Attention Sports Fans

Attention Sports Fans

American sports fans: upset that there’s no pro basketball due to the NBA strike? Bored by the NFL and NHL, disgusted with college football? Don’t despair. The Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament has just started at Fukuoka Kokusai Center and continues through November 27th. Don’t miss it, it’s the last big sumo tournament of 2011. This is truly heavy competition: rishiki (wrestlers) weight in at 250 to 400 pounds. And talk about your World Series: competitors are from Mongolia, Brazil, Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Estonia, and the Czech Republic as well as Japan.


“Kotoshogiku off to flying start in ozeki debut,” Japan Times

“Real-Time Streaming Video,” Nihon Sumō Kyōkai

Sumo Reference

“Beginners Guide to Sumo,” Nihon Sumō Kyōkai

“Glossary of sumo terms,” Wikipedia

Sumo Reference

The Nihon Sumō Kyōkai (Japan Sumo Association) organizes and conducts tournaments under the jurisdiction of MEXT, the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.


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Image (“Mutsugamine Iwanosuke on the Cover of the Sports Illustrated Sumo Issue, after Utagawa Kuniyoshi”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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