Two cats and Sumo wrestlers live happily together in the Arashio Sumo Stable in Nihonhamamachi, Tokyo.
Moru used to be a street cat in Fukuoka.
He is calm, but a strong minded cat.
Mugi was abandoned in front of the stable one day.
He is a home bird and never likes to go out from the Sumo wrestler's room. He makes strange, but is very attached.
All members including the stable master and twelve Sumo wrestlers are featured on the pages. You will be calmed by seeing the distinct contrast in the wrestler's smile when with the cats as opposed to when the wrestlers are training and fighting.
This photobook also includes information on the Sumo wrestlers and stable besides the cats, Moru and Mugi.
Highly recommended for Sumo beginners and people living outside of Japan. This photo book is written in dual languages both in Japanese and English.
＜About the Arashio Sumo Stable＞
The Arashio Sumo Stable was founded by Oyutaka (a former Komusubi wrestler) in, Nihonbashihamamachi, Tokyo in June 2002. Currently, twelve wrestlers, a Tokoyama (hairdresser), and a Gyoji (referee) belong to the stable.
— from the publisher’s description
In a sumo stable in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, two cats called Moru and Mugi live together with the sumo wrestlers. The life of the cat pair - nicknamed the world’s highest feline sumo experts - was photographed by Akita Ikeda, Kazuyuki Kawase and Yuko Ikenoya and turned into the book “Moru & Mugi”. Through the photos and their captions (in English and Japanese), the viewer is allowed a glimpse into the tough daily training of the wrestlers and their loving, warm relationship with the cats.