Japan celebrated its first Japanese-born sumo wrestler champion in a decade by presenting Kotoshogiku with His Imperial Highness Akihito inserted in the Emperor’s Cup.
“We just thought it was an appropriate gesture for a once in a lifetime national hero,” said one tournament official.
Kotoshogiku, whose real name is Kazuhiro Kikutsugi, told fans he would take good care of Akihito and place him on the mantle piece in the lounge.
Event organisers had no trouble fitting Emporor Akihito inside the cup with Japan always having clear lubricants within an arms reach at any given moment.
“It was a perfect fit – as if he was meant to be there,” said event organisers.