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    (Belated again, but I wanted to take a closer look at the next banzuke first and I only got to that today...) Day 15 (results, text-only results): 5-6-4 Kakuryu Y1 Harumafuji 4-3-8 11-4 Hakuho Y2 14-1 Kisenosato O1 Goeido 8-5-2 4-11 Terunofuji O2 Resisting a formidable onslaught by Hakuho, Kisenosato finally pushed the yokozuna down onto the ground to score his career-first 14-1 record, put an exclamation point on his first yusho, and earn the tsuna. Congrats! Kotoshogiku seemed highly motivated to leave the ozeki rank in style and overwhelmed fellow ozeki Terunofuji in his characteristic fashion. At this point it appears that he'll be taking a stab at the 10-win repromotion from sekiwake next basho, while Terunofuji will have to try and not follow him down. Sekiwake Tamawashi was beaten by Takekaze in the third-last bout of the basho, and after 9 wins he's almost certainly set for just another normal sanyaku appearance in March, not an ozeki run. The makeup of the new sanyaku appears to be settled after all, short of decisions that would go against major precedents. Takayasu sent Endo down to makekoshi to collect his 11th win (and a kanto-sho), and should be forcing his way up with that, joining Tamawashi and Kotoshogiku as sekiwake. The vacated komusubi spots will be taken by Mitakeumi (11-4 himself with a senshuraku victory over Chiyonokuni, plus gino-sho), and makekoshi sekiwake Shodai who won the "playoff" against Ikioi to finish 7-8. With Hakuho ending up with just 11 wins, the surprising jun-yusho was settled between Sokokurai and Takanoiwa earlier in the day. Sokokurai prevailed, picking up his first-ever sansho, a gino-sho, as reward for his 12-3 record, while Takanoiwa had to settle for 11-4, but also received plaudits for his strong performance and major kinboshi over Hakuho, by being awarded the shukun-sho. O2 Kotoshogiku 5-10 (x) 9-6 Tamawashi S Shodai 7-8 11-4 Takayasu K Tochinoshin 0-6-9 (x) M1 Mitakeumi 11-4 (o) M2 M3 Ikioi 8-7 M4 10-5 Takekaze M5 ... 11-4 Takanoiwa M10 Sokokurai 12-3 The lower maegashira still battling against demotion were largely unsuccessful, with only Sadanoumi getting the victory over Chiyoshoma for his last-minute kachikoshi, while Nishikigi, Gagamaru and Chiyootori all lost. Chiyotairyu and Osunaarashi did pick up wins, but only to cushion their already certain fall into juryo. The juryo yusho race finished without the need for a playoff. Tokushoryu did what he had to do and scored win #11 at Chiyomaru's expense (who finishes MK and may have missed out on a return to makuuchi with that). But the necessary losses by both leaders did not materialize - while Ura was beaten by Satoyama after a lengthy tussle, Daieisho managed to fend off the challenge by pursuer Homarefuji, avoiding the four-way playoff. Kyokushuho failed to add a 9th win to his tally, losing to Yamaguchi, but should be getting promoted back to the top division anyway. M11 Nishikigi 5-10 (?) M12 (x) 5-10 Gagamaru M13 (?) 6-9 Chiyootori M14 Chiyotairyu 6-9 (x) M15 Sadanoumi 8-7 (o) (x) 4-11 Osunaarashi M16 --- J1 (o) 8-7 Kyokushuho J2 Daieisho 12-3 (o) (o) 11-4 Ura J3 Chiyomaru 7-8 (x) J4 J5 Onosho 9-6 (?) J6 J7 (?) 11-4 Tokushoryu J8 Two exchanges are absolutely clear (Daieisho for Osunaarashi and Ura for Gagamaru), and it would also be a major surprise if they didn't promote Kyokushuho in exchange for Chiyotairyu. After that, things are less clear. Tokushoryu for Chiyootori would also be reasonable to do, but getting 11 wins from as low as J8 might not be convincing enough. And while Nishikigi is demotable by the numbers (just barely), he arguably has a much better claim than Onosho who is quite a ways outside the normal promotion zone for his 9 wins. My guess: They'll shy away from sending down two Kokonoe rikishi at once, so Chiyootori gets lucky and we have three promotions. Top youngster Takagenji did all he could do on his own, as he succeeded in his exchange bout against Amuru. Unfortunately his two makushita brethren failed to come through, so all Takagenji's victory has done is open up a slot for Fujiazuma as the third promotee. Asahisho (against Daishoho) and Terutsuyoshi (against Shiba) both secured their juryo presence after all, while their makushita opponents will have to regroup altogether after finishing makekoshi. Toyonoshima was also victorious against Akiseyama to finish 6-1, but with no room even for Takagenji he'll have to spend another basho in the unsalaried ranks. (x) 5-10 Amuru J10 J11 (o) 7-8 Asahisho J12 (o) 7-8 Terutsuyoshi J13 (x) 4-9-2 Wakanoshima J14 Kizenryu 5-10 (x) (o) 5-2 Kitaharima Ms1 Ms2 (o) 5-2 Fujiazuma Ms3 (x) 3-4 Daishoho Ms4 Takagenji 5-2 (x) 3-4 Shiba Ms5 Ms6 Toyonoshima 6-1 Ms7 Ishibashi 7-0 (o) Should be pretty straight-forward here with Amuru, Wakanoshima and Kizenryu (again...) going down, to be replaced by Kitaharima, Fujiazuma and debutant Ishibashi (who presumably won't be named Ishibashi on the next banzuke). Last not least, the two yusho playoffs in the lower divisions were won by ex-makushita Wakayama in jonokuchi, avenging his regular-bout loss to Narutaki, and by Nishikifuji in jonidan, again over his Isegahama stablemate Midorifuji just like two months ago. (Probably no further repeat of that in sandanme next time...) We're done here for another basho, but it's less than 24 hours now until the official confirmation of Kisenosato's promotion to yokozuna and the announcement of the new juryo for March. As always, thanks for reading and discussing!
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    Day 15 full house- final upload: Don\t forget to maybe support at paypal.me/motisumo for access to the K- Premium channel.
