Sumo can inspire in times of earthquakes. Ask the Kansai folk
who attended the 1995 Osaka Basho. Less than two months earlier, on
that now fateful day of January 17th 1995, the Kansai region had been
rocked by the Great Hanshin Earthquake, which claimed the lives of
over 6000 people. Read more...
Named. Shamed. Disgraced. Such was the fate for 23 sumo wrestlers after
the Special Investigative Committee into the Match-Fixing Scandal reported its
findings on April 1st. The same sumo association which had ridiculed match-fixing
allegations for centuries was now being forced to castigate 23 members for this very practice. Read more...
In 1957, two years after George Colona moved to Japan, the Sumo
Association promised to widen access to premium tickets in the wake
of a ticket distribution scandal. Fifty four years on, Mr Colona is
still waiting for any noticeable signs of change. Read more...
Mark Panek's second book is certainly an epic: a bold attempt to
explain a Hawaiian sumo wrestler's career in the complex context of
adverse domestic circumstances and addiction to drugs. It is a novel
approach to covering Japan's national sport, and – for the most part –
makes the reader want to keep turning pages. Read more...
The first known sumo set to be issued with candy is the 1959 Karuso
Cookie Set which was issued with boxes of cookies. These were color cards
printed on thin paper and meant to be collected and then redeemed for prizes
or more cookies. Unfortunately, there are no names on the cards so some
rikishi are almost impossible to identify. 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