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    Day 15 (results, text-only results): 2-3-10 Hakuho Y1 Kisenosato 1-5-9 11-4 Kakuryu Y2 8-7 Goeido O Takayasu 12-3 Senshuraku following a Day 14 yusho tends to be a bit of the proverbial after the Lord Mayor's show, and while the first half of makuuchi was a bit iffy in quality indeed, the late bouts managed to put on a good show. Tochinoshin's final bout was for nothing but kensho and bragging rights from his side, but he and Endo produced quite the battle anyway, and the tournament champion eventually prevailed for his 14th win of the basho. The defeat has likely cost Endo his sanyaku debut though, as Chiyotairyu blasted through low-ranked opponent Daieisho for his kachikoshi and what should be a superior position in the promotion queue. Kotoshogiku had the chance to swing things in his favour in the next bout, but failed to come through a tough KK battle with Takarafuji. So, Chiyotairyu ought to be returning to the sanyaku ranks, 3 and a half years after his sole previous appearance. Departing sekiwake Tamawashi went out on a high note, beating Okinoumi, and might not fall further than M1 on the next banzuke, so he should be right in the mix for a return to the titled ranks. Ozeki Takayasu collected his 12th win at sekiwake Mitakeumi's expense in the penultimate bout and finishes the basho as sole runner-up, the second time in his career that he's in jun-yusho position and the first time while ranked in sanyaku. The result is unlikely to start tsuna talk, but if he can keep up this form (always a big if with any sumotori) and the injury situation of the incumbent yokozuna trio continues to raise questions, he just might be challenging for promotion before too long. And finally, the basho's last dohyo action saw Kakuryu end his second-week slide and pick up an 11th win against Goeido. It was a topsy-turvy basho for the sole yokozuna to make it all the way through, but it ought to have been enough to silence most critics for the moment. Of course, it'll be equally important for him to demonstrate that he can continue to remain active and do so with reasonably good results, because the basho wasn't so outstanding that he can just go back to missing most tournaments now. Goeido for his part ends the first basho of the year with eminently mediocre 8 wins, hardly looking like someone who might be able to take advantage of the current state of flux in the high ranks. It came as no surprise that yusho winner Tochinoshin was decorated with two sansho - the shukun-sho and the gino-sho - in addition to all the champion's trophies. Furthermore a pair of kanto-sho were awarded to top division rookies Ryuden and Abi who both finished their debut basho with records of 10-5. 8-7 Mitakeumi S Tamawashi 6-9 (x) (x) 5-10 Takakeisho K Onosho 4-6-5 (x) M1 Ichinojo 10-5 (o) M2 Kotoshogiku 7-8 (x) (o) 8-7 Chiyotairyu M3 Tochinoshin 14-1 (o) M4 M5 Endo 9-6 It looks as though Kyokutaisei may have blown his own top division debut at the finish line, but first things first: 14-year makuuchi veteran Takekaze looks to be headed to juryo after a second weekend loss wiped out the gains he had made in the days before, trying to recover from his disastrous first week. With him joining Aminishiki and Terunofuji on the way down and three slots available, any of the questionable juryo candidates would have been in a great position with a win, but Hidenoumi, Aoiyama and Kyokutaisei had all lost - the latter two doing so against Daiamami and Nishikigi who secured their last-minute KKs. That should leave Hidenoumi as the #2 promotee to join Myogiryu by default, while slot 3 is a touch more difficult to decide. However, standard procedure would likely favour Aoiyama here, so Kyokutaisei is probably going to be stuck with the sideways move to J1 East despite being in a nominal promotion position. The closest candidate for an overdemotion would be Sokokurai with 6 wins at M12e after he beat Terunofuji today, and it appears virtually impossible that they might drop him an extra two and a half ranks to make room for a 4th promotion. All in all the situation looks a bit like something out of a mid-1990s banzuke nightmare, with the lowest 8 maegashira all achieving kachikoshi. (x) 0-8-7 Terunofuji M10 Aminishiki 3-9-3 (x) M11 (o) 6-9 Sokokurai M12 (x) 5-10 Takekaze M13 M14 M15 Nishikigi 8-7 (o) M16 (o) 8-7 Daiamami M17 --- (o) 10-5 Myogiryu J1 Kyokutaisei 8-7 (?) (x) 7-8 Azumaryu J2 Aoiyama 9-6 (?) J3 Hidenoumi 10-5 (o) (x) 8-7 Kyokushuho J4 (x) 8-7 Tokushoryu J5 It was a competitive enough bout, but Kizenryu was even unable to beat low-ranked makushita fill-in Tamaki today, so his 8th juryo appearance ends at 3-12, his worst result yet. Tochihiryu and Akua added one more loss to their tallies as well, so Tochihiryu is now also absolutely impossible to keep in juryo and the existence of 7 promotion slots has been assured. 5 of them will surely go to those with KK in the top 5 ranks, beyond that it becomes quite the guessing game. The last two bits of relevant makushita action saw Takayoshitoshi defeat top-ranked Terutsuyoshi for his 5th win, while Daiseido failed to follow along against Tenkaiho. J8 Osunaarashi 1-8-6 (x) J9 Toyohibiki kyujo (x) J10 (x) kyujo Ura J11 (x)2-12-1 Yamaguchi J12 Tochihiryu 4-11 (x) J13 (x) 4-11 Akua J14 Kizenryu 3-12 (x) (o) 5-2 Yago Ms1 Terutsuyoshi 4-3 (o) Ms2 Shimanoumi 5-2 (o) Ms3 Tobizaru 4-3 (o) Ms4 Akiseyama 4-3 (o) Ms5 4-3 Enho Ms6 5-2 Takayoshitoshi Ms7 Daiseido 4-3 Ms8 Hakuyozan 5-2 ... Ms13 Dewahayate 6-1 ... 