The rise to prominence of Baruto, Europe’s second ozeki, has been filled
with dramatic plot-twists. Two years ago, it seemed that a persistent knee
problem would render his ascent up the ranks impossible. But the Estonian
giant has overcome his setbacks in spectacular fashion, consistently treating
his growing army of fans to an entertaining brand of power sumo. Read more...
On the 3rd day of Osaka 2010, three weeks before the beautiful
blooming season of Japanese Cherry Blossom, the man known as sumo's
Cherry Blossom called time on a staggering 23-year-long wrestling
career. Kitazakura, the veteran whose flamboyant pre-match antics
brought joy to so many, will grace the sacred dohyo no more. Read more...
No less than 13 sekitori (almost 20 per cent) were on
a career-high rank in March. Eight of them even achieved
kachi-koshi and will thus ascend to new career high ranks
in May. Kitataiki’s 10-5 will send him up to the joi-jin
ranks from where he might face a yokozuna in competition
for the first time. Read more...
Are foreigners good or bad for sumo? This is the essential
question that the managers of Japan’s national sport must answer –
but seem forever unable to make up their minds. True, the last
couple of months have done much to confuse them. 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