In-arena experience provides thrills for fans

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Jan 10, 2019

In-arena experience provides thrills for fans

Why do people attend sumo tournaments? To watch the bouts and see their favorite rikishi in action? Sure. Those aren't the only reasons though, and for many people they're not even the main ones. A sumo basho, especially one at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, is unlike any other ...

Sumo's young guns ready to make big impact in 2019

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Dec 26, 2018

Sumo's young guns ready to make big impact in 2019

Last December, when looking ahead to 2018, I wrote that this would be the year when a new generation of sumo talent would rise to glory. It's a prediction that came true for the most part, with three rikishi winning their first Emperor's Cup during ...

Passion and technology behind English sumo coverage

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Dec 19, 2018

Passion and technology behind English sumo coverage

Sumo fans around the globe are spoiled for choice these days when it comes to following their favorite sport. Livestreams, tournament preview shows in English, ever-increasing coverage in mainstream media and a plethora of fan sites and blogs are all available. It's a far cry from ...

Ticket sales brisk despite Takanoiwa scandal

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Dec 12, 2018

Ticket sales brisk despite Takanoiwa scandal

Once again, sumo finds itself embroiled in a violence scandal. It is of course depressing that the sport can't seem to get out of its own way, but perhaps these problems are a side effect of the transition from a hidden world to one where ...

Change in stable can revive wrestlers' careers

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Dec 5, 2018

Change in stable can revive wrestlers' careers

Takakeisho, winner of this year's Kyushu tournament, was pictured alongside his stablemaster on Nov. 26 holding up a large red sea bream and drinking sake from an outsized trophy at a celebratory event. While there was nothing noteworthy in the scene itself — such parties ...

Takakeisho's victory may herald rise of new generation

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Nov 28, 2018

Takakeisho's victory may herald rise of new generation

Takakeisho's victory in the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament made him the third wrestler to lift a maiden Emperor's Cup in 2018. Sumo hasn't seen a breakthrough on that scale in nearly two decades. Not since Musoyama, Takatoriki and Kaio triumphed in January, March and May of ...

Sumo 101: Illegal moves

Sumo Nov 25, 2018

Sumo 101: Illegal moves

Prior to their first live experience, many people are under the impression that sumo is a plodding sport in which two overweight men slowly try to force each other backward in a straight line. That illusion is always shattered within minutes of first sitting down ...

Sumo 101: Ring-entering ceremonies

Sumo Nov 24, 2018

Sumo 101: Ring-entering ceremonies

A normal day of a sumo tournament starts around 8:30 a.m. and ends just after 5:45 p.m. From the silent early morning atmosphere, with just friends and family of wrestlers watching the bouts and talking in whispers, to the raucous packed-out arena where fans roar ...

Sumo 101: Wrestlers' clothing and footwear

Sumo Nov 23, 2018

Sumo 101: Wrestlers' clothing and footwear

Sumo is a world where success or failure in the ring has direct and tangible effects on a wrestler's life. The more you win, the better your situation becomes in many ways. One visible sign of how well a rikishi is doing is what's on his ...