A new year, and a new champion. Although predictions of future greatness have surrounded him for some time, even he surprised the sumo faithful with his scintillating performance in January. It seems he and Hakuho will trigger an epic power struggle at the top
The man featured in our last issue has now joined the SFM team! Alden Alayvilla adds some much needed Aloha spirit to SFM - after all that Hawaii has done for sumo, SFM really needs a Hawaiian angle… and now we've got one! Check out his vids!
Dorian attempts to convince his sceptical friends that sumo has something for everyone. But how will his quest to spread sumo's word fare in the romantic Parisian cafes and restaurants? Think of it as a young Chirac trying to persuade a young Sarkozy….
Alex turns his attentions from mountains to youth, and provides mountains of information on wrestlers with a hint of youth in their name. If you read it, you'll see what I mean. He's pretty smart with words!
Mainoumi - anybody remember him? Lightweight legend - and some might say lightweight lunatic - who tried every trick in the book to fell a far larger foe. Had a pretty good record against Konishiki too! Check out his best vids here.
January 30th 2012 will certainly go down as one of the more
perplexing days in modern sumo history. With Hanaregoma Oyakata
relinquishing the chairmanship of the sumo association having
reached the mandatory retirement age of 65, a new Rijicho needed
to be selected. Luckily, the vacancy at the
top coincided perfectly with the Japan Sumo Association’s biennial
Board Elections. Read more...
And so it came to pass that a European was champion
again, giving an emotional interview just yards away
from his watching family. Kaido Hoovelson, better known
as Ozeki Baruto, captured his first Emperor’s Cup on Day
13 of the Hatsu Basho, thus becoming the first blond-haired
man to do so. He also became the leading contender for
promotion to sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna. Read more...
When production of menko stopped in 1964, there was little
in the way of cards or menko to carry the hobby through the
subsequent eight years. TV was a major contributor to the
demise of menko, but was also responsible for the rise of the
Japanese mini cards. Read more...
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