Kyushu Basho an underrated gem for fans

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 17, 2018

Kyushu Basho an underrated gem for fans

by John Gunning

Sumo's Autumn Regional Tour has reached Kansai and will continue winding its way westward until it arrives in Yamaguchi prefecture at the end of the month. From there it's just a short hop across the Kanmon Straits to Fukuoka, where the November Grand Sumo Tournament ...

Departed yokozuna Wajima brought charisma to ring

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 10, 2018

Departed yokozuna Wajima brought charisma to ring

by John Gunning

Last week's column featured links between sumo and American football, including a mention of how yokozuna Wakanohana took up the latter sport after retiring from the raised ring. He isn't the only former yokozuna with connections to the gridiron, however. The 54th yokozuna, Wajima, likewise became ...

Unsung yobidashi keep sumo running smoothly

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO 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

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO 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 ...