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January 2011

This page contains information about Honbasho 2011.
It’s Sumo time! 2011 January Grand Tournament Honbasho is up and running.
Honbasho 2011

Honbasho 2011

Click below to watch the day’s videos of selected bouts.
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 1
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 2
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 3
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 4
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 5
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 6
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 7
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 8
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 9
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 10
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 11
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 12
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 13
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 14
Grand Sumo Tournament Day 15

How to watch Sumo

The best way to watch sumo is on NHK TV at first and then go watch it live. It usually comes on TV at 4:00 pm and lasts until 6:00 pm. The Japanese Sumo Association has an English website with links to goo that they update live when you’re watching it on TV. If you don’t live in Japan and still want to watch the Sumo you can go here:

Important Links



East and west indicates the sumo’s names and in the center is the Kimarite used after the fight. If you click on the sumo’s name you will get their stats: height, weight, age, wins, loses, country or prefecture of origin – and much more. If you click on the Kimarite it will show you a diagram of two sumos with a description of the term.

List of sumo wrestlers with images and stats

Sumo Wrestlers

Other Links



There are 2 divisions: Makuuchi Division and Makushita Division. The Makuuchi is the upper division whereas the Makushita is the lower division. The Makuuchi is the one televised at 4:00 pm on NHK.


As you would expect, there are a lot of terminology in Sumo.

Kimarite – technique used

There are over 70 different Kimarite terms for techniques used to get the other opponent out of the ring. Here’s a list of the terms:

Kimarite terms

In English with Kanji

In English only

In Japanese

Other important terms

Yaocho – fixed match
Kachi-koshi – more wins than loses
Kimarite – winning technique
kenshokin – money won after the match that is in white envelops usually containing $500 in each envelope.
Kachi-magi – score
Seigen – time over
Gyouji – referee
Musubi – final game

Win – Lose terminology

Kachi – win
Maki – lose
Sho – win
Pai – lose
Shiroboshi – win
Kuroboshi – lose

Watching it on TV

The opponents will be east and west of each other; left and right.

When the names are horizontal to each other there will be numbers in red between them. This indicates how many wins they’ve had against each other.

When the names are vertical to each other you will see to the left and right of the names the rankings of each opponent.

Ranking and salary in months

yokozuna: 2,820,000 or about $30,500 USD
ōzeki: 2,347,000 or about $25,000 USD
sanyaku: 1,693,000 or about $18,000 USD
maegashira: 1,309,000 or about $14,000 USD
jūryō: 1,036,000 or about $11,000 USD

2011 Famous Sumo Wrestlers

Hakuho – top wrestler from Mongolia – Yokozuna
Toyonoshima – in the top ranks
Kaio – Oozeki
Takamisakari – famous for pounding his chest
Kotooshu – 203 cm high Bulgarian tiger
Aran – the Russian Rasputin
Baruto – the Estonian giant

This is just the tip of the ice burg with Sumo. I recommend buying this little sumo pocket guide book by David Shapiro for more references: