Esam Hassanyeh, Azumazeki Sumo, Tokyo
Daily sumo practice is underway in the keikoba (sumo practice area) and is performed in a disciplined and strictly regimental environment.
The young and more experienced sumo always train together. Sumo has rigid hierarchy and each wrestler occupies the same place every day, with the more junior wrestlers 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 platform area and watch daily practice. However, there are strict rules that visitors must adhere to. They are never allowed to set foot on the clay training area or dohyo (ring), not allowed to talk, must be quiet and be respectful of sumo traditions at all times.
As it's popular for tourists and Japanese alike to want to watch sumo practice, it can get very crowded sometimes and it's not the most comfortable place to sit for a long time.