Tough training in high school forged Mongolian Ichinojo

Sumo Mar 19, 2020

Tough training in high school forged Mongolian Ichinojo

by John Gunning

One of the strongest sumo high schools in Japan is Tottori Johoku. Located in western Japan, Johoku has been churning out professional talent over the past last few years, and is the alma mater of ozeki pair Terunofuji and Kotomitsuki, as well as top-division wrestlers ...

Change in stable can revive wrestlers' careers

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Dec 5, 2018

Change in stable can revive wrestlers' careers

by John Gunning

Takakeisho, winner of this year's Kyushu tournament, was pictured alongside his stablemaster on Nov. 26 holding up a large red sea bream and drinking sake from an outsized trophy at a celebratory event. While there was nothing noteworthy in the scene itself — such parties ...

Harumafuji retires with impressive legacy in ring

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Nov 30, 2017

Harumafuji retires with impressive legacy in ring

by John Gunning

It was plain from both Harumafuji's words and body language at Wednesday's news conference announcing his retirement that he was going under duress and felt harshly treated. Still, the yokozuna understood that given his position, no other outcome was possible once it became clear he ...