Sentoryu embodied colorful sumo nickname

Sumo Jan 24, 2020

Sentoryu embodied colorful sumo nickname

by John Gunning

Since Takamiyama first blazed a trail to Japan in 1964, 30 other Americans have followed the giant Hawaiian into professional sumo. Akebono and Musashimaru reached the pinnacle of the sport, earning promotion to yokozuna and lifting multiple Emperor's Cups, while Konishiki was a title-winning ozeki ...

Sumo 101: Championship scores

Sumo Sep 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Championship scores

by John Gunning

One of the side effects of having Hakuho, the greatest rikishi of all time, succeed another legend in Asashoryu at the top of the sumo pile, is that fans in recent years have become accustomed to seeing dominant championship performances. There have been 24 perfect ...

Title appears up for grabs at upcoming Nagoya Basho

Sumo Jul 4, 2019

Title appears up for grabs at upcoming Nagoya Basho

by John Gunning

Commentators often divide sumo into eras, each defined by its outstanding rivalry. Whether it's Akebono vs. Takanohana, Taiho against Kashiwado or Tochinoshiki taking on Wakanohana, great yokozuna pairings have traditionally been the standard way to separate one generation of rikishi from the next. So dominant has ...

Retirement ceremonies often full of emotion

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Jun 19, 2019

Retirement ceremonies often full of emotion

by John Gunning

It's no secret that difficulty in procuring tickets is one of the main hurdles preventing overseas visitors from being able to watch sumo in person. In recent years, third-party agents, some catering almost exclusively to foreign tourists, have provided fans with an alternative means of ...

Sumo 101: Small rikishi

Sumo May 21, 2019

Sumo 101: Small rikishi

by John Gunning

Sumo has no weight classes. The David vs. Goliath clashes that arise as a result of that lack of regulation are a big part of the sport's appeal for many fans. When a diminutive rikishi like Enho takes down towering opponents that outweigh him by 70 ...

Sumo 101: Winning techniques

Sumo Sep 20, 2018

Sumo 101: Winning techniques

by John Gunning

The Japan Sumo Association lists 82 different ways to win a bout. These winning techniques are called kimarite and the applicable one is announced in the arena immediately following each fight. There are also five "non techniques" covering situations such as a wrestler stepping out ...

Sumo 101: The Topknot

Sumo Sep 14, 2018

Sumo 101: The Topknot

by John Gunning

It's common to smell sumo wrestlers before seeing them . . . and not in a bad way. The hair wax used in the sport has a pungent sweet smell that is instantly recognizable. Known as bintsuke, the wax is applied daily by specialist sumo ...