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: Sumo and singing

Sumo May 26, 2019

Sumo 101: Sumo and singing

by John Gunning

Though sumo and song may not seem obvious bedfellows, Japan's national sport has musical connections both varied and historical. Jinku, a form of folk singing, is a common sight on provincial tours and at retirement ceremonies. Six wrestlers wearing kesho mawashi (highly decorated apron-like belts) take ...

Sumo 101: Large rikishi

Sumo May 22, 2019

Sumo 101: Large rikishi

by John Gunning

The first thing that comes to mind when people think of sumo is the size of the participants. While the height of most wrestlers doesn't generally exceed that of athletes in many other sports, the weight, especially at the top level, is far greater. Offensive linemen ...