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Watching Sumo Online

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Remember when you needed a subscription to the Nippon Golden Network on cable TV to watch Hawaii sumo wrestlers Takamiyama, Akebono, Musashimaru and Konishiki plow through their diminutive opponents? That’s still a great way to watch sumo today, but the Internet now offers another option.

The May Grand Tournament begins May 10 (Hawaii time), with matches daily until May 24. The July Grand Tournament runs July 12 to July 26. You can watch all the bouts via the Japan Sumo Association’s Ustream channel, www.ustream.tv/Sumo-Seasonal. There are two options: a seasonal pass for $120 or a daily pass for $10 and $15 for the final day. If you buy the seasonal pass, you watch an archive of the current tournament’s bouts on your computer.

During the May tournament, be on the lookout for newly promoted grand champion Kakuryu, winner of the March 2014 tournament. On his heels will be Hakuho and Harumafuji, sumo’s two other yokozuna. Representing Hawaii is Musashikuni, nephew of former Yokozuna Musashimaru. This young prospect will be grappling in the Sandanme division and is on track to become Hawaii’s next hope.  

For a comprehensive look at wrestlers and other sumo-related data, visit sumodb.sumogames.de/Default.aspx.

Hakkeyoi!

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