Members of college pro-wrestling clubs from all across Japan gathered to compete in their final graduation fight night held at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. Japanese universities do not offer professional wrestling as a sport, forcing interested students from all across japan to form college pro-wrestling clubs. The students are self-taught and rely heavily on YouTube videos to learn moves and techniques. Pro-wrestling became popular in Japan in the 1970’s as American pro-wrestling peaked.
Known in the Aymara language as “awichas,” or grandmothers, the women pull sports jerseys over their long-sleeved blouses and ruffled skirts, then perform warm-up exercises while singing a childhood song.
The women, some of them great-grandmothers, arrive with their tennis shoes every Wednesday at a covered court in El Alto, an impoverished city near the capital of La Paz.
On February 20, 1902, the famous western photographer, Ansel Adams, was born in San Francisco. Adams’s dramatic black and white images of Yosemite and the West are some of the most widely recognized and admired photographs of the 20th century.
“At one with the power of the American landscape, and renowned for the patient skill and timeless beauty of his work, photographer Ansel Adams has been a visionary in his efforts to preserve this country’s wild and scenic areas, both on film and on Earth. Drawn to the beauty of nature’s monuments, he is regarded by environmentalists as a monument himself, and by photographers as a national institution. It is through his foresight and fortitude that so much of America has been saved for future Americans.” – President James E. Carter, presenting Ansel Adams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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Dragon and lion dancers performed in bustling and noisy Chinatowns in Southeast Asian capitals, where ethnic Chinese trooped to temples to burn incense sticks and offer prayers.
The Year of the Sheep, known variably as the Year of the Goat or Ram, is celebrated during the seven-day holiday, which started Wednesday. Unlike the previous Year of the Horse, which was generally considered to be an auspicious time, this year, according to some astrologists, would bring a volatile economy, more transport accidents and windy natural disasters.
This Sunday with be the 87th Academy Awards better known as the Oscars. The awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and are voted on by their members. Through the years there have been many memorable moments on Oscar night as represented by these images.
The 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was held at Madison Square Garden on February 16-17, 2015. The event featured 192 dog breeds and drew nearly 3,000 global competitors.
Miss P, a 15-inch beagle, handled by William Alexander, won “Best in Show” on Tuesday night.
Every year since the 1800’s, revelers have flocked to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Many historians believe that the first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699 when French explorers landed in what is now Louisiana. They held a small celebration and dubbed the spot Point du Mardi Gras.
Parades with floats, marching bands and party-goers throwing beads, wearing masks and eating King Cake are all part of the ongoing tradition of Mardi Gras. Browse through archive photos dating back to the 1940s to see how the celebration has evolved.
Every year over 2,500 dogs compete in one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, The Westminster Dog Show. The show was first held in 1877 and is the second-longest continuously held sporting event in the U.S., second only to the Kentucky Derby.
This year’s contest runs February 16-17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as “Pitito,” doesn’t get the jobs he used to. But every morning the 91-year-old clown still sips his coffee and studies an old notebook where he keeps hundreds of pages of jokes and comedy moves he has built up over almost nine decades in the circus.
“The businessmen think that an old clown can’t make people laugh, but they are wrong,” said Farfan.
His four children have asked him to retire, Farfan says he cannot do that. “I will only stop clowning on the day I die.”
(Photos by Esteban Felix/AP Photo)
Composition and balance, and his passion for Baltimore City, makes art director and yogi Justin Timothy Temple’s Instagram feed stand out.