Hidenoyama, one of the sport's earliest 'real' yokozuna back in the early days comes under the all seeing glare of sumo's premier historian Joe Kuroda in an epic tale of then and now – some names you will still recognise while others have long since fallen into disuse.
A boy from Hawaii once came to Japan and made enough waves and cut enough of a swathe through the local mindset of the time to be recognised as one of the most popular sekitori of all time. His name was Jesse – Azumazeki Oyakata of late – and this is a piece we have been keeping on ice for over two years.
Chris G takes over Lon's slot and will hopefully prove to be a worthy successor to Lon's wonderful pieces these past few years. Have a read and see what you think but with Chris closer than most to sumo, you should get a few interesting insights.
Nagoya and the oppressive heat of summer are already upon us and so too that means is the Nagoya OTW offering by our very own AH. Perhaps one of the more difficult jobs – predicting a rikishi's performance in an upcoming basho – AH has it down to a tee.
SFM's Ed CG puts his increasing camera skills through their paces with joint basho and museum bonanzas. With SFM the only non-Japanese language agency cleared to take images in the Sumo Museum – these are pics (of the Kokugikan's 100 years of history) you will see nowhere else. And, FWIW, the museum now turn to the SFM Ed and E-i-C for advice on exhibits and their labelling!
Howard Gilbert makes a massive effort to cover both the recent Oceania tourney Down Under in Australia (where he took part himself) and also touches upon the latest ISF cancellation of a Sumo World Championship – the 2009 version intended for North Africa.
Morphing into form once more on SFM's hallowed dohyo - another collection of images unique in their ability to change shape, form and the like before 'reappearing' as they started out. An image of sumo unique to SFM.
In honour of Azumazeki's recent retirement, we have two features:
describes a visit to his stable two years ago and
focuses on key points in his career as Takamiyama and on his retirement from the ring.
One of Japan’s most popular hot spring areas, Kesennuma, in Miyagi
Prefecture (the area known as the land of Rikuzen at the time) was
Hidenoyama Raigoro’s birthplace. Born Tatsugoro Kukuta in 1808, he was
the fifth son of a farmer... Read more...
I had been looking forward to writing this column for two months,
as I was going to focus on the 2009 Oceania Sumo Championships held on
May 31 on the Gold Coast, Australia. Part of my excitement in writing
about this event is that I was involved as an athlete at my first truly
overseas international event... Read more...
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was a classic looking figure in sumo, and briefly carried the sword
during Akebono's dohyo-iri. He was incredibly funny and would say some
things other rikishi wouldn't dare say. He was, of course, famous for
his froglike shikiri for which the Kyokai kept reprimanding him, the
crowd loved it! This ink jet print, ed. 100, 9.5 x 11 inches is signed
and numbered by the artist, available for $550. from the studio. Please