Wikipedia:WikiProject Sumo

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Welcome to WikiProject Sumo. This is a WikiProject set up for the purpose of improving any article related to sumo.


If you would like to be a participant, just add yourself below in alphabetical order. Occasionally inactive participants are removed from the list; if this happens to you and you would like to re-add yourself please feel free.


The Manual of Style for Japan-related articles should be followed for Japanese language text. Following the example of the Nihon Sumo Kyokai and the above style manual:

  • An overuse of Japanese/sumo terms should be avoided: "wrestler" is preferred to rikishi, "top division" to makuuchi, etc. Japanese/sumo terms can be used in moderation for purposes of clarity and style, if the meaning of the terms has first been made clear.
  • When a Japanese/sumo term is used, every occurrence of the term should be italicized if the word is not in common English use. Per MOS:OTHERLANG, the template {{lang}} should be used for each occurrence, which will automatically italicize the word. For example, makuuchi should be written as {{transl|ja|makuuchi}}.
  • Macrons, such as ō and ū should be used for elongated vowels unless the word (or name) has established usage without the macrons in other English media. (e.g. "Tokyo", not "Tōkyō")
  • Capitalization of sumo terms, including rank, division, and job titles should be avoided, as in komusubi, makuuchi, and sumo, except where the context calls for title case or where it is used as a personal title, as in "Yokozuna Asashōryū". Proper nouns, such as the names of people or organizations, should be capitalized.


The scope of this project is all articles relating to Sumo. These articles should be included in the Category:Sumo or one of its subcategories.


Did you know?Edit

In the newsEdit

Good articlesEdit

  1.   Takanohana Kōji (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)
  2.   Asashōryū Akinori (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

Featured articlesEdit

Formerly recognized contentEdit

Former featured articlesEdit

Former good articlesEdit

Good article candidatesEdit


Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team release version selectionsEdit

These articles have all been selected for one or more release versions of wikipedia. Please help ensure that these articles remain of the highest possible quality.

Articles for deletionEdit

No current nominations. Past discussions:

Articles that need to be createdEdit


  • one possible source here
  • 2008 LA tour is here
  • More recent article here


Active RikishiEdit

Though it once had consensus, the criteria for rikishi to warrant an article is now being disregarded for the most part, so I am deleting any reference to these rules. There seem to be enough contributors, for the time being anyway, that all rikishi articles will be updated without taxing contributors too heavily. If you are planning a rikishi article, please state so specifically on the talk page here, to avoid overlapping work being wasted.

This rule was made to prevent having more rikishi articles to update than the limited number of contributors can handle (it's been as low as 2 people in times past, as people often move on).

Below is a running list of active rikishi who have been in makuuchi and a rough guide to their success thus far:

  • as of July 2022 basho
  • current means this rikishi is currently ranked in makuuchi

These active rikishi have not yet reached makuuchi but they meet WP:NSUMO, have a Japanese article and in some cases an image available:

Not reached sekitori status but has Japanese article:

Retired RikishiEdit

Remaining yusho winners, remaining modern era ozeki, various rikishi with high silverware counts and/or makuuchi longevity:

