Yokozuna Comparisons

Joe Kuroda
On Day 6 of the 2004 May basho, Asashoryu lost a bout to maegashira Hokutoriki and his consecutive bout winning streak came to an end at 35. Subsequently, the yokozuna later defeated Hokutoriki in a ... Read more...

The Amateur Game

International Sumo Federation
When you think about sumo, you probably have an image of professional sumo. However, for every sport there is a professional and an amateur side. That is where ... Read more...

Heya Peek

Barbara Ann Klein
Every basho, Meike and I go to Tokitsukaze-
beya. We have a routine. We go to the same selected heya for asageiko (morning practice) during the first week of hon-basho ...

Chanko – What's in a name?

Barbara Ann Klein
Well, as promised to the featured letter writer of last issue, here I am with a “101” about chanko – that staple of the sumo world. What is it, who makes it, who eats what, who shops? As they say: ... Read more...

Haru Basho Wrap-Up

Lon Howard
The 2006 Haru Basho started clumsily, sputtered and staggered, found some rhythm and roared to the finish like a home team buzzer-beater. Day 2 was most depressing, with ... Read more...

Lower Division Rikishi

Mikko Mattila
In the jonokuchi division, attention tends to center on the newcomers who are making their professional debuts. During the Haru Basho, one such rikishi was the massive ... Read more...

Photo Bonanza!

Barbara & Gerald Patten, Barbara Ann Klein
See the Haru Basho through the eyes of the fans in the seats as SFM gives the mantle of photographer(s) for this basho to Barbara & Gerald Patten. And don't miss “Celebrating the Mongolian Hatsu Award Sweep” – An all-Mongolian tribute bonanza from Barbara Ann Klein. Read more...

Cartoon Bonanza!

Benny Loh & Stephen Thompson
Look at the fourth of our cartoons bonanzas and enjoy Stephen Thompson’s paintings!

Sumo Odds ’n’ Ends

Lon Howard
SFM's ever growing interactive elements, now include letters sent in by SFM readers, Henka Sightings during honbasho, Elevator Rikishi and Eternal Banzuke!

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