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    The ozeki restarted keiko with some basics Takakeisho today o o Shodai yesterday oo o no pics of Asanoyama yet Naruto-beya started 2 days ago o
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    At present the restrictions seem to be forgotten (they change every 2 weeks), rikishi and oyakata travel all over the country. Yesterday ex-Shiraishi, the new Tohakuryu (he's from Tokyo) with Tamanoi-oyakata made a courtesy call to Soma, Fukushima, to report the juryo promotion to mayor Tachiya (Hidekiyo), together with the head of the heya's local koenkai Tachiya (Ichiro). The heya had regular training camps there before Corona times. o H. Tachiya, I. Tachiya, Tohakuryu, Tamanoi
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    Akua was home in Oarai town today. Being the pride of the town, the people's hero as encouragement got a fresh 5kg (mede)tai "yusho" fish from local fishermen - with an excellent 9-6 kachikoshi after a 1-4 start vid o He wants to aim for a sansho next basho, after he missed that by 1 win this time as new makuuchi, and sanyaku for next year, to get more attention in the media, also for his hometown. at the town hall oo
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    Takakeishou was interviewed by phone today. He started training today, doing the fundamentals. He took a total rest for half of this last week. "I needed that rest to overcome my fatigue.. " he said. The other half was spent building up his body. "I've got a lot of stairs to climb from here on," he added. "I ate a lot during this week. Facing next basho, I feel I'm off to a good start. Business as usual- fundamentals, building up my body, bouts, fundamentals again- I just want to feel the flow and go with it.. Kyokai keiko sessions? I feel I want to participate. I hope to be able to go at it with all I have. Yokozuna run? It's all about the results. Without them you can't climb higher. In any case, I'll give it my all. If I could only gambarize, not thinking too much about it, that would be good. " he added. Tsuki/oshi rikishi are not considered good Yokozuna candidates. "If I thought so myself I would never make it. I'm being told there's no chance, so that makes me want to achieve that even more. My style is oshi-zumo. I've been doing this since I was a kid, so I'd like to continue with this and become Yokozuna.. I'll be facing the basho on a day by day basis, like in a knock-out tournament.." he added. "It's been a good year and a bad year- a yusho and an injury.. " he summed.
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    Once his boobs learn how to do their own brand of sumo he'll be unstoppable
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    LOL, thanks Joann. And, also arigato Jejima for organizing the poll. The only explanation is a small sample, but I see there are folks on this thread who definitely know more about sumo than I. I shall continue to play my brand of nonsense and will attempt to gambarize in 2021.
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    I see 4 Taks, 1 Tok and 1 Tam listed. We also have some Hak, Kak, Wak and Hoks available.
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    ...and Kaio was back on the dohyo countless times since he became shinpan.
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    Well, @Kaiomitsuki, France just won the (junior) Eurovision song contest, and the Bears are not out of the playoff race. If I were you, I'd start checking back my sumogames ID. Just sayin'
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    Oho (Naya) will get a kesho-mawashi from Teshikaga town(wrong in the DB as Deshikaga), Hokkaido, the Japanese place of origin (shusshin) for Taiho, where on Oct. 28th 2019 the "From Teshikaga cheering for Otake-beya's Naya Konosuke"- club was formed (his brothers started later, they'll surely get cheered for as well). Local sumo nishiki-e artist Kinoshita Daimon made the design (he's the one who does the picture banzuke http://www.daimon-e.sakura.ne.jp/daimon-goods-ebanzuke-large.html), showing Lakes Mashuu and Kussharo. Kinoshita last year had shown a map with the 2 lakes to a middle school girl related to the heya, and she said: "Lake Kussharo looks like Taiho at the yokozuna dohyo-iri, and Lake Mashuu like the face of Konosuke watching this." Getting this surprising hint made him decide on the design. http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20201125/sum20112518510006-n2.html A nishiki-e by Kinoshita of Naya as shin-deshi with a kesho-mawashi from Taiho o Kinoshita hopes for a yokozuna dohyo-iri of Oho, with his brothers as attendants
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    The have Naya become Oho was a plan of Otake-oyakata (Dairyu) since this Naya was in primary school: he looked like a king (Ō) to him, getting ready and going his own way. http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20201125/sum20112518510006-n1.html
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    Source: https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202011300000404.html I'm sure many fans are wanting to hear how Shodai's condition is coming along after that ankle injury sustained against Takayasu and Daieisho. He filed a kyujo notice for three weeks due to an injury to the left distal tibiofibular ligament. In a telephone interview with Nikkan Sports newspaper, here is what the Ozeki had to say: "I think I will be recovered by banzuke day, in time [for Hatsu]. i hope I can win. Today, I taped my left ankle and was doing shiko and suriashi. I was so intent on winning I was injured. If there was a win to be had, I didn't want to go kyujo, if possible. It felt a little uncomfortable watching the matches on TV, but I had a rare opportunity to carefully observe the other rikishi, so it was a good experience for me. I don't feel frustrated by [Takakeisho's win]. In fact, it is very stimulating as I will have to do my best. Actually, I don't feel any pain when I walk, or when I do shiko. It only hurts when I twist my body without changing the position of my legs. If i can't participate in the upcoming degeiko session, it would be rather quiet. It was an amazing thing for me to be Ozeki, so now I hope I can put my whole heart into the dohyo and face my opponents without hesitation." We really hope so, Shodai.
