| Feb 26, 2011

Foreign sumo fans have their say on yaocho

by Mark Buckton

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

by Mark Buckton

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 ...

| Dec 4, 2010

A chance missed post Kyushu, 2010

by Mark Buckton

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 ...

| Jun 19, 2010

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

by Mark Buckton

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

by Mark Buckton

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?

by Mark Buckton

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 ...