Tokyo-based Italian photographer Paola Patrizi has captured the everyday life of a sumo wrestler.
In a highly intimate series, Patrizi documents the highly structured lives of professional sumo wrestlers within and outside their communal training spaces.
Interestingly, the wrestlers are required to follow a strict regime, from being forced to take naps after lunch to the type of clothes they are allowed to wear in public.
According to Patrizi, cases of wrestlers indulging in gambling and organized crime are also common, forcing the Sumo Association to cancel some big matches.
“Apparently, gambling and organized crime have become as entrenched in sumo wrestling culture as topknots and obesity,” says Patrizi.
TAXI Daily News