But one of a plethora of sumo forms out there in Japan, and over time we have persuaded Michiko Kodama to teach us about all the ones hitherto unheard of in SFM or in the languages we cover.
Chris G looks at the ups and downs and somewhat exciting finish to the 2009, Aki Basho – so far doing a job Lon H would be proud of, and adding his own little twists along the way as all good writers do.
Kyushu 2009 - the last basho of the year and the last, many hope, we will be saddled with two constantly underperforming ozeki. Is it a coincidence both are from Kyushu? Read more to see AH’s take on the shenanigans surrounding Kaio and Chiyotaikai.
With so many wrestlers on course to break records at present, it is time
for Kokugi Connections to review some of the records they are trying to break.
Ozeki Kaio – still intent on going strong at
the age of 37 – now has 966 career wins under his wide belt Read more...
With his renewed enthusiasm as well as rigorous training provided
by Futabayama, Azumafuji developed into one of the most exciting young
rikishi coming up the banzuke ladder. He passed through juryo in only
three tourneys and was promoted to makuuchi at the 1943 May Basho. Read more...
Ever heard of a form of sumo called "Naki-zumo" ? Many have, and whilst
it is a form of sumo, it is quite different from the professional Ozumo we
see every other month, and also different from the amateur sumo fought in
many countries around the world. 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