Featured rikishi - Bushuyama
Posted 11 August 2004 - 16:05
Geez..the Irish lightning was fast
Edited by Kaikitsune Makoto, 11 August 2004 - 16:06.
Posted 11 August 2004 - 16:39
Judging by the facts stated above that he's supposed to be "hairy" (like Buyuzan and Wakanoyama) and have "massive breasts" (like Miyabiyama), I suppose he's the ultimate Musashigawa Rikishi (someone wrote they were all ugly not so long ago, well, that's a matter of taste really - see below).
Doesn't look that "hairy" here...
Edit: he's actually more of a yotsu-guy, much more Yorikiri than Oshidashi, cf. the NSK's Bushuyama page
Edited by Azumaryu, 11 August 2004 - 16:41.
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Posted 11 August 2004 - 17:04
Posted 11 August 2004 - 17:07
162kg at last weigh-in. Pretty orthodox straight-forward sumo without much
trickery. Exhibits considerable strength at times and has been stagnating
in juryo at around the same level throughout his first sekitorihood year.
Bushuyama is a late bloomer from Musashigawa-beya. 28 years old now and
despite having started as makushita tsukedashi (last one to enter ozumo at
the bottom of makushita) due to successful enough college career, he
needed 4.5 years to get to juryo. Mainly due to severe injuries I suppose
as can be deduced from this post by Joe Kuroda on ML after Aki 2003 where
Bushuyama got 4-3 at Ms2e and promotion to juryo. Bushuyama has been
hungry to catch up with Kakizoe with whom he has very much keiko since the
Bushuyama (27 years old, 190 cm tall, 159 kg)
"Aiming towards the Kyushu Basho, I feel half anxious and the other with
anticipation. I'd like to show vigorous sumo, a sumo style of always
Bushuyama became the first sekitori from Daito Bunka University. As his
sumo club had only 15 memebers, the members worked out at Musashigawa
Beya. He made his dohyo debut at the Hatsu Basho in 1999 after becoming
eligible as a Makushita Tsukedashi ranking by placing the Best 16 in the
1998 All Japan Sumo Championships.
A year later he tore his left elbow ligaments and fell to Jonidan rank.
He had a bad habit going with his chest up and could not win consistently.
Last Kyushu Basho after suffering three consecutive make-koshi, he phoned
his mother telling her that he felt he had reached the limit and would
never get to Juryo. He told her he wanted to give up and come home to
Aomori. But his mother, Kyoko, told him to stay just one more year and do
the best he can. "I cried my heart out at the phone then," Bushuyama
recalling that day. Since then he has put together five consecutive
The first Juryo promotion after 29 bashos since the dohyo debut is the
fifth slowest in the sumo history.
"He started using his right and lost the bad habit of raising his chest. I
saw him working out pretty hard lately so I had a feeling he would become
a sekitori soon. He has a good physique so the only thing left is start
using the body to his advantage and not to pull as he used to. He's seen
the guys more junior move ahead and doing well, so that must have been
motivated him sufficiently."
(Both Wakanosato and Takamisakari are from Aomori and were at the same
year during his university years. Tochiazuma and Chiyotaikai are born in
the same year.)
Katrina sheds a light on his character and background:
I didn't watch Bushuyama's sumo closely enough to notice the change in
style, but the change in his demeanor of late has been quite remarkable.
He used to be one of the gloomiest guys you could hope not to see in a
heya. Never smiled, barely returned a greeting and looked as if he'd
rather be any place but there. The fact that he was awfully injury prone
could have had something to do with it. He was often relegated to the
task of keeping score of who did keiko and how often - standing in the
corner with his arm in a sling, awkwardly grasping the note book and
I think there was also a lot of pressure on him from his former university
coach, who kept nagging him about the need to be the first sekitori from
Daito Bunka University. Maybe the coach will be happy now and the other
Daito Bunka boys inspired to do better.
Taking the fancy shikona of Bushuyama - easily confused with Buyuzan since
the first and last kanji are the same - instead of his real name,
Yamauchi, didn't do much to change his mood or his luck on the dohyo, but
this past year though Bushuyama has been much brighter, and obviously more
successful. Just goes to show what a talk to your mother on the phone and
a good cry can do for you!
Posted 16 August 2004 - 03:23
Edited by hoshidango, 16 August 2004 - 03:26.
