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    Kakuryu to Retire

    Sad to see, but not shocked. Believe Hakuho and Kakuryu were both holding out to be the top representatives of sumo during the Olympics and a point of pride for Mongolia. With no foreign spectators coming now it didn’t make sense for Kakuryu to stay any longer and imagine he would have retired long ago had the Olympics been held last year. Would not be surprised to see Hakuho retire after the Olympics finish up this summer.
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    Sumo Salaries from 1975 to Present

    Thought it would be interesting to plot sumo wrester monthly base salary increases (in yen) from 1975 to 2019. Crazy how much the sumo boom in the early 1990s shot salaries up. I grabbed all these numbers from Sumo World Magazine, except for 2019 which I think I found on a thread here. Interesting to note that the Yokozuna-to-Juryo pay ratio is about 2.75 through the years, Ozeki-to-Juyro is about 2.25 through the years, Sekiwake/Komusubi-to-Juryo is about 1.65 through the years, and Maegashira-to-Juryo is 1.25 through the years.
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    Sumo Salaries from 1975 to Present

    Yup! Wakanohana, Takamiyama, Akebono.
  4. Maybe a strange topic for here, but was reading the January 1973 issue of Sumo World and it mentioned that Kasugano Oyakata (former Yokozuna Tochinishikj) was the only man ever in sumo to make a hole in one in golf. That was 47 years ago, has anyone ever remembered hearing about any other retired or active wrestler having a hole in one since? Thanks in advance and Happy New Year!
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    Golf Holes-in-one by a sumo wrestler?

    Thanks for the great discussion. According National Hole In One Registry it looks like the odds of the average golfer making a hole-in-one are 12,000 to one and you would have to play 3500 rounds of golf before you got one. Seems like if Kasugano (ex-Tochinishiki) got one back in late 1960s/early 1970s there is a good chance someone in sumo has gotten one since.
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    BBM Sumo trading cards

    Congrats, that is a huge accomplishment, can't imagine many have done it before you outside of Japan.
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    Do you collect BBM Sumo cards?

    We have a Facebook Group going for those that are interested in collecting the BBM cards. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1630250003925942/
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    Back Covers of Sumo World on Instagram

    Awesome, I have all the Sumo World Magazines from 1973 to about 2002. My goal is to capture all the Tables of Content on my website at some point as well as the scans of the covers. Glad to see you have them here too! https://sumocards.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_4.html
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    Sumo Books written in English

    I went through a phase where I scoured the world looking for books on sumo written in English. So far I have found 16 and wanted to see if anyone else has any that I have missed. In no particular order these are the ones that I have found: The Essential Guide to Sumo by Dorthea Buckingham (1994) Gaijin Yokozuna by Mark Panek (2006) Sumo from Rite to Sport by P.L. Cuyler (1979) The Book of Sumo by Doug Kenrick (1969) Sumo Wrestling by Bill Gutman (1995) Grand Sumo by Lora Sharnoff (1989) The Big Book of Sumo by Mina Hall (1997) The Giants of Sumo by Angela Patmore (1990) Rikishi: The Men of Sumo by Wes Benson (1986) Takamiyama: The World of Sumo by Jesse Kuhaulua (1973) Dynamic Sumo by Clyde Newton (1994) Sumo by Andy Adams and Clyde Newton (1989) Sumo: The Sport and Tradition by J.A. Sargeant (1959) Sumo Watching by S.W.A. (1993) Sumo: A Pocket Guide by Walter Long (1989) The Joy of Sumo by David Benjamin (1991) All of them are great reads with a little different focus. Anyone have a favorite one? Cheers, Ryan
  10. Sumo Fans, A few weeks ago or so we looked at all the books that were written on sumo in English we came up with the following list: 1. The Essential Guide to Sumo by Dorthea Buckingham (1994) 2. Gaijin Yokozuna by Mark Panek (2006) 3. Sumo from Rite to Sport by P.L. Cuyler (1979, revised 1985) 4. The Book of Sumo by Doug Kenrick (1969) 5. Sumo Wrestling by Bill Gutman (1995) 6. Grand Sumo by Lora Sharnoff (1989) 7. The Big Book of Sumo by Mina Hall (1997) 8. The Giants of Sumo by Angela Patmore (1990) 9. Rikishi: The Men of Sumo by Wes Benson (1986) 10. Takamiyama: The World of Sumo by Jesse Kuhaulua (ghostwritten by John Wheeler) (1973) 11. Dynamic Sumo by Clyde Newton (1994) 12. Sumo by Andy Adams and Clyde Newton (1989) 13. Sumo: The Sport and Tradition by J.A. Sargeant (Tuttle, 1959) 14. Sumo Watching by S.W.A. (1993) 15. Sumo: A Pocket Guide by Walter Long (1989) 16. Sumo: A pocket Guide by David Shapiro (Tuttle, 1995) 17. The Joy of Sumo by David Benjamin (1991) 18. Sumo by Lyall Watson "A Channel Four Book" (1988) 19. Sumo: A Fan's Guide by Mark Schilling (1994) 20. Grand Sumo Fully Illustrated by PHP Institute Inc 21. Sumo Showdown: The Hawaiian Challenge by Philip Sandoz 22. Jesse: Sumo Superstar by Adams and Schilling 23. Makunouchi Rikishi of the Showa Era by Clyde Newton 24. Sumo - Japanese Wrestling (Tourist Library 34) 25. I am a Rikishi by Reiko Yokono 26. Makunouchi Rikishi of the Showa Era by Clyde Newton What I've proposed is that we take a book every month or so and post our good, bad or ugly thoughts on the book. The month gives some time for people to order the book and/or read/reread the book for comments. As you can see from this month's thread topic we'll start off with David Benjamin's "The Joy of Sumo." Title: The Joy of Sumo - A Fan's Notes Author: David Benjamin Publisher: Tuttle Pages: 295 ISBN: 0-8048-1679-4 First Edition 1991 Third Printing 1992 Softcover ................................................................................ ............................................................... I am in the middle of rereading so will post comments when I am done. There were some great comments in the previous threads on this book, but I didn't pull that info over. Cheers! Ryan
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    1915 Sumo Tobacco Card