7-0 Wakatakakage Ms17 There's almost nothing to go on in trying to puzzle out the likely two extra promotees, except for two things: Daiseido is clearly out, being in inferior position compared to both Enho and Takayoshitoshi, and Takayoshitoshi ought to be ahead of Enho. But beyond that... The most obvious point of attack will be Wakatakakage's yusho-winning record. Leaving aside the unusual Kyushu 2003 tournament which was followed by the addition of 4 new sekitori spots and correspondingly many promotions including a 7-0 from just outside the top 15 ranks, it's nearly impossible to find similar situations. One has to go back all the way to Aki 1991 to find another basho that satisfies the following two conditions: 1) a 7-0 record between Ms16 and Ms20, and 2) the available promotion slots were not exhausted merely by kachikoshi in the top 5 ranks. Unfortunately, it's clear that the banzuke-making in those days was quite different from today's and probably not much can be derived from the decisions made back then. (Most importantly, there's no way that Ms9w 6-1 would get promoted ahead of Ms5e 4-3 now, nor that Ms9w 6-1 would be promoted to take the place of the equivalent of J10w 5-10.) So, it's pretty much all up to the whims of the banzuke committee as currently constituted. As Gurowake said above, the only candidate that would help them avoid handing out lucky first-time promotions is ex-juryo Dewahayate, but unfortunately he's also in what I would consider the worst position. Consequently, my guess is that Takayoshitoshi will be taking one of the slots, and that the other one is between Enho and Wakatakakage. I'm leaning towards Enho, because it avoids them having to rejustify the Ms15 in/out line the next time somebody goes 7-0 just below it. (The most deserving candidate is clearly Wakatakakage, though.) ----- (Yusho playoffs here eventually, and videos via Jason for now: jonokuchi and jonidan, sandanme and juryo) And then we had the various remaining yusho decisions, led by the juryo division. Frontrunner Hidenoumi fell against Takagenji in a back-and-forth bout and lost out on the chance to secure the yusho right away. Previous leader Kotoeko was already taken out of the race earlier in defeat by Gagamaru, so it was up to Myogiryu and Aoiyama to put themselves into the playoff picture. Myogiryu succeeded in doing so against Seiro, but Aoiyama wasn't able to follow up and lost to Daiamami in his makuuchi visit. With those preliminaries in the books the stage was set for 4 different divisional playoffs, the first time with that many since Kyushu 2010, the first time with 4 straight head-to-head playoff battles since Kyushu 2008, and the first time since Hatsu 1996 when those 4 matches were all on at this time during the session, i.e. not involving a later makuuchi playoff. (Although Hatsu 1996 had that as well to make it 5 playoffs that basho.) First up was the jonokuchi championship, to be decided between rookies Kototebakari and Tsukahara who were still teammates at Saitama Sakae just a few months ago. Kototebakari seemed to be thrown for a loop by the collision of their heads at the tachiai and lost the match right then and there, so the yusho goes to Tsukahara in a bit of a surprise, also gaining him some high-value revenge for his loss in their regular Day 8 bout. The hometown duel in jonidan saw Shingaku out of the blocks quickly and driving back Kaiho, but the bigger and higher-ranked man took the couple of seconds onslaught and proceeded to execute a strong slapdown for the win and the championship. With the yusho in the bag, 22-year-old Kaiho should be returning to near his career-high rank of a year and a half ago, from which injury sent him all the way to maezumo. The sandanme decision was another quick affair, although this one played out in outright dominant fashion. No trouble for today's 23-year-old birthday boy Kaisho in defeating newcomer Tochikodai. Kaisho was previously as high as Ms18 back in 2016 before hit by a fairly major loss of form and presumably injury, though not big enough to take him out of honbasho completely. He'll be going back up there now via the express lane and should find himself somewhere between Ms10 and Ms15 on the Haru banzuke. Tochikodai will be ascending to makushita as well (around the Ms50 mark), for what will be only the 19-year-old's 7th tournament. And finally the playoff in juryo, in which Hidenoumi had the chance to atone for his earlier loss and take the yusho at the second time of asking. Unfortunately for him Myogiryu was having none of that, and after a bit of a standstill Myogiryu dragged the action towards the tawara to execute a clever uwatenage while headed out of the dohyo. It's his third juryo yusho, coming more than six years after the previous two, and putting him on a list with just 18 others who have won three or more titles in sumo's second division. That's all for Hatsu basho! Next up on the agenda: The banzuke committee will be meeting on Wednesday, following which we'll find out how they've resolved the juryo mess, and then on Friday the Kyokai members will be electing their executive leadership for the next two years. See you in other threads for that. Thanks for reading!
