Amateur Sumo – the sport as it should be
Sakai World Sumo Champs – not all about winning
Las Vegas Koen
Our man reports from the fight capital of the world
Rikishi of Old
A look at a rikishi of yesterday with Kotozakura – our man for October
John’s early morning dash to Azumazeki-beya & report on TKOTU
Katrina Watts sits down with SFM’s Mark Buckton to discuss amateur sumo
SFM’s best yet – Aki Basho/ Las Vegas / Amateur World Champs / Azumazeki-beya visit – seen nowhere else
Aki Basho Review
Lon gives us his Aki Basho summary, along with the henka sightings results, and his take on the tournament while ‘gem’ of the basho takes a break
Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila returns to cover lower division ups and downs
Kyushu Basho Forecast
Pierre Wohlleben & Mark Buckton
Pierre predicts the Kyushu Basho banzuke while Mark previews the ones to watch next time out
Barbara Ann Klein
Discovers and explains amasumo & ozumo variations
Mikko once again walks us through his chosen kimarite
John’s unique bimonthly view of news from outside the dohyo
Zenjimoto of ‘game fame’ covers some of the very best sumo games around – his own!
Todd’s focus on 3 of the most interesting online sumo sites today
Is the limit on foreign rikishi fair? See what our debaters had to say
In the first of our cartoon bonanzas, sit back and chuckle at Benny Loh’s offerings
Let’s Hear From You
What was it that made you a sumo fan? Gernobono tells all
See what SFM readers had to say since our last issue
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.
Enter Michael J. Stopka, owner of Design Toscano of Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Stopka sells the figurines and wanted to help. After seeing a report on television about Doc’s plight, Stopka sent the dentist a brand new Basho (retail $99).
Doc was overjoyed.
The original Basho remains on the loose, but if authorities can locate the stout statue, he’ll return to the garden with a worthy opponent waiting.
Former Hawaiian sumotori Hajime Morita recently celebrated his 102nd birthday. Morita, who never made the trip to Japan, but performed on
Kauai during the plantation era in sumo tournaments held at various locations around the island, still enjoys watching the Japanese feeds of hon-basho tournaments on TV with his grandson, Glenn.
Manchester RFU – a rugby club – has hired Sumo World Championships medalist Steve Pateman of the British Sumo Federation to lecture his team on how to tackle. He led a session on how to bring sumo skills to rugby at a coaching master class run by RFU. One big difference: sumo wrestlers don’t run downfield.
William “Tyler” Hopkins (ex-Sunahama) and Eric “Fats” Gaspar (ex-Koryu), both natives of Hawaii and both retired, wowed the onlookers at the Missouri Botanical Garden
during the Japanese Festival in St. Louis last month. Both wrestlers were themselves impressed by the Gateway Arch and the Mississippi River. The two had wanted to see the landmarks ever since reading Mark Twain while growing up in Oahu.
Just a thought: While in Las Vegas, might one of the craftier sumotori make it to a final table of the Texas Hold’em tournaments? I can just hear World Series of Poker host Lon McEachern shout, “Asashoryu’s all in with pocket aces!”
I’m all out.