Takamiyama's 60s / 70s successes notwithstanding Konishiki was sumo's
first full-on mover and shaker from lands afar leaving Chris G to take
an in-depth look at the ripples the big guy left behind when exiting
the sumo pool.
Chris Gould marks the 15th anniversary of Konishiki’s final yusho
triumph with a review of the debate which shaped – and arguably defined
– contemporary sumo. On March 22nd 1992, Konishiki Yasokichi and
Kirishima Kazuhiro squared off for the makunouchi division
championship... Read more...
In both professional and amateur sumo, Mongolians currently rule
the roost. In Japan it is yokozuna Asashoryu and in amateur sumo, it is
the current world champion, Byambajav Ulambayar (formerly Daishochi)... Read more...
All sumo menko were printed on some sort of paper or cardboard
stock. From the 1930s to about 1956 the standard was to use the thicker
paper stocks, as they provided the right amount of weight for game
play. Some kids would even glue menko together to get their slammers
even heavier. Check out the 1955 “Renga” series of menko that is
printed on 1/8” paper stock!... Read more...
The 11th yokozuna Shiranui Koemon (may also be known as Mitsuemon)
was born in 1825 and died on February 24, 1879. He has been largely
credited with a dohyo-iri style he is said to have initiated and
currently one of the two dohyo-iri styles performed by yokozuna. The
other is the Unryu style, which is known to have been originated by the
10th yokozuna Unryu Kyukichi (1822-1890)... Read more...
In the midst of the makuuchi bouts on Day 13 of the Osaka Basho, I
hung out in the nosebleed seats with Riho Rannikmaa, Secretary General
of the Estonian Sumo Association, and his wife Renata, who very
graciously acted as translator. Riho runs the Sakura Budo Club in
Vinni, 8km from Rakvere (site of the Junior Amateur Sumo Championships
in 2006), and is an old sensei, friend and mentor of Baruto... Read more...
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