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    Day 15-that's it</off to the beach>
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    Senshuraku, final day- We hope you have enjoyed the show. Mbovo- he is THE man. Thank you, sir.
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    I think they had it in Osaka yesterday. I do believe I've mentioned before that the final update needs more prep time than the others, and has thus been posted on Monday before. Anyway, I sort of expected the world to end after Akiseyama won a match with kirikaeshi, but surprisingly that didn't happen. Therefore... Day 15 (results, text-only results, final records): 13-2 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho kyujo kyujo Kisenosato Y2 12-3 Takayasu O Goeido 9-6 Kakuryu's yusho-winning score has turned out to be 13-2 (for the first time) after a very entertaining if rather messy two-match musubi no ichiban with Takayasu. The ozeki has completed his second straight 12-3 record with that victory, clearly asserting himself as the better of the two current men at the second-highest rank. As voiced elsewhere I'm very doubtful that any sort of Natsu basho result will lead to a promotion to yokozuna though, considering he spent these last two tournaments almost entirely in chasing mode. (The only days that he wasn't trailing the yusho lead by 2+ wins were Hatsu Days 1-5, Haru Day 1 and Haru Day 15. The only days that he was actually leading were Hatsu Days 1-3.) Ozeki Goeido meanwhile has concluded his home basho with three straight losses against other high-rankers and a mediocre 9-6 overall score. Sekiwake Mitakeumi was the one to vanquish him on the final day, and he has probably saved his sanyaku presence at the last minute, although the first makekoshi in 8 tournaments stands. The 9-5 duel between sekiwake Tochinoshin and komusubi Ichinojo has been an entertaining matchup ever since Ichinojo arrived on the scene, and senshuraku was no exception. Tochinoshin eventually prevailed to pick up his double digit-clinching win, which should serve him in good stead for his ozeki promotion challenge in May. It's been discussed all over the place, so just to summarize: As always the bare minimum of 10 wins to conclude an ozeki run will apply, and given the somewhat non-standard nature of his set of results, more than that may be required. Personally, I think Tochinoshin's Haru exploits were excellent, considering all the time-consuming activities following a yusho victory (particularly for a first-timer) and the leg troubles he suffered shortly before the basho, and if he can keep his physical condition together I wouldn't be surprised if he clears the promotion targets with room to spare. A final bonus this basho has been the awarding of a second straight shukun-sho, the customary result of being the only eligible rikishi to defeat the yusho winner. In any case he will be attacking the promotion from the "proper" position, Sekiwake East. Ichinojo is joining him on the West side of the rank. The komusubi slots appear settled as well, only their order may be subject to some uncertainty - any duo other than Mitakeumi and Endo would be a major departure from the last 10 or so years worth of precedent. Their resistance to creating more lower sanyaku slots is likely to claim Tamawashi as its newest victim, which is especially tough after he even scored a 9th shiroboshi on Day 15 against Chiyomaru. Endo has also finished 9-6 with a loss against KK-clinching Shohozan, but got to pick up the second gino-sho of his career anyway. Long-time yusho contender Kaisei may also feel a bit hard done by with his next ranking position (likely M1w), but there's a bit less sympathy to be had here considering he was fighting outside the joi (and picked up a fusensho along the way, to boot). His first-week heroics did earn him a kanto-sho for the third time in his career. Senshuraku saw him paired up with fellow 11-3 jun-yusho contender Ikioi, and the Brazilian scored a decisive victory to claim a share of the runner-up record alongside ozeki Takayasu, also denying nominated Ikioi a kanto-sho of his own in the process. 7-8 Mitakeumi S Tochinoshin 10-5 9-6 Ichinojo K Chiyotairyu 4-11 (x) (o) 9-6 Endo M1 Tamawashi 9-6 M2 M3 M4 M5 12-3 Kaisei M6 The maegashira demotion / juryo promotion race turned into the night of the living dead somehow, with absolutely everyone involved losing their matches, except Aminishiki who was matched up with another candidate in Myogiryu where somebody had to win. Aminishiki earned his final-day kachikoshi with that and has certainly clinched another return to the top division, where he will be competing in his 97th tournament. He's joining Kyokutaisei (loss against Chiyonoo), Takekaze (beat Seiro after losing 4 days straight) and Sadanoumi to make it 4 definite promotions. Kyokushuho and Meisei also had the opportunity to finish 8-7 for a likely promotion but blew it against Yago and Akiseyama respectively. (That kirikaeshi...) Low-ranked quasi-candidates Gagamaru and