Posted 18 August 2004 - 09:24
- Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Posted 21 August 2004 - 02:23
Posted 24 May 2005 - 11:56
I got this picture in December of 2003 during a tour to Mushashigawabeya. Afterwards, Bu and Bu came out to visit (not much talking, as were we all Americans from a nearby U S Army base). I had brought pictures of both for them to autograph. Bushuyama seemed amazed that anyone would do such a thing, that someone really wanted HIS autograph. I have a picture of him looking at the photo before he signs it, but I can't it to upload here.
He has done poorly since I visited him. I guess I jinxed him. But he did make KK this time in Makushita. Maybe he is on the upswing again.
He has never seemed aggressive enough to me. Seems rather laid back, even in keiko. We will see how he does from now on.
Posted 20 August 2006 - 17:37
Bushuyama has turned 30. I was watching the archive Musashigawa keiko clips from earlier this year (including June) and he certainly has genki spirit going. Also his keiko success against Miyabiyama, Kakizoe, Dejima and Buyuzan is not bad at all. In fact he takes part in their keiko quite often as if he would be a part of the makuuchi group. Whenever he gets right hand outside grip, he appears to be very strong even against makuuchi rikishi.
Lately his ascension closer to juryo has been stable. 5-2, 6-1 and now 4-3 at Ms8w in Nagoya basho. One of the ex-juryo rikishi with more than 50% chance of making it back to juryo if things go well. Hopefully we'll see him at Musashigawa-beya's live keiko feed prior to basho. Adds a new dimension to oversea fans for sure.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 06:25
Bushuyama has turned 32 and just made a successful comeback into juryo. He made his first comeback since the last update of this featured rikishi-page already in Hatsu 2007 and even had 9-6 record then before sliding back to makushita with 6-9 and 6-9 and even suffered a bad makekoshi 2-5 at Ms2 in Nagoya 2007.
Since Aki basho 2007 he has had only kachikoshi results. 5-2, 4-3, 4-3 and 4-3 in makushita and now very good basho with 9-6 at J14. Bushuyama had the best basho of his career in my opinion.
Days 1 and were promising with good oshi attack against Katayama and very clever and dynamic tsukiotoshi from static position against Wakakoyu. On day 3 he yielded uwate to Shimotori and outpowered. On days 4 and 5 he had powerful tachi-ais against Daiyubu and Sagatsukasa and tsukiotoshied both. On day 6 he was pushed out by Kirinowaka but on day 7 he had Shirononami in kime-hold and finished with kotenage after taking all Shito's attempts. On day 8 he had no problems with Asofuji and on day 9 he had another hidariyotsu stance against Mokonami and finished him with kotenage too.
On days 10-12 he lost three in a row but didn't have any bad bouts though. Day 10 bout against Kitazakura was intense. Bushuyama won the tachi-ai and even in migiyotsu stance was the forcer until Kita unleashed a nice sukuinage close to edge. On day 11 Bushuyama had a long exciting bout against genki Koryu putting Koryu into defensive. Both had their chances until Koryu did a surprising uwatehineri amidst Bushu's pressure. On day 12 he attacked Kimurayama well but Kimurayama's sideways movement was superb. Bushuyama looked very annoyed and disappointed after each of these losses.
On day 13 he clinched his kachi koshi finally by having an aggressive counter with Ryuo finishing with his third kotenage of the basho. He was VERY happy to have that kachi koshi and simply oozed content and fighting spirit. On day 14 he was outpowered by Ushiomaru but sent Ichihara to makekoshi on senshuraku to get a good 9-6 results.
Bushuyama's sumo had strong tachi-ai, good kime-squeeze, powerful hidarityotsu and always fighiting spirit high. He is also mini-Kitazakura in his inability of lack of will to suck up the content and disappointment after bouts. This was best Bushuyama ever and he is 32! Must be healthy and sumo is fun for him now. Even in the bouts he lost he was mostly rather good. Only 2-3 "bad" bouts.
Pay attention to Bushuyama. He is strong and has spirit.
Edited by Kaikitsune Makoto, 28 May 2008 - 06:25.
Posted 28 May 2008 - 06:55
Posted 25 September 2008 - 12:48
Bushuyama has done it. He has actually sealed his promotion to makuuchi at the age of 32. There is an ongoing thread dedicated to his current achievement ( http://www.sumoforum...showtopic=16290 ) but such a feat warrants an update of this thread too.
He is nowadays an aggressive rikishi who can do good oshi and yotsu and who is amazingly solid against pushing attacks too. Lets see how effective he is in makuuchi in Kyushu 2008.
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