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    Young baseball fan Hagiwara Yutaka (Kisenosato) practising the Japanese 'finger smile'. (Photographic subjects are exhorted to say "ni"- two - where English speakers might say "cheese" and they commonly indicate two with their fingers) Pictures of Kisenosato's early career are a bit hard to come by. Juryo debutant Kisenosato with Naruto Oyakata, former Yokozuna Takanosato, in May 2004. Makuuchi debutant Kisenosato at morning training November 2004 Beating longtime rival Kotooshu in November 2005. Defeating Yokozuna Asashoryu in September 2006 Beating Hakuho in November 2010 to end his 63-bout winning streak. Sekiwake Kisenosato and Ozeki Baruto at the Setsubun bean throwing festival in February 2011. Handing out chanko nabe in part of the devastated area following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Winning the technique prize in November 2011. Ozeki promotion January 2012 with Tagonoura Oyakata. Picture of late stable master Naruto Oyakata taking pride of place. Beating fellow Ozeki Kotoshogiku in January 2012. Defeating Ichinojo to win his first makuuchi yusho January 2017 Yokozuna promotion January 2017
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    Ichiro Sasaki (I have no idea who it is..) writes an interesting article in Nikkan Sports today. He says it's actually 18 years since the last Japanese Yokozuna. Why? Because Musashimaru,. who was the Yokozuna after Wakanohana, when promoted, had Japanese citizenship by then so he was actually a Japanese Yokozuna. He suggests using "Japan origin Yokozuna" and says it's disrespectful towards Musashimaru who decided to acquire Japanese citizenship, thus declaring his bond to Japan and the Japanese. He decided to approach Musashimaru regarding this. "Yeah, it crossed my mind. I don't really care. It's a tiny thing.. I don't mind.. A gaijin (foreigner in Japan) is a gaijin. Nothing I can do about it. I guess it's because I never declared I was Nippori (where Musashigawa beya is situated in Tokyo) shusshin (origin, what counts according to the Kyokai's database), although I have said that as a joke in the past.." Shusshin (origin) is what counts. There are many instances where rikishi prefer to use places as their origin that are not. Even Harumafuji, born and raised in Ulan Bator, uses Gobi-Altai as his shusshin in deference to his father's birthplace. Many Japanese examples- Juryo Yamaguchi was raised in Tokyo, but was born in Fukuoka and lived there till he was three, but switched from Tokyo to Fukuoka as his shusshin four years ago. In summary, he says he knows many people who had no interest in sumo became interested as a result of the Kisenosato festival and local patriotism, and that it is traditional for locals to cheer for their boy, be it local town or country. All he asks is not to forget the big-hearted people like Musashimaru who have done a lot for sumo.
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    Here at last are the kimarite statistics for all divisions in this basho. Sorry for the delay, there's quite a bit to talk about but I didn't have a lot of time to sit down and go through it all properly until today. After being unused throughout 2016, tsuriotoshi made an immediate return on the very first day of this basho, thanks to Yoshikaze upending an outclassed Chiyoshoma. Two more unused kimarite in 2016 also appeared in this basho, osakate on Day 6 and then izori on Day 12. At first glance Takekaze is an unlikely source of the only ipponzeoi of the basho, the first in Makuuchi for three years. In fact it's the third ipponzeoi of his career, although the last one came almost 13 years ago! Moving on to some leg trips and kicks, the only kekaeshi of the basho was produced by Yuma; more notably the loser was veteran Isenohana who produced the only one of last basho. It's the second kekaeshi loss of his career, the first one coming way back in 1994! Elsewhere, Hokutokawa got the only susoharai win of the basho, toppling Gokushindo after a lengthy yotsu battle. And Tagonofuji, who has the talent to win with a leg trip every now and again, got the third nichonage win of his career. In Juryo, Ura finally managed to pull off something along the lines of his most famous skill, with a rare tasukizori win. Actually, I'm not convinced that it was the correct call, I would have gone with tsutaezori instead. But it's the judgement of the announcer gyoji and kimarite oyakata which counts, so tasukizori is in the books for Juryo. The Uno brothers continued their quest to grab as many legs as possible - Amanoshima and Amanishiki each contributed two ashitori wins here, the former taking his career tally to 14 and the latter entering double-digit territory, now with 11. A new record was set for the most tokkurinage in a basho, with five here. The third of those was notable for the head-in-hands head-to-head that it produces... Finally, there were four hansoku in this basho, equalling the record for basho with all-division data available. Kimarite from kettei-sen bouts are not included in the table. Kimarite Makuuchi Juryo Makushita Sandanme Jonidan Jonokuchi Total Percentage Abisetaoshi 2 0 0 1 3 0 6 0.25% Amiuchi 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Ashitori 0 0 0 4 2 0 6 0.25% Chongake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Fumidashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Fusen (default) 4 1 0 3 5 1 14 0.59% Gasshohineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Hansoku (foul) 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.17% Harimanage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Hatakikomi 22 28 43 49 52 4 198 8.33% Hikiotoshi 17 9 12 27 15 1 81 3.41% Hikkake 1 1 1 1 0 0 4 0.17% Ipponzeoi 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Isamiashi 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.08% Izori 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Kainahineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kakenage 0 0 2 2 2 0 6 0.25% Kakezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Katasukashi 4 2 5 5 7 0 23 0.97% Kawazugake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kekaeshi 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Ketaguri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kimedashi 1 0 0 4 2 0 7 0.29% Kimetaoshi 0 0 0 3 2 0 5 0.21% Kirikaeshi 0 1 3 0 1 0 5 0.21% Komatasukui 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Koshikudake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Koshinage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kotehineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kotenage 6 4 6 9 24 0 49 2.06% Kozumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kubihineri 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 0.13% Kubinage 0 0 2 2 3 0 7 0.29% Makiotoshi 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Mitokorozeme 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Nichonage 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Nimaigeri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okuridashi 7 6 16 19 19 1 68 2.86% Okurigake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurihikiotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurinage 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.13% Okuritaoshi 1 1 3 5 6 0 16 0.67% Okuritsuridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okuritsuriotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Omata 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Osakate 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Oshidashi 57 43 115 191 149 39 594 25.00% Oshitaoshi 5 5 14 19 22 8 73 3.07% Sabaori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sakatottari 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Shitatedashinage 3 1 0 4 5 0 13 0.55% Shitatehineri 0 0 1 2 2 0 5 0.21% Shitatenage 4 7 6 13 18 3 51 2.15% Shumokuzori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sokubiotoshi 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0.13% Sotogake 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 0.25% Sotokomata 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sotomuso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sototasukizori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sukuinage 10 5 8 15 18 2 58 2.44% Susoharai 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Susotori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tasukizori 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Tokkurinage 0 0 1 0 4 0 5 0.21% Tottari 2 4 0 0 1 0 7 0.29% Tsukaminage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsukidashi 10 10 12 9 6 0 47 1.98% Tsukihiza 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsukiotoshi 28 13 16 36 20 3 116 4.88% Tsukitaoshi 4 1 2 2 1 1 11 0.46% Tsukite 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsuridashi 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 0.17% Tsuriotoshi 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.08% Tsutaezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Uchigake 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Uchimuso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Ushiromotare 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Utchari 1 0 3 2 3 0 9 0.38% Uwatedashinage 6 2 5 10 7 0 30 1.26% Uwatehineri 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 0.13% Uwatenage 9 5 13 25 27 6 85 3.58% Waridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Watashikomi 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 0.13% Yaguranage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yobimodoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yorikiri 92 47 112 170 164 35 620 26.09% Yoritaoshi 6 6 13 34 48 6 113 4.76% Zubuneri 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04%
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    I didn't notice at the time but Aichi prefecture's 24-year stint in the sekitori ranks came to an abrupt end in 2016, with Tamaasuka and Akiseyama dropping from Juryo after the Natsu basho and finally Dewahayate after Nagoya. I only noticed that because on the brink at the moment is Chiba prefecture and their only sekitori Asahisho - make-koshi in the Haru basho could end their sekitori presence which began in 1974 Hatsu, the third-longest ongoing streak I believe. Happy for Arashio-oyakata (former Komusubi Oyutaka), he stuck by Sokokurai throughout his two-year exile and now they get the reward of a first sansho for the heya. Down the ranks, Shunba finished with a fine 6-1 record and should be making his Makushita debut in March at the age of 35. It's never too late! Are you thinking of this one from November 1954? It was taken at the Ozumo Oza Kettei-sen tournament in Osaka, which used to be held after the Aki basho. Tochinishiki (left) was promoted to Yokozuna after winning the yusho in 1954 Aki, while Azumafuji (centre) retired at the end of it. Quite an impressive sight.