Kotoeko didn't fare any better and it's fair to say that their final records don't actually look worthy of promotion at all. On the maegashira side we now have Myogiryu on a demotable record, and Nishikigi arguably even on a must-demote record after he fell to 5-10 at the hands (or feet) of Chiyoshoma and his hassotobi tachiai - he would have been an iffy keep even on 6-9. The juryo yusho decision opened Day 15 with three contenders, all facing 7-7 opponents. Kotoeko was up first, lost to Takagenii (who KK'ed with that), was thus unable to book his spot in a potential winners' playoff and now had to hope that the other two guys would lose as well to put him back in. No such luck, however. Sadanoumi showed strong sumo again and sent Homarefuji to MK to clinch a playoff appearance at minimum, and Akiseyama made the 11-4 playoff a reality by beating Meisei. And a good one it was, with both fighting hard and Sadanoumi muscling Akiseyama's bulk off the dohyo in the end. A well-deserved championship for the IMHO best all-around performer in juryo over the past two weeks, and I'm hoping he can bring that kind of form to makuuchi again as well. Altogether it's his third career title following earlier ones in sandanme and makushita. The sandanme playoff participants had stepped on the dohyo right before, and while the match didn't last long it was still the expected battle of two fairly evenly matched contenders. 21-year-old Ohata walked away with the sandanme championship honours, his first yusho in any division. It remains to be seen if he can establish himself in makushita this time after last year's foray into the third division didn't last long. Defeated playoff participant Hisanotora will be reaching a new career-high rank in upper makushita at the ripe age of 29, as previously mentioned. Back to the maegashira and juryo underachievers, though: M5 Onosho kyujo (?) ... M12 Kotoyuki 1-13-1 (x) M13 M14 Nishikigi 5-10 (?) (x) 5-7-3 Sokokurai M15 Myogiryu 6-9 (?) M16 Hidenoumi 3-12 (x) M17 --- (o) 8-7 Kyokutaisei J1 Takekaze 9-6 (o) (o) 8-7 Aminishiki J2 Kyokushuho 7-8 (x) (x) 7-8 Meisei J3 (o) 11-4 Sadanoumi J4 (?) 8-7 Gagamaru J5 J6 J7 (?) 10-5 Kotoeko J8 There's already been some discussion of the issue here on the thread, and I'd like to offer an additional possibility not mentioned yet: If they're really hell-bent on demoting absent Onosho - and recent history suggests that they might be - but don't want to hand out ultra-lucky promotions to Gagamaru or Kotoeko, then Nishikigi just might be surviving yet again. Keeping him in a maegashira rank wouldn't be that much more egregious than keeping Myogiryu, and they could well decide to go easy on both as a package deal. (This situation from 2006 comes to mind as a very rough approximation, including a 0-win guy getting dropped to juryo against most people's expectations.) Anyway, it's all rather messed up, and outside of the fact that 4 will definitely be going up and 3 will definitely be going down, there's lots of room for arguments to be made for any number of scenarios to deal with the rest of the involved rikishi on both sides. The makushita-juryo crossover score stood at 0-3 for Days 12 to 14, but senshuraku saw the lower-rankers rally with shiroboshi for all three who were put into action. The most important result of the day was Asabenkei's victory to clinch a 6-1 final record, which has not only secured his return to the paid ranks after a year and a half away, but has also cost Amakaze his sekitori position after three years up there, including a one-time makuuchi appearance. Sadly, his injured legs and overall sluggish movements conjure up memories of Masunoyama falling off the career cliff three years ago, so I'm not sure if Amakaze's slide will be ending in high makushita. 29-year-old Asabenkei for his part was previously in juryo for exactly one year, where he looked like a future juryo mainstay for four basho and then collapsed to a 9-21 record in the next two. Other senshuraku action saw once highly regarded Chiyonoumi collect win #5 at Enho's expense, and while that's almost certainly not going to lead to promotion this time he will be put into an excellent position to go up to juryo with a simple kachikoshi in May. Akua also collected a crucial victory to finish 4-3, sending Tobizaru to makekoshi at 7-8. (x) 3-12 Amakaze J7 J8 J9 J10 J11 J12 J13 (x) 3-6-6 Takayoshitoshi J14 Enho 4-11 (x) (o) 6-1 Hakuyozan Ms1 Wakatakakage 4-3 (o) Ms2 4-3 Tochihiryu Ms3 Asabenkei 6-1 (o) Ms4 5-2 Chiyonoumi Ms5 Akua 4-3 They could decide to promote Tochihiryu and/or Chiyonoumi, but it would require excess demotions for either Tsurugisho (J7w 4-11) or Tobizaru (J13e 7-8) to make happen, so it is quite unlikely. Neither candidate has posted a record that screams "promote now!" anyway. I believe that's all for here. Another exciting basho with a well-deserved makuuchi winner in the books, the juryo promotions to be announced in less than 36 hours from now, and the rikishi set to trek on another jungyo tour soon. Thanks for reading!
