Sumo 101: Wakaimonogashira and Sewanin

Sumo Mar 12, 2019

Sumo 101: Wakaimonogashira and Sewanin

by John Gunning

The world of sumo has many behind-the-scenes characters that help keep the sport running smoothly. Some like gyoji (referees) and yobidashi (ring announcers) also have an on-dohyo presence that grants them a measure of visibility while others such as tokoyama (hair dressers) toil away out ...

Osunaarashi trying to navigate post-sumo life

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Apr 4, 2018

Osunaarashi trying to navigate post-sumo life

by John Gunning

Disgraced former top-division wrestler Osunaarashi appeared on a late-night variety show this week. Head freshly shaven, the big Egyptian hammed it up, participating in sumo bouts with veteran TV personality Bobby Ologun and erstwhile UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett. The appearance, coming barely three weeks ...

Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi becomes tourism ambassador for Egypt

Sumo Jun 3, 2016

Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi becomes tourism ambassador for Egypt

Egypt's Osunaarashi, the first sumo wrestler from Africa to turn pro in Japan, became a tourism ambassador for his native country on Thursday, in a campaign to encourage Japanese to visit a destination avoided by many travelers following political upheaval. "I want to contribute in ...

Hakuho gets breather due to foe's withdrawal

Sumo / Basho Reports May 17, 2015

Hakuho gets breather due to foe's withdrawal

Idle Hakuho was gifted a seventh win and fellow Mongolian yokozuna Harumafuji also stayed in the leading pack after barging out Ichinojo at the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday. Hakuho, the most successful yokozuna in sumo history with 34 career titles, had the luxury ...