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Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Mar 27, 2019

Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

by John Gunning

Sumo columnist James Hardy once bemoaned the difficulty of doing daily tournament reports, saying, "There are only so many ways to write A pushed out B." With yokozuna Hakuho wrapping up his 42nd championship last Sunday, I'm beginning to feel the same way about describing ...

Sumo 101: Nicknames

Sumo Mar 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Nicknames

by John Gunning

All sumo wrestlers have a shikona (ring name). A few, like Endo or Takayasu, use their family name. Most, however, have ring names with elements referring to their stable or place of origin. Anyone with the prefix 琴 (Koto), for example, belongs to Sadogatake Stable or its ...

Sumo 101: Akeni

Sumo Jan 20, 2019

Sumo 101: Akeni

by John Gunning

Sekitori (wrestlers in the top two divisions) have a lot of accouterments. There are kesho-mawashi (ceremonial aprons), kimono, sandals, cushions and items like knee braces and tape that must be transported from the stables to the arena and brought on regional tours. While athletes in team ...

Sumo dominance down to heart over matter

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 31, 2018

Sumo dominance down to heart over matter

by John Gunning

The newly-released banzuke (rankings) for the upcoming Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament see Hakuho back in his old familiar 'Yokozuna 1 East' position. It is the 48th time that the Mongolian veteran has occupied the top slot — a sumo record. Indeed at this stage in his ...

Hakuho calls Nagoya Basho 'unforgettable'

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 24, 2017

Hakuho calls Nagoya Basho 'unforgettable'

Yokozuna Hakuho, who captured a record 39th career title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, said Monday the reality of having won the championship and made multiple record-breaking feats along the way has finally sunk in. Speaking at the traditional day-after press conference following his ...

Hakuho edges closer to record

Sumo Jul 16, 2017

Hakuho edges closer to record

Yokozuna Hakuho moved one away from the career wins mark of the late yokozuna Chiyonofuji on Sunday, when he improved to 8-0 at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. Hakuho, who won May's grand tournament with a perfect 15-0 record, is unbeaten in 23 straight matches ...

Hakuho, Aoiyama maintain perfect records at Nagoya Basho

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 15, 2017

Hakuho, Aoiyama maintain perfect records at Nagoya Basho

Yokozuna Hakuho kept his perfect record intact through the first week of the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament with a comfortable win over third-ranked maegashira Ikioi on Saturday. With two yokozuna — Kisenosato and Kakuryu — having already pulled out, Hakuho remained sturdy as an ...

The top sports stories of 2016

General Dec 30, 2016

The top sports stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these sports stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Going for gold: Japanese athletes brought home 12 gold medals, and 41 overall, from the Rio Olympics. The victories included a historic triumph by wrestler Kaori Icho, who became the ...

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Sumo Aug 7, 2016

Hundreds gather to pay final respects to late yokozuna Chiyonofuji

Some 1,000 turned out to honor late legendary sumo wrestler Chiyonofuji on Sunday, when the funeral and memorial service were held at Tokyo's Kokonoe stable. Cattleya, the orchid loved by the iconic former yokozuna, were laid inside his coffin, as his former stablemate and fellow ...