Feb 20, 2020

Sumo without American rikishi after Wakaichiro retires

Just like that, there are no American rikishi left in sumo.Wakaichiro, the sole remaining wrestler from the United States, called it quits earlier this month, ... ...

Feb 13, 2020

Legendary Ryogoku Kokugikan has adapted to modern needs

One of sport’s most overused cliches is the labeling of a ballpark or stadium as the mecca of football, baseball or basketball.True, there are adherents ... ...

Feb 06, 2020

Ban on social media wrong call for sumo’s popularity, transparency

Japan’s national sport is semiglobalized.For the first 1,957 years of its history, sumo was practiced exclusively by people born and raised in this country. From ... ...

Jan 30, 2020

Goeido secure in decision to retire

Retiring sumo wrestler Goeido said Wednesday there were no questions about his choice to hang up his mawashi, because he had failed in a do-or-die ... ...

Jan 30, 2020

Tokushoryu’s unlikely run among sumo’s best surprises

January 2020 served up one of the best sumo tournaments of recent times.After both yokozuna pulled out in the first few days — having managed ... ...

Jan 27, 2020

Kashiwado carved out place despite presence of legend

There have been a few rikishi in the history of sumo whose careers have been akin to supermassive black holes — so overwhelmingly dominant that ... ...

Jan 26, 2020

Kyokutenho was a trailblazer

In 1991, though most people didn’t realize it at the time, the Oshima stablemaster made a decision that would dramatically alter the course of sumo ... ...

Jan 21, 2020

Legendary Futabayama set standard for sumo greatness

Yokozuna Hakuho’s incredible 43 championships, 15 perfect titles and numerous other records and achievements rightly see him often referred to as the greatest rikishi in ... ...