On the middle Sunday of the November tournament, Japan's state
television channel NHK chose to screen a brief 'highlights of the year'
segment. In truth, it was laughably embarrassing. Most of it consisted
of wrestlers tearfully bowing in front of cameras and saying 'sorry'
for various misdemeanors. The first year of the new decade will certainly
have some lasting consequences for Japan's national sport. Read more...
The rikishi in this issue's column have all produced some kind of 'What the heck!? moment'
during Kyushu Basho 2010. Two of them will be mentioned for their unexpectedly good
performances. Four of them will be mentioned because they have sort of been forgotten
after their recent decline and their seemingly hopeless struggles for a return to higher
banzuke regions. Read more...
It's hard for kids today to believe that there used to be a
time without television and families would gather around the radio
for evening entertainment. Such was the family life in the United
States and Japan in the 1930s and 1940s. While attending a live
sumo match was a rare treat for most Japanese, listening to the
matches on the radio was commonplace throughout most households
in the 1930s and 1940s. Read more...
He keeps doing it again and again! Just when you think Kaio is
dead and buried, or at least within a whisker of retirement, the steely
veteran goes on a spectacular winning run. In fact, not since 2003 has
he posted a negative score over 15 full days. And he appears to be getting
stronger with age: six successive 8-7s in 2009 have been followed by a
couple of 9-6s and a 12-3 in 2010. This issue's Kokugi Konnections
focuses on Kaio's finest matches. Read more...
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