| 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 ...

2012 kicks off with a bang for Baruto

| Jan 24, 2012

2012 kicks off with a bang for Baruto

by Mark Buckton

Before the New Year’s Grand Sumo Tournament, most fans would have predicted that Hakuho, the reigning yokozuna, would claim his third successive Emperor’s Cup, and 22nd title overall. It was not to be. In what was perhaps the most interesting basho for sumo fans ...

Tis the season to be focused

| Dec 27, 2011

Tis the season to be focused

by Mark Buckton

Unlike many sports, the sumo calendar can be predicted months, even years in advance. The start and finish dates of the six annual tourneys are pretty easy to work out when you know basho almost always start on the closest Sunday to the 10th ...