2010年04月19日

Many sumo stables concentrating in the vicinity of Ryogoku in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, hold an early morning hard practice under the stable master's coaching.

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Every sumo wrestler belongs to a sumo stable to become a full-fledged wrestler through a hard training early in the morning on the whole from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.. He has to learn not only sumo tricks but also manners and formalities as a sumo wrestler. These sorts of trainings are carried out by every stable and many of them are opened to the public, provided that the visitors refrain from a festive mood because the practice is not a show at all. No whispering, no flash and no leaving are allowed until the end of the keen discipline. Every visitor is strictly required to pay a respect to the stable master and wrestlers. Sumo seems to be a sport but in fact it is a kind of divine service used to be observed in front of the shinto god.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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