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Autumn Basho flourishes in absence of stars

| Sep 27, 2017

Autumn Basho flourishes in absence of stars

The 2017 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament ended with a yokozuna beating an ozeki in the title-deciding final bout. That was pretty much the only normal thing we witnessed over the last 15 days at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. In one of the wildest basho in recent ...

JSA offering foreign fans rare glimpse of special sumo rituals

Sep 25, 2017

JSA offering foreign fans rare glimpse of special sumo rituals

The Japan Sumo Association will hold an Ozumo Beyond 2020 Basho at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Oct. 4 for the second straight year. The event, which will feature many of the same activities found on regional tours, as well as some that are rarely seen, is ...

Takayasu's rise built on solid family support

| May 31, 2017

Takayasu's rise built on solid family support

When yokozuna Hakuho was interviewed ringside on Sunday, after wrapping up his first title in a year, he congratulated the people of the Philippines on the imminent promotion of Takayasu to ozeki. It was a nice nod to the Taganoura stable man's mother, who ...