SUMO
SPECIAL
2019

NEW YEAR BASHO

JAN 28, 2019

Tamawashi vows to keep up with young challengers

KYODO

Late-blooming sekiwake Tamawashi, who won his first title at the age of 34 in the just-concluded New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, said Monday he does not intend to slow down despite taking his time to claim the Emperor’s Cup ...

JAN 27, 2019

Tamawashi secures first title by beating Endo on final day

KYODO

Sekiwake Tamawashi became the second-oldest wrestler in sumo’s current format to secure his maiden championship, winning the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, the tourney’s 15th and final day ...

JAN 26, 2019

Hakuho withdraws from New Year Basho on penultimate day

KYODO

New Year Basho Yokozuna Hakuho has withdrawn from the ongoing New Year Grand Sumo Tournament due to injuries, ending his bid for a record-extending 42nd top division championship, his stablemaster announced Saturday ...

JAN 26, 2019

Tamawashi maintains lead heading into final day in quest for first title

KYODO

Sekiwake Tamawashi maintained his lead by beating No. 5 maegashira Aoiyama with one day remaining in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday. Tamawashi picked up his 12th...

JAN 25, 2019

Tamawashi pulls ahead after Hakuho drops third straight

KYODO

Newly promoted sekiwake Takakeisho handed yokozuna Hakuho his third straight loss on Friday at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho gave up his share of the lead, falling one win behind Tamawashi (11-2) with two days remaining in the 15-day tournament at...

JAN 24, 2019

Tamawashi defeats Hakuho for first time, grabs share of tournament lead

KYODO

Mongolian sekiwake Tamawashi grabbed a share of the lead with his first career win over yokozuna Hakuho on Thursday, the 12th day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. On the verge of beating Tamawashi for the...

JAN 23, 2019

Hakuho's winning streak snapped by Mitakeumi

KYODO

Komusubi Mitakeumi handed yokozuna Hakuho his first loss on Wednesday, returning from injury to pull off the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament’s biggest surprise so far. Mitakeumi (6-2-3), who missed three days...

JAN 22, 2019

Unbeaten Hakuho secures 10th victory with ease

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho claimed his 10th straight win on Tuesday to take a two-bout lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament in his quest for a record-extending 42nd top division championship.On the 10th day of the 15-day tournament, Hakuho calmly ...

JAN 27, 2019

Sumo 101: Special Prizes

BY JOHN GUNNING

The Emperor’s Cup isn’t the only prize awarded on the final day of a sumo tournament. The new champion receives an array of trophies and gifts from various organizations and locales around Japan as well as prizes from several foreign governments. ...

JAN 26, 2019

Sumo 101: Tickets

BY JOHN GUNNING

Sumo tickets go on sale roughly about six weeks before the start of every tournament. There are various categories and prices, as well as certain kinds of seats that are unique to particular venues, but generally speaking tickets fall into two main groups — masu (box) and isu (chair) ...

JAN 25, 2019

Sumo 101: Sumo's birthplace

BY JOHN GUNNING

Ryogoku is the center of the sumo world. The district on the east bank of the Sumida River is home to Ryogoku Kokugikan and several stables. There are also numerous sumo specific- stores, shrines and museums in the area ...

JAN 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Koenkai

BY JOHN GUNNING

On the surface sumo generates income the same way as most other sports —through ticket sales, merchandising and sponsorships.While that’s the case for the Japan Sumo Association on a macro level; individually, stables and wrestlers also rely on another source of funding — supporters groups....

JAN 23, 2019

Sumo 101: Trading cards

BY JOHN GUNNING

With a sport as ancient as sumo, trading cards aren’t the first things that spring to mind when you think of memorabilia.A person could be forgiven for assuming that if such cards existed, they must be just a recent concession to western tastes....

JAN 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Keshō-mawashi

BY JOHN GUNNING

One of the first orders of business for a rikishi promoted to sumo’s second-highest division (jūryō) is getting a keshō-mawashi (ceremonial apron-style belt). Large and heavy, keshō-mawashi are only worn during ring-entering ceremonies and special events...