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    Finals and Yokozuna Kisenosato dohyo-iri:
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    Araiso-oyakata (former Maegashira Tamaasuka) held his danpatsu-shiki in the Kokugikan yesterday. Quite a lot of pictures so give it a minute for everything to load. If you prefer a briefer overview, Akinomaki posted the press pictures here (thanks!). Greeting guests outside before the danpatsu-shiki begins. [2] Active rikishi making their cuts, starting with Takekaze. Takayasu. [2] Kotoshogiku. [2] Stablemate Tamawashi. The other Mongolian eagle, Arawashi. The new Yokozuna, Kisenosato. [2] Wakanoshima. Shohozan. Kotoyuki. Kotoeko. Amakaze. Ryuden. Kitataiki. Aminishiki. Moving on to other oyakata, first Futagoyama-oyakata (former Ozeki Miyabiyama). Kimigahama-oyakata (former Maegashira Hochiyama). Tatsutagawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Homasho). Naruto-oyakata (former Ozeki Kotooshu). Hanaregoma-oyakata (former Sekiwake Tamanoshima). Sadogatake-oyakata (former Sekiwake Kotonowaka). I think this is Hamakaze-oyakata (former Maegashira Gojoro). Kumegawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Kotoinazuma). Takadagawa-oyakata (former Sekiwake Akinoshima). Nishonoseki-oyakata (former Ozeki Wakashimazu). Nishiiwa-oyakata (former Sekiwake Wakanosato). [2] The officiating gyoji, Kimura Takao, offers a guiding hand to one of the cutters. Tamaasuka's original shisho, former Sekiwake Tamanofuji (now Tateyama-oyakata), makes the penultimate cut. [2] And finally the current Kataonami-oyakata (former Sekiwake Tamakasuga) makes the final cut, with the assistance of Tamaasuka's son Kotaro. [5] While this wasn't a full intai-zumo, there was a shokkiri performance to keep the guests entertained. Kataonami-beya's Tamakongo took part alongside regular performer Shobushi, with the assistance of gyoji Kimura Takanosuke. Finally, after having a proper haircut and a change of clothes, Araiso-oyakata attends a party in his honour.
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    Tsunauchi shiki is complete. Wow, he looks amazing...
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    They have their own safety net. Heya has a very strong connection with local community, and Tanimachi (sponsors) members are business owners and wealthy people so they manage to find job for retiring Rikishi. They often find jobs at construction or distribution related companies. Not extremely high paying job, but they can go on with their second life. Some Rikishi go back to their home town and take over their parents' business or start a business. Tanimachi lend money for that too. They even arrange their marriage. (Makushita Rikishi rarely marry and start a family because they have no income and privacy. But a lot of them get marry after they retire). That's the great thing about Sumo. Many parents of Rikishi send their children to Heya, not expecting they make to even Juryo. They want their children to get self disciplined. Chiyotaikai's parents sent him to Sumo, because he was a leader of delinquent biker group and they said "if he is still on the street, he will go to prison for sure." Sumo society had and has a role of welfare or public safety net when there was no concept of public welfare 300 years ago and it still has that aspect. Retired athletes in any other Western-origin sports like soccer, boxing or baseball don't have such luxury.
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    When Kisenosato was told the yusho was his, all cameras were on him backstage. Was he crying? Was he not crying? You couldn't tell because his back was to the cameras. In the end, a rolling tear was observed.. Back in August 2008, the Mongolian jungyo was held in Mongolia. A formal dinner was held where all the rikishi drank and were merry. The 22 year old Komusubi Kisenosato was cracking everyone up with his imitation of pro-wrestler Keiji Mutou. Then everyone started chanting "Drink!! Drink!!", so he had no chance but to drink. At around the end of the banquet, he ran into Yokozuna Asashouryuu. The totally plastered Kisenosato leaned on him, crying. "Yokozuna, I am pathetic.. I am really weak.. I'm useless.." he lamented. The surprised Asashouryuu attempted to pacify him, putting his arm around him. "Come on, you are strong. From here on you have to lead the Japanese rikishi. Gambarize!" he cheered. "Bawww.." Kisenosato answered, still crying. (The same year, Kisenosato got his first kinboshi off Asashouryuu and actually beat him twice .)
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    Yokozuna Kisenosato went local and visited his home town in Ibaraki to make preparations for the parade and festivities slated for February 18th. He then returned to Tokyo without stopping at his parents' house. "I can't calm down. I need to stick to my daily routine.." he explained. He did some shiko and exercises and admitted his hip is a bit "tight". Still, there was sweat. And this rare photo which should be saved by the universe.
