John Gunning

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  1. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    I went to Doreen's funeral and the church was packed out. I had no idea what to expect so I asked some people & Googled the proper etiquette etc beforehand but it seemed even the members of the religion Doreen was part of were in new territory as she requested the full traditional rites / service. That made me smile as Doreen was nothing if not a lover of archaic ceremony. The priests who had obviously never performed it that way before could be seen checking with each other that they were getting it right. Pretty much everything I had Googled was wrong too. The casket was opened part of the way through and everyone put flowers in with her. Talked about her with several people since. The point that I always find amazing is that she was so well known worldwide for her sumo involvement yet didn't move here or start doing anything with the sport until she was in her 40's. She had a whole life before ever penning a single word about the sport. Not many people can say they take something up in their fifth decade on the planet and become a noted expert.
  2. Trivia bits

    O'Hara / 小原
  3. Well technically since it's the headline you quoted that's what the editor said. The rest of the column is mine though.
  4. Rikishi weight May 2018

  5. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    Doreen was 85 but her passing came as more of a shock than hearing she was hang gliding over active volcanoes would. She was active in many endeavors right up to the end. Doreen was involved in sumo before I was born and yet always had time for me which I appreciated no end. A couple of years ago she gave me her entire collection of Sumo World magazines and some other stuff for free. I’m glad I got to see and congratulate her after she was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun. A true original she will be missed.
  6. If you somehow aren’t sick of my opionions.....
  7. Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    No more than the spouse of anyone plays a role in that persons work if not an employee of the company.
  8. Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    As you might have noticed my column in JT has increased to weekly. I’ve got stuff I can write about but that level of regularity means there is an opportunity to do columns on pretty much anything sumo related. What do you want to see covered? I’m talking outside the obvious interviews with rikishi, basho previews etc. Are there parts of the sumo world you want to know more about? Stuff that doesn’t get covered much like the place that makes mawashi or historical sumo locations etc? I don’t have a strong preference myself so I’d rather write about things people are interested in. The big / current sumo stories will continue to be dealt with. This is more of an opportunity to throw some light on the lesser known parts. Thanks in advance.
  9. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Thank you for that post.
  10. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    In Ireland when I was going up we used soccer as football meant Gaelic Football.
  11. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    My opinion. Time for sumo to ditch ban on women in ring
  12. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    I'll put all my thoughts in next weeks Japan Times column. Right now I'm still formulating my opinions and reaching out to others for information.