    I just picked this old sumo card from 1915 printed by the Cuban tobacco company Susini. I was wondering which rikishi were depicted on the front so looking in my Grand Sumo Encyclopedia for reference. It appears the rikishi in front in Maegashira Atariya. Not sure who the rikishi in back is yet. Anyone have a better reference or any ideas? Thanks! Ryan
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    Nice to meet you.

    Welcome to the forums!!
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    One-man sumo at Oyamazumi Shrine

    I was reading Lyall Watson's Sumo and he mentions one-man sumo at Oyamazumi Shrine on 9 September each year? Has anyone ever been to watch? I looked online for some videos, but only found some random pictures.
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    Book Review - Sumo by Lyall Watson "A Channel Four Book"

    So far it is a pretty good book and a nice, simple overview. I love Ozeki Konishiki in his pink "Sailors" outfit on page 75! I saw a lot of that on the ski slopes when I was living there. A lot of pink, red, green and purple ski outfits.
  15. Sumo Fans, A few months ago or so we looked at all the books that were written on sumo in English we came up with the following list: 1. The Essential Guide to Sumo by Dorthea Buckingham (1994) 2. Gaijin Yokozuna by Mark Panek (2006) 3. Sumo from Rite to Sport by P.L. Cuyler (1979, revised 1985) 4. The Book of Sumo by Doug Kenrick (1969) 5. Sumo Wrestling by Bill Gutman (1995) 6. Grand Sumo by Lora Sharnoff (1989) 7. The Big Book of Sumo by Mina Hall (1997) 8. The Giants of Sumo by Angela Patmore (1990) 9. Rikishi: The Men of Sumo by Wes Benson (1986) 10. Takamiyama: The World of Sumo by Jesse Kuhaulua (ghostwritten by John Wheeler) (1973) 11. Dynamic Sumo by Clyde Newton (1994) 12. Sumo by Andy Adams and Clyde Newton (1989) - Reviewed December 2009(Thread #2) 13. Sumo: The Sport and Tradition by J.A. Sargeant (Tuttle, 1959) 14. Sumo Watching by S.W.A. (1993) 15. Sumo: A Pocket Guide by Walter Long (1989) 16. Sumo: A pocket Guide by David Shapiro (Tuttle, 1995) 17. The Joy of Sumo by David Benjamin (1991) - Reviewed September 2009(Thread #1) 18. Sumo by Lyall Watson "A Channel Four Book" (1988) 19. Sumo: A Fan's Guide by Mark Schilling (1994) 20. Grand Sumo Fully Illustrated by PHP Institute Inc 21. Sumo Showdown: The Hawaiian Challenge by Philip Sandoz 22. Jesse: Sumo Superstar by Adams and Schilling 23. Makunouchi Rikishi of the Showa Era by Clyde Newton 24. Sumo - Japanese Wrestling (Tourist Library 34) 25. I am a Rikishi by Reiko Yokono 26. Makunouchi Rikishi of the Showa Era by Clyde Newton In September 2009 we reviewed "The Joy of Sumo" by David Benjamin In December 2009 we reviewed "Sumo" by Andy Adams and Clyde Newton As you can see from this month's thread topic we'll discuss the book written by Lyall Watson titled "Sumo: A Channel Four Book." Title: Sumo Author: Lyall Watson Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Limited Pages: 96 ISBN: 0-283-99771-0 First Edition 1988 Softcover ................................................................................ ............................................................... I just recently picked up the First Edition off of E-bay. I haven't seen the Second Edition, but it looks like the Second Edition was printed in 1989 with updates and revisions and a slightly different title. Post all your comments about this book on this thread. Thanks! Cheers! Ryan
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    Rikishi smoking

    Didn't Yokozuna Takanohana and Yokozuna Wakanohana's father, Ozeki Takanohana, die of throat/mouth cancer because of smoking? I don't think he was that old.
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    Hi all sumofans