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    Toyonoshima, ex-Tokitenkuu's elder at the stable, is taking the news of his sudden death to heart. "It's too soon.." he lamented. He lit an incense stick in Tokitenkuu's memory, tears streaming down his cheeks. During his own hard times at the moment with the serious injury that dropped him all the way to Makushita,, the person who was encouraging him the most was Magaki Oyakata (Tokitenkuu). He kept telling him to remember the song "Ue wo muite arukou" ("I'll Walk With Head Held High", known as "Sukiyaki" when it hit the world charts back in 1966, sung by Sakamoto Kyu). The lyrics essentially say that when things go wrong you should walk with your head held high so that the tears don't fall. "I keep repeating the words in my head and it helps me in my current situation.." explained Toyonoshima. He has a lot of memories from the deceased. Back in 2002 when Tokitenkuu entered sumo he spoke only a few words in Japanese. "I was teaching him the ways of sumo, but Tokitenkuu was stubborn and sometimes would just not listen and rebel outright. Whenever it felt inconvenient for him, he would say 'I don't understand Japanese..' " said Toyonoshima, smiling. Toyonoshima was injured in training before last September's basho and is attempting to get back to Juryo. Tokitenkuu retired last August. "I'll gambarize for you!!" promised Toyonoshima to Tokitenkuu back then. "Not only because he died now, but I want to return to being a sekitori.." said Toyonoshima, hoping to hold his head high next basho. PS-My version of "Sukiyaki" from a TV show from a couple of years back..
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    The wooden block on the keiko-ba wall now says "Yokozuna Kisenosato". .Yokozuna Kisenosato has started training. Shiko, suriashi etc. for one hour. "I've been able to rest so my body is pretty much in shape.I will be diligently building up my body.." he explained. He is very busy with all the public functions after his promotion, but he seems to be handling it well. "I don't feel any difference. It's the same.." he said. About 40 press people were present at the keiko. "It's not like I'm going to do anything special.. I will do what I have to do.." he summed. Regarding ex-Tokitenkuu's passing way: "We went to the training institute together. He taught me how to use taping. I am very sad."
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    The rikishi physical examinations were held at the Kokugikan infirmary these last couple of days. They are measured for "grip power" among other things. Tamawashi tried a right-handed grip and his result was 70 kilos. He did not like that. A second attempt brought him to 86, and he was very happy with that result, smiling broadly. Then, someone told him that Oosunaarashi had done 91 kilos the day before. Tamawashi's smile vanished. He then went to the next station to check his blood pressure, but was determined all along to try another grip. This time- 92 kilos- and we have a champion!! Someone then said since he is an oshi-zumo specialist, this grip thing wasn't going to help him because he doesn't go often for the belt. "I use it for the nodowa (throat thrusts). I have the grip of an eagle!!" he joked, whistling "Hotel California". Tamawashi getting a grip on himself:
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    To all GTB players: Tired of printing out the banzuke and cutting it all up to make your entry? Boss thinks you're trying to find the zodiac rikishi? Well, please try my simple GUESS THE BANZUKER HELPER WEBSITE website website http://sumoninjin.droppages.com/sumoHBcustom.html <--- Click and enable active scripts if your browser complains What should happen: Two banzuke will appear. One is from Hatsu 2017. The other one is empty. Using your mouse drag rikishi over to the empty one. Move them around until your happy. Open up the GTB entry form website on the other half of your screen and fill out the entry using the HELPER as a reference. THIS IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THE ENTRY FORM. YOU STILL MUST ULTIMATELY FILL OUT THE ENTRY FORM AT THE GTB OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Issues: Rikishi can stack on each other. If this happens you can unstack them by moving the card back. This will be fixed in the future. Issues: Juryo is not present because I'm getting the evil eye for coding in bed, it'll come up later. Add juryo rikishi with post it notes for now Issue: Sometimes dragged cards pass underneath placed cards. JQuery stack is supposed to help with this but its not. Definitely supported browser: Chrome Probably but not tested: Firefox A little slow in: IE Please tell me if something is broken or this unknown host droppages fouls up. This is my first time with JQuery, javascript and honestly CSS. Its a bit of a mess code wise because I couldn't get nest loops going before my time ran out. Features I want to add: - Numbers that pop up on the rikishi card showing how many ranks you have demoted/promoted him - If placing a rikishi on top of another, pushing all the others down a half rank until an empty space is filled (I added swapping instead, pushing a large amount of rikishi is not users intention I think) - Ultimately, saving your work (locally)
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    Everyone believes in a some codified standard that says "yusho equivalent" - there is none. It is simply the result that follows right after the yusho - and if that result is 2 wins behind, it is still the next best: but then there is more needed to get accepted for a yokozuna promotion. Kisenosato has provided that with his mass of jun-yusho and most wins last year - had he been yokozuna with those results last year, no one would have called for his retirement, like is done all the time for Harumafuji and Kakuryu.
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    Greetings sumo fans throughout the world, my name is João Pedro and im from Rio de Janeiro, im 20 years old, i'm a 4° generation japanese descendant, my first contact with sumo was about 4 years ago when i watched the documentary about Kyokutaisei on a Brazilian martial arts channel, i was shocked when i first saw how the sumo world works, it's so grueling and i've never seen or been through nothing like that in any martial art, after the documentary i watched some matches or highlights on youtube but it kind of fade away in my life since i've always been a martial arts practitioner and always been a fan of boxing so i naturally forgot about it with time, then december last year i opened youtube's front page and there was a sumo highlight video about a sumotori who had passed away and it was Chiyonofuji, i was amazed by his muscles and the way he fought, i instantly went researching about sumo and i spent the whole night reading about sumo, watching documentaries and the basho of the latest years, since then i've been a huge fan and sumo is becoming part of my daily life especially because of the Hatsu basho, it was my first "live" tournament, everyday i woke up anxious to watch the new Kintamayama highlight of the matches of the day, it has been one of the most exciting events i have seen, the energy is just different and unique, nothing compares to it, i look forward to be a member of this forum and continue learning about this beautiful tradition. Cheers!!!
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    A few pictures of the final bouts, hanamichi flowers, danpatsu-shiki etc. for some of the retirees. As noted by Asashosakari, Hokutosho struggled for the first year of his career after joining at age 15, but after his 2-40 start he improved and never again had a zenpai record. Musashitaira will return to his home prefecture of Hiroshima and apparently work as a beekeeper! Yoshinokuni was the last active rikishi who made his debut in Nakadachi-beya, before the heya changed names to Sakaigawa. And possibly the most minor piece of trivia you'll see this year, he holds the record for the most okurinage wins, 6. Pictures are not great quality. Haguroho's danpatsu-shiki took place at Tatsunami-beya's senshuraku party, which also doubled as a promotion party for shin-Juryo Rikishin, a couple of pictures from that included here. Similarly, Chikarayama's danpatsu-shiki took place at Arashio-beya's senshuraku party. Wakaryusei also lost his final bout against Tetsuyuzan. A picture of that is in the box, but unfortunately I could only find one poor quality picture from his danpatsu-shiki.
