Baruto overcame obstacles to become ozeki

Sumo 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, ...

In pictures: A visit to Naruto Beya

Sumo | In Pictures May 3, 2019

In pictures: A visit to Naruto Beya

In late April, Japan Times sports-desk staff dropped in on a training session — called keiko or asageiko in Japanese — at Naruto Beya, a sumo stable in Sumida Ward established in 2017 by former ozeki Kotooshu. Here are a few of the highlights. Stablemaster ...

Takakeisho reflects after first career championship

Sumo / Basho Reports Nov 26, 2018

Takakeisho reflects after first career championship

A day after winning his first makuuchi division championship at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament, up-and-coming komusubi Takakeisho said Monday he slept like a baby for the first time in a while. "I was able to fall asleep without thinking about anything for the first ...