Sumo 101: Imperial family and sumo

Sumo Sep 20, 2019

Sumo 101: Imperial family and sumo

by John Gunning

You don't have to look far in sumo to find links with Japan's imperial family. Every two months the top rikishi compete for a whole host of prizes, the most prestigious of which is the Emperor's Cup. The sterling silver trophy stands 108 cm high and ...

In pictures: Japan's new emperor

National May 1, 2019

In pictures: Japan's new emperor

Emperor Naruhito ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, as the new imperial era — known as Reiwa — began following his father's abdication the previous day after three decades as emperor. The 59-year-old new emperor is expected to follow the footsteps of his father, ...