Sumo art is truly a world in and of itself. Read this piece to brush up on points you already know or pick up nuggets of info on this little known aspect of the sport that will send you to bed a wiser boy or girl.
Make up your own mind about the so called Shiranui Curse - fact or fiction? CG reveals a few of the things you might have known and plenty you likely didn't to let you, the jury, ponder this one.
Carolyn Todd / Mark Buckton
SFM's new Ed, Carolyn Todd and Ed-i-C Mark Buckton get together to bring you a brilliantly eclectic handful of images - some old, some new but all somehow connected to sumo that may have otherwise ended up on the cutting room floor.
The first Frenchman in years to enter the Euro ama-scene - Mr. Sébastien Iniesta takes us all along on his recent trip to compete (and referee!) and survive in Budapest, Hungary. (Pt.1 of 2)
It towers over us at Ryogoku station, welcomes us in the Kokugikan
entrance hall, overhangs us in the Kokugikan arena and adorns the backs
of our English-language matchday programmes. Sumo art is everywhere....Read more...
Renowned sumo artist Lynn Matsuoka rarely gives full on interviews
so here at SFM we count ourselves particularly lucky to be able to
bring you an interview with a self made, global leader in sumo art. Read more...
Many sumo lovers have heard of the ‘Curse of the Shiranui,’ but
what is the evidence behind the claim? Chris Gould looks at the unlucky
yokozuna who have been reduced to a Shiranui shambles. Read more...
The 44th yokozuna Tochinishiki was part of one of the golden ages
of Ozumo with his hard-fought battles against rival yokozuna
Wakanohana. Just after the end of World War II, their exploits on the
dohyo provided a sense of relief from the daily grind to a Japanese
society on the look out for renewed hope and prosperity. Read more...
Our rikishi diarist celebrates his birthday in style with a sumo cake! Feast your eyes! Read more...
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was a classic looking figure in sumo, and briefly carried the sword
during Akebono's dohyo-iri. He was incredibly funny and would say some
things other rikishi wouldn't dare say. He was, of course, famous for
his froglike shikiri for which the Kyokai kept reprimanding him, the
crowd loved it! This ink jet print, ed. 100, 9.5 x 11 inches is signed
and numbered by the artist, available for $550. from the studio. Please
Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director – Japan Mark Buckton