Nagoya Nears
Eric Blair
As Nagoya nears, EB gets a head start on the pack by focussing on points of interest, past and present surrounding sumo's hottest basho

Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
The 42nd yokozuna Kagamisato falls under the JK microscope

Heya Peek
Barbara Ann Klein
Kokonoe-beya and the Chiyo Boys

SFM Interview
Mark Buckton
SFM's Ed-in-Chief interviews Estonian up and comer Baruto

Sumo 101
Barbara Ann Klein
SFM's Editor looks at all the twists and turns involved in the tsunauchi-shiki and adds a photo bonanza to boot

Photo Bonanza
See the Natsu
Basho and Kokonoe-beya photo bonanzas

Natsu Basho Summary
Lon Howard
Lon gives us his Natsu Basho summary, along with the henka sightings results

Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila
Mikko Mattila lets you know what is going on down below the curtain

Nagoya Ones to Watch
Mark Buckton
MB's mixed bag of things to look out for in Nagoya

Kimarite Focus
Mikko Mattila
Our man Mikko takes us on a tour of several defensive oriented kimarite

Amateur Angles
Howard Gilbert
The first of our regular column pieces on the amateur sumo scene from a man who knows more than most

Sumo Game
Bruce Rae
For a look at his very own: PTYW (Pick The Yusho Winners)

Sumo in Print
Barbara Ann Klein
SFM's Editor reviews the newly published biography of Akebono, Gaijin Yokozuna – but sees it as more than just a biography

Kokugi Connections
Todd Lambert
Check out Todd's bimonthly focus on 3 of the WWW's best sumo sites around

Fan Debate
Facilitator – Lon Howard
Sumo author Mina Hall and long long time fan Jim Bitgood discuss how to make sumo more entertaining – if such a concept is even necessary

SFM Cartoons
Benny Loh & Stephen Thompson
Sit back and enjoy the offerings of sumo's premier artists

Let’s Hear From You
What was it that
made you a sumo fan? James Vath in rural Japan lets us in on his gateway to the sport

Readers’ Letters
See what our readers had to say since we last went out

Sumo Quiz
The Quizmaster
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.

Kokugi Connections

by Todd Lambert

Kasugano Beya (

The homepage of the Kasugano stable, led by the former sekiwake Tochinowaka has a wealth of information about the heya. Past yokozuna Tochinoumi and Tochinishiki both hailed from this stable, which was established in the early 1920s by grand champion Tochigiyama. Current sekitori include Tochinonada, Tochinohana, Kasuganishiki, and Tochisakae. The newest prospect is the fourth Georgian to enter sumo, Tochinoshin (Levan Gorgadze). He can be seen in the photo on the far left of the site's top page. A big kid at 192 cm and 125 kg, and just 18 years old, he came in second in the heavyweight division at the World Junior Sumo Championships. His mae-zumo
debut was this May. With judo, sambo, and amasumo backgrounds – not to mention his size, he has the potential to go a long way in sumo. Navigation on this site is fairly straightforward, with a menu at the top (from right to left – top page, what's new, stable history, message from the oyakata, rikishi introductions, columns, comments, location, recruiting, and links), and some nice photos to accompany the text.


Each issue of SFM, Todd Lambert – our man online – will bring you a review of some sumo related sites to be found on the World Wide Web. Enjoy.
Sumo Colosseum (

Chijanofuji's site is a good solid homepage. A very easy to navigate layout with menu on the left, and content on the right. Replete with clear concise information and ample photographs, Sumo Colosseum keeps a nice balance of historical records and more recent statistics. Notable sections include an extensively hyperlinked glossary, where if you click on a rikishi's name, the site will bring up not only the usual biographical data, but their honbasho records as well. It also features lists of yokozuna and ozeki back as far as the official records go, and a very nice alphabetical list of shikona (ring names) with the matching kanji, date of debut and retirement, and highest rank achieved. You can find a sekitori's yearly tournament
results for the past ten years, or check out the daily results from tournaments stretching back into the 80s. Something for new and old fans alike.
Sumo-Hoshitori (

The Grand Sumo Tournament Records homepage is a great jumping off point for sumo statistics. Divided by year and month of tournament, this database gives the win-loss (vs. opponent) records of all makuuchi rikishi from the present all the way back to 1757, the year the first banzuke was released. Also included are the yusho and special prize (sansho) winners of each honbasho. The menu at the left of the page allows for easy navigation, and the tables are clearly laid out and easy to read at a glance. Other features include mail to the site owner, a comments board, and easy access to the original Japanese homepage, for those comfortable reading Japanese, which includes several extra features not available on the English page. For those who need a bit of help when it comes to written Japanese, why not try browsing the Japanese side using a web based pop-up dictionary such as
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