Sumo's Foreign Invasion
Sumo - still Japanese or truly International?
Rikishi of Old
A look at a rikishi of yesteryear with Umegatani II our man for June
John attends asageiko at Takasago-beya to give us the first of his bimonthly looks at sumo's stables
Kurt Easterwood & Quinlan Faris
Kurt & Quin treat us to some of the best sumo pics around - and seen nowhere else
May Basho Review
Lon Howard & John Gunning
Lon gives us his Natsu Basho summary and his take on upset of the tournament while John chips in with his 'gem' of the basho
Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko provides his round up of the boys in Makushita and below at the Natsu Basho
July Basho Forecast
Pierre Wohlleben & Mark Buckton
Pierre predicts the Nagoya Basho banzuke while Mark previews the ones to watch next time out
Barbara Ann Klein
Rhyme and reason behind the pre-tachiai rituals that mystified us all as beginners
Mikko walks us through A, B & C
John's unique view of news from outside the dohyo
Las Vegas Jungyo Teaser
Months away but like kids at Christmas we are still too excited not to mention it
Hear from the founder of Guess the Banzuke (GTB) on exactly what makes it tick
Le Monde Du Sumo
The original team at MDS tells us how it all started
Heya Links Galore and a focus on 3
JR & EB square off: Right or Left - which should Asashoryu use when receiving kensho?
Let's Hear from You
What was it that made you a sumo fan?
Question of the month - What is Sumo?
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho's banzuke
Let's Hear From You!
by Moti Dichne
rikishi’s name on each one and randomly picking two pieces, putting them on a pillow and throwing them against each other. The one that stayed on the pillow won. I would open the folded piece of paper, and see who it was. Of course, I used to “mark” Taiho’s piece and he would always win the yusho.
My romance with sumo ended abruptly in 1967, when we returned home to Israel and though I tried to keep in touch by subscribing to the Japan Times overseas edition, it was both futile and expensive.
In 1997, I renewed my acquaintance through the Internet, and have been involved with it much more than is healthy for a 51-year-old man. I had thirty years of catching up to do after all, and still have a lot of lost years and blank spaces. (Chiyonofuji? Who was THAT??)
Today, I maintain a colorful yet informative site at http://www.dichne.com and translate Sumo articles from the on-line Japanese press for the Sumo Forum and Mailing List.
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I was first introduced to Sumo in 1960. I was six and a foreigner growing up in Tokyo.
in real-time, breathlessly jotting down all the records, at a time when Excel sheets and the Internet were features of an episode of “Star Trek” - dubbed in Japanese. Fortunately I was lucky enough to be taken by Shizuko-san our maid to the Kuramae Kokugikan once every few basho to see the action from up close, and even got to meet some rikishi.