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    Konishiki's numbers look better than they were in reality. In the span of 13-2Y, 12-3, 13-2Y he did not face a single Yokozuna and only one Ozeki. The crucial basho for him was the 12-3. Although the record looks good on paper he did pretty badly. His Yokozuna hopes were gone already after the first week when he was 4-3. The Yusho was won by a teenaged Maegashira with the runner-up being a 22-year old Komusubi who so far had not done better than 9-6 in his Makuuchi career. The next generation had already prematurely overtaken him in that tournament. That is far from the story you want to hear about a new Yokozuna. And the subsequent results showed how right they were in not promoting him. There were a lot of concerns that Konishiki could not handle pressure well, that his sumo lacked a good technique, that he was too inconsistent for a Yokozuna and that his enormous weight was a huge risk for a long-lasting career. His original shisho said that he needed to make Yokozuna before age 26 because he was sure Konishiki would not last long. Especially in regards to the claims of racism it is very interesting to read the Sumo World issues of that time. They clearly stated what the expectation for Konishiki was before those basho and how he failed to achieve them. The only thing Konishiki and Kisenosato have in common is the reputation of a choker. But the current competition is a lot tougher than in 1991 and 1992. There are three Yokozuna who all have won a Yusho last year plus two Ozeki who won one. Still Kisenosato got the best record in the calender year. I agree with everyone here who says it is not the most convincing Yokozuna promotion but I still think he deserves it. He has been a Yokozuna level rikishi for quite some time, he has a reliable style and now he has proven himself a Yusho winner. So congratulations to him and hopefully he will be able to handle the additional pressure that comes with being a Yokozuna.
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    Day 15- I am moving so this is a very partial upload but the uploads will get better as the day progresses.Many, many missing matches at the moment. Thank you for your patience and please donate at www.dichne.com/donate.html and get automatic access to the K- Premium channel. Ask your friends if it's worth it..
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    Complete results, via the official site: Juryo (kyujo: Wakanoshima) Preliminary Rikishin hikiotoshi Daiamami Terutsuyoshi uwatenage Kizenryu Asahisho hikiotoshi Satoyama Last 24 Azumaryu okuridashi Amuru Kyokutaisei yorikiri Tokushoryu Onosho tsukidashi Oyanagi Yamaguchi yorikiri Kyokushuho Amakaze hikiotoshi Daiamami Ura shitatedashinage Chiyomaru Kotoeko okuridashi Aminishiki Homarefuji yorikiri Ryuden Daieisho yorikiri Kizenryu Kitataiki okuridashi Toyohibiki Tsurugisho yorikiri Seiro Asahisho yorikiri Hidenoumi Last 12 Azumaryu oshidashi Kyokutaisei Onosho oshidashi Kyokushuho Daiamami shitatedashinage Ura Kotoeko yorikiri Ryuden Daieisho yorikiri Kitataiki Seiro yorikiri Hidenoumi Last 6 Kyokutaisei hatakikomi Onosho Ura oshidashi Ryuden Daieisho uwatedashinage Seiro Tomoe-sen final Kyokutaisei oshidashi Ryuden Kyokutaisei yorikiri Seiro Makuuchi (kyujo: Harumafuji, Goeido, Tochinoshin; withdrawn: Chiyoo) The top 8 from the Hatsu banzuke were seeded tennis-style: (1) Kakuryu - (6) Tamawashi (5) Kotoshogiku - (3) Kisenosato (4) Terunofuji - (8) Takayasu (7) Shodai - (2) Hakuho Preliminary Ichinojo yorikiri Sokokurai Gagamaru oshidashi Chiyootori Chiyoo fusen Daishomaru Ishiura yorikiri Sadanoumi Takanoiwa yorikiri Osunaarashi Kagayaki yorikiri Takakeisho Chiyotairyu hatakikomi Nishikigi Last 32 Kakuryu yorikiri Shohozan Mitakeumi yorikiri Chiyonokuni Okinoumi yorikiri Ichinojo Yoshikaze kotenage Tamawashi Kotoshogiku yorikiri Gagamaru Kaisei yorikiri Kotoyuki Ikioi yorikiri Daishomaru Takarafuji yorikiri Kisenosato Terunofuji yorikiri Hokutofuji Ishiura shitatehineri Chiyoshoma Aoiyama tsuridashi Takekaze Takanoiwa hikiotoshi Takayasu Shodai yorikiri Arawashi Kagayaki yorikiri Myogiryu Endo oshidashi Chiyotairyu Tochiozan yorikiri Hakuho Last 16 Shohozan uwatenage Mitakeumi Ichinojo oshidashi Tamawashi Gagamaru oshidashi Kaisei Ikioi yorikiri Kisenosato Terunofuji kimedashi Ishiura Aoiyama uwatenage Takanoiwa Shodai yorikiri Kagayaki Chiyotairyu yorikiri Tochiozan Quarterfinal Shohozan oshidashi Tamawashi Gagamaru yorikiri Kisenosato Terunofuji yorikiri Takanoiwa Kagayaki oshidashi Tochiozan Semifinal Tamawashi oshidashi Kisenosato Takanoiwa yorikiri Tochiozan Final Kisenosato tsukiotoshi Takanoiwa Tochiozan was awarded the kanto-sho.
