Sumo's Foreign Invasion
Sumo - still Japanese or truly International?
Rikishi of Old
A look at a rikishi of yesteryear with Umegatani II our man for June
John attends asageiko at Takasago-beya to give us the first of his bimonthly looks at sumo's stables
Kurt Easterwood & Quinlan Faris
Kurt & Quin treat us to some of the best sumo pics around - and seen nowhere else
May Basho Review
Lon Howard & John Gunning
Lon gives us his Natsu Basho summary and his take on upset of the tournament while John chips in with his 'gem' of the basho
Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko provides his round up of the boys in Makushita and below at the Natsu Basho
July Basho Forecast
Pierre Wohlleben & Mark Buckton
Pierre predicts the Nagoya Basho banzuke while Mark previews the ones to watch next time out
Barbara Ann Klein
Rhyme and reason behind the pre-tachiai rituals that mystified us all as beginners
Mikko walks us through A, B & C
John's unique view of news from outside the dohyo
Las Vegas Jungyo Teaser
Months away but like kids at Christmas we are still too excited not to mention it
Hear from the founder of Guess the Banzuke (GTB) on exactly what makes it tick
Le Monde Du Sumo
The original team at MDS tells us how it all started
Heya Links Galore and a focus on 3
JR & EB square off: Right or Left - which should Asashoryu use when receiving kensho?
Let's Hear from You
What was it that made you a sumo fan?
Question of the month - What is Sumo?
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho's banzuke
by John Gunning
Entering through double glass doors you walk down a hallway and turn to the right into a viewing area and dohyo which are overshadowed by one of the full size yusho portraits of the oyakata. At the end of the entrance hall are a variety of items including a statue of the oyakata (former ozeki Asashio) holding up a large fish as well as a very unusual statue of a prairie dog in a kesho mawashi and several new years’ good luck arrows. The dohyo has no tawara and the rikishi practice on what is basically a flat earth surface.
Keiko started with the usual seemingly endless shiko. Later in the morning, first Senshuuyama, then, Asasekiryu entered and each began warming up. Pretty soon I realised that the yokozuna had gone for degeiko, which was disappointing but not surprising as he hadn’t gotten in much worthwhile keiko up to that point. As the morning wore on, quite a few foreigners, including one large tour group, started to come in. Many were obviously attending asageiko for the first time as they were breaking some of unwritten
--Friday May 6th 2005
line. It’s hidden away on a side street, and, after looking for some time, I was only able to find it when I noticed an old