Sumo keiko 相撲の稽古
As a fan of sumo wrestling, one of the things I really wanted to do when I was in Tokyo was to go to a morning practice at one of the sumo stables. I searched out one of the foreign writers of the Japan Times newspaper who writes a sumo column as well as writes for Sumo Fan magazine; Mark Buckton.
Not all the heya are friendly to foreigners but with Mark’s help we headed to Kasugano-beya, one of the most established stables in sumo. They have in fact produced many high-ranking rikishi (wrestlers) including yokozuna (grand champions). It was a great experience that I hope to experience again.