SOS - Shinjinrui on Sumo
Chris Gould
Chris sinks his teeth deeper into how sumo can go about pulling in the younger fans in part two of a three-part series.
Azumazeki up close and personal
Steven Pascal-Joiner / William Titus
A wiz with a pen and a wiz with a lens get together with SFM to share their time with Azumazeki Oyakata - Takamiyama as was - with the wider sumo following world.
Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
Joe Kuroda takes a detailed look at the life and times of a former yokozuna forgotten by many - Maedayama.
Eric Evaluates
Eric Blair
Eric calls the musubi-no-ichiban kimarite call on nakabi in Kyushu as perhaps only he could.
Heya Peek
Jeff Kennel
First time heya visitor Jeff Kennel wrote about, photographed and even made a video of his time spent at Arashio Beya prior to the Kyushu Basho. All to be found within.
SFM Interview
Mark Buckton
Mark interviews Russian up and comer Wakanoho of Magaki Beya.
Photo Bonanzas
See behind the scenes at the Kyushu Basho, morning training in Arashio Beya through the eyes of an artist and exactly what the Azumazeki lads had to eat halfway though the July Nagoya Basho. All originals, all seen here and nowhere else, and all for you.
Kyushu Basho Summary
Lon Howard
Lon wraps the Kyushu Basho in Fukuoka and throws in some henka sighting results for good measure.
Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila
The lower divisions, their members and results get the once over thanks to Mikko's eyeing of life down below the salaried ranks.
Hatsu Ones To Watch
Carolyn Todd
Carolyn ponders and puts fingers to keys on the ones to watch come January and the Hatsu Basho.
Kimarite Focus
Mikko Mattila
Mikko's latest clarification of a handful of sumo's kimarite offers unequalled analysis and in depth explanations.
Amateur Angles
Howard Gilbert
Howard looks at makushita tsukedashi and what it means in real terms.
Kokugi Konnections
Todd Lambert
Click on Todd's bimonthly focus on three of the best sumo sites online.
Fan Debate
Facilitators - Lon Howard / Carolyn Todd
Two SFMers talk over the yokozuna benefiting from weak opposition - or not as the case may be.
SFM Cartoons
Benny Loh & Stephen Thompson
In this issue's cartoon bonanza, sit back and sample Stephen's artistic offerings.
Sumo Odds ’n’ Ends
SFM's interactive elements including Henka Sightings, Elevator Rikishi and Eternal Banzuke!
Lets Hear From You
What was it that made you a sumo fan? Starting with issue #10, the SFM staff will reveal a little of their own routes into sumo fandom - starting with Benny Loh.
Readers' Letters
See what our readers had to say since we last hit your screens.
Sumo Quiz
The Quizmaster
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.

Letter From The Editor

Lon Howard
Meet our new Editor.

Heya Peek

Jeff Kennel
You know how when you meet people from say, Hawaii and you say, "Wow, that must be great. I'd love to be able to go to the beach everyday," and then they tell you that they haven't been to the beach in like 5 years? Substitute me, Gaikokujin in Japan for the Hawaiian dude and any contact with sumo for the beach and there you have it. Read more...

Azumazeki up close and


Steven Pascal-Joiner / William Titus
On an overcast Saturday afternoon in July, under the threat of rain more akin to a tropical deluge than the constant drizzle of a typical Japanese rainy season, I visited one of the true trailblazers of the modern sumo world. Jesse Kuhaulua has been involved in the sumo world for over 40 years as a rikishi (Takamiyama) and an oyakata (Azumazeki). Read more...

Maedayama Eigoro, the

39th Yokozuna:

Joe Kuroda
Of the 68 yokozuna in ozumo history, only one rikishi (the 54th yokozuna, Wajima Hiroshi) used his family name for his shikona. All the others had a traditional sumo shikona given to them by their oyakata or others connected with them, except one.  The exception was the 39th yokozuna, Maedayama, who adapted his shikona from Read more...

Wakanoho Interview

Mark Buckton
In Sumo Fan Magazine's 3rd rikishi interview to date, December 14th saw Mark Buckton sit down with Russian up and comer Wakanoho of Magaki beya.
Just a few days before the Hatsu banzuke was released, with sun pouring in through the window of the heya office, what was supposed to be an interview turned into more of a chat and is herein reproduced as such. Read more...

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Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director – Japan
Mark Buckton

Lon Howard

Assistant Editor
Carolyn Todd

Staff Writers
Eric Blair
Howard Gilbert
Chris Gould
Joe Kuroda
Todd Lambert
Mikko Mattila

Contributing Writers
Jeff Kennel
Steven Pascal-Joiner

Contributing Photographers
Jeff Kennel
William Titus

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