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    It took me a while with life hectic, but my two cents. Doreen was an extraordinary person. Whenever I went to Japan, I met her at least once. She was such a great lady, cycling around Ryogoku, knowing nearly everyone she met. She took me to Dewanoumi beya to watch keiko and sat me next to the Oyakata. She lived right across the street in a small apartment overlooking that heya and was an honorable member of the heya's koenkai. I got to know her when I first went back in 1998 through the ML. She made it a point of showing me around Ryogoku-Takasago (then Wakamatsu) beya, Izutsu, Dewanoumi, Kirishima- everyone knew her. I brought her a tee shirt from the Holyland which she always wore when we met. A glaring pink one..she helped me track down the Jewish Argentinian rikishi Hoshitango so that I could give him some artifact I brought. She reserved my hotel for me every time I arrived. She got me the tickets to the basho as well. Whenever I sent her some friends who knew nothing about sumo, she would help them with tickets and even take them to keiko. She was an amateur musician and as such we shared that passion as well. And she knew the good restaurants around Ryogoku. Oh yes, and she could drink. She would drink a liter of beer without missing a beat and kept a cool head. I can't drink a liter of water, let alone beer.. She loved halva, and I used to bring her loads of it every time I came. On weekends we used to go together to the Kan and watch from Juryo. She taught me protocol and the Zabuton Bingo game, which she intensely disliked as it was against protocol, but still... She sent me an e-mail every Jewish holiday, inquiring about my health etc.. and any time she would spot an error I made (pretty much every week..). In summary, what a lady. What a loss to the sumo world. 1998-Mailing List chanko dinner at Teraou's brother's chanko joint
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    Doreen was 85 but her passing came as more of a shock than hearing she was hang gliding over active volcanoes would. She was active in many endeavors right up to the end. Doreen was involved in sumo before I was born and yet always had time for me which I appreciated no end. A couple of years ago she gave me her entire collection of Sumo World magazines and some other stuff for free. I’m glad I got to see and congratulate her after she was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun. A true original she will be missed.
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    Amajanai Kohei (33, 186cm, 133kg) from definitely not Mongolia will join Isegahama-beya. He apparently has never done sumo before, but is transferring over from university where he was studying to be in law enforcement. When asked about accepting such an old recruit with no sumo experience, Isegahama oyakata responded that "although old, he's in pretty decent shape and is picking up sumo really quick. he'll definitely be ready for haru!"
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    That's all folks!! Day 15 -Senshuraku. Special thanks to MB- without you this quality video would be but a dream.
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    Hokutogo was the longest-serving rikishi in Hakkaku-beya, having joined ozumo back in 1996. He signed off with a win in his final bout. Tokkoriki retires after nine years, he had been suffering with calf injuries in both legs for some time. Before joining ozumo at the relatively late age of 22 he was a care worker, and apparently he will return to that occupation in the future. Isshinryu retires after almost 15 years in ozumo, joining Kitanoumi-beya in 2003. He was a yotsu-zumo specialist and was particularly strong at belt throws, even managing an all-shitatenage kachi-koshi last year. He has secured a job at a restaurant in Tokyo's Ginza district. Daitenpaku was one of four survivors from the previous Asahiyama-beya, which closed three years ago. He retires after a 14-year career in which he was ever-present, chalking up 574 consecutive bouts. After moving to Isegahama-beya he served as a tsukebito for Takarafuji and often wore his kesho-mawashi for his appearances in the jinku segment of jungyo events (shown below). Alas, I only found a single picture from the senshuraku party. As mentioned in the kyujo thread, Ogiryu suffered repeated shoulder injuries which never fully healed, so he calls it a day after almost five years. His danpatsu-shiki took place last month. He will (or maybe already has) return to his hometown of Sapporo, Hokkaido prefecture.
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    Day 1- This is the time to thank all the good people who are going out of their way to help us watch and enjoy these. Oh, and this is the HD version thanks to M.
