Sumo School



In his series Sumo School, British photographer Daniel Ali captured Japanese children at high school during the first few days of the school year. This group of children, some as young as 12 years old, have decided to learn sumo and as a result dedicate themselves to a daily routine where they train, eat, study and live together throughout the school term. The origins of Sumo date back over 2000 years with its rituals and traditions rooted firmly in Shinto religion and Japanese mythology. For the series, Ali photographed the children during their first trainings, showing the students’ devotedness and pride, as well as their curiosity in the learning process.