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: Charismatic rikishi

Sumo Jul 8, 2019

Sumo 101: Charismatic rikishi

by John Gunning

One of sumo's most defining features is the stoicism of its wrestlers. Win or lose, rikishi are expected to remain composed. Sometimes after a particularly hard fought or meaningful bout, emotion slips through, but that's the exception rather than the rule. Overt celebrations after wins quickly receive ...

Sumo 101: Endorsements

Sumo May 18, 2019

Sumo 101: Endorsements

by John Gunning

One of the unique aspects of sumo's attire is a lack of associated wearable merchandise. While manufacturers are able to sell an endless array of baseball or football jerseys, caps, and jackets, there isn't much of a market for branded mawashi or "Air-Hakuho" seta (traditional ...