When you think of sumo training, you probably think of large men eating lots of food and wrestling each other. You should also think of large men sitting in a classroom and learning stuff.
More than a hundred infants were on hand at Tokyo’s Irugi Shrine yesterday, taking part in an ancient ritual designed to ensure babies’ health. The secret? Use sumo wrestlers to get them bawling their eyes out.
Yokozuna is the highest rank in sumo, but over the past 250 years, the sumo wrestlers who've reached the title have gotten younger, and in the last few years, less Japanese.
Things got scarier than usual Wednesday at the New Year Grand Sumo tournament when gyoji Shozaburo Kimura found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The referee was knocked unconscious and removed from the auditorium on a stretcher. [Kyodo]
Japan's sumo association will be handing out iPads to the country's wrestlers, because cell phones are often too small for their hands. It's almost like they haven't heard of the Jitterbug.
"Fresh from his victory in the New Year's sumo tournament, Asashoryu is in hot water again with the Japan Sumo Association (JSA): this time, for striking a victory pose." [The Mainichi Daily News]
A major controversy rocked Japan (but not as hard as Loudness!) when police arrested three sumo wrestlers and their stable master for a hazing incident that resulted in the death of a teenage wrestler (Ed. note — oooof.)
. Sumo apparently puts its prospective wrestlers through a rigorous training process that…
You know, haven't we lost enough of our innocence? Must we now deal with sumo scandals? Is nothing sacred?