Where would sumo be without the banzuke? Perhaps the single most identifiable piece of sumo related merchandise around today is celebrating its 250th birthday this year but has anybody else noticed? Chris G certainly has.
Francois Wahl (Swiss Sumo Society)
Burundi is now the site of the latest African sumo association, one reaching out to so many more than just sportsmen and women as it plays a vital role in the nation's post-war rehabilitation
Carolyn Todd / Lon Howard
SFM's new Ed, Carolyn Todd, brilliantly captures the essence of Natsu on film while the man she is replacing at the editorial helm serves up dinner with Wakanosato - plus a few other shots of the Hawaii jolly.
Has to be seen to be believed but this is a true sumo exclusive at a time the word 'exclusive' is used to death online and in sumo circles - one view of the sport seen nowhere else to date.
Hawaii - beneficial to the global PR of sumo or a waste of time considering the attendances? See what Lon thinks about the event and the table manners of yesterday's / tomorrow's sanyaku man - Wakanosato.
Judo and martial arts in general are in a stage of early
development in Burundi – the world’s fourth poorest country - thanks,
in part to a 13-year civil / ethnic war leaving 750,000 of a population
of 7.5 million as orphans – a full 10% of the population are now
children without parents to turn to in times of need and fear... Read more...
We all know of it, but what lies behind and within it? In the
250th year since its initial publication in printed form, Chris Gould
delves deeper into the history and secrets of the banzuke. The
banzuke is the codified form of sumo’s unflinching respect for rank, a
product of the history of the society surrounding it and a shining embodiment
of the samurai values sumo wishes to preserve... Read more...
On June 1, 2007, the newly crowned and 69th yokozuna Hakuho Sho
performed the Shiranui-style yokozuna dohyo-iri for the first time at the
Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo, adorned with the yokozuna kesho mawashi of former
Miyagino Beya yokozuna Yoshibayama, the last yokozuna produced by the heya. ...
The 43rd yokozuna Yoshibayama was born Junnosuke Ikeda in Ishikari City, Hokkaido,
on April 3rd, 1920. He was the third son of a wealthy local fisherman and grew-up
big and strong just like the rest of his siblings. Read more...
To date, this column has worked along the lines of a 2-person debate
and has seen a few of the most respected names in sumo fan circles go head
to head on issues surrounding the game. ... We’re going to tweak the
debate slightly for a few issues and will be taking a look at what exactly it
means to be a sumo fan... Read more...
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