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Indonesia hosts first sumo tournament

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Indonesia hosted the first official sumo tournament outside Japan for five years on Saturday, with Kisenosato causing a major upset by defeating the sport's two grand champions. 

Sumo wrestlers line up during the opening of a two-day tournament in Jakarta on August 24, 2013. Indonesia hosted the first official sumo tournament outside Japan for five years on Saturday, with Kisenosato causing a major upset by defeating the sport's two grand champions.

Thousands flocked to the opening day of the competition in Jakarta, paying up to $90 for prime seats, as the popularity of all things Japanese grows among Indonesians -- from learning the language to eating the cuisine to embracing the sports.

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