| 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 ...

| Apr 20, 2010

Sumo association between a rock and a place

Sumo has been around in organized form for over 250 years. As a sport in which the rankings and most of the promotion/demotion rules and regulations have remained unchanged, sumo has just turned 100. Yet, and as has been covered in Sumo Scribblings before, ...

| Mar 30, 2010

And then there were three (foreign ozeki, that is)

Depending on the exact timing decided upon by the Sumo Association, sometime this week, sekiwake Baruto of Onoe Beya will receive an official visit from members of the association to advise him of his promotion to the sport’s second rank — that of ozeki. ...

| Mar 3, 2010

Are surprises in store at Haru Basho?

With all eyes on the shenanigans surrounding Asashoryu in recent weeks, Hakuho’s elaborate wedding celebrations in various locations around the country, and a new nationality rule in sumo that essentially limits a stable to one foreign-born rikishi at a time (even if the rikishi ...