Chris comes up with the goods again in this brilliant look at the strike known throughout sumo as 'The Shunjuen Incident' - 75 years on - but a subject as relevant today as when it took place! Will it, could it, ever happen again?
President of the European Sumo Union - representing the world's premier sumo continent, Gunter Romenath sits down to chew the amateur fat with Mark Buckton during a recent trip to Tokyo.
Since the inception of the International Sumo Federation, Mr. Gunter Romenath has served
as President of the European Sumo Union...Mr. Romenath was once the oldest ever German champion
level judoka... Read more...
The root cause of sumo revolution is no different to that which has torn up many a country:
economic inequality. The professionalisation of sumo in the mid-18th century was, in theory,
supposed to address this issue, freeing sumotori from their serf-like existence under the
ownership of powerful Edo warlords. Read more...
When the Tokugawa Shogunate gave up power in 1868, they brought to an end, 250 years of feudal rule,
thereby giving birth to a period of modernization and the new Meiji-era (1868-1912). As the nation
opened up its doors to the outside world, tremendous upheaval and turmoil was experienced by its
citizens. Almost overnight, the Japanese started to cast away the old ways as they adapted to the new
paradigms. Read more...
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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
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