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    The YDC did convene after the basho and among other things, members were saying it's OK if Kisenosato sat out Nagoya as well, as long as he came back strong in September. Today, training commenced at Tagonoura beya, but Kisenosato was nowhere to be seen. "Inspections and medical treatment," explained the Oyakata, who said they spoke on the phone. "His condition is mostly better," added the Oyakata, saying he has been doing the fundamentals since the middle of the May basho. "He is doing everything towards showing his fans a healthy appearance and he can't wait for that to happen," summed the Oyakata. He does intend to turn up tomorrow, I have been told. OTOH, injured Ozeki Takayasu did show up for keiko. He has also been doing the "fundamentals" but today he entered the dohyo as well, lending his chest to the lower rankers, and was also seen being pushed back to the end of the dohyo, only to push his opponent all the way back and out. Regarding his injured left upper arm: "It's mostly OK now. It's only the first day of training so there's no reason to go all out..I just hope to confirm my good sense without doing anything unnecessary. I will gradually get better until I feel I will be able to go at it with all my might. Tochinoshin? We are now in the same position. so there is no elder-younger (in experience) thing here. Our goals are the same. We just have to devote ourselves to sumo every day.." he said. "I was watching the Natsu basho like a regular fan.. I now understand what kind of sumo the average fan wants to see. When we wrestle we think we know, but we don't. The new Ozeki did very stable and calm sumo and the fans loved it. I have learned from that," he waxed philosophical.
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    Day 15 (results, text-only results): 14-1 Kakuryu Y1 Hakuho 11-4 kyujo Kisenosato Y2 kyujo Takayasu O Goeido 3-6-6 Tochinoshin defeated Ikioi and thus did what he had to do to extend the yusho suspense to the musubi no ichiban match, but yokozuna Kakuryu capped off his stellar tournament with another strong victory over Hakuho to clinch his 5th makuuchi championship, winning them consecutively for the first time. Tochinoshin likely wasn't too heartbroken considering his upcoming promotion to ozeki, sweetened with two sansho - gino-sho and kanto-sho - being awarded to him for his 13-2 record and role in the yusho race. It's likely going to be another roller-coaster of media appearances for him between now and the July tournament, with the advantage that he may be a bit used to it by now. It remains to be seen how he will do in Nagoya; I doubt anyone would begrudge him too much if he just goes for a simple KK to ease into his new responsibilities. In any case, he'll be the only ozeki not kadoban, so Goeido and Takayasu will certainly have their own share of pressure to deal with. The next two sekiwake Ichinojo and Mitakeumi met on senshuraku as part of the top 3 matches, but it turned into somewhat of an anticlimax as Ichinojo immediately got moved back and out by a Mitakeumi who could barely walk straight. I suspect they're both happy that the basho is over. Mitakeumi finishes with the better record, but Ichinojo will almost certainly still take the more prestigious East position on the new banzuke. I'm always happy when somebody who suffered egregiously bad banzuke luck captures the promotion in his next go, and Tamawashi has done just that by securing his last-day kachikoshi at Shodai's expense, so he will now be returning to sanyaku after all. Shodai would have had a chance to grab the other komusubi slot even with a loss, if not for Shohozan also going 8-7 against Takarafuji a couple of bouts earlier. So, barring some major departure from the usual ways, our two komusubi for July should be Tamawashi and Shohozan. Shohozan picked up a shukun-sho as well, in recognition of his kinboshi over yusho winner Kakuryu. Abi wasn't able to cap off his very strong joi-jin debut and fell to makekoshi on the final day against veteran Yoshikaze. Kotoshogiku lost in surprisingly quick fashion against bottom-ranked Myogiryu, but can still celebrate his continued presence in the top ranks. Chiyonokuni stormed to his 12th win against Kagayaki and was rewarded with a kanto-sho for his career-best tournament performance. And last not least a third kanto-sho was also promised top division debutant Kyokutaisei who successfully claimed it with his 10th win of the basho, this one against Chiyomaru, his highest-ranked opponent of these 15 days. (o) 13-2 Tochinoshin S Ichinojo 8-7 9-6 Mitakeumi K Endo 3-10-2 (x) (o) 8-7 Tamawashi M1 (o) 8-7 Shohozan M2 Abi 7-8 (x) M3 M4 Shodai 9-6 8-7 Kotoshogiku M5 Ikioi 8-7 ... M11 Chiyonokuni 12-3 The Day 15 schedule had served to open up the third "needed" promotion slot before anyone stepped up on the dohyo, and the ensuing demotion playoff was won by Ryuden who should have managed to save himself here, while defeated aite Daiamami will be headed back to juryo, ending his run of four tournaments in the top division. Takekaze did all he could to enable some banzuke luck for himself by beating Okinoumi (six straight losses from 5-4...), but it wasn't to be as Ishiura was victorious for the fourth time in as many days to stay ahead in