No sumo fan worth his or her salt will NOT know about the Class of 88. Fortunately for all, Chris Gould knows more than most and explains just how important the entrants 20-years-ago were to Ozumo.
Hanako Dosukoi - Whether you know the name or not, Hanako Dosukoi is one of the most connected women in and around sumo today and, as with so many, her first ever English language interview is given only to SFM.
Different things catch our eye at different times and in this column we'll be looking at a range of lads struggling up through the lower ranks proving sumo is not all about sekitori and yusho races.
During Martina's latest trip to Japan she took the time out to reminisce on her first and subsequent visits to Sadogatake Beya - and was kind enough to share with SFM's readers just what it was that drew her attention there.
Combining a heya peek - the little known Minezaki Beya - with a report from a senshuraku party at the same locale - CG lets us in on the informal attitudes often found away from the Ryogoku homeplate.
A massive AA this time out as Howard interviews world famous former amateur rikishi - Manny Yarborough. See where he's been and what he's been up to in the time since he left the amateur circuit.
Shoko Sato, under the pen-name of Hanako Dosukoi, is one of Japan’s leading sumo
commentators. A regular in the Kokugikan press room filing freelance basho reports
to magazines, Hanako is also author of the popular 2006 text 'Cute Sumo'.
One of the most successful international amateur sumo athletes ever,
he was Sumo World Champion in 1995, runner-up in 1992, 1994 and 1996,
and captured bronze in 1993. His was a blitzkrieg that dominated the openweight
category at the earliest Sumo World Championships. He is perhaps still
the face of amateur sumo globally, even though he has not been seen in
international competition for a number of years. Read more...
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