Japan's traditional sport of Sumo wrestling is trying to repair its bruised image.
Despite having weathered many scandals, including the death of a trainee - revelations of match fixing a year ago proved to be the tipping point.
Notwithstanding all the negative publicity, the first Grand Sumo tournament of the year has started in the capital Tokyo, and has already lured hundreds of eager fans still enamoured of the age-old past-time.
As the embodiment of Japanese culture wrestlers are expected to maintain their dignity and honour -- both inside the ring and out.
Al Jazeera's Anu Nathan reports.