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Sumo 101: Souvenirs

Sumo Mar 14, 2019

Sumo 101: Souvenirs

by John Gunning

Sumo is a unique sport and its merchandising reflects that fact. While many sports rely heavily on wearable items like hats, T-shirts, and replica uniforms, sumo tends to focus more on traditional Japanese goods and edibles. Tegata (autographed handprints), banzuke (ranking sheets) as well as various ...

Sumo wrestlers no longer allowed grow beard for 'good luck'

Sumo Feb 26, 2019

Sumo wrestlers no longer allowed grow beard for 'good luck'

Sumo's governing body told wrestlers Tuesday they are no longer allowed to grow beards, which some competitors in Japan's ancient sport believe will bring them good luck. At a meeting in Osaka, Japan Sumo Association elder Oguruma told the wrestlers' association that beards — along ...

Sumo Feb 8, 2019

Wrestler retires for bullying apprentice

The Japan Sumo Association on Friday accepted the retirement of a sumo wrestler who repeatedly choked and bullied a lower-ranked apprentice wrestler at the stable run by Bulgarian-born former ozeki Kotooshu. The JSA's board of directors handed the stablemaster a 10-percent cut for three months ...

Apprentice wrestler choked, bullied at Kotooshu-run stable

Sumo Jan 31, 2019

Apprentice wrestler choked, bullied at Kotooshu-run stable

An underage apprentice sumo wrestler has been the subject of repeated physical abuse and bullying at the stable run by Bulgarian-born former ozeki Kotooshu, the Japan Sumo Association announced Thursday. According to the JSA, a 20-year-old, fourth-tier sandanme wrestler subjected an apprentice at the Naruto ...

Sumo Jan 26, 2019

Sumo 101: Tickets

by John Gunning

Sumo tickets go on sale roughly about six weeks before the start of every tournament. There are various categories and prices, as well as certain kinds of seats that are unique to particular venues, but generally speaking tickets fall into two main groups — masu ...

Sumo 101: Koenkai

Sumo Jan 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Koenkai

by John Gunning

On the surface sumo generates income the same way as most other sports —through ticket sales, merchandising and sponsorships. While that's the case for the Japan Sumo Association on a macro level; individually, stables and wrestlers also rely on another source of funding — supporters ...

Sumo plagued by violence, harassment in 2018

Sumo Dec 25, 2018

Sumo plagued by violence, harassment in 2018

The violence and scandals that have plagued Japan's sumo world came full circle just after the year's sixth and final tournament, leaving maiden victories by the sport's young up-and-comers in the shadows. Revelations of violence, harassment and antiquated traditions dogged the country's once-venerable sport in ...

Hakuho in prime position to claim 42nd title in Fukuoka

Sumo Oct 29, 2018

Hakuho in prime position to claim 42nd title in Fukuoka

Mongolian Hakuho will go into next month's Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at the summit of the sport's mountain in the top east yokozuna slot, according to the latest ranking released by the Japan Sumo Association on Monday. The 33-year-old is coming off a perfect 15-0 ...

Former yokozuna Harumafuji sued over 2017 assault

National / Crime & Legal Oct 4, 2018

Former yokozuna Harumafuji sued over 2017 assault

Sumo wrestler Takanoiwa filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking ¥24 million ($210,000) in damages from Harumafuji, claiming the former yokozuna's assault last year forced him to miss matches due to injuries and caused him financial loss. Harumafuji faced a summary indictment in December for assaulting the ...

JSA officially accepts Takanohana's resignation during board meeting

Sumo Oct 1, 2018

JSA officially accepts Takanohana's resignation during board meeting

The Japan Sumo Association held an extraordinary board meeting on Monday and officially recognized stablemaster Takanohana's resignation, along with the termination of his stable and the transfer of his wrestlers to the Chiganoura stable. Takanohana had submitted his resignation to the JSA last Tuesday, but ...