Video Duration 25 minutes 30 seconds
From: 101 East

Inside Japan’s Sumo World

We enter the secretive world of Japanese sumo, where athletes undertake relentless training and eating, and any scandals are quickly covered up.

In Japan, sumo is more than just a sport. It is akin to a religion, with its stars hailed as demigods.

But it’s a world closed to outsiders, one where professional athletes live together 24 hours a day, women are considered unclean, and scandals are covered up.

Young wrestlers spend their days in intense training, punctuated by consuming mountains of food, all in pursuit of glory in stadiums packed with die-hard fans. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes access, 101 East goes inside the secretive world of Japanese sumo.