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    At the Meiji shrine some 5000 vouchers for the entrance to the main area, where the dohyo-iri took place, were handed to the visitors - the numbers given are those who came to the shrine and tried to watch, not those shown in the videos. The papers published many yokozuna related statistics (only the numbers not in Japanese of course), all mixed in the overviews. The Meiji shrine dohyo-iri apparently started with Chiyonoyama, but the data here: http://www.sanspo.com/sports/photos/20170128/sum17012805010005-p3.html only list the number of spectators since Wakanohana I - with the boutlength of the dohyo-iri I entered the number of visitors in a partial table from the DB no shikona debut yok.promot. intai visitors 72 Kisenosato 2002.03 3.2017 18000 71 Kakuryu 2001.11 5.2014 3300 70 Harumafuji 2001.01 9.2012 3000 69 Hakuho 2001.03 5.2007 4300 68 Asashoryu 1999.01 1.2003 2010.01 3000 67 Musashimaru 1989.09 5.1999 2003.11 3800 66 Wakanohana 1988.03 5.1998 2000.03 15000 65 Takanohana 1988.03 11.1994 2003.01 20000 64 Akebono 1988.03 1.1993 2001.01 4000 63 Asahifuji 1981.01 7.1990 1992.01 3000 62 Onokuni 1978.03 9.1987 1991.07 3000 61 Hokutoumi 1979.03 5.1987 1992.05 5000 60 Futahaguro 1979.03 7.1986 1988.01 3000 59 Takanosato 1968.07 7.1983 1986.01 1000 58 Chiyonofuji 1970.09 7.1981 1991.05 10000 57 Mienoumi 1963.07 7.1979 1980.11 2000 56 Wakanohana 1968.07 5.1978 1983.01 5000 55 Kitanoumi 1967.01 7.1974 1985.01 5000 54 Wajima 1970.01 5.1973 1981.03 4000 53 Kotozakura 1959.01 1.1973 1974.07 6000 52 Kitanofuji 1957.01 1.1970 1974.07 2000 51 Tamanoumi 1959.03 1.1970 1971.09 = 50 Sadanoyama 1956.01 1.1965 1968.03 6000 49 Tochinoumi 1955.09 1.1964 1966.11 2000 48 Taiho 1956.09 9.1961 1971.05 3000 47 Kashiwado 1954.09 9.1961 1969.07 = 46 Asashio 1948.10 3.1959 1962.01 5000 45 Wakanohana 1946.11 1.1958 1962.05 8000 44 Tochinishiki 10.1954 43 Yoshibayama 1.1954 42 Kagamisato 1.1953 41 Chiyonoyama 5.1951 other interesting ones: A table of the yokozuna from Kitanoumi to Kise with tsuna length and -weight, height and weight at the time, promotion basho and dohyo-iri style: http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/img/oh20170127kisenon3-w500_2.jpg The 15+1 4 yokozuna eras so far, in the last 100 years, with how many basho they lasted: http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1770257.html Only 2 times it were 10 or more Chiyonoyama, Kagamisato, Yoshibayama and Tochinishiki 14 basho Kashiwado, Taiho, Tochinoumi and Sadanoyama 11 basho
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    The ceremony was packed out. I like the fact that the chose the Imperial Hotel but the room was too small. It was due to start at 10. I got there at 8:30 and there was already no space at the front for any more photographers. I ended up squashed up against the wall alongside Takayasu. Kisenosato seemed surprised by the weight of the fish and had to put it down quickly. There isn't much else to report. The whole thing was over (as they always are) quickly. Watching the video you'll see 90% of what happened. if anyone is going to Meiji Jingu on the 27th for his first dohyo iri I'd advise getting there early (and bringing a small foldable chair) I'll put the photos from today on Inside Sport: Japan in a little while.
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    Found this from yt. Thanks to the uploader if they read this.
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    DRRRING DRRRING Hakuhou: "Yes?" A: "Are you happy with your life insurance? Are you insured sufficiently? If something happens to you tomorrow, are you secure financially?" H: "How's YOUR life insurance, BTW? Up to date? Because if you don't get off the line NOW, I'm coming over to beat the crap out of you!!" A: "Come on boss, I was kidding.. It's Anand..I see you're still pissed at losing to "the loser".." H: "Oh, Mr. Kakuryuu himself - is that the guy who went 5-5 for no reason and told everyone he was injured? Is it?" A: "Come on boss, no need for that..You know my old injuries are flaring up.." H: "I'd say you are the only one flaring up, but I won't.." A: "Did you call crybaby and congratulate him on becoming one of us?" H: "I tried but he's not answering my calls. Probably busy being solemn." A: "It's going to be crowded up here now.. I'm pretty sure at least one of us will be gone by the end of the year.." H: "Yeah, if his old injuries keep "flaring up" we know who that will be, don't we.." A: "Have you spoken to Dav?" H: "Not really. He's in a foul mood, I hear. He's banged up like a '56 Chevy" A: "Have you seen Kise's interviews?" H: "No, but I hear he is either smiling or crying, so I can imagine." A;"The fans are going crazy." H: "The fans are fickle. I want a pickle." A: "What does that mean in regular people's terms?" H: "It means fans can turn sour at any moment. Look what happened to me." A: "OK, should I call to congratulate him?' H: "Why would you want to congratulate Harumafuji?" A: "No, Kisenosato.." H: "I'm Hakuhou, not Kisenosato. Wrong number!!" Click: This is a summons to play Guess the Banzuke, of course!! Rules: Guess the Banzuke. Simple. You get two points for a bulls-eye and one point for just getting the rank right. You get no points for not believing what you don't see. Tiebreakers - Most total guesses, then, we check the banzuke backwards - getting the lower half right will be more important now. The most correct guesses in the last ten places will win the tiebreaker. If still tied , we go up a ranking at a time like a penalty shootout. Then we count the points and become Yokozuna. It's up to you to check if you are on the list of entries. It's going to be your fault if you don't notice that your entry went missing in the Internet void. No late entries will be expected or accepted . For rules, standings and how to persevere in chasing your dreams in spite of repeated failures: http://www.dichne.com/Guess.htm For the nifty entry form: http://sumodb.sumoga...b/GTBEntry.aspx For the "new" archives: http://sumodb.sumoga...gtbarchive.aspx Free online live sumo!! http://inyourdreams-suckers.tv Deadline- Monday February 20th, 2017 at 18:00 GMT ("Got My Tsuna!!") - PLEASE NOTE-THIS IS ONE WEEK BEFORE THE OFFICIAL BANZUKE ANNOUNCEMENT!! NEW!!! The Awesome GTB Helper, conceived by Tsuchinoninjin - makes making an entry a piece of cake!! Special thanks to Andoreasu who runs it, Doitsuyama who automates and maintains it and to air, which without it there would be no sumo.
