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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.
  • 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 news[edit]

Good articles[edit]

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

Featured articles[edit]

Formerly recognized content[edit]

Former featured articles[edit]

Former good articles[edit]

Good article candidates[edit]


Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team release version selections[edit]

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 deletion[edit]

No current nominations. Past discussions:

Articles that need to be created[edit]



Active Rikishi[edit]

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 end of November 2018 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:

Retired Rikishi[edit]

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 attention[edit]


(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 images[edit]

Active rikishi articles without "fighting style" sections[edit]

Retired Rikishi[edit]

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 tables[edit]

Retired rikishi without full career tourney tables[edit]

Retired rikishi without images[edit]

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 tables[edit]

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 Templates[edit]

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This Weeks To-Do List[edit]

On line Sources[edit]


English Language[edit]

Japanese Language[edit]


  • 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 Sources[edit]


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  • Adams, Andy (1989). Sumo. London, UK: Hamlyn. ISBN 0600563561.
  • Benjamin, David (1992). Joy of Sumo A Fan's Guide. Rutland, Vt.: C. E. Tuttle Co. ISBN 0804816794.
  • 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.
  • Hall, Mina (1997). The Big Book of Sumo. Berkeley, CA: Stone Bridge Press. ISBN 1880656280.
  • Newton, Clyde (2000). Dynamic Sumo. New York and Tokyo: Kondansha International. ISBN 4770025084.
  • Patmore, Angela (1991). The Giants of Sumo. London, UK: Macdonald Queen Anne Press. ISBN 0356181200.
  • 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.: C. E. Tuttle Co. ISBN 0804810842.
  • Schilling, Mark (1984). Sumo A Fan's Guide. Tokyo: Japan Times. ISBN 4789007251.
  • Sharnoff, Laura (1989). Grand Sumo The Living Sport and its Tradition. New York: Weatherhill. ISBN 4789007251.
  • Takamiyama, Daigoro & John Wheeler (1973). Takamiyama The World of Sumo. Tokyo, New York: Kondansha International. ISBN 0870111957.

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