Recent PR efforts would suggest the NSK is waking up to public opinion on the way the sport should be run. CG takes a look at some of the efforts underway as sumo looks to move it up to the next level.
Tamanoumi - a man taken well before his time - whilst still an active yokozuna, comes into focus. A rough diamond just starting to shine or a flash in the pan? You decide having read through JK's excellent analysis of one of sumo's less well known yokozuna of modern times.
Nagoya and TV filming has delayed the recording and release of the latest SFM sekitori interview - our highest ranker to date. Keep checking back in the days / weeks following the basho to see just what this multi-yusho winner has to say when confronted with SFM's interview team.
EB lets rip on sumo groupies - those camera toting 'friends' of the rikishi more often than not known for turning chance encounters into deep and meaningful relationships that make it tricky for the rest of us to watch up close and personal at asageiko.
Nagoya - hottest basho of the year is often said to be the site of strange events à la sumo - and this year we have our very own Alex Herrmann trying to figure out what we can expect to see in Japan's sweltering Aichi Gymnasium.
There's something special about making it to the changing rooms of your sport's heroes - and in the case of sumo that is of course the 'shitakubeya'. There are two - the east and west. Chris G reports from one.
Rivalry is supposedly discouraged in sumo but is never too far away, bubbling below the surface - something MB looks at in this first in a run of pieces on an emerging, as of yet unnoticed rivalry developing in Kokonoe.
Back with menko of old, the detective work of RL hits a brief bump in the road in IDing some of the oldies - but nothing capable of derailing his infectious interest in this aspect of the sport.
University sumo and the earliest known origins of amateur sumo fall under HG's gaze this issue with the set up in Japan covered in more detail than most will have ever imagined possible.
SFM's TL scours the WWW and introduces us to three more of the lesser known sumo sites out there - again à la Nihongo as this is truly where the gems lie. Time to dust off those dictionaries if you didn't last time.
Tamanoumi and Kitanofuji were jointly promoted to yokozuna after
the January 1970 tournament, and for the next two years their rivalry
on the dohyo coupled with their contrasting personalities piqued
the public's interest,...
Although the words 'Japan' and 'sound public relations' are rarely
used in the same sentence, the Japan Sumo Association has
launched a concerted PR initiative to boost the flagging popularity of
a time honoured tradition. Read more...
The heya building ... is one of the most modern
heya, certainly one of the largest, and from the usual work ethic
demonstrated within, a heya those in any century past would be
proud to set foot. No slackers here, no cutting
corners or joviality when sweat and effort is the name of the game
– Kokonoe is about business.
Like most Japanese over the age of 60, SA, as he wants to be
referred to, recalls with great clarity the decade in sumo that
saw Taiho reign supreme, Kashiwado play an important
and effective supporting role, and the other yokozuna and ozeki of
the time sit, for the most part on the sidelines as sumo history was
created. Read more...
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