Unsung yobidashi keep sumo running smoothly

| Aug 29, 2018

Unsung yobidashi keep sumo running smoothly

by John Gunning

Who spends the most time in a sumo ring? Wrestlers? Nope. Referees? Uh-uh. As any veteran fan can tell you, it is of course the yobidashi. Sumo's 'ring announcers' not only maintain the dohyo but also build the thing in the first place. Over the course of three days ...

Mitakeumi earns spoils of victory

| Jul 25, 2018

Mitakeumi earns spoils of victory

by John Gunning

The Nagoya tournament ended with the Emperor's Cup being handed to arguably the most surprising top division champion in eight years. The steamy meet in central Japan took its cue from the World Cup, delivering a succession of shocks right from the get-go. Big names fell ...

Byzantine rules govern sumo's name shares

| Jun 13, 2018

Byzantine rules govern sumo's name shares

by John Gunning

Tochinoshin's promotion to ozeki comes with many perks. Most are connected to his life as an active wrestler, such as a boost in salary and parking privileges. One that kicks in after retirement, though, is an automatic three-year grace period before he has to acquire ...