| Sep 25, 2012

Harumafuji — sumo's 70th yokozuna

by Mark Buckton

The 2012 Aki Basho will forever be remembered as the tournament at which ozeki Harumafuji, winner of the previous Nagoya Basho with a perfect 15-0 record, mirrored his performance in July and guaranteed his promotion to the rank of yokozuna. He will be the ...

Sumo's dohyo starting to level out

| May 3, 2012

Sumo's dohyo starting to level out

by Mark Buckton

If Hakuho wins the upcoming Grand Sumo Tournament (May 6-20) it will be the 50th time a Mongolian has won the Emperor’s Cup. Of the 32 championship portraits currently hanging in the Ryogoku Kokugikan, eight on each of the four main sides, none are ...

| Mar 31, 2012

Sumo returns to Osaka with a bang

by Mark Buckton

For the first time since March of 2010, the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium played host to a sumo tournament. Things started off slow and somber on the opening day as the tournament, as the entire nation paused to remember the victims of the 2011 earthquake ...