the final results. Daiamami, Takekaze and Aminishiki should be competing in juryo in Nagoya, making room in the maegashira ranks for Onosho, Kotoeko and Meisei. Akiseyama picked up consecutive win #5 and is notionally promotable with 10 wins at J5, but it was probably a little too late after his mediocre 5-5 start to the basho. There's nobody in line for demotion to create space for his promotion, and an over-demotion - with injury-absent Hokutofuji the prime candidate - would be very unusual in this situation, considering Akiseyama's rank/record combo is quite borderline itself. The juryo yusho race came down to the most straight-forward scenario, a direct clash to decide the championship. Co-leader Kotoeko was defeated by Yago and wasn't able to go to 12-3 after all, which left Onosho and Tsurugisho to contest the yusho in head-to-head fashion. The lower-ranker didn't stand any chance and was slapped down unceremoniously, allowing former komusubi Onosho to secure the first divisional championship of his career. (o) 3-12 Ryuden M7 M8 M9 Hokutofuji 4-7-4 (??) ... (x) 4-11 Daiamami M11 M12 (o) 6-9 Ishiura M13 M14 Takekaze 6-9 (x) M15 M16 Aminishiki 4-10 (x) M17 --- J1 Onosho 12-3 (o) (o) 11-4 Kotoeko J2 J3 (o) 10-5 Meisei J4 J5 Akiseyama 10-5 (??) Juryo rookie Wakatakakage has to be considered another of this basho's big winners after he escaped from demotion purgatory at the last minute. That may have been bad news for losing opponent Kizaki who ends the tournament with a relatively mediocre 4-3 at Ms4e which has put his promotion hopes into doubt. The other remaining makushita decision of Day 15 saw Ichiyamamoto prevail over former juryo regular Kitaharima. Over on the juryo side it was quite possibly former ozeki Terunofuji's final bout as a sekitori if not in his career, and somewhat unfathomably even dishevelled makushita visitor Amakaze proved too much for him, so it's an 0-9-6 record in the end (and the rare 2-6 for Amakaze). #3 in line for possible demotion after Terunofuji and Asabenkei is Hakuyozan after all, who lost to KK-seeking Seiro on senshuraku to end the second week with 6 losses in 7 days. Homarefuji, however, just might have saved himself when all was said and done - he did the opposite of Hakuyozan and sent Azumaryu to a hard-luck makekoshi. (x) 0-9-6 Terunofuji J8 J9 J10 Homarefuji 5-10 (??) (?) 5-10 Hakuyozan J11 J12 Asabenkei 3-11-1 (x) J13 J14 Wakatakakage 8-7 (o) Ms1 Chiyonoumi 4-3 (o) Ms2 (o) 4-3 Kizenryu Ms3 (?) 4-3 Kizaki Ms4 Kitaharima 3-4 (x) (??) 4-3 Ichiyamamoto Ms5 (??) 5-2 Enho Ms6 (??) 6-1 Murata Ms7 Gokushindo 6-1 (??) As the many question marks indicate, that's all quite the mess here now. Chiyonoumi and Kizenryu going up to replace Terunofuji and Asabenkei is a no-brainer, but everything else may be going a number of different ways. Going be the mass of precedent cases available it should be Kizaki who's third in line, courtesy of being ranked in the top 5 which Enho and Murata aren't. However, as already noted before it's somewhat questionable if they will consider his result promotion-worthy enough for a juryo debut. Even worse though, it's not clear at all who would go up as #4 to potentially replace Homarefuji. Murata should be the one, but... Anyway, a historical pattern in situations like these is that they tend to use the easy way out - if the decision is hard to make in one division and easy in the other, the rikishi at the center of the easy choice is often the one to be targetted (to his benefit or his detriment, depending on the circumstances). Consequently, I suspect that Homarefuji will get to stay, allowing them to not have to decide between Ichiyamamoto, Enho and Murata. Kizaki versus Hakuyozan is just a straight-up call, on the other hand, so that type of shimpan "logic" won't lead anywhere here. It's a decision that could genuinely go either way. However, I would tend to think that Hakuyozan as a fresh juryo debutant hasn't built up enough goodwill to get much of a benefit of the doubt here (in difference especially to Homarefuji). Kizaki has been a steady presence at the top of makushita for the last year and they might well decide that he has earned a sink-or-swim opportunity, and give him the promotion. So, I'm going to expect three promotions for the moment: Chiyonoumi, Kizenryu and Kizaki. It's all just speculation until Wednesday, of course. (If this was 30 years ago, I think the answer would be easy: Homarefuji and Hakuyozan down, Murata and Gokushindo up. They're much more focused on promoting "from the top" nowadays, rather than picking guys with superior records even if they're ranked a little bit further down. I'd love to be surprised by their decision, but I'm not expecting anything like that.) That's for all that, so my last order of business is to mention the sandanme playoff that took place between veteran Karatsuumi and youngster Satoyama (12 years of age difference), and which was as good as one could have hoped for such a match at that level. Recommended viewing if you haven't already. Karatsuumi secured the win in the end, earning his second sandanme yusho following one he won outright back in Aki 2011. (He also lost a playoff for one in Haru 2016, so he's now joint all-time leader for 7-0 records in sandanme.) As always, many thanks for your attention and interest!
