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 Todd Lambert
Each of these interior pages comes complete with photos. Overall, usability is fair. The text is large and easy to read, and the navigation bar at the bottom of the page is available on all interior pages, though only sometimes including a link back to the English section.
Each issue of SFM, Todd Lambert – our man online, will bring you a review of 3 sumo related sites to be found on the World Wide Web. Starting us off this month are reviews of the official Nihon Sumo Kyokai site, coverage of the world famous Moti Dichne’s pages and a look at the site of a major stable in the world of sumo. Enjoy.
Nihon Sumo Kyokai
files, and check out some novel pictures. Fan of a foreigner? Check up on him here. Play one or all of several sumo games, and shop for souvenirs. Site usability is good: the left-side menu-bar is available on all sub-pages, and makes navigation a snap. Grouping the menu items into a few categories and adding a 'home' link (the 'home' link at the bottom of the page loads an extra menu-bar) would help streamline navigation. Although some of the interior pages can be a bit slow to load, this is balanced by the clear, fun layout and large, colorful text.