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Winner of grand sumo tourneys to receive huge tea cup from Hungary

Japan Sumo Association public relations manager Shibatayama, right, shows off a huge tea cup to be presented to winners of grand sumo tournaments as the Hungarian friendship cup, while Hungarian Ambassador to Japan Norbert Palanovics holds a miniature version of the prize at the Ryogoku Kokugikan sumo hall in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on May 8, 2019. (Mainichi/Taro Iiyama)

TOKYO -- The Hungarian friendship cup presented to winners of grand sumo tournaments will be changed to a giant tea cup from the summer tourney that will get underway on May 12.

The new prize, measuring about 45 centimeters high with a capacity of approximately 15 liters, was unveiled at the Ryogoku Kokugikn sumo hall in Tokyo's Sumida Ward on May 8. The cup, made by Hungary-based Herend Porcelain Manufactory, will replace a 117-centimeter-high pot as the Hungarian friendship cup.

The Hungarian government began to present the cup in the 1986 New Year's tournament when the country was a socialist state and has continued the practice after it was democratized in 1989.

Hungarian Ambassador to Japan Norbert Palanovics commented, "Please drink Japanese sake, too (from the cup)."

(Japanese original by Taro Iiyama, Sports News Department)

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