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 tell 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
by Yours Truly!
Ngozi’s Grade: B+ (he would have gotten an A- if he had said mawashi instead of loincloth), Very good for a non-fan. Good conversion potential here!
So, what exactly does the man on the street think sumo is when push comes to shove? (pun intended!) In my constant efforts to take sumo to the masses, I have met with some bewildered faces and hilarious responses to simple questions. This issue I’ll start out asking some random passers-by, “What is sumo?”
Ha,ha…what is sumo…uh…it’s very popular in Japan. Fat guys – hee, hee – pound against each other, try to knock each other out the ring or knock the other guy off his feet…er…very “honorable “ sport.
- K.D.C., a student from Mound, Minnesota
Ngozi’s Grade: B- not bad, though his constant giggling and the way he used his hands to put “honorable” in quotes as he spoke make the odds he can become a sumo fan low.
… a type of wrestling (that) originated in Asia. Two HUGE men go at each other, in an attempt to make the other lose balance and fall out of the ring, across red the line.
- S.A.M., a Legal Assistant from Washington, D.C.
Ngozi’s Grade: hmm, C- rikishi such as Ama are
actually winning regularly now in the sport’s top division so we can’t say sumo is all about the big men anymore, and the red line is used in those ‘play’ sumo rings that you rent out with the inflatable suits. Even so, she had some enthusiasm, so perhaps if exposed to the real thing…