June Issue Contents
Aki Basho



May Tourney Review
Chris Gould
Sumo's back after a four-month absence - but what's changed?
Is it really 20 years...?
Miho Yagi
...since sumo's possibly most iconic match took place?
Kokugi Konnections
Chris Gould
Tribute to Chiyonofuji, who retired exactly 20 years ago
Ones To Watch
Alexander Herrmann
Who will be sumo's next Ozeki?
Eric Evaluates
Eric Blair
Eric is hot and bothered - but why?
Menko Corner
Ryan Laughton
Ryan continues his bi-monthly menko advice
Interview - Ryan Laughton
Chris Gould
Ryan explains his recent book on menko collecting
Interview - Hiroko Suzuki
Chris Gould
How does a female sumo wrestler see the world?
Chris Gould
What's it like to watch Hiroko Suzuki wrestle?
What sumo means to me
Dorian Marcellin
New writer Dorian Marcellin gives his fresh take on sumo
Morph Corner
Olivia Nagioff
Who will morph into what, how and why?
Photo Bonanza
Chris Gould
Previously unseen archives
Readers' Letters
Spotlight on Canadian Sumo

Ones to Watch

Alexander Herrmann
On to happier climes! After the last months of scandals it should be the time to turn the attention to some nicer things again. And there are hardly many things that are nicer than a promotion to ozeki. So we will take this issue to look at the top five names looking to convert their candidate status for the ozeki club successfully into a full membership.

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
What games went on behind the scenes at the 'play basho'?
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Ryan Laughton Interview

Chris Gould
Chris Gould caught up with menko expert and SFM columnist Ryan Laughton to find out more about his latest creation: a sumo collectorís bible, and what menko means to the masses.     Read more...

Hiroko Suzuki Interview

Chris Gould
Hiroko "Betty" Suzuki is one of the most successful female American footballers of all-time, her number 79 jersey achieving legendary status in women's competition. Less known is the fact that she is a fearsome sumo wrestler, winning Gold Medal in the women's middleweight division at the first attempt in 2005.    Read more...

Tournament Review

Chris Gould
With gaping holes on the banzuke, and equally noticeable ones in the audience, May's Technical Evaluation Tournament could hardly be classed as sumo's finest hour. Serious doubts were raised beforehand about whether such an obscure and unprecedented event should even go ahead. Such doubts were hardly allayed afterwards.

Kokugi Konnections

Chris Gould
Had the previous basho been anything like a normal tournament, it would have escaped the attention of few that it marked exactly 20 years since the great Chiyonofuji retired from sumo. The departure of the man affectionately known as "Wolf" was one of the biggest blows ever dealt to Japanís national sport, marking as it did the end of a Golden Decade in which audiences were enthralled by his sheer speed, muscular ability and outrageous agility.     Read more...

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