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
Rikishi of Old: Umegatani II
by Joe Kuroda
Otojiro’s home, suggesting to his parents that he join Ozumo.
Initially, his father declined the offer, possibly because Otojiro was only 12 years old at the time, but Ikazuchi persisted. Finally, Otojiro’s father relented after Ikazuchi declared that he, himself, would personally guarantee the boy’s well-being by adopting him. This Ikazuchi oyakata was none other than the 15th yokozuna Umegatani Toutaro I, then a senior executive with the Sumo Association and a person considered so trustworthy that when the Association decided to build their first indoor venue,
The 20th Yokozuna
The 20th yokozuna Umegatani Toutaro II, was a skilled and crafty sumo technician even though he weighed in at almost 160 kg. His yokozuna dohyo-iri was considered to be so aesthetically elegant that it became the most widely used yokozuna dohyo-iri in sumo history. With his rival, yokozuna Hitachiyama, Umegatani ushered in the golden age of Ozumo, or what is generally known as the "Ume-Hitachi Era", and helped popularize sumo to an unprecedented level in the Meiji Era.