Among the young sumo wrestlers lifting weights in the ring, 10-year-old Kyuta Kumagai stands out.
At 85 kilograms (187 lb), Kyuta is twice the size of the other children his age and is so dominant that he wrestles, and beats, boys five or six years older.
Kyuta wants to reach the level of ‘yokozuna’ – the highest ranking in the sport.
But he admits the regime can be brutal.
"Sumo training is something you don’t describe with words like ‘enjoy’," Kyuta said.
"When it became tough… I have thought about (quitting) sometimes."
For now though, the grind towards the top continues, for both father and son.
PHOTO EDITING MARIKA KOCHIASHVILI; TEXT EDITING Kim Coghill; LAYOUT JULIA DALRYMPLE