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Festival of the Ages Kyoto 2013

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Sumo Training at a Stable

Sumo is Japan’s national sport. Wrestlers (rikishi) are required to live in communal “sumo training stables” known in Japanese as heya where all aspects of their daily lives from meals to their attire is dictated by tradition. They eat, sleep, and train together at the sumo stable.
The rules or sumo wrestling are simple. Touch the ground with anything other than the soles of your feet or get pushed out of the ring, and you lose. The average match lasts ten seconds. Wrestlers can not pull hair, hit with a fist or choke their opponents. Everything else is permitted.