Why do rikishi (sumo wrestlers) have their hair cut off when they retire?

At the end of the feudal period they were the only ones allowed to keep the samurai topknot haircut, so I guess that privilege ran out when they retired




  1. alexcase said,

    May 27, 2008 at 11:49 am

    No connection to anything but Japan, this, but just found an interesting programme on hikikomori (Japanese who lock themselves away at home):


  2. kuro said,

    April 29, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    As in many cultures around the world, hair represents strenght and youthfulness. If cutting your hair comes with settling down I do see a connection.

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