Story By: Aloysius Fernandes, Sub-Editor: Francis George, Agency: Asia Wire Report
Video Credit: AsiaWire/@sumokyokai
This sumo wrestler with massive hands does not need to worry about getting to grips with a pen to sign autographs – he simply uses his palm print instead.
And in order to maximise the speed in which the whole signing autographs process can go, sumo wrestler superstar Takayasu Akira, 28. has even managed to get colleagues to help them out.
Online commentators compared with the production line, with the huge star slamming his hand into a paint pad and slapping on the paper while a colleague whizzes across the table to be collected into a pile by a third colleague.
And in the background still more sumo wrestlers are seen getting the autographs ready for fans.
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It is apparently not uncommon for sumo wrestlers having trouble getting to grips with pens in order to sign autographs, making the so-called ‘tegata’ or palm print the most popular way for them to provide mementos to fans.
In a single session they typically get to around 1,500 palm prints, which can then be sold for a substantial profit on eBay.
Born to a Filipino mother and a Japanese farmer, he started out playing baseball until his dad encouraged him to take up sumo, where he has become an ozeki winning nine special prizes and four gold stars for defeating yokozuna.