Brothers in Sumo –
part two

Brian Lewin
Brothers still active on the dohyo get their turn

Yokozuna Comparisons
Joe Kuroda
SFM’s most eminent historian, JK, has a crack at the impossible and tries to see who was the greatest of the tsuna wearers

Rikishi of Old
John Gunning
Takanobori – former sekiwake, former NHK man and all ’round gent

Heya Peek
Barbara Ann Klein
Kitanoumi-beya, Kitazakura, mirrors & photo bonanza

SFM Interview
John Gunning
Kazuyoshi Yoshikawa (son of the late sekiwake Takanobori) on life in sumo way back when

Sumo 101
Barbara Ann Klein
Behind every good man there stands a good woman – read and ye shall see. A departure from our regular 101 feature

Photo Bonanza
See the Hatsu Basho
plus much more through the lens of our photographers

Hatsu Basho Review
Lon Howard
Lon gives us his Hatsu Basho summary, along with the henka sightings results

Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila
Mikko Mattila covers lower division goings on in detail

Haru Basho Forecast
Pierre Wohlleben & Mark Buckton
Pierre predicts the Haru Basho banzuke while Mark highlights the ones to look out for in Osaka

Kimarite Focus
Mikko Mattila
Mikko takes us on a tour of his chosen kimarite

John McTague
John’s unique bimonthly view of sumo news from outside the dohyo and in the restaurants!

Online Gaming
Alexander Nitschke
SFM’s own Alexander Nitschke covers the long running Hoshitori Game

Kokugi Connections
Todd Lambert
Todd’s bimonthly focus on 3 of the most interesting sumo sites today

Fan Debate
Feb's debate sees
a pair of Kiwis exchanging opinions on the honbasho going on the road

SFM Cartoons
Benny Loh & Stephen Thompson
In the third of our cartoon bonanzas, sit back and enjoy BL’s offerings and put a caption to ST’s pic to win yourselves a banzuke

Let’s Hear From You
What was it that
made you a sumo fan? A unique perspective from a sightless reader.

Readers’ Letters
See what some SFM
readers had to say since our last issue

Sumo Quiz
The Quizmaster
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.


by John McTague
elbowing. It’s illegal and if Shaq did it, he’d sit on the bench with foul trouble every game. This defensive philosophy has caused the big man’s points per game to drop from his best year 2000, when he managed 29.7 PPG.

Now, Heat Head Coach Pat Riley is countering with his own philosophy – sumo. That’s right, the ancient Japanese sport. Sumo wrestlers from the Miami area are being called in to defend the basket against the All-Star Center.

“We’re going to bring them in and have them lean on him and lean on him and we’re not going to let him just back them in. He’s going to have to take 100 jump hooks and 100 turnaround jumpers.”, said Riley. Hopefully, this will give Shaq the resistance he needs to make more offensive plays and lead his team to the playoffs in May.

Now, when does he return the favor and show up at Takasago-beya for keiko with Asashoryu?

Celebrity Sumo

So you think you know your favorite celebrities? Some are sumo fans, just like you and me.

Appetite for Sumo

One can find restaurants in any town one might visit. One might have to do a little research, however, to find that particular restaurant one craves. Italian, Thai, Classic French, Mexican, Nouveau, Celebrity Chef – whatever you want can be found if you just dig a little.

While researching the connection between sumo and dining, I came across a bonanza of establishments that utilize “Sumo” in their names. These eateries are all Japanese – sushi, teppanyaki, chanko and bento…and they’re everywhere.

Sumo Sushi in Newport (Rhode Island) makes good use of its location on Thames St. near the harbor to cater to those who are out for a walk after Jai Alai, coming back to dry land after a sail, or browsing the features around town during the Newport Black Ships Festival. In fact, Sumo Sushi also sponsors the “Sushi Sail” during the Festival. For $30, you board a 100-foot schooner, sip sake and enjoy a bounty of sushi. Too bad it’s only an annual festival.
Sumo Japanese Grill in Wichita (Kansas) is one of the Midwest’s most highly-rated Asian restaurants, getting 5-star reviews from just about anyone with an opinion.

You can also dine a la Sumo in Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Manhattan, Virginia Beach, Santa Ana, Berlin, Adelaide, Dubai, Calgary, Cologne, Geneva, Athens and, of course, Tokyo.

So if the sumo-sized sumo reader gets a sumo-sized appetite, go Sumo. You can’t go wrong.

Shaqin’ Up

The NBA’s Miami Heat has one of the top centers in the world in Shaquille O’Neal. The monstrous 7’1”, 325-pounder is a shoe-in for the Basketball Hall of Fame, amassing a 19.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game this season. His mere presence on the court causes opposing coaches to ditch game plans and simply attack poor Shaq. Rivals send out their biggest guys and just pound on O’Neal – pushing, shoving,
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