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    Time for everyone's favorite post-basho post of the thread to close out the 2020 sumo year, the top 10 updates November edition: - Takakeisho wins his second yusho and is now officially in the top 10 list for rikishi with most yusho without making yokozuna. He is in a 12 way tie for 6th place, including Mitakeumi, Terunofuji and father-in-law Hokutenyu - Terunofuji participated in his 3rd playoff and has the dubious distinction of being winless so far. He needs to participate in one more playoff to crack the all time top 10 - Kotoshogiku retired this basho and finished with 828 career wins, which was 32 short of tying 10th place Terao - Kotoshogiku retiring this basho places him at 6th place on the all time wins list for makuuchi with 718. This places him behind Taiho and above Kisenosato, Harumafuji, Musashimaru and Takanohana II. He is also the second ozeki to be on this list - Hokuseiho now stands at 21-0 from pro debut, tying heya-mate Enho and Kototenta aka Earthquake. He will now be looking to surpass these two and challenge for the recognized official record of 27 wins by Jokoryu - Kotoshogiku retired this basho and finished with 1496 career matches, which was 79 short of tying 10th place Akinoshima - Kotoshogiku retiring this basho places him at 6th place on the all time makuuchi matches list with 1332. This places him behind Terao and above Akinoshima, Hakuho, Kotonowaka I and Takekaze - Tamawashi now has 1301 consecutive career bouts, having never missed a bout either. He is currently in 8th place and could look to tie 7th place Toyonoumi at 1316 consecutive bouts is he manages to compete in all 15 days of Hatsu 2021 - Hakuho was ranked in makuuchi for the 98th basho. Next basho he will tie 2nd place Kyokutenho with 99 basho - Kakuryu was ranked in makuuchi for the 83rd basho. He needs to survive until Nagoya 2021 in order to tie 10th place Wakanosato - Hakuho extends the yokozuna basho record to 79 - Kakuryu was ranked as yokozuna for the 39th basho. He needs to survive to Natsu 2021 to tie 9th place Asashoryu - Kotoshogiku competed in his 22 basho post-ozeki career. His retirement stops this progress and places him in 5th place on the list, below Konishiki and Takanonami - Terunofuji competed in his 18th basho post-ozeki career. This places him in 8th place on the list. He will tie 6th place Wakahaguro and Kirishima at 20 basho if he is not re-promoted to ozeki for Haru 2021 - Tochinoshin competed in his 6th basho post-ozeki career. He will tie 10th place Kaiketsu (whose record ended with re-promotion) if he is active in Haru 2021 - Takayasu competed in his 5th basho post-ozeki career. Because he is one behind Tochinoshin, he is not in position to get into the top 10 unless Tochinoshin were to retire or be re-promoted first - Mitakeumi competed in his 21st basho in sanyaku. He needs 4 more basho in sanyaku to crack the top 10 (Tochiozan - 25) - Hakuho was ranked as a sekitori for the 100th basho and is ranked in 8th place on the all time list. He is the only yokozuna to do have 100 basho as sekitori. Above him is 7th place Takamiyama at 104 basho - Kotoshogiku retired this basho with 97 basho at sekitori. This was one basho short of cracking the top 10 (Chiyonofuji and Takekaze at 98) - Hanakaze extends the all time basho record to 207 while competing at age 50. No indication he will retire anytime soon - Tenichi and Terunosato competed in their 165th basho together, holding joint 5th place on the all time list - Fujinokaze competed in his 163rd basho, holding 7th place on the all time list - Sawaisamu competed in his 160th basho, holding 8th place on the all time list - Itakozukura and Gorikiyama competed in their 159th basho, jointly holding 9th place on the all time list with Kasachikara and Koriyama - Kotoshogiku retired this basho with 55 kachi-koshi basho in makuuchi. This places him in 10th place on the all time list tied with Konishiki - Kotoshogiku retired this basho with 59 kachi-koshi basho as a sekitori. This left him one short of cracking the top 10 list, with 10th place at 60 basho being Taiho and Kyokutenho - Shoketsu scored his 82nd career kachi-koshi basho and ties him in 10th place with Harumafuji on the all time list - Azumaryu scored his 19th kachi-koshi basho in juryo. He needs 6 more KK basho in the second division to crack the top 10 - Sawaisamu "achieved" his 129th career make-koshi basho, extending the all time record. He will not be on the banzuke for Hatsu 2021 - Hanakaze "achieved" his 115th career make-koshi basho, placing him 3rd place on the all time list. Above him is Kasachikara at 118 make-koshi basho - Moriurara and Terunosato together "achieved" their 92nd career make-koshi basho, which places them in joint 6th place on the all time list - Higohikari "achieved" his 87th career make-koshi basho, which ties him in 9th place with Tenichi - Ikioi "achieved" his 17th make-koshi in the juryo division. 5 more MK basho will land him in the top 10 all time list for juryo make-koshi - Terunofuji doing the seemingly impossible by returning to sanyaku this basho obliterates the previous lowest demotion to return record that was set by Tochinoshin. The Kaiju had fallen all the way to Jonidan 48W, this record will probably not be overtaken for a long time, though at this point not impossible - Chiyonokuni enters the lowest demotion from makuuchi to return list for a second time, having successfully earning promotion back to the division after having fallen to makushita 46W. This puts him at 6th place aside from his 3rd place listing of sandanme 28W. He is the only person to achieve this feat twice - Ura is the second rikishi with makuuchi experience to fall to jonidan and successfully return to juryo after Terunofuji. His fall to jonidan 106W and return to sekitorihood places him 5th place on the list - Shodai is promoted to ozeki at the age of 28 years, 10 month. This places him in 7th place on the oldest promotions list (6BPY) - Kotoyuki earned promotion to makuuchi for the 9th time, placing him in a 3 way tie for 5th place. However the celebration is short lived as he went kyujo for the basho. He will have a chance to earn a 10th promotion to the division next year - Hanakaze now has 758 career losses after finishing 1-6 for November 2020. He is now 32 losses away from breaking into the top 10 all time list for career losses - Takakeisho won the yusho as ozeki, which broke a 22 basho drought between ozeki yusho. The last ozeki to win before him was Kisenosato back in Hatsu 2017. This drought is the second longest for ozeki yusho in the 6BPY era behind the 25 basho drought from Wakanohana II (Natsu 1977) to Chiyonofuji (Nagoya 1981)
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    This is going to be a tough poll to 'judge', as we only had 5 yusho winners in 2020 - and this poll was begun after the first. Question 1 Two yushos (March and November) were won by a Yokozuna or Ozeki. This was predicted by I am the Yokozuna, Oshirokita, Kotononami and Jejima. Question 2 One yusho (September) was won by a Sekiwake or Komusubi. This was predicted by Oortael, Terao, Morty, Shatsume, Kotononami, Joaoiyama, Kaminariyuki and MumboJumbo. Question 3 Two yushos (January and July) were won by rikishi ranked below sanyaku (ranked below M16, in fact!). This was predicted by I am the Yokozuna, code_number3, Kintamayama, Oshirokita, Katsunorifuji, Kaminariyuki and WAKATAKE. The following four players are in two out of the three above lists (difficult to be in all four, due to the cancelled May basho): I am the Yokozuna, Oshirokita, Kotononami and Kaminariyuki. So, let's check the comments for those four, to see if we can determine a winner... Only two of them made comments - so it's between Oshirokita and Kaminariyuki to see who gets the yusho (the other will claim the jun-yusho).... Tokushoryu can be ignored - as he had already won a yusho. (That would have been an impressive prediction back in December of last year, if I had made the poll in time!). Oshirokita also correctly predicted a yusho for Takakeisho. as did Kaminariyuki. This is getting tough. Not really Kaminariyuki also predicted a yusho for Hakuho - and Oshirokita didn't. So, the yusho goes to Kaminariyuki. The jun-yusho goes to Oshirokita.