Shikona Highest Rank in makuuchi Maku yusho 5+ total San / Kin / JunY Notes
Komagatake Kuniriki (DB) ōzeki 1903-1914 (2 JunY) (pre-modern era, only listed due to multiple jun-yusho)
Ōnosato Mansuke (DB) ōzeki 1918-1932 (4 JunY)
Tsurugahama Masutarō (DB) komusubi 1921-1926 1922.01
Tachihikari Denemon (DB) ōzeki 1921-1927
Noshirogata Kinsaku (DB) ōzeki 1921-1936 1928.03 (1 Kin, 2 JunY)
Orochiyama Torinosuke (DB) maegashira 1 1923-1930 1926.05
Yamanishiki Zenjirō (DB) sekiwake 1923-1932 1930.05 (3 Kin +3 pre-1930) first of two pre-war collegiate sekitori
Shinobuyama Hidenosuke (DB) maegashira 2 1929-1932 (2 Kin, 2 JunY) (short career, but significant silverware count)
Ayazakura Gorōji (DB) sekiwake 1930-1937 1931.10
Okitsuumi Fukuo (DB) sekiwake 1931-1933 1932.03
Ayanobori Takezō (DB) sekiwake 1934-1945 6: 3 Kin, 3 JunY
Kasagiyama Katsuichi (DB) sekiwake 1935-1945 second of two pre-war collegiate sekitori
Itsutsushima Narao (DB) ōzeki 1936-1942
Kashimanada Kiichi (DB) maegashira 1 1938-1946 5: 3 Kin, 2 JunY
Kamikaze Shōichi (DB) sekiwake 1942-1950 7: 1 San, 6 Kin
Wakasegawa Taiji (DB) komusubi 1942-1959 13: 4 San, 7 Kin, 2 JunY one of three 50+ maku basho rikishi with no article
Shionoumi Unemon (DB) ōzeki 1943-1951
Hirosegawa Sōkichi (DB) maegashira 3 1943-1958 top 10 most makuuchi tournaments for non-sanyaku
Hajimayama Masanobu (DB) sekiwake 1945-1959 7: 1 San, 5 Kin, 1 JunY
Ōtachi Danemon (DB) komusubi 1946-1958
Shimizugawa Akio (DB) komusubi 1947-1958 9: 3 San, 5 Kin, 1 JunY
Kuninobori Kunio (DB) komusubi 1948-1959 8: 3 San, 4 Kin, 1 JunY
Narutoumi Kazuyuki (DB) maegashira 1 1949-1960 5: 2 San, 3 Kin top 10 most makuuchi tournaments for non-sanyaku
Shinobuyama Harusada (DB) sekiwake 1950-1960 15: 8 San, 7 Kin
Ōhikari Sadayuki (DB) komusubi 1950-1963 7: 1 San, 5 Kin, 1 JunY one of three 50+ maku basho rikishi with no article
Shionishiki Yoshiaki (DB) komusubi 1952-1961 46 maku basho, largely before 1958
Daitenryū Mitsunori (DB) maegashira 2 1953-1961 5: 1 San, 3 Kin, 1 JunY (possibly better listed as Kaizan Tarō)
Naruyama Akira (DB) komusubi 1953-1962 12: 4 San, 6 Kin, 2 JunY
Wakamaeda Eiichirō (DB) sekiwake 1954-1963 7: 4 San, 3 Kin one of three 50+ maku basho rikishi with no article
Wakanoumi Masateru I (DB) komusubi 1955-1963 10: 3 San, 6 Kin, 1 JunY (see Wakanoumi Masateru II)

Other past rikishi of interest:

These recently retired rikishi meet WP:NSUMO and (mostly) have images:

Articles that need attentionEdit


(for general articles that are more or less completed see here)


Most important
Less important

(all the "completed" active rikishi that need UPDATES after each basho, are best accessed here)

Active rikishi articles without imagesEdit

Active rikishi articles without "fighting style" sectionsEdit

Retired RikishiEdit

In addition to those above, there are also many bios with no "fighting style" section,eg Tochinoumi, Kongo.

(for a list of retired rikishi with "completed" articles, see here)

Pre-1958 Yokozuna with Post-1958 style tourney tablesEdit

Retired rikishi without full career tourney tablesEdit

Retired rikishi without imagesEdit

There are many, but non-free images can be used for deceased rikishi such as:

A great many free images of past sumo wrestlers are available at Wikicommons here. Some do not yet have articles on the English Wikipedia (see above).


Addition of jun-yusho to rikishi tournament tablesEdit

List of jun-yusho winners sorted by total

  • 21 – 10 jun-yusho: done (15 rikishi)
  • 9 – 7 jun-yusho: done (17 rikishi)
  • 6 – 5 jun-yusho: done (18 rikishi)
  • 4 jun-yusho: done (22 rikishi, 21 with articles)
  • 3 jun-yusho: done (15 rikishi, 14 with articles)
  • 2 jun-yusho: done (42 rikishi, 36 with articles)
  • 1 jun-yusho: done (96 rikishi, 53 with articles)

Project TemplatesEdit

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Talk spaceEdit


User talk spaceEdit


This Weeks To-Do ListEdit

On line SourcesEdit


English LanguageEdit

Japanese LanguageEdit


  • Le Monde du Sumo French-language online Sumo magazine with occasional English translations.
  • Sumo Fan Magazine Online magazine with articles on Sumo history, memorabilia, ongoing basho, rikishi and heya profiles, etc.


