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RIKISHI FILES

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SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 26, 2020
Kashiwado carved out place despite presence of legend
There have been a few rikishi in the history of sumo whose careers have been akin to supermassive black holes — so overwhelmingly dominant that nothing can escape their presence.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 25, 2020
Kyokutenho was a trailblazer
In 1991, though most people didn't realize it at the time, the Oshima stablemaster made a decision that would dramatically alter the course of sumo over the next several decades.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 20, 2020
Legendary Futabayama set standard for sumo greatness
Yokozuna Hakuho's incredible 43 championships, 15 perfect titles and numerous other records and achievements rightly see him often referred to as the greatest rikishi in the history of sumo.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 19, 2020
Kokkai helped European rikishi arrive in sumo world
The first rikishi whose place of origin was listed as somewhere outside Japan was Hiraga, who joined professional sumo in 1934.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 18, 2020
Yama succeeds after sumo
Life after professional sumo (for those who don't qualify for elder status) is generally quite prosaic.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 17, 2020
Former yokozuna Kitanoumi was imposing figure in sumo
Intimidation factor is something that cannot be discounted when it comes to finding reasons for success in sumo.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 16, 2020
Ukrainian Sergey Sokolovsky follows sumo great Taiho's career path
Sergey Sokolovsky recently took the new recruit exam and, when he makes his competitive debut in March, the 22-year-old will become the first-ever Ukrainian in professional sumo.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 15, 2020
Tochiazuma's bloody rivalry with Asashoryu a spectacle
In terms of sumo's vintage years, 1976 was one of the best.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 14, 2020
Kisenosato is gone, but his impact lives on
The current boom in sumo popularity is a product of many factors.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 13, 2020
Technical acumen couldn't get Kotomitsuki over hump
The three pillars of sumo are shin-gi-tai, which translate as heart-technique-physique.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Jan 12, 2020
American-born Akebono blazed path to pinnacle of sumo
Rowan, an anglicization of the Irish O Ruadhain, isn't a name widely found in sport.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 24, 2019
Asahisho's comedic talents have provided many laughs
Sumo is a sport with a surprising amount of interesting characters.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 23, 2019
Terunofuji endured tough times to get back on track
On a day when yokozuna Hakuho all but sealed his 43rd Emperor's Cup, the biggest news out of Fukuoka concerned a man in sumo's third division.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 21, 2019
Relatively light Takanoyama paid his dues in lower ranks
About five years ago a sumo video went viral online and was widely shared on websites dedicated to other fighting sports.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 20, 2019
Tamawashi's January victory among sumo's biggest shocks
Roughly half of sumo's recent first-time champions have been rikishi on the way up.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 19, 2019
Konishiki went from rags to riches in colorful career
One of the most famous rikishi of all time was never promoted to the rank of yokozuna.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 18, 2019
Immaturity cost Wakanoho bright future in raised ring
When it comes to could-have-been rikishi, the first name on most people's lips is Futahaguro.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 17, 2019
Muscular Chiyonofuji's career bloomed late
For a certain generation of fans there is only one name that comes to mind when discussing the greatest of all time and that name is Chiyonofuji.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 16, 2019
Ozeki Kaio ruled the sport
Raiden is often mentioned as the greatest rikishi never to reach yokozuna.
Japan Times
SUMO / Rikishi Files
Nov 15, 2019
Veteran Masutoo still seeking promotion to top division
A photo taken of the winner's podium at the 2004 Junior Sumo World Championships has received a lot of attention over the past couple of years.

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