Sumo 101: Closed stables

Sumo Mar 15, 2019

Sumo 101: Closed stables

by John Gunning

There are currently 46 heya (stables) in sumo. All bear the name of their stablemaster. Every wrestler, referee, ring announcer, hairdresser, etc., belongs to a heya. The vast majority live in the building that houses that stable. Some like Nishiiwa Beya have been around for just over ...

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 ...