Sumo, the Japanese martial art that doesn't have a class at your local gym! Perhaps better known from Freakonomics
than ESPN 5, the sport continues to draw crowds and contenders, an odd number of whom are from Eastern Europe, and one of whom
is just barely over 200 pounds. Never seen it before? [more inside]
posted by Make Way for Ducklings!
on Jul 20, 2012 -
In March of 2009, the Japan Sumo Association won a lawsuit
against Kodansha, a large Japanese publishing house. Kodansha had alleged that match fixing was rampant in Sumo, even at the highest levels. However, in the last week, police have discovered text messages
between wrestlers showing proof of fixing, including negotiation over compensation. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah
on Feb 5, 2011 -
The Crying Game.
The Japanese proverb Naku ko wa sodatsu
says that "A crying child thrives." During the annual Konaki Sumo
("Crying Sumo") festival held at certain temples
in Japan, babies are held facing each other and encouraged to cry
by priests and sumo wrestlers. The one who bawls first, or loudest, is the winner, thought to be blessed by the gods with good health.
posted by gottabefunky
on Apr 30, 2007 -
Nature's Sumo Wrestlers.
Hundreds of thousands of northern elephant seals
once inhabited the Pacific Ocean. They were slaughtered wholesale in the 1800s for the oil that could be rendered from their blubber. By 1892, only 50 to 100 individuals were left. Today estimates are that about 150,000 roam the Pacific Ocean. And they are extraordinary animals - the males can average 1,800 kg and 5 meters in length. Mirounga angustirostris
spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 to 5000 feet deep for periods of fifteen minutes to two hours, and migrating thousands of miles, twice a year, to its land based rookery for birthing, breeding, molting and rest. Once on the beach
, they survive up to 3-4 months with almost no food or water. You can spy on them at through the live cam at Ano Nuevo State Reserve
from 9am to 9pm (EST)
though at this point, it’s mostly only the pups that are still on the beach as most of the adults have headed back to sea.
Also, they do not like
to be woken up.
posted by otherwordlyglow
on Mar 15, 2007 -
If you've ever wondered how sumotori achieve their epic
bulk, this article from Gastronomica
details the complex preparation and serving rituals of the (perhaps not
) delicious, protein-rich chunky soup that's the staple of their diet (with recipe helpfully included).
posted by melissa may
on Mar 26, 2005 -
Pehaps one of the advantages of massive cable channel proliferation is the market for geek sports. Full Metal Challenge
is the latest creation of Cathy Rogers
(slashdot) who also produced Scrapyard Challenge/Junkyard Wars
. (Previously discussed here
almost two years ago.) Contestants are given $3,000 and a month to build their own vehicle to compete in a variety of challenges with names "sumo", "wetropolis", and "hall of mirrors." One of the things that makes this show work is the color commentary by Rennaissance punk Henry Rollins
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Dec 18, 2002 -
Akebono's sumo retirement ceremony
American-born sumo Yokozuna Akebono retired from the sport Sepetember 29th in Kokogikan, Japan.
This excellent photo essay talks about a few of the 300+ people scheduled to help cut off the topknot, a little on the history of Sumo, and why he needs 8 men to help him with the belt tying ceremony
Also a few good photographs of another American-born Yokozuna, Musashimaru, and one Japanese one, Takanohana.
posted by swenson
on Jan 5, 2002 -
Not many still-practiced sports existed at the dawn of recorded
history. Sumo wrestling is one of them. I've been trying to learn
about Sumo lately, and with the Aki-Basho tournament coming
up next month, now is the time to follow
web as the drama unfolds.
posted by machaus
on Aug 25, 2001 -