Why is the usual English translation for (sumo) beya “stable”?

相撲部屋 in Japanese, so no horses in the kanji. Bad English translation of Japanese or bad Japanese English translation of Japanese? Can anyone help?

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2 Comments

  1. August 9, 2008 at 9:30 am

    not a translation issue at all. From wikipedia’s entry for “stable”:

    Historically, the headquarters of a unit of cavalry rather than just their horses’ accommodation, would be called a stable.

    Used metaphorically from this origin, a stable is a collection of people (e.g. professional wrestlers) working under a single manager or animals kept by one owner.

  2. alexcase said,

    August 13, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks. Come to think of it, I might have read or heard that meaning of stable before- not something that comes up in everyday conversation back home though!


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