The decade is already two years old, and has brought about a host of dramatic changes in Japan's national sport. SFM's Editor tries to make sense of the at times fraught and frenetic situation
Oh yes! The face of Ozeki in 2012 will be very, very different to the face of ozeki that has dogged us for so long, and theatened to squeeze credibility out of the sport. The days of underperforming second-rankers are on the back-burner. Bring on the optimism!
Menko returns in February - so to fill the gap, we have come up with the ultimate amateur collectors' guide to sumo souvenirs in the Ryogoku area. Collecting just got easier and infinitely more fun!
So, just how will the wrestlers change under Olivia's wing this time? Maybe they'll get bigger, maybe they'll get smaller, or maybe they'll simply change into completely unrecognisable forms!
In terms of PR disasters, the sumo association have
had the full bucket-load emptied upon their bewildered heads
in the past two years. But, where there is darkness comes a
new dawn, and despite the threat posed to sumo’s
crowd-pulling power by the disappearance of so many popular
rikishi of late, recent basho have shown that new stars, and
a new era, could be in the making. Read more...
For all the sumo related news, views, tournament
coverage and historical analysis you will ever need -
in English, French, German and Spanish.
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