29 Sumo wrestlers on a plane

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The Hakkaku Stable sumo wrestler organization tweeted these photos of wrestlers flying to a training camp in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture.

The best photo in the set is 29 sumo dudes crammed into a relatively small JAL jet, above.

Here they are jammed into a bus. sumo-bus_2991959k

Now they're squeezed into seats at a diner.

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I was enjoying the series of pleasantly claustrophobic images until I stumbled on this weird one where the wrestlers put on a show in blackface. Wait, WTF.

[Photo: @hakkakubeya, via Telegraph, which incorrectly describes the jet as a "tiny propeller plane," LOL]

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  1. This is the kind of plane I would be stuck in the middle seat on.

  2. that must've been a challenge for the flight and cabin crew, arranging all these fine fellows so that the plane is balanced properly.

  3. Hank says:

    So, in other words, it looks like any typical flight with a plane full of Americans?

    And yes, I'd blend in just fine.

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