Esam Hassanyeh, Azumazeki Sumo, Tokyo
Daily sumo practice is underway in the keikoba (sumo practice area). The atmosphere is disciplined and regimental.
Sumo of all experience train together but a rigid hierarchy is maintained. Each wrestler occupies the same place every day, with the junior wrestlers arriving first and standing furthest away from the oyakata (trainer sitting in the centre).
Like many spaces in Japan, the keikoba is small. This visitor friendly beya allows people to sit on the polished wooden floor area to watch daily practice. However, there are strict rules. No one is allowed to set foot on the clay training area or dohyo (ring), talking is forbidden and respect must be shown to sumo traditions all times.
Watching sumo practice is popular, so it can get very crowded on the tiny viewing area.