Books, Magazines, other Off Line SourcesEdit


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  • Adams, Andy; Newton, Clyde (1989). Sumo. London, UK: Hamlyn. ISBN 0600563561.
  • Benjamin, David (2010). Sumo: A Thinking Fan's Guide to Japan's National Sport. North Clarendon, Vermont, USA: Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 978-4-8053-1087-8.
  • Benjamin, David (1992). The Joy of Sumo: A Fan's Notes. Rutland, Vermont, USA & Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Company. ISBN 0-8048-1679-4.
  • Bickford, Lawrence (1994). Sumo And The Woodblock Print Masters. Tokyo, New York: Kodansha International. ISBN 4770017529.
  • Buckingham, Dorothea M. (1997). The Essential Guide to Sumo. Honolulu, USA: Bess Press. ISBN 1880188805.
  • Cuyler, P.L. (1979). Sumo From Rite to Sport. New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 0834801450.
  • Cuyler, P.L.; Doreen Simmons (1989). Sumo From Rite to Sport. New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 0834802031.
  • Gutman, Bill (1995). Sumo Wrestling. Minneapolis, USA: Capstone Pres. ISBN 1-56065-273-X.
  • Hall, Mina (1997). The Big Book of Sumo. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1880656280.
  • Ito, Katsuharu (the 34th Kimura Shonosuke) (2017). The Perfect Guide To Sumo, in Japanese and English. Translated by Shapiro, David. Kyoto, Japan: Seigensha. ISBN 978-4-86152-632-9.
  • Kenrick, Douglas M. (1969). The Book of Sumo: Sport, Spectacle, and Ritual. New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 083480039X.
  • Newton, Clyde (2000). Dynamic Sumo. New York and Tokyo: Kodansha International. ISBN 4770025084.
  • Patmore, Angela (1991). The Giants of Sumo. London, UK: Macdonald Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0356181200.
  • PHP Institute; Kitade, Seigoro, eds. (1998). Grand Sumo Fully Illustrated. Translated by Iwabuchi, Deborah. Tokyo: Yohan Publications. ISBN 978-4-89684-251-7.
  • Sacket, Joel (1986). Rikishi The Men of Sumo. text by Wes Benson. New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 0834802147.
  • Sargent, John A (1959). Sumo The Sport and The Tradition. Rutland, Vt.: Charles E. Tuttle Company. ISBN 0804810842.
  • Schilling, Mark (1984). Sumo: A Fan's Guide. Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times, Ltd. ISBN 4-7890-0725-1.
  • Shapiro, David (1995). Sumo: A Pocket Guide. Rutland, Vermont, USA & Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Company. ISBN 0-8048-2014-7.
  • Sharnoff, Lora (1993) [1st pub. 1989]. Grand Sumo: The Living Sport and Tradition (2nd ed.). New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 978-0-8348-0283-4.
  • Sports Watching Association (Japan); Kakuma, Tsutomu, eds. (1994). Sumo Watching. Translated by Iwabuchi, Deborah. New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 4896842367.
  • Takamiyama, Daigoro; John Wheeler (1973). Takamiyama The World of Sumo. Tokyo, New York: Kodansha International. ISBN 0870111957.
  • Yamaki, Hideo (2017). Discover Sumo: Stories From Yobidashi Hideo. Translated by Newton, Clyde. Tokyo: Gendai Shokan. ISBN 978-4768457986.
  • Zabel, Thomas (2014). Sumo Skills: Instructional Guide for Competitive Sumo. Mico, TX, USA: Ozumo Academy Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9914086-0-3.
  • Zerling, Andrew (2016). Sumo for Mixed Martial Arts: Winning Clinches, Takedowns, and Tactics. Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, USA: YMAA Publication Center. ISBN 978-1-59439-409-6.