Stars throw soybeans in <I>setsubun</I> event at Naritasan Shinshoji temple

National Feb 3, 2020

Stars throw soybeans in setsubun event at Naritasan Shinshoji temple

An annual bean-throwing event was held Monday at Naritasan Shinshoji, a major Buddhist temple in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, to mark setsubun, the day before the start of spring according to Japan's ancient calendar. On setsubun, people traditionally throw soybeans, chanting "oni wa soto" ("demons out") ...

Baruto overcame obstacles to become ozeki

Sumo | Rikishi Files Nov 12, 2019

Baruto overcame obstacles to become ozeki

by John Gunning

In early 2004, two massive Estonians moved to Japan to join professional sumo. Ott Juurikas became a member of the Irumagawa stable but was complaining about feeling out of place almost immediately, and after just a single outing, he quit the sport and returned home. Juurikas ...

Turning Japanese: Sumo champ Hakuho gets citizenship

Sumo Sep 3, 2019

Turning Japanese: Sumo champ Hakuho gets citizenship

Yokozuna Hakuho, a record 42-time sumo grand champion, has acquired Japanese citizenship after relinquishing his Mongolian nationality, an official government publication showed Tuesday. Although Japanese nationality is not required to compete in sumo, citizenship is necessary if a wrestler wishes to progress to become a ...

Sumo 101: Mongolians

Sumo May 24, 2019

Sumo 101: Mongolians

by John Gunning

Sumo might be Japan's national sport, but for most of the last two decades it has been dominated by Mongolians. From November 2002, when Ulaanbaatar native Asashoryu won his first Emperor's Cup, to January 2016, when Kotoshogiku broke a 10-year title drought for Japan-born rikishi, ...