February Issue Contents
Natsu Basho



Hatsu Basho Review
Chris Gould
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
Araibira's Top Three Vids
Alden Alayvilla
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!
Basho Photos
Chris Gould
SFM's more powerful lens brings some action from the Hatsu Basho just gone.
Rijikai elections
Chris Gould
Surely the rijikai elections cannot be as controversial as last time?? Surely? And surely nobody can make a comeback as Rijicho, can they? Read here to find out the answers…!
Explaining myself
Dorian Marcellin
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….
Ones To Watch
Alexander Herrmann
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!
Kokugi Konnections
Chris Gould
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.
Collectors' Corner
Ryan Laughton
Ryan is back from his winter vacation, and he's more insightful than ever. Collectors, prepare your notebook and your pencil. Ryan's about to make you wiser again.
Morph Corner
Olivia Nagioff
Twitter's morph maestro Olivia continues to be… well… a morph maestro. Not so much amorphous as a morph among us. You'll see what I mean from the pics!

Rijikai elections

Chris Gould
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...

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
Who's on top of the world?
See more...

Araibira's Video Vault

Alden Alayvilla
The 2012 Hatsu basho was filled with high drama and shocking moments. Araibira presents his top three videos of the 2012 Hatsu Basho.     Read more...

Hatsu Basho Review

Chris Gould
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...

Menko Corner

Ryan Laughton
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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