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    I am a woman and I've had to deal with the plumbing issue all my life. As a child, banned from woodworking and and tinkering with switchboards, sent to needlework and knitting instead. Being fit into dresses and being supposed to care for frilly things. Being told that something isn't proper for a girl to do. Even my enlightened parents were worried that I wouldn't marry well, or assiciate with the wrong kind of men, totally negating my own say in the matter. When I granted an aviation shop a major maintenance order in 1990, there was a problem because I wanted to work on the plane myself. The twelve guys in the shop were shocked, but they could not very well refuse a lucrative order, so it was allowed. In the first week, I was given all the greasy jobs to do and some physically hard stuff, just to see if it would chase me away. They were also worried that I would inhibit their talk in the coffee room. Within two days, everything got straightened out, we all had an enjoyable time with me just being one of the boys and when we parted we were all good friends. Today, I'm a little stiffer but still lie on my back below the fuselage to break the seal of the fuel sump to change the filter. In my areas of interest -- sailing, flying, computers, sci-fi etc -- I've had to fight constant battles to be seen as equal to the men. As a woman I am belittled and excluded. Men are hesitant to allow a woman to join them in their manly pursuits as an equal, let alone as their superior. Youthful conditioning to be an alpha male earning female admiration with manly prowess plays an important part in the survival of male chauvinism. To be an equal, you have to be better, work harder, suffer distrust, social isolation and intolerance for mistakes. When you're young and pretty, men will tolerate your presence but scoff at the idea that you could be their captain or their boss. At work, you have to prove your worth with a big handicap because if you make decisions like a man, you are a ball-crunching bitch. And if you don't, you are a softie proving that women are no good as leaders. Been there, done that, but hey, despite all this I'm still here and last time I looked at the plumbing I'm still a woman. It wasn't easy to become happy but I found ways to Do My Own Thing regardless of prejudice, and I wish every woman on earth the same. Break those molds! Do sumo if you want to! I'd really like to have more buddies to play with, I'd like to see more girls and boys rebelling and swimming against the tide. Is this tide going to turn? With all the strides that have been made in the past fifty years, change is still standing on a shaky foundation. There are still pregnant women who think a foetus' sex is of paramount importance, who decorate their baby rooms and give out gender role confirming first names, who choose toys and activities that encourage boys to be adventurous and girls to be pretty and sweet. As long as this stays the same, girls and boys that want to do things beyond what is traditionally expected of them will meet with discouragement designed to make them accept the traditional roles, leaving only the strongest dissidents to lead the fight for change. The recent action by the NSK to ban girls from participating in the Fujisan Shizuoka jungyo is a slap in every woman's face and it's a huge step backwards if such a ban is allowed to stand and -- God forbid -- be allowed to spread to other dohyos in the land.
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    Tochinoshin / Aoiyama / Mitakeumi went at it today. Seems the Dewanoumi man has been at Kasugano a lot recently. Anyway he was pretty much owned by the two Europeans. Won a few but didn’t seem like he was on the same level most of the time. Aoiyama’s left knee doesn’t look good. Tochinoshin doesn’t seem to have missed a beat since Jan. Looked very strong.
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    My predictions for what will transpire in this thread the next two-three weeks in newsstories:
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    I'm not even going to touch on most of your response. I don't want to have this site have to do a Tachiai. Can I just say what's it's like being a woman, in my experience? I have people throw insults at me as a walk down the street just because I'm a woman. By men, obviously. It would be nice to live in a place where that doesn't happen, but it's a fact of life for me. We are discriminated against. For years in many places we didn't have a right to vote. That was a tradition, put about by men. In many industries woman are still pay less than men despite having the same qualifications and experiences. @John Gunning is not suggesting that we're being killed because of stepping on the dohyo. He's merely highlighting that if you were to replace with women with e.g. black in that sentence then there would be more obvious outcry. Why? Not because discriminating against women is ok, but because often it's a lot more hidden and harder to see. A lot of tradition against women (particularly in religion) stems from women being considered impure or not as good as men. Once upon a time, women were banished to tents during their menstruation. There is nothing unnatural about menstruation, but the legacy of that and similar pronouncements against women continues today. By considering women to be impure (no basis in science for that), or somehow lesser than men we perpetuate discrimination against women in a number of ways. The male privilege is to benefit from this just by being male. One of the ways males can benefit from this is by pretending it doesn't exist (since the discrimination doesn't affect them), or dismissing it or saying it's a tradition. Women on the other hand have to fight for equality and recognition, and sometimes they are afraid to do so because of retaliation by males. That would answer the question as to why some politicians didn't speak about it last year. I suspect that those politicians finally felt like they had a voice on this subject.
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    Day 9- an educational day, longer than usual video-I hope you enjoy it as much as I did editing it..