Opened in 2004, by former sekiwake Masudayama, Chiganoura Beya grabbed the interest of many sumo observers right off the bat for a number of unique moves.
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Professional sumo closed out the thrill ride that was 2020 with one final flourish. Comeback king Terunofuji pulled off an emphatic win against ozeki Takakeisho in the last regulation bout of the year, only to lose in a playoff for the Emperor’s Cup against the ...
Veteran ozeki Kotoshogiku hanging up his mawashi means there are now only four men in makuuchi still active who reached the sport’s top division before the start of 2010.
Instead of struggling to land rare stable placements directly, foreigners are instead blazing a path to the pros through collegiate and amateur sumo.
The Miyagino stable man is in position to extend his championship record and pick up an incredible 45th Emperor’s Cup.
The demolition of the Izutsu Beya stable building, one of the more run-down in the sport, got underway Wednesday.
Distributed before each grand tournament, the hand-written rankings list has been a part of the sport's lore for centuries.
Possessing its own full-size arena has allowed the Japan Sumo Association to easily switch tournaments scheduled for other cities to its home base in Tokyo.
Wrestlers in sumo's second-highest rank have struggled to emulate the success of their peers in previous generations.
There are many aspects of Japan’s national sport that should give hope for the future.