I live in West Tennessee, and news about Sumo isn't exactly in the local headlines. I picked up tidbits and information as I could, but it couldn't help but be a back-burner interest. When years later I discovered news readers, information on current Sumo events became a bit easier to come by.
My breakthrough was the discovery of the Jason's in Japan Youtube Sumo channel. Suddenly I could get emails informing me of his video coverage of the tournaments. I was a happy camper, and I learned a lot more about the sport and the current wrestlers. I discovered other Youtube channels and news sources. My next idea was to find wrestlers with Facebook pages and follow them. I searched, but -although there are some wrestlers who are on Facebook as individuals- I found only one who has a page you can follow.
Because Osunaarashi is easier to get to know because of his Facebook page, he is now my favorite wrestler.
He seems to be popular. There is a short 24-minute documentary on Oosunaarashi that you can watch at this link, which explores his journey from Egypt to becoming the first African and the first Muslim to rise so high in Sumo ranks. Here's another short documentary chronicling his work:
The next tournament (there are 6 major tournaments each year, held in odd-numbered months) begins on March 8. Check out Jason's Youtube channel for full videos and commentary of selected bouts or watch Kintamayama's overview of the entire tournament. I do both.
And if it's in your mind to ask why I like Sumo, don't. After all, I don't ask why you like baseball or football or tennis, do I?