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
infamous 4-11 record. Hakuho, on the other hand, has yet to suffer a make-koshi.
intai but whispers turned into cheers as he steamed to the finish line with 4 straight wins and a kachikoshi 8-7 record. (The Shukun-sho Outstanding Performance Prize was not awarded)
As always, some of the gods sent makuuchi men a-tumblin’: Sekiwake Tosanoumi (4-11), M1 Tamanoshima (5-10), M4 Kaiho (4-11) and M17 Toki (6-9) all securing an unwanted lower ranks come Nagoya. The most notable and unexpected slide though came from recent ozeki hopeful, and current Natsu komusubi Wakanosato who finished with a 6-9. Other surprising slides appeared in the 5-10 records of M2 Tochinonada, M4 Iwakiyama, M7 Takamisakari, M11 Kisenosato, M13 Takanowaka and M17 Shimotori, while M12 Tokitsuumi managed just three wins.
Injury wise, in makuuchi, the basho’s tragic figure was M14 Hayateumi, who apparently suffered yet another major knee injury and at 3-4-8, is again going down to Juryo, possibly for the last time considering the number of candles he lights on his birthday cake.
To wrap this first SFM Basho Summary, I am now entrusted with selecting one match as the UPSET of the Basho. Problem is - there really wasn’t one, in terms of ‘look who beat who!’ at least. Therefore, in runners-up spot is Kotooshu’s day 12 fling-down of Chiyotaikai to give the ozeki his second loss.