SUMO
SPECIAL
2019

NEW YEAR BASHO

JAN 17, 2019

Hakuho beats Nishikigi in rematch, tied for lead

KYODO

Hakuho continued his run of narrow escapes in the first week of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, surviving two more close calls Thursday to retain his share of the ...

JAN 16, 2019

Despite injuries, Kisenosato embodied rikishi ideals

BY JOHN GUNNING

Kisenosato's retirement, while both inevitable and expected, casts a pall over the ongoing tournament. The veteran yokozuna has been one of sumo's most popular wrestlers over the past decade and a ...

JAN 16, 2019

Remaining yokozuna post wins on fourth day of New Year Basho

KYODO

Yokozuna Hakuho survived a scare against rank-and-file opponent Hokutofuji to remain perfect at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Wednesday. With headlines on the fourth day of ...

JAN 16, 2019

Yokozuna Kisenosato retires, citing injury struggles, leaving no Japanese at top sumo rank

KYODO

Injury-plagued yokozuna Kisenosato confirmed Wednesday his decision to retire from sumo, making the announcement a day after suffering his third loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament. The news sent ...

JAN 16, 2019

Yokozuna Kisenosato to retire after eighth straight defeat

KYODO

Yokozuna Kisenosato has decided to retire as a sumo wrestler after suffering his third loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, his stablemaster said Wednesday. The 32-year-old, who went into ...

JAN 15, 2019

Kisenosato still without a win

KYODO

A 7-second bout may have decided the fate of yokozuna Kisenosato, who suffered his third straight loss of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday...

JAN 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Retirement ceremonies

BY JOHN GUNNING

Now that Kisenosato has retired, one of the first orders of business for him will be arranging a retirement ceremony. Virtually all wrestlers end their career with a dampatsu-shiki (hair-cutting ceremony) ...

JAN 16, 2019

Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout

BY JOHN GUNNING

The majority of sumo stables are concentrated in a couple of locations not far from Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. Of the 48 currently active stables, roughly half are within two kilometers of ...

JAN 15, 2019

Sumo 101: Banzuke

BY JOHN GUNNING

All professional sumo wrestlers are listed on a 58x44 cm sheet of paper that is released about two weeks before the start of each tournament. For the ongoing basho that amounts ...

JAN 14, 2019

Sumo 101: Sanyaku

BY JOHN GUNNING

Sanyaku is the collective noun for the three ranks below yokozuna. In reality though, ozeki is rarely included when the term is used, with the vast majority of incidences referring only to komusubi and sekiwake. Unlike sumo's top two ranks, there is no special criteria for ...

JAN 13, 2019

Sumo 101: Becoming a rikishi

BY JOHN GUNNING

How does a person go about becoming a professional sumo wrestler and what is the initial process like once you sign up? Basically it's as simple as contacting a stable and asking to join. Most heya (stables) have phone and email details on their websites. There ...