Paolo Patrizi

Sumo wrestler riding a bicycle

Tagonishiki riding his bicycle in the Kinshicho area on a Sunday afternoon.

These gentle giants have captured my heart. Photo by Paolo Patrizi.


Sumo wrestlers washing themselves with hose on sidewalk

Rishiki (wrestlers) wash themselves with a hose outside Musashigawa-beya.

Another photo by Paolo Patrizi.


Sumo wrestler frying up some food

Chef Tagonishiki prepares lunch at Takasago beya.

I love Paolo Patrizi‘s intimate portraits of sumo wrestlers in and around the Tokyo “stables” where they train. Wonder what this one is cooking?