| Jan 8, 2011

Hakuho the benchmark for Hatsu Basho

2011 is now upon us. The first tournament of the year — the Hatsu Basho — begins on Jan. 9 running for 15 days before the Emperor’s Cup winner is decided on the 23rd. Yokozuna Hakuho, barring injury, will win it. Never before in ...

| Dec 4, 2010

A chance missed post Kyushu, 2010

Had any self-respecting sumo writer or fan been asked to predict the final score of ozeki Kaio prior to the Kyushu Basho, few would have predicted anything more than an 8-7 or perhaps 9-6 kachikoshi winning record. Sniggering would have been audible had it ...

| Oct 28, 2010

A decade of trouble draws to a close

The world of sumo has been through a rough few years, but as the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, few serious fans would doubt that the future is looking brighter. Surely there is a silver lining in the dark ...

| Jun 19, 2010

Why can't sumo ever seem to get a break?

Sumo is once again under attack in the domestic media — this time on the back of twin allegations. First of all, there’s the one involving seniors in the sport, known as oyakata, rubbing shoulders with the Japanese underworld and supplying choice tickets to ...

| May 25, 2010

Natsu Batsu signals changing times

Few sports fans in Japan will be unaware that yokozuna Hakuho recently walked away from the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan having claimed his 14th career Emperor’s Cup with his 6th perfect 15-0 finish.  That he did so after having decided ...

Is ozeki Baruto the man to watch?

| May 5, 2010

Is ozeki Baruto the man to watch?

As is often the case when a sekiwake is promoted to ozeki, talk centers on him going just that little bit further in his career and making it all the way to yokozuna. Given the current requirement for such a promotion — back-to-back yusho ...