Dec 25, 2019

JSA needs to look outward for good of sumo

Whatever hopes fans had for a peaceful end to the year were dashed when Japan Sumo Association officials instructed Takagenji to take part in his ... ...

Dec 24, 2019

Asanoyama, Daieisho promoted in rankings for New Year Basho

Summer Basho winner Asanoyama will fight as a sekiwake for the first time at next month’s New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, the latest rankings released ... ...

Dec 18, 2019

Hakuho more than deserving of special elder status

When you think of sumo, what’s the first word that comes to mind?Certainly, for anyone who has ever set foot inside the ring, “painful” would ... ...

Dec 11, 2019

Joining sumo no easy task for foreign rikishi hopefuls

For young men with Japanese nationality, joining sumo can be as easy as knocking on a stable door, sending an email, or picking up the ... ...

Dec 04, 2019

Amateur sumo lacks flair, but worthy of fans’ attention

As detailed in last week’s column, sumo fans are divided when it comes to the kind of English language coverage they want and expect.Some would ... ...

Nov 25, 2019

Asahisho’s comedic talents have provided many laughs

Sumo is a sport with a surprising amount of interesting characters.For a lifestyle so intrinsically violent and harsh, it attracts a striking number of comedians ... ...

Nov 15, 2019

Veteran Masutoo still seeking promotion to top division

A photo taken of the winner’s podium at the 2004 Junior Sumo World Championships has received a lot of attention over the past couple of ... ...

Nov 14, 2019

Homasho’s popularity tied to reserved manner

One of the more popular rikishi these days is Abi.The tall 25-year-old fights out of a Shikoroyama stable headed up by former sekiwake Terao — ... ...