August Issue Contents
Kyushu Basho



TV coverage
Chris Gould
No live TV coverage in Nagoya - time for other options?
Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
Onokuni retired 19 years ago in Nagoya - how did his career end?
Kotomitsuki tribute
Chris Gould
Scandal wiped the famed smile off his face - but how will he be remembered?
Nagoya Basho Review
Chris Gould
Just how far can Hakuho extend his winning streak?
Ones To Watch
Alexander Herrmann
Who will succeed and flounder in the next tournament?
Eric Evaluates
Eric Blair
Eric is back!! What does his vitriolic tongue have to say?
Menko Corner
Ryan Laughton
What advice does Ryan have for collectors this time?
Kokugi Konnections
Chris Gould
Does video footage exist of the greatest winning streaks of yore?
Morph Corner
Olivia Nagioff
Which wrestlers will change their looks this time?
Photo Bonanza
Chris Gould
What's it like to go to Nagoya?

Kotomitsuki Tribute

Chris Gould
Ozeki Kotomitsuki, who retired acrimoniously on July 4th 2010, excelled at sumo from the moment he took to the sport. His loss to makuuchi, at a time when Japanese wrestlers of all ages are struggling to make an impression, will be a big one.     Read more...

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
What happened to the one that got away?    See more...

Sumo on TV

Chris Gould
We learned, during the course of the recent broadcasting debacle, that NHK owns the rights to live sumo shows until 2013. The question that should be asked next time the rights come up for issue is: 'Does NHK attract sumo viewers, or put them off?' Most sumo fans from across the age spectrum appear united in their verdict.     Read more...

Ones to Watch

Alexander Herrmann
Nagoya Basho 2010 was without doubt one of the strangest basho ever. With six out of 42 rikishi taking an enforced break of 0-0-15 and another one forced to retire, there was lot of room for improvement on the banzuke for those rikishi lucky enough to start.

Eric Evaluates

Eric Blair
Eric explains how to fix everything that is wrong with sumo, in his own inimitable way.    Read more...

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