Azumafuji – downtown Tokyo boy and a character unlike so many others to fill sumo’s top rank. One of the sport's oft-ignored yokozuna but one JK of SFM fame brings to life and fleshes out like no-one else can – or could.
Chris G is now settling into this slot and is proving a worthy successor to Lon Howard’s wonderful pieces over the past few years. Have a read and see what you think of the comments of a man closer to sumo than most will ever be.
Aki, September, Tokyo and with the oppressive heat of summer behind us we can turn to the back end of the year with our OTW offering from 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, many feel.
Haruna Miyashita/Chris Gould
SFM's Numero Uno photographer Haruna Miyashita offers a bonanza on a Nakamura Beya asageiko session, chanko later (at which three SFMers were guests of the oyakata) and a couple of the lads getting their hair done afterwards – all prior to an interview with the heya Okamisan. Some of the most artistic dohyo shots on sumo you will see out there today.
In mid-August, SFM writer Michiko Kodama sat down with Nakamura
Okamisan at the heya she runs with her husband (the former
Fujizakura) in the Shin-Koiwa area of eastern Tokyo. Haruna
Miyashita was there with her camera. Read more...
This was absolutely not meant to happen. Least of all so early – Day
Three! The arena should not be filled with a patriotic roar and the
purple snow of falling floorcushions. Asashoryu Akinori,
sumo’s finest active wrestler, is not supposed to be lying pole-axed
against front-row spectators. Read more...
Amid swirling social chaos, unrest and confusion right after Japan's
defeat in World War II, Azumafuji more than any other rikishi
literally carried sumo on his massive shoulders when the sport
was in danger of neglect from a Japanese public eager to throw
away old relics and accept the brave new world. Read more...
"One of the most important things to me is to maintain the authenticity,
respect, and protocol of the sumo tradition, whether professional or amateur.
...demonstrating the beauty and discipline of sumo to Americans who have
never seen it before live." 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