October Issue Contents
Hatsu Basho



Chris Gould
Still going strong at 38. How does he do it?
Iwakiyama retires
Chris Gould
Tribute to the balding Aomori giant who quit in September.
Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
Why do the Japanese revere Tanikaze?
Aki Basho Review
Chris Gould
Can Hakuho actually break the record for consecutive wins?
Ones To Watch
Alexander Herrmann
How will sumo's veterans fare next time?
Eric Evaluates
Eric Blair
Where is Eric's lens focused this time?
Menko Corner
Ryan Laughton
What happens when you search for winning menko?
Amateur Angles
Howard Gilbert
Howard provides his latest sharp insight into the amateur sumo world.
Kokugi Konnections
Chris Gould
What are the great Kyusho basho moments of yore?
Morph Corner
Olivia Nagioff
Which wrestlers will undergo strange transformations?
How I might become a fan
Andy Williams
An SFM first. What does a non-fan think of sumo?
Photo Bonanza
Chris Gould
A few shots from the September 2010 tournament in Ryogoku.
Letters to the editor
What do sumo fans have to say this time?
Cartoon bonanza
Stephen Thompson
Cartoon maestro Boltono is back!

Aki Basho Review

Chris Gould
Is there anyone, or anything, that can stop Hakuho? The first few days of September's tournament held out the hope that some level of pressure would expose his human side, that the monotony of his effortless dispatch of opponents would somehow be drawn to a sensational and cacophonous end. None of this materialised. The majestic Mongolian's record-breaking unbeaten run carries on...

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
By the sweat of my brow...
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Iwakiyama retires

Chris Gould
He was big, balding and occasionally brutal, but outside the dohyo, the recently-retired Iwakiyama cut a remarkably refined figure. The Aomori University graduate was rarely seen without his intellectual-looking spectacles during interview, and indeed when stomping through the streets of Ryogoku after a match.


Joe Kuroda
According to the list of yokozuna officially sanctioned by the Nihon Sumo Kyokai (Japan Sumo Association), Tanikaze is recognized as the 4th yokozuna after mythical Akashi Shiganosuke. Ayagawa Goroji and Maruyama Gontazaemon.    Read more...

Kaio at 38

Chris Gould
Deep in the hearts and minds of the sumo community is the fate of Kaio, a true legend, feared to be the last great Japanese sumo warrior.    Read more...

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