Sumo Sep 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Restaurants run by former rikishi

by John Gunning

Sumo stable life is communal. Rikishi take care of all of their own cooking and cleaning, and because they consume so much food the former is of paramount importance. Michelin stars are unlikely to be handed out in sumo anytime soon, but while the dishes cooked ...

Sumo 101: Chanko

Sumo Nov 12, 2018

Sumo 101: Chanko

by John Gunning

Sumo wrestlers don't eat before training. An average workout is so intense that attempting to do one on a full stomach inevitably leads to the person getting sick less than an hour in. Instead, the first meal of the day for rikishi is the post-training chanko-nabe ...