Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout

Sumo Jan 16, 2019

Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout

by John Gunning

The majority of sumo stables are concentrated in a couple of locations not far from Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. Of the 48 currently active stables, roughly half are within two kilometers of the sport's main arena Shikihide Beya and Tatsunami Beya, both situated in Ibaraki Prefecture, are ...

Sumo 101: Heya (Stables)

Sumo Sep 18, 2018

Sumo 101: Heya (Stables)

by John Gunning

Sumo isn't really a sport in the true sense of the word. It's a combination of sport, religion and entertainment wrapped up in a quasi-monastic and militaristic lifestyle. Every sumo wrestler belongs to a heya. While the word literally means "room," it is normally translated ...