Asahifuji, one of the lesser known yokozuna in the 20th century falls prey to Joe Kuroda's all seeing SFM microscope as the sport's premier English language historian gives us an insight into the yokozuna's life and times.
An emerging and thus far very impressive new sumo writer, Japanese Michiko Kodama looks at the history and culture of all things related to Koten-zumo on the sparsely populated Okinoshima Islands in the Sea of Japan - birthplace of new sekitori Okinoumi. And, with the only photo bonanza you are ever likely to see on this fascinating form of sumo....
Lon runs us through the events at last month's basho in Osaka - and as only Lon can, includes a few of his own little observations and comic remarks. Always a great read. Always one to pagemark.
Michiko Kodama / Mark Buckton
Nakamura Oyakata is unique in sumo in several ways but has long failed to rouse the attention of the foreign sumo following community. Read more to see his views on the state of the game to date and a bagful of other opinions.
Michiko Kodama / Mark Buckton / Haruna Miyashita
SFM Ed-i-C MB throws a bonanza of images taken down in Osaka alongside a bonanza on all things Koten thanks to MK and her contacts. Also view the April 29th, 2009, Yokozuna Souken bonanza produced by SFMers Chris Gould and Haruna Miyashita for some of the very best images of the action on the day - on and off the dohyo. Varied angles, varied styles, something fresh in sumo photography.
Howard Gilbert's last part in a series looking at the amateur action at the World Junior Sumo Championships, and who has made it through to the senior ranks of the professional game having first made it as a kid.
There is a special form of sumo in Okinoshima, home town of
new sekitori Okinoumi...when an auspicious occasion for the region
arises, they hold a sumo event... which lasts all through the night. Read more...
The first rikishi promoted to yokozuna in Heisei was...Asahifuji Seiya of
Oshima Beya, the current Isegahama oyakata, the shisho of Ozeki Harumafuji and
Aminishiki, his own nephew...Asahifuji adopted the Shiranui style of dohyo-iri –
oft considered to be unlucky... Read more...
How does an eight year old boy from England possibly become hooked
on Japan’s national sport in a pre-internet age? I became interested in
sumo in the same way that most British fans did: via the legendary Channel
Four broadcasts of the 1980s. Read more...
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