A certain breed of sumo fans took a beating last time out at the hands of our very own EB. This time, CG looks at the increasingly close relationship fans share with their sumotori idols - but thinks it isn't as close as it at first appears.
Yokozuna Haguroyama was a man often overlooked during his career. Sat in the shadows of Futabayama, the big man's own records, still unbroken are unknown by many. With JK poking around through his past thought, this is no longer the case.
A new SFM writer gives us an interesting insight into the Japanese mentality on the NSK's recent dealings with MEXT - and the decision to remove the 'bamboo sword' from keikoba throughout Ozumo.
What makes the difference between a great ozeki and an average ozeki? What role do high scores play when balanced against longevity? Lon takes a look in this first of a new series of pieces aiming at ranking the men who occupy the second rank of sumo.
Lyall Watson is a name many newer fans may not know, but without the gall and determination shown by Lyall - early on in sumo's broadcasting expansion west - odds are sumo would still be largely limited to the Japanese archipelago.
Rivalry is supposedly discouraged in sumo but is never too far away, bubbling below the surface - something MB continues to look at in this second in a run of pieces on an emerging rivalry developing in Kokonoe.
International events, the run up to the current world championships and how sumo was an international sport well before the IFS had ever been formed. Nothing escapes HG and for fans of the ama game, these pages will truly delight.
SFM's TL scours the WWW and introduces us to two 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 still haven't.
In the shadow of one of the greatest yokozuna of all time, Futabayama,
walked another yokozuna whose achievements are often overlooked by sumo fans.
... the longevity of Haguroyama's position atop the banzuke is known by very
few. In addition, Haguroyama's 15-0 makuuchi yusho at the age of 37 is today
a record that will likely never be broken...
One of the easiest heya to find in the Ryogoku area, and the closest to
the Kokugikan, Michinoku Beya is perhaps one of the most visited heya when
it comes to those out for a spot of asageiko viewing. This is particularly
the case with the foreign tourists who throng the area pre-basho.
At first glance, innovations such as the Internet, with their focus on
spreading information to the common people, would seem rather a nightmare for
organisations which aspire to be secretive. The Japan Sumo Association (NSK),
for example, would be expected to despise ...
For the thousands of Brits who, like me, came into contact with sumo through
the UK's Channel Four broadcasts of the late-1980s, controversial biologist Dr
Lyall Watson was unquestionably the 'voice of sumo'. For 15 weeks a year, his smooth
dulcet tones seemed to glide across the airwaves, gently enlightening viewers as
to the inner workings of a basho.
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