The origins of sumo date back 2000 years and is based on strict rituals and traditions. This tour takes you to a real traditional Sumo Stable (Beya) where you are able to witness a real sumo wrestler training section.
The Japanese consider sumo a gendai budo (a modern Japanese martial art), though the sport has a history spanning many centuries. The sumo tradition is very ancient, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt for purification, from the days sumo was used in the Shinto religion.
Life as a rikishi is highly regimented, with rules laid down by the Sumo Association. Professional sumo wrestlers 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 manner of dress are dictated by strict tradition.