Sumo 101: Online sumo games

Sumo May 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Online sumo games

Fantasy football is a multi-billion dollar business with millions of participants. The sumo version? Not so much, though the world champion does get a trophy. The present holder of that title is a British native whose shikona (ring name) is Pandaazuma. Currently about 200 players from around ...

Sumo 101: Injuries

Sumo May 16, 2019

Sumo 101: Injuries

One of the most surprising aspects of sumo for first-time watchers is the sheer violence of the sport. Notions of cuddly pandas gently belly bouncing each other out of the ring get blown away when the first thunderclap of a harite (roundhouse head slap) echoes ...

Sumo 101: Americans in sumo

Sumo May 15, 2019

Sumo 101: Americans in sumo

There are two rikishi from the United States of America in sumo currently. They are Musashikuni (Fiamalu Penitani) and Wakaichiro (Ichiro Young). Both are in Musashigawa stable, where the stablemaster, not coincidentally, also hails from the United States. Former yokozuna Musashimaru (now known as Musashigawa) won 12 ...

Sumo 101: Impact of tourism

Sumo May 14, 2019

Sumo 101: Impact of tourism

Sumo's popularity abroad has exploded over the past few years. That's due in large part to recent changes making it possible to watch bouts in real time. A greater level of awareness of sumo has caused a spike in tourist demand for access to the sport. ...

Sumo 101: Amateur sumo

Sumo May 13, 2019

Sumo 101: Amateur sumo

What do Takakeisho, Tochinoshin and Mitakeumi have in common, apart from recently becoming first-time winners of the Emperor's Cup? The answer, of course, is that all three joined professional sumo after success in the amateur ranks. The first two won medals at the Junior World Championships, ...

Sumo 101: Ichimon

Sumo May 12, 2019

Sumo 101: Ichimon

Sumo's family unit is the stable. A wrestler's life is defined by his heya (stable) to such an extent that "family" is no mere analogy. While they may not be related by blood, a stablemaster and his wrestlers live, eat and sleep in the same building ...

Kakuryu emerges as clear favorite to capture title

Sumo May 9, 2019

Kakuryu emerges as clear favorite to capture title

Gambling on sumo, like most sports in Japan, is illegal. The Japan Sumo Association also takes a tough line with any of its members involved in such activities, even kicking an ozeki (Kotomitsuki) and stablemaster (Otake) out of the sport completely in 2010 over their ...

Pint-size Enho could shake up banzuke in Reiwa Era

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO May 1, 2019

Pint-size Enho could shake up banzuke in Reiwa Era

The first banzuke (ranking) of the Reiwa Era was released on Tuesday with newly minted ozeki Takakeisho the standout promotion. It's been a fantastic 12 months in the ring for the stocky wrestler from Chiganoura Stable. Double-digit wins in five of the last six tournaments, ...