April Issue Contents
Nagoya Basho



Asashoryu retrospective
Chris Gould
His impact on sumo was phenomenal. Here's why
Kitazakura retirement
Chris Gould
Click here for the story of a real legend
Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
Futahaguro's career ends in one of sumo's biggest scandals
Foreigner question
Chris Gould
Does sumo need foreigners?
Haru Basho Review
Chris Gould
Life after Asashoryu: Sumo's new champion is…..?
Ones To Watch
Alexander Herrmann
Who will fight at career-high ranks in May?
Menko Corner
Ryan Laughton
Ryan offers more advice for the collectors: BB menko
Amateur Angles
Howard Gilbert
Howard provides his latest take on the amateur scene
Kokugi Konnections
Chris Gould
Internet video action featuring a 185-kilogram powerhouse
Let's Hear From You
What made Gaiun become a sumo fan?
Morph Corner
Olivia Nagioff
What is Olivia planning this time for morph treatment?
Photo Bonanza
Haruna Miyashita
Haru takes her trusted lens to the April Sumo Festival at Yasukuni Shrine
SFM Cartoons
Benny Loh
Benny offers this issue's artistic take on the sumo world

The Rise of Baruto

Chris Gould
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...

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
What is Takamisakari's worst nightmare?  See more...

Kitazakura Retirement

Chris Gould
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.

Ones to Watch

Alexander Herrmann
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.

Are foreigners good

for sumo?

Chris Gould
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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