NHK & the Ozumo
A visit to NHK, years of watching the show and the opinions of our Ed-in-Chief
Hanging With the Rikishi
Barbara Ann Klein
Barbara Ann Klein recounts her experiences with the “boys” in a pictorial diary series
Sumo Exhibit at the
Barbara Ann Klein
SFM’s Editor takes in the exhibit celebrating 80 years of the Japan Sumo Association at this famous Tokyo museum
What a collection – All-Japan Sumo Tournament, Hakkaku-
beya visit and sumo exhibits at the Edo-Tokyo Museum
Kyushu Basho Review
Lon gives us his Kyushu Basho summary, along with the henka sightings results, and his take on the year in brief
Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila covers lower division ups and downs
Eric explains all you need to know and then some about the Kokugikan building – the mecca of sumo
John’s unique bimonthly view of news from outside the dohyo
For the lowdown on Guess the Kotomitsuki – baby of SFM’s John Gunning
Todd’s bimonthly focus on 3 of the most interesting sumo sites today
In the second of our cartoon bonanzas, sit back and enjoy ST’s offerings
Let’s Hear From You
What was it that made you a sumo fan? American Todd Defoe tells all
See what SFM readers had to say since our last issue
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.
Guess the Kotomitsuki
banzuke – and Mitsuki himself. Answers can be accepted till the Friday before shonichi of a given basho.
Look easy? Even if not, simple enough to enter? – give it a go then – GTK isn’t a high tech game played by hundreds. It’s a game brought about by the passion of one man for a rikishi he has followed since he first got into the sport – and that in itself makes it a real fan’s game. By the fan for the fans, as we say.
Each issue we ask the creators
from the online sumo gaming world
to tell us just what makes their games tick.
When it first appeared on Sumo Forum in late 2004, Guess the Kotomitsuki (GTK) needed a bit of explaining. Several people were confused as to why guessing the basho ins and outs of a single sekitori would qualify as a game.
Today, just over a dozen short months later, and with half a dozen GTKs behind us, the confusion has shifted to fierce competition bar for a few regular newbie questions, and sees an ever increasing number of players vie for the numerous prizes offered by the founder –
SFM’s very own Editor of things photography – John Gunning – prizes that generally include tegata (Mitsuki’s being one of course), banzuke and more.
Set up to run exclusively on the ‘Games’ vein of Sumo Forum, John, aided by the more than able gamester, Jejima, accepts result forecasts on a variety of questions based on perennial non-ozeki, Kotomitsuki, of course – some standards of which are listed below although they do change from time to time to take into account real life issues surrounding the