In an ideal world, sumoís key virtue should be that as Japanís national sport
officially supported by the government, it should not need to debase itself with
publicity stunts and excessive commercialisation. And yet the great paradox
surrounding sumo in 2011 is that if it rests too much on its national sport laurels,
it will cease to be a national sport. Read more...
Born in Idaho in 1970, Kelly Gneiting has become a major
force in American Amateur sumo, winning the US Nationals for
three consecutive years. A truly iron man who has competed in
marathons despite tipping the scales at 400 pounds, he makes
for a great SFM interview. Read more...
Earlier this year the latest edition of Baseball Magazine (BBM) sumo
cards was released and it was the 15th year of BBMís sole dominance in the
sumo card market. The BBM sumo sets are typically released at the beginning
of the year and the 2011 edition was no different with the rikishiís ranks
representing the November 2010 banzuke and available for sale starting at
the Hatsu 2011 basho. Read more...
The Aki Basho which has just ended marks for me, somehow, the anniversary of my
passion for sumo...I donít think I am going too far when I say that this year was
very special for sumo, and we were able to see many things happen. 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