What Will Become of the Dynasty?

Brian Lewin
When Hanada Mitsuru, Futagoyama Oyakata, died on May 30th, the impact was huge.  One of the most popular rikishi of his era, the father of two of the most popular and successful rikishi of the past two decades, and the founder of ... Read more...

Tenryu Saburo and Shunjuen Incident

Joe Kuroda
In the world of Ozumo there is nothing more sacrosanct than the banzuke. It is simply the essence and core of the sport. Even during the closing days of World War II in June 1945, with many rikishi missing due to war duty, and.... Read more...

Sumo 101 – The Gyoji

Barbara Ann Klein
This month, we are focusing on those (mostly) little men on the dohyo, who, in stark contrast to the near-naked men about to fight, are dressed in ornate cottons and silks, sporting a peculiar black hat, and carrying a brightly...Read more...

Photo Bonanza!

John Gunning
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then our photo bonanza is worth a million. As the next best thing to actually being there Read more...

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