Spring Banzuke! | February News

The official rankings chart for the 2020 March Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo was released Monday morning! A few things stick out immediately: 1. Both Yokozuna have made it to Banzuke-day without retiring (or should I say we made it to Banzuke-day without our Yokozuna retiring?) In fact, Kakuryu has made a great showing atContinue reading “Spring Banzuke! | February News”

Champions, Concussions, Changes, and Consequences | January News

It’s been a week since the sumo world pushed its 2021 luck with the New Year tournament. We all know by now that Maegashira #1 Daieisho won his first top division yusho, beating the entirety of a relatively strong sanyaku, and going 8-0 right from the beginning. If you haven’t seen how this played out,Continue reading “Champions, Concussions, Changes, and Consequences | January News”

New Year Banzuke!

The official rankings chart for Hatsu Basho (beginning January 10th in Tokyo) was released a bit earlier than usual, so we’re a bit late in presenting it! 🙀 Here’s some of the basic info you should know ahead of the New Year tournament: East MAKUUCHI West looking fit anddominating inpractice HakuhoMiyagino Yokozuna KakuryuMichinoku has notContinue reading “New Year Banzuke!”

Kakuryu is Japanese! | Hakuho Challenges Takakeisho

Mongolian-born Yokozuna Kakuryu has attained Japanese citizenship, a prerequisite for holding elder stock in the Japan Sumo Association. He of course has the option to continue competing, but with 15 years worth of professional level wear-and-tear, and pressure from the Yokozuna Deliberation Council to produce results or quit, it seems the main thing holding himContinue reading “Kakuryu is Japanese! | Hakuho Challenges Takakeisho”

“When in doubt, hit hard!” Kotoshogiku’s Retirement, Crazy Techniques, and Injured Stars | Nov. 8-14 News

Starting off with the biggest story of the week… Kotoshogiku Retires Former Ozeki Kotoshogiku of Sadogatake-beya announced his retirement Friday, after losing his last professional match at the rank of Juryo #3 West. The ever popular 36 year old gave his all during this tournament and the one prior while suffering from a calf muscleContinue reading ““When in doubt, hit hard!” Kotoshogiku’s Retirement, Crazy Techniques, and Injured Stars | Nov. 8-14 News”

Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations

On the 30th, the Japan Sumo Association held their extraordinary board meeting, and a meeting of the rank-deciding committee. The hottest topic on the table was the promotion of first time champion Shodai to Ozeki. Mostly a formality as the arrangements had essentially been made beforehand, a unanimous stamp of approval was given. Between DirectorContinue reading “Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations”

Shodai Prepares for Ozeki Promotion

Aki Basho’s top division champion Shodai has finally reached his long sought-after milestone of sumo’s second highest rank. In preparation for his Ozeki promotion acceptance speech, he has selected a special “four character idiom” which is customary for this situation. The one he chose is meant to express his desired way of life from nowContinue reading “Shodai Prepares for Ozeki Promotion”

Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #15 | Shodai vs. Tobizaru

It all came down to this match. Either rookie Tobizaru would outwit his much larger foe and force a play-off, or Sekiwake Shodai would take the most direct route to his long sought-after first Makuuchi championship title. When all was said and done, Tobizaru seemed to be thrilled just to have the chance to playContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Bout of the Day #15 | Shodai vs. Tobizaru”

Aki 2020 | Basho Recap

The 2020 Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo got underway on September 13, in the absence of both Yokozuna who are trying to heal many years’ worth of pain and injuries. A lot of other wrestlers took time off this basho as well. Ishiura didn’t start until midway through, coming back to get just 4Continue reading “Aki 2020 | Basho Recap”

Aki 2020 | Senshuraku Preview

On the second to last day of Aki Basho 2020, Chiyonokuni secured the Juryo division championship with a slapdown against Wakamotoharu. This is his third time winning a second division title, and he did it with a comfortable two win margin. Congratulations to him! It has come down to the final day in the topContinue reading “Aki 2020 | Senshuraku Preview”