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    So we often talk about whom is going to be the next Ozeki or Yokozuna. I decided to look at the most recent Ozeki and Yokozuna and see when the reached what milestones. I wanted to see if there was some sort of pattern. In the tables below the number on the left is the number of the basho in which the rikishi first made a particular rank and the number on the right was the age of the rikishi when it was obtained. E.g. if a rikishi has a Makushita mark of 6/18 that meants that their 6th basho was the first appearance in Makushita at age 18. Starting with the current Ys and Os. Mz Ms J M S/K O Y Hakuho 1/16 13/18 18/18 20/19 24/19 32/21 39/22 Harumafuji 1/16 9/18 20/19 24/20 33/22 49/24 71/28 Kakuryu 1/16 18/19 25/20 31/21 46/23 63/26 75/28 Kisenosato 1/15 9/17 14/17 17/18 27/20 59/25 90/30 Goeido 1/18 5/19 12/20 17/21 24/22 58/28 Terunofuji 1/19 6/20 16/21 19/22 25/23 27/23 Kotoshogiku 1/18 6/18 16/20 19/21 32/23 59/27 Then the most recent ex-Yokozuna Mz Ms J M S/K O Y Asashoryu 1/18 5/19 11/20 13/20 15/20 23/21 26/21 Musashimaru 1/18 6/19 12/20 14/20 17/21 28/22 60/28 Wakanohana 1/17 6/18 13/19 16/19 23/20 34/22 63/27 Takanohana 1/15 8/16 11/18 14/18 21/18 31/20 42/22 Akebono 1/18 8/20 13/20 16/21 19/21 27/23 31/24 The most recent ex-Ozeki that started from the very bottom Mz Ms J M S/K O Baruto 1/19 6/20 9/20 13/21 27/24 37/26 Kotooshu 1/19 6/20 10/21 12/21 15/22 20/22 Tochiazuma 1/18 6/18 10/19 13/20 17/20 44/25 Kaio 1/16 16/18 24/19 32/20 38/21 76/27 Chiyotaikai 1/16 9/17 17/19 30/21 34/22 39/22 Finally, the most recent ex-Ozeki that started from Makushita Mz Ms J M S/K O Kotomitsuki 1/22 5/23 8/24 12/24 52/31 Miyabiyama 1/21 3/21 5/21 11/22 14/23 Musoyama 1/20 3/21 5/21 8/22 45/28 Dejima 1/22 4/22 7/23 11/23 22/24 What can we see? Kisenosato took a long time to make Yokozuna, but also a long time to make Ozeki. He's not alone, of the current Y/O only Hakuho and Terunofuji made Ozeki quickly. The Yokozuna can be split two ways. The dai-Yokozuna that made the top rank in about 40 basho or fewer, and those Yokozuna who took 60+. Terunofuji was clearly on Yokozuna pace before he got injured. Kakuryu and Kaio were very slow at reaching each milestone. Mostly these rikishi didn't spend long in Juryo. 2 or 3 basho was common and usually not more than 5. Of those Ozeki that started in Makushita, Kotomitsuki and Musoyama made lower Sanyaku quickly but laboured there for a long time before making Ozeki. The other two, Miyabiyama and Dejima made Ozeki quickly, but had short Ozeki careers before falling back to Maegashira for the rest of their time. A cautionary tale for Mitakeumi perhaps? There is clearly not enough data here to make a good analysis. However, I thought I'd end with the records of some rikishi and see how they compared with those listed above. Mz Ms J M S/K Shodai 1/22 5/23 10/23 12/24 18/25 Mitakeumi 1/22 3/22 5/22 11/23 Hokutofuji 1/22 5/23 9/24 11/24
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    Old boys at it-very cool..
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    Also, Robocop still has it
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    o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o oo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o oo o o oo ooo o o o o o o o o o ---- the locals o oooo oo --- older yokozuna --- his shisho with shiranui style o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o --- data --- oooo
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    Today I don't have the time to split the old from the new Kise pics - so just the raw version for now o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o !o oooooo o ooo ooooo o oo o oo o oo
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    Former Juryo Hishofuji has announced his retirement after a 12-year career. He joined ozumo in 2005 as a member of Nakamura-beya and rose steadily to make his Juryo debut in the 2011 Aki basho, although unfortunately he dropped straight back to Makushita. After the closure of Nakamura-beya the surviving rikishi moved to Azumazeki-beya. In 2013 Hishofuji suffered a major right knee injury which caused him to drop off the banzuke. After a whole year out, he returned to action with a self-imposed deadline of two years to return to Juryo. A 22-bout winning streak, including Jonokuchi and Sandanme yusho, saw him quickly return to Makushita, but that was where he hit the wall having lately been troubled by a left ankle problem. The Hatsu basho marked the end of his two-year deadline, and he fought his final bout on the opening day against Dewaotori. Hishofuji will have his danpatsu-shiki in Osaka ahead of the Haru basho.
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    All of yokozuna Kisenosato's matches
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    Very sad to hear about this. Whether you liked his sumo or not there's no doubt Tokitenku was always worth watching when he stepped on the dohyo. It's a real shame he didn't have many more years to teach some of his skills to younger rikishi. On the amateur dohyo, shortly before entering ozumo. On the right during the shussehiro of his hatsu dohyo. Serving as tachimochi for Hakuho at Nishiarai Daishi in 2013.
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    So this should finally happen in Haru 2017 - after a 6-1 record at Sd35, Shunba will have his makushita debut at 35 y.o.
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    Interview with Kisenosato after day 14 with subtitles in a foreign language:
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    New: Asanoyama 朝乃山 (Ms7w 7-0, Takasago-beya, Toyama, 22 years old, Ishibashi) Return: Kitaharima (Ms1e 5-2, Yamahibiki-beya, Hyogo, 30 years old, 6th promotion) Fujiazuma (Ms3e 5-2, Tamanoi-beya, Tokyo, 29 years old, 2nd promotion)
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    Hanakaze has become the first rikishi in history to attain 600 career wins without ever being ranked as sekitori.
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    Hi there. My name is Benjamin, I'm 28 years old and I'm from northern Germany. (Lübeck, to be exact) I already saw, that there are more people like me, who came across Sumo in the middle of the 90s because of Eurosport. As a 8-9 year old kid I was fascinated by the sport and I really loved the little caricatures of the Rikishi they used. (I don't really know why...maybe because no other sport had something like this) With the demise of Sumo in german television, my interest shifted towards other things and other sports like Rugby. Last year I stumbled upon Kintamayama's YouTube channel and in the blink of an eye I was hooked again. I then watched the Bashos of 2015 and followed every single Basho since I discovered Kintamayama's channel. (I'm very thankful for every single person, who brings this awesome sport to the rest of the world via YouTube) Now I'm here and I hope that I can get even deeper into Sumo, because I love to watch it, but I'm so bad when it comes to learning new terms and names of maneuvers etc. That's it for now. I hope we all have rich conversations and discussions in the future. I'm looking forward to it. :)
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    He's one of the most well known and respected sumo journalists in Japan. Really nice guy. https://twitter.com/ichiro_sumo I think most media did actually say Japanese-born / native-born or something similar. As Musashimaru said it doesn't really matter anyway. Not a big deal. Here's Sasaki san with Aminishiki.
