Yokozuna Comparisons
Joe Kuroda
SFM’s historian, JK, wraps his two-part article on the greatest of the tsuna wearers

Amateur Sumo's Global Aspirations
Courtesy: International Sumo Federation
What exactly is it and furthermore, what does it do? The ISF explain themselves and their purpose in existing

Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
Man or myth? Sumo's first yokozuna comes under the spotlight

Heya Peek
Barbara Ann Klein
Tokitsukaze-beya and its famous find themselves the target of Barbara's peek into life inside the heya

SFM Interview
Mark Buckton
Featuring interviews with amateur sumo's European Sumo Union General Secretary and the President of the newly founded Irish Sumo Federation

Sumo 101
Barbara Ann Klein
Would chanko exist without sumo? What is chanko anyway? Find out in Sumo 101

Photo Bonanza
See the Haru
Basho through the eyes of the fans in the seats as SFM gives the mantle of photographer(s) for this basho to Barbara & Gerald Patten. And don't miss our all-Mongolian Bonanza supplied by our Editor, Barbara Ann Klein

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

Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila
Mikko Mattila covers the lower division goings on like nobody else around

Natsu Basho Forecast
Mark Buckton
Mark Buckton glances back to look forward in his ones to look out for come May

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

Sumo in Print
Mark Buckton
Our gaming thread takes a break for April so we can look at the Spanish language book on the sport not long since released

Kokugi Connections
Todd Lambert
Todd’s bimonthly focus on 3 of the WWW's best sumo sites today

Fan Debate
Facilitator – Lon Howard
April's man VS monkey debate covers the issue of reducing the number of honbasho

SFM Cartoons
Benny Loh & Stephen Thompson
Sit back and enjoy the offerings

Let’s Hear From You
What was it that
made you a sumo fan? Thierry Perran lets us in on his reasons for loving this sport

Readers’ Letters
See what some
See what our featured letter is for this issue

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

Kokugi Connections

by Todd Lambert
Japan was just opening up to the West. A bygone era of professional sumo which was documented in old black and white, sepia, and early color photos. And a sumo-themed commercial, comedic video clip and cartoon thrown in, to boot. The featured articles have been culled from several Japanese newspapers, as well as foreign media sources, starting from the mid-nineteenth century, up to a mere decade ago. The illustrated reports from the mid- to late- 1800s are particularly intriguing, not only for the Western artists' drawings, but also for the differences seen in the foreigners' perceptions of sumo, not to mention the performance and rituals of sumo. The majority of the photos are sorted by shikona, in alphabetical order. The assortment of photos grouped under the heading ‘Help needed’ are also notable. The final section on the main page seems to be a bit of an afterthought, departing from the more classic theme conveyed in the rest of the content. The ‘Historic Matches’ area of the NSK homepage fits in much better with the overall tone and subject matter of age and tradition. That said, the

Each issue of SFM, Todd Lambert – our man online – will bring you a review of some sumo related sites to be found on the World Wide Web. Enjoy.
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia – Sumo (http://en.wikipedia.org/

Wikipedia's Sumo entry is your one-stop guide to all things sumo – a fantastic starting point on your journey to accessing, learning about, and loving the Japanese national sport. Focusing upon Ozumo, or Grand Sumo, the professional side of the sport, the contents are divided into twelve sections. Also touched upon are amateur sumo, souvenirs, and a comparison of sumo and combat sports in the rest of Asia. Impressive for its extensive set of hyperlinks throughout the text, allowing users to check up on unfamiliar people, places, and things, and the entry's availability in over twenty languages (the amount of content varies), this sumo entry could be organized a little more
logically. The first two sections would be better after the fourth or fifth section, and though much of the sumo terminology is given in both Roman and Japanese script, it would be nice to see that feature extended to include all of the sumo vocabulary. Still, as an ongoing collaborative effort where anyone on the Internet can contribute, edit, correct, or improve information, the Wikipedia sumo entry stands out as a model of the volunteer spirit and community effort.

Sumo – An Historical Perspective (www.juryo.net)

Right from the first loading of the main page, you get a sense of what this web-page is all about. Three sections on a classic background. The dated yet incredulous tone of old book, magazine and newspaper articles from the time when
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