Without television, sumo would be an unknown sport performed before a tiny audience on islands off the edge of Asia, and as we reach the 55-year point since the first regular images of a honbasho hit the airwaves, CG takes a look at just what the NSK/NHK partnership has meant to sumo.
The 80-year-old Wakanohana I (or is it?) falls under the spotlight of SFM's historian par excellence - Joe Kuroda. A tale of pain - both physical and mental - and of course that epic 17-minute battle with Chiyonoyama!
On day one of his trip down to Osaka for the Haru Basho, and doing a little interview research, MB went off in search of Musashigawa's Kansai home from home - and found it damp and dreary.
Born and raised in rural Kagoshima in Kyushu, Michiko Fukuda lets us in on her own earliest memories surrounding the national sport - and throws in a little 'yubi-zumo' for good measure.
One of the longest serving makunouchi sekitori is Miyabiyama - former ozeki and Musashigawa stalwart.
In her first interview as an SFM staffer, Enatsu Watanabe sat down with the big man in
the Musashigawa Beya keikoba on a rainy April day to chew the proverbial fat
over his 10-years to date in Ozumo.
Fifty-five years ago, the radio broadcaster Nihon Hoso Kyokai (NHK)
took the brave step of establishing Japanís first national television
channel. Radio programmes which attracted hoards of listeners were
naturally among the first to transfer to the small screen. NHK Sumo,
long acclaimed for its live coverage of fabulous dohyo moments (not
least Futabayama-Akinoumi in 1939), was one such programme. In
wedding itself to television, Japanís arch-traditional national
sport was about to change forever. Read more...
Nicknamed the "Devil of the Dohyo" Wakanohana was known for his
fierce style of sumo and oftentimes ferocious training sessions.
Despite his limited size (179cm in height and peaking at 105kg),
Wakanohana never shied away from forward moving sumo against much
larger opponents. He was not only confident of his own technical
ability, but often he was usually able to overwhelm his opponents
using a level of brute force that was to become almost legendary. Read more...
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