    Welcome to the boards! I was in the Jet Program and had the best experience of my life. Fell in love with sumo and sumo cards. Cheers and keep coming back to the boards! Ryan
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    NSK Video Stream - Haru 10

    I'm in! First and last day I've been able to watch this basho!
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    Another Mongolian gets Japanese citizenship

    Can you hold dual citizenship in Mongolia and Japan or did Daitenshou have to renounce his Mongolian citizenship?
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    Book Review - Sumo by Andy Adams & Clyde Newton

    Thanks for the great information! My interest in Chiyonofuji stems from collecting sumo cards. I've only catalogued two sets of cards that have been dedicated just to certain rikishi/ozeki and those ozeki all went on to become Yokozuna. In 1961, there was a 20+ cards set that was dedicated just to Ozeki Taiho and Ozeki Kashiwado. Less than a year later they went on to become Yokozuna. In 1981, Amada printed a 20+ card set of Ozeki Chiyonofuji and less than a year later he went on to become a Yokozuna. I am intrigued that people could see the greatness in these rikishi, invest money to print cards of just them and then they go on to be some of the greatest Yokozuna ever(with maybe the exception of Kashiwado).
  21. Sumo Fans, A few months ago or so we looked at all the books that were written on sumo in English we came up with the following list: 1. The Essential Guide to Sumo by Dorthea Buckingham (1994) 2. Gaijin Yokozuna by Mark Panek (2006) 3. Sumo from Rite to Sport by P.L. Cuyler (1979, revised 1985) 4. The Book of Sumo by Doug Kenrick (1969) 5. Sumo Wrestling by Bill Gutman (1995) 6. Grand Sumo by Lora Sharnoff (1989) 7. The Big Book of Sumo by Mina Hall (1997) 8. The Giants of Sumo by Angela Patmore (1990) 9. Rikishi: The Men of Sumo by Wes Benson (1986) 10. Takamiyama: The World of Sumo by Jesse Kuhaulua (ghostwritten by John Wheeler) (1973) 11. Dynamic Sumo by Clyde Newton (1994) 12. Sumo by Andy Adams and Clyde Newton (1989) 13. Sumo: The Sport and Tradition by J.A. Sargeant (Tuttle, 1959) 14. Sumo Watching by S.W.A. (1993) 15. Sumo: A Pocket Guide by Walter Long (1989) 16. Sumo: A pocket Guide by David Shapiro (Tuttle, 1995) 17. The Joy of Sumo by David Benjamin (1991) - Reviewed September 2009(Thread #1) 18. Sumo by Lyall Watson "A Channel Four Book" (1988) 19. Sumo: A Fan's Guide by Mark Schilling (1994) 20. Grand Sumo Fully Illustrated by PHP Institute Inc 21. Sumo Showdown: The Hawaiian Challenge by Philip Sandoz 22. Jesse: Sumo Superstar by Adams and Schilling 23. Makunouchi Rikishi of the Showa Era by Clyde Newton 24. Sumo - Japanese Wrestling (Tourist Library 34) 25. I am a Rikishi by Reiko Yokono 26. Makunouchi Rikishi of the Showa Era by Clyde Newton In September 2009 we reviewed "The Joy of Sumo" by David Benjamin. As you can see from this month's thread topic we'll go to a great book written by Andy Adams and Clyde Newton titled "Sumo". Title: Sumo Author: Andy Adams & Clyde Newton Publisher: W.H. Smith Publishers Pages: 80 ISBN: 0-8317-7997-7 First Edition 1989 Hardcover ................................................................................ ............................................................... One of the great parts of this book is I only paid $3.56 including shipping for it on E-bay. Post all your comments about this book on this thread. Thanks! Cheers! Ryan
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    Book Review - Sumo by Andy Adams & Clyde Newton

    I really liked this book, even though it was a fairly quick read. I am sure it was meant for a coffee table, but the pictures are really awesome. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't know the first thing about sumo as it is really a great overview. Reading this book sparked a couple of questions: 1) Does the sumo school still exist and is it really 6 months long? 2) For a few years in 1989 and 1990 there were 3 Yokozuna and 3 Ozeki and then 4 Yokozuna and 2 Ozeki. This seems somewhat like the situation we have going on now with the 2 Yokozuna and 5 Ozeki. There aren't enough yusho to go around and some regular poor performers. I wonder what the general feeling was toward the rikishi at that time and if there were a lot of outcries for some of them to retire. 3) What is the story behind Andy Adams and Clyde Newton? I know they were well respected in the sumo circles many years ago. Where are they now and what ever happened to Sumo World magazine? 4) Did anyone ever get to watch Chiyonofuji in his prime in person during a tournament? Thanks! Ryan
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    November 2009 retirees

    I wish Chiyotaikai was among them....I'm afraid I am going to have to see him retire as a Sekiwake.
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    Edit

    I'm watching them now! Thanks again for a great find. It looks like the subtitles are in Chinese....