October Issue Contents
Hatsu Basho



Searching for the Ideal Yokozuna
Chris Gould
Join Chris on his quest for the ideal yokozuna - but not a quest journeyed from afar - this man has travelled to Japan more than a few times in recent months to get himself closer to his subject matter - one not to miss!
Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
Joe's look at a rikishi of times gone by this issue focuses on the latter half of the Tochinishiki's career.
SFM Interview
Mike Wesemann, Mikko Mattila and Joe Klemmer
A three way look at the main English language chat sites out here today courtesy SFM but with the backing and aid of Sumo Forum, Sumo Mailing List and Sumo Talk top dogs MM, JK and MW.
SFM Interview 2
Baglan Idrissov
Vice President of the International Sumo Federation and President of the Kazahkstan Sumo Association steps up and answers some of the questions long ignored by many in amateur sumo circles.
Eric Evaluates
Eric Blair
Eric looks at a teenager's death on the dohyo, how it compares to Asa's woes and that female 'person' that DID touch the dohyo.
Aki Basho Summary
Chris Gould
SFM's English point man of late, Chris G, takes us through his opinions of the goings on back in September
Kyushu Basho - Ones To Watch
Alexander Hermann
See what you think about Alex's look at the things we will and might see happen down in Fukuoka.
Photo Bonanzas
Mark Buckton / Chris Gould /
Lon Howard

Limited offerings but more along the lines of what it's like for the fans as opposed to the rikishi, rikishi and more rikishi available elsewhere online.
Sumo Menko - just where are they?
Ryan Laughton
Ryan's latest on the intriguing world of sumo menko - this time venturing into the Japanese sweet shops of old in quest of menko - some of which may still be out there!
Amateur Angles
Howard Gilbert
Howard Gilbert, SFM's resident expert on Amateur Sumo continues the build up to this year's Sumo World Championships in Thailand with a rundown on the non-Europeans to keep an eye out for.
European Sumo Championships
Sebastien Iniesta
The first Frenchman in years to enter the Euro ama-scene - Mr. Sebastien Iniesta takes us all along on the second part of his recent trip to compete (and referee!) and survive in Budapest, Hungary. (Pt.2 of 2)
Rikishi Diary
Mark Kent
Mark Kent - English pro-wrestler and amateur heavyweight sumotori on his quest for national and world glory on the amateur dohyo
Heya Peek
Chris Gould
Kasugano comes under the spotlight as part and parcel of CG's recent trip to Tokyo for the Aki Basho.
Kokugi Konnections
Denis Chaton
Out of respect for our growing army of French readers - a KK dedicated to sites in French.
Morph Corner
Olivia Nagioff
The global exclusive of sumo morphing rocks on - enjoy something you will see nowhere else.
SFM Cartoons
Benny Loh & Stephen Thompson
Sit back and enjoy this issue's cartoon bonanza courtesy the men in South East Asia.
Sumo Odds & Ends
SFM's interactive elements - as always includes Henka Sightings, Elevator Rikishi and Eternal Banzuke - Lon and Ben do their stuff.
Let's Hear From You
What was it that made you a sumo fan? A trio of French fans spill the beans.

News Snippets!

Letter from the Editor

Carolyn Todd
Our Editor views the current state of the sumo world...Read more...

French Fan Focus

In this issue, we have devoted several sections to our French readers.
Let's Hear from You   discovers how three Frenchman became sumo fans.
European Sumo Championships  
finds out how plucky Frenchman
Sebastien Iniesta fared on the dohyo.
Kokugi Konnections     focuses on three prominent French-language sumo websites.

SFM Interview

Mark Buckton
Globally, sumo would be nowhere without the Internet...there exist just three English language ‘discussion type’ areas for sumo fans with access to a computer... Sumotalk, Sumo Forum and (the) Sumo Mailing List...

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
Can Ama afford to eat as much as his oyakata wants him to?
See more...

Searching for the Ideal


Chris Gould
As Asashoryu’s wing wizardry on the football field dominated the newspaper silly season, a devout SFM reader asked me, in the light of his behaviour, to examine the qualities of a 'true yokozuna'.

Amateur Angles

Howard Gilbert
Howard Gilbert continues his preview of the Sumo World Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand next month by considering the chances of athletes outside Europe, namely those from Africa, Oceania, the Americas and Asia…

Rikishi of Old

Joe Kuroda
Joe Kuroda completes his two-part series on Yokozuna Tochinishiki.

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Lynn Matsuoka

Asanowaka was a classic looking figure in sumo, and briefly carried the sword during Akebono's dohyo-iri. He was incredibly funny and would say some things other rikishi wouldn't dare say. He was, of course, famous for his froglike shikiri for which the Kyokai kept reprimanding him, the crowd loved it! This ink jet print, ed. 100, 9.5 x 11 inches is signed and numbered by the artist, available for $550. from the studio. Please contact artist@aloha.net

Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director – Japan
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Carolyn Todd

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Olivia Nagioff

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Eric Blair
Howard Gilbert
Chris Gould
Lon Howard
Joe Kuroda
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Ryan Laughton

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