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As the national sport of Japan, the sumo acquired great prestige over centuries, but is constantly struggling in terms of participation. The  life of the sumo adept is hard to survive in. After being accepted to a stable (heya), which is both a training center and a sort of monastic collective, young adepts must adhere to norms of the hierarchy and to the strict rules dictated by Kyokai - the official sumo association. They compete in six two-week tournaments a year, trying to advance in the hierarchy, which is the only chance to live an easier or sometimes (seldom) relatively affluent life, if they become top-ranking wrestlers. Between periods of competing, training and performing menial duties, the moments of relaxation and simple pleasures are rare and precious.

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