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    If we stick to the post-Futahaguro era (the last 30 years), 18 unique ozeki had a total of 38 rope runs starting with a yusho, 8 of which succeeded. None of the 10 ozeki who failed to gain promotion via this route subsequently got a softer promotion; the two who did never had such a run. I think I'm going to have to write a blog post.
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    General concensus of opinion was that he would never cut it in sanyaku, then that he would never make ozeki for exactly the same reasons. He keeps proving everybody wrong, a point he alluded to in one of his post-yusho interviews. He doesn't have to be a 'good' yokozuna. Simply getting the rope will have proved everybody wrong - again. He also doesn't need to be good strictly on the belt to diversify his repertoire. There are plenty of "yotsu" kimarite that don't involve mawashi holds - kubinage, kotenage, sukuinage, tottari (pulled off against an arguably-diminished Kisenosato). And he has dabbled with attempts at proper belt sumo - his demotion-causing injury in Natsu last year was due to a yorikiri against Mitakeumi. And if he can be good enough to prevent mawashi grips on him, then it's also a moot point; it's arguable that he's already at that level. He might just end up being the Akebono of oshizumo. Akebono broke the gaijin barrier for yokozuna; Takakeisho might well break the oshi-zumo barrier for yokozuna. How long his yokozuna career may be is one for the history books, but if he ever makes it to yokozuna, that in and of itself is noteworthy. Besides, any yokozuna immediately following the Hakuho era is going to look a bit dim by comparison. If he can get the rope and win 2-3 more basho after that he's still really made it in my books. He will be fighting against limits that yotsu-zumo rikishi don't have, but given the strength of his mental game and the relatively good sense that prevails in his heya about injury rehabilitation, he is probably the best rikishi to push those limits to their maximum.
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    Based on everything everybody told me when I first started following Sumo, if you're wondering whether now is a good time to go for Yokozuna, your never going to be a good Yokozuna if you make it.
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    Kagamiyama oyakata owns a lot of real state properties and financially well-off, so he is not really eager to recruit apprentices. He himself one time said, "I am the only to blame for having such a small number of apprentices". I guess he does not have so much interpersonal skill. Before Kagamio came, he had only one, his own son. Yes, it is rare and I feel sorry for those two Rikishi (is Kagamio already retired?). One time his son said, "If the other guy catches a cold or injured, I can't practice". During this COVID-19 pandemic, they can't visit other stables, so it must be really tough for them.
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    The yusho was decided on the final day. And he beat Hakuho en route to stay within 1 loss. And, to be fair, nobody who wasn't named Hakuho was ever really in the mix to win during those years. In the year that Kotoshogiku was promoted, Hakuho lost a total of 9 matches out of 90, and two of those losses were to the Geek. Practically god-like*. *For some lesser definitions of godly. Results may vary. Consult your physician if warts develop.
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    A remembrance from Kotooshu on his Ameba blog: https://ameblo.jp/kotooshu-naruto/entry-12638177041.html
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    Kotoshogiku retired officially as of today, had his intai press conference and turned into Hidenoyama-oyakata. o o o o The NSK usually posts the full video several days/weeks later, for now a message to the fans from the new oyakata
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    Some stats from Nikkan about Kotoshogiku retiring: https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202011150000073.html - Had the highest number of bouts among active rikishi at 1496 (far from 10th place though) - Had the highest number of makuuchi bouts among active rikishi at 1332, 6th overall - 92 basho in makuuchi, was 2nd among active wrestlers (after Hakuho) and 7th overall. His 91 consecutive basho in makuuchi tie him for 4th place - At 828 career wins was 2nd highest among active wrestlers (after Hakuho) - 718 makuuchi wins which puts him in 6th place overall - Got 3 kinboshi from Harumafuji, Kisenosato and Hakuho after he fell down from ozeki
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    Well.. I spent a week with him and the other Sadogatake lads- him and Kotomitsuki were really loose and cool.