most sports, competitors tote their equipment, boots, racquets, or
whatever, in technology-riddled bags produced by sports company
sponsors. In sumo, however, they have to make do with bamboo and paper
boxes designed in the Edo period (1603-1867)... Read more...
Heya come and heya go, but Mihogaseki is an oldie. This heya has been around a long time. With
a history that dates back to the old days of Osaka having its own
separate sumo entity, the heya came into being after the 1926
establishment of the Dai-Nihon Sumo Kyokai. ... Read more
of access to makushita bouts necessitated that I look for a new
viewpoint for this issue’s column. Thus, the article is divided into
three parts. The first part covers ex-sekitori level rikishi and their
recent performance in the lower divisions; the second part sums up the
recent success of ten of the youngest 18- and 19-year-olds ... Read more...
those of us interested in amateur sumo, the past two or three months
have raised issues about the direction of the sport, the stakeholders
within and around it, and the issue of player welfare and development.
In one corner is the International Sumo Federation (IFS) and its system
of... Read more...
Well, the Elevator Rikishi study is about to hit
the wall, in a manner of speaking. In the effort just completed,
the oldest banzuke from which names were taken was Aki 1964. That
means... Read more...
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