OSAKA--In another move to clean up the sport, sumo wrestlers, even superstitious ones, must shave off their beards before entering the dohyo, the Japan Sumo Association (JSA) said.
"We want you to be neat and tidy for the spectators as you climb up to the grand stage," Oguruma, the JSA director and former ozeki known as Kotokaze, told a meeting of wrestlers here on Feb. 26.
When thinking of meals served at sumo stables, the first to come to mind is "chanko" hotpot.
At the Shikihide sumo stable in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture, the stablemaster's wife, Megumi Muko, who oversees the daily lives of the sumo wrestlers, has come up with a medicinal hotpot that warms the wrestlers from the inside.
The thuds of physical contact and harsh breathing come from the sumo ring. During the morning training held from 7 a.m., the 45-year-old stablemaster Hidegoro Shikimori calls out, "That's good" and "Keep it up."
Nineteen sumo wrestlers who belong to the three lower divisions are training at his Shikihide stable located in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture.