| Feb 26, 2011

Foreign sumo fans have their say on yaocho

In reaction to the yaocho (bout fixing) fracas enveloping sumo at present, many journalists in Japan and overseas have recently jumped on the sumo coverage bandwagon. Many have criticized the sumo association, the participants and their lifestyle and called for punishments, suspended basho and ...

| Jan 26, 2011

Hakuho on top again

Prediction correct from the pre-basho Sumo Scribblings in that Hakuho did indeed win the yusho. He did so yet again with a day to spare as his challengers gradually fell away during the second week. Maegashira and future sanyaku man Okinoumi (11-4) were the ...

| 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 ...