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Chikara Mizu sold
45" x 65"
Mary Lovein
Chikara mizu means power water. Before the sekitori matches begin, there is a prematch ritual. The sumotori goes to his corner to accept a ladle of chikara mizu. The ladle (hishaku) will be offered to him either by the winner of the previous match from his side, or from a waiting sumotori (hikake rikishi). Since the water is a symbol of, not only, purification, but also power, it cannot be received from a sumotori who has been defeated in the previous match. The sumotori will then rinse his mouth and spit the water from behind the chikara gami (power paper). Chikara mizu is sometimes referred to as kesho mizu.

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