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    (Sorry, very late...) Day 14 (results, text-only results): 5-6-3 Kakuryu Y1 Harumafuji 4-3-7 11-3 Hakuho Y2 13-1 Kisenosato O1 Goeido 8-5-1 4-10 Terunofuji O2 The miracle on clay has finally happened - profiting from Hakuho's surprise loss to maegashira Takanoiwa, Kisenosato beat Ichinojo to clinch his first ever yusho with one day to spare. He's in his 31st tournament as ozeki, and no other rikishi who won a championship at the rank had to wait this long. In fact, only one other ozeki even went this deep into his career - Yutakayama lasted 34 tournaments as ozeki and never won one, all other yusho-less ozeki left the rank in less than 31 basho. The race for the lower sanyaku spots continues to present us with an astounding number of moving parts. Mitakeumi beat his old amateur rival Hokutofuji, and with 10 wins at M1 it should be nearly impossible to refuse his promotion now. However, there's still no room for him as Takayasu failed to pick up win #11, and Shodai avoided the 9th loss against hapless Terunofuji. Ikioi achieved his best-ranked KK ever and still has a small shot at a return to sanyaku. (More below the table.) Takekaze, aforementioned kinboshi winner Takanoiwa and Sokokurai (beating Takayasu with some deft maneuvering at the tawara) were also victorious on the day but should be out of the race now. And not to be forgotten: Sekiwake Tamawashi scored his 9th win today, and will challenge to set up an honest-to-goodness ozeki run for March tomorrow with consecutive 10-5's. O2 Kotoshogiku 4-10 (x) 9-5 Tamawashi S Shodai 6-8 10-4 Takayasu K Tochinoshin 0-6-8 (x) M1 Mitakeumi 10-4 M2 M3 Ikioi 8-6 M4 Endo 7-7 (x) (x) 9-5 Takekaze M5 ... 11-3 Takanoiwa M10 Sokokurai 11-3 M11 M12 M13 Ichinojo 10-4 (x) (I should probably mark the M10's as (x) as well, but as possible sansho winners we might as well keep them in the table for tomorrow.) Some possible senshuraku sanyaku scenarios: - straight-forward: Kotoshogiku decides to retire, Takayasu moves up to West Sekiwake, Mitakeumi becomes komusubi and is joined by either Shodai or a lucky second promotee - straight-forward #2: Shodai and Takayasu both lose, and the latter gets stuck at komusubi where he's joined by Mitakeumi - mostly straight-forward: Takayasu goes 11-4 tomorrow (he faces 7-7 Endo) to pretty much force his way into a 3rd sekiwake spot as per historical custom, and the komusubi ranks shake out as in the first scenario - awkward: Shodai wins and Takayasu loses, forcing the committee to install three komusubi, or to be harsh on either Shodai or Mitakeumi (or generous with Takayasu) In any case, it's Shodai against Ikioi tomorrow, so depending on how everything else goes, this could be a straight battle for a komusubi slot between them. Later on, Terunofuji and Kotoshogiku will be putting on something unprecedented. And of course, the basho will conclude with the matchup between yokozuna Hakuho and ozeki (soon yokozuna?) Kisenosato - the public anticipation might be gone after today's developments, but I daresay the bout still comes with major bragging rights attached for the winner, and may even influence the decision-makers for their post-basho meetings. Nishikigi prevailed in a bout against Gagamaru where a loss might have seen him get dropped back to juryo. Chiyotairyu wasn't so lucky and lost easily to Yoshikaze - outside of a Kotoshogiku intai there's nothing that can save him now as two promotion slots are definitely needed and he can't move ahead of anybody else even with a Day 15 win. And even if Giku goes, they might still give Chiyotairyu's spot to Kyokushuho for a third promotion. The latter failed to clinch today, losing to a big ol' (but well-executed!) henka by Tsurugisho, while the J1's Toyohibiki and Hidenoumi went makekoshi and definitely won't be returning to the top ranks for now. Back up in makuuchi it's still a crowded field of demotion contenders even after Daishomaru and Chiyoo collected their last needed wins for safety today, so there could be some luck to go around again, depending on tomorrow's results. M11 Nishikigi 5-9 (1) M12 Daishomaru 6-8 (o) (1) 5-9 Gagamaru M13 (1) 6-8 Chiyootori M14 Chiyotairyu 5-9 (x) (o) 7-7 Chiyoo M15 Sadanoumi 7-7 (1) (x) 3-11 Osunaarashi M16 --- (x) 6-8 Toyohibiki J1 Hidenoumi 6-8 (x) (1) 8-6 Kyokushuho J2 Daieisho 11-3 (o) (o) 11-3 Ura J3 Chiyomaru 7-7 (~) J4 J5 Onosho 8-6 (~) J6 J7 (~) 10-4 Tokushoryu J8 Tokushoryu lost another bout, this time to Oyanagi, while Daieisho and Ura did their jobs in makuuchi visits against Takakeisho and Sadanoumi, so the juryo yusho race now looks like this, entering the final day: 11-3 Daieisho, Ura10-4 Tokushoryu, Homarefuji The previously conjectured Daieisho-Homarefuji matchup was a no-brainer with this lineup, but Ura's possible opponent Daiamami didn't make it to 10-4, so they have opted to give him a different foe instead - and it's not a bad choice with 7-7 Satoyama. Tokushoryu has received the same deal in 7-7 Chiyomaru who might even have promotion hopes riding on that bout, not just kachikoshi. I'm rooting for a playoff, of course, though I'm not choosy when it comes to the number of participants. Asahisho survived yet again, this time beating veteran Aminishiki, and Terutsuyoshi also stayed alive for now with victory over promotion contender Tochimaru. Rikishin also had a successful day and with his 3rd win in a row he's safe for another tournament now. Even a kachikoshi finish is still in range now, which would certainly rate as a good debut for the young prospect. Amuru, on the other hand, had his fourth loss in five days and remains in danger. (1) 5-9 Amuru J10 J11 (1) 6-8 Asahisho J12 Rikishin 7-7 (o) (1) 6-8 Terutsuyoshi J13 (x) 4-9-1 Wakanoshima J14 Kizenryu 4-10 (x) (o) 5-2 Kitaharima Ms1 Ms2 5-2 Fujiazuma Ms3 Tochimaru 3-4 (x) 3-3 Daishoho Ms4 Takagenji 4-2 3-3 Shiba Ms5 Ms6 Toyonoshima 5-1 Ms7 Ishibashi 7-0 (o) Three endangered juryo rikishi and three makushita pretenders with an open slot made things easy for the scheduling committee, so we're getting all three crossover bouts here with Amuru-Takagenji, Asahisho-Daishoho and Terutsuyoshi-Shiba. The one watching them most closely will be Fujiazuma who needs at least one of the juryo guys to lose. Takagenji should need his own win here and one more by either Daishoho or Shiba, while Daishoho obviously needs to win (just for KK) and also requires victory by Shiba. Shiba himself should be out of the race even if he wins (barring any sekitori intai) but of course the KK would still be highly valuable for him.