Tochiazuma's bloody rivalry with Asashoryu a spectacle

Sumo | Rikishi Files Jan 15, 2020

Tochiazuma's bloody rivalry with Asashoryu a spectacle

by John Gunning

In terms of sumo's vintage years, 1976 was one of the best. The bumper crop included three-time champion Chiyotaikai, fellow ozeki Kotomitsuki (also a title winner), long time sanyaku (the three ranks below yokozuna) occupant Wakanosato and several other top-division stalwarts. A third ozeki, Tochiazuma, was ...

Sumo 101: 'Dragons'

Sumo Sep 18, 2019

Sumo 101: 'Dragons'

by John Gunning

There are many ways of classifying rikishi and discussing those groups' various merits. Who are the best yokozuna or ozeki of all time for example? Which stable has been most dominant in history? Name your top ten Mongolians. The possibilities are numerous. In the early 2000s, one ...

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 25, 2016

Kotoshogiku on track for yokozuna promotion

Ozeki Kotoshogiku, who completed an impressive win in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Sunday, could earn promotion to yokozuna in March's Spring tournament. Sumo elder Isegahama, who heads the Japan Sumo Association's judging department, indicated the ozeki, who became the first Japanese-champion in ...