchi-division wrestlers, and if possible, from the ...