Wrestlers Must Shave Beards To Prevent Audience Discomfort

Wrestlers must shave beards to prevent audience discomfort

OSAKA--In another move to clean up the sport, sumo wrestlers, even superstitious ones, must shave off their beards before entering the dohyo, the Japan Sumo Association (JSA) said.

"We want you to be neat and tidy for the spectators as you climb up to the grand stage," Oguruma, the JSA director and former ozeki known as Kotokaze, told a meeting of wrestlers here on Feb. 26.

Medicinal 'chanko' Keeps Sumo Wrestlers Strong, Healthy

Medicinal 'chanko' keeps sumo wrestlers strong, healthy

When thinking of meals served at sumo stables, the first to come to mind is "chanko" hotpot.

At the Shikihide sumo stable in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture, the stablemaster's wife, Megumi Muko, who oversees the daily lives of the sumo wrestlers, has come up with a medicinal hotpot that warms the wrestlers from the inside.

Sumo Wrestlers Are Seduced By Pork-stuffed Fresh Bell Pepper

Sumo wrestlers are seduced by pork-stuffed fresh bell pepper

The thuds of physical contact and harsh breathing come from the sumo ring. During the morning training held from 7 a.m., the 45-year-old stablemaster Hidegoro Shikimori calls out, "That's good" and "Keep it up."

Nineteen sumo wrestlers who belong to the three lower divisions are training at his Shikihide stable located in Ryugasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Japanese Sumo Wrestlers Lack Mean Streak

Japanese sumo wrestlers lack mean streakJapan’s giant sumo wrestlers lack the mean streak needed to repel the flood of foreigners who have dominated the roly-poly sport in recent years, according to the country’s first homegrown champion in a decade.

Sumo : High-ranked Wrestlers All Notch 4th-day Wins

Sumo : High-ranked wrestlers all notch 4th-day winsYokozuna Hakuho and ozeki Kotoshogiku remained unbeaten on a good day for the wrestlers in the top two ranks, as all avoided upsets on the same day for the first time at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Wednesday at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

Photo : Sumo Wrestlers At Bean-throwing Festival 2014

PHOTO : Sumo wrestlers at bean-throwing festival 2014Photo shows sumo wrestlers -- grand champion Hakuho (back R) and maegashira Endo (back L) -- during an annual bean-throwing festival, marking the start of spring according to the lunar calendar, at Naritasan Shinsho Temple in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, on Feb. 3, 2014.

Outside The Ring, Sumo Wrestlers Grapple With Their Size

Outside the ring, sumo wrestlers grapple with their sizeAurora, the heaviest sumo wrestler in Japan, ate as little food as possible before his younger brother’s wedding.
It wasn’t a crash diet. Aurora simply wanted an empty stomach because he knew his 193-centimeter-tall, 271-kilogram body would never fit into the lavatory on the flight to his native Russia, where the nuptials were performed.