Benny puts another artistic spin on the sumo world.
Love him or hate him, you couldn't ignore him. This issue of SFM focuses on the retirement of Yokozuna Asashoryu.
gives an in-depth analysis of a special bout involving Asashoryu. Asashoryu retirement
explains why his demise was inevitable, and Vox Pops
reports some reactions of members of the Japanese public to the yokozuna's retirement.
One of the 54 sumo stables, Nakamura Beya, located in the
Eastern part of Tokyo, hosts a pair of events at the end of
each year – 'Chanko Day' and 'Omochi-tsuki'. In 2009, the
party was given on December 20th, and luckily I was invited to attend.
The inevitable consequence of Ozeki Chiyotaikai’s retirement
is that history will not be very kind to him. Chiyotaikai’s final
competitive match was the worst possible ending for him. His
final opponent in competition was fellow fading-ozeki Kaio, the man
to whom he will forever be compared – unfavourably. Read more...
...Tatsunami oyakata (Sekiwake Annenyama Osamu), forwarded
Futahaguro's resignation papers to the Kyokai without his knowledge
or consent! There are unanswered questions surrounding the circumstances.
The Japanese media, which made incessant attacks on him
throughout, has kept repeating the same story ever
since, even though new facts reveal Futahaguro may have been
a victim rather than the perpetrator... 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