***** More 2021 Sumo Directories are on order. Should arrive early July. *****
The official Japanese Sumo Directory. Imported from Japan. These directories include lots of pictures and sumo statistics. Almost all of the writing is in Japanese except for the full color photos that include the wrestler's English letter name.
The directories are softback and have about 144 pages. They are 8.5" high by 6" wide.
The 2021 Directory was just released in January, 2021. It features yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu on the cover along with ozeki Takakeisho, Asanoyama, and Shodai. The content format is similar to the 2020 Directory but updated to account for promotions, demotions, and retirements along with updated information on the 2020 tournaments.
The 2020 Directory opens with a picture of Kisenosato at his retirement ceremony with Hakuho behind him. It has full color wrestler photos based on the January 2020 rankings for the top two divisions (Makuuchi and Juryo). The Yokozuna, Ozeki, Sekiwake, and Komusubi wrestlers have a near full page full color picture whle the rest of the wrestlers have quarter page full color pictures all in their kesho mawashi. Also included are black and white photos of the prior year tournament winners, special prize winners, and lower division champions along with stats. Most impressively it includes b&w photos of all wrestlers, coaches, and gyoji grouped by stable.
It also includes a lot of statistics and records. However, almost all of the writing is in Japanese except for the full color photos that include the wrestler's English letter name.
This softback has 144 pages. It was originally released early 2020.