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  1. 7 points
    Better late than never I hope - here at last are the kimarite statistics for all divisions in the final basho of the year. A yusho race that went down to the wire plus some rare kimarite at sekitori level made for an entertaining third consecutive basho at the home of ozumo. Takakeisho triumphed in the top flight to set up what should be a tough tsunatori basho in the new year From a kimarite perspective, my personal highlight of the basho was Terutsuyoshi's sotokomata win against Enho. It was the first sotokomata in any division for just over five years, and the first at sekitori level since the 2005 Hatsu basho. Actually it could have been something even more scarce - earlier in the bout, Terutsuyoshi appeared to attempt a sotomuso (see screenshot below), which has been unused at any level for over 18 years. Popular Juryo returnee Ura was already in the headlines, but he added to that on Day 5 with an izori win against Kyokushuho. It was the first izori at sekitori level since that of Tomonohana in the 1993 Hatsu basho - he is now Tamagaki-oyakata and happened to be on shimpan duty for Ura's bout here. Kimarite from kettei-sen bouts are not included in the statistics. Kimarite Makuuchi Juryo Makushita Sandanme Jonidan Jonokuchi Total Percentage Abisetaoshi 3 0 0 1 3 0 7 0.28% Amiuchi 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.08% Ashitori 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Chongake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Fumidashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Fusen (default) 2 1 0 3 1 3 10 0.41% Gasshohineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Hansoku (foul) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Harimanage 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Hatakikomi 38 18 43 44 53 9 205 8.34% Hikiotoshi 4 8 20 20 33 7 92 3.74% Hikkake 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.08% Ipponzeoi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Isamiashi 0 0 0 2 4 2 8 0.33% Izori 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Kainahineri 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 0.08% Kakenage 2 0 0 1 3 0 6 0.24% Kakezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Katasukashi 3 5 4 4 6 1 23 0.94% Kawazugake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kekaeshi 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Ketaguri 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Kimedashi 1 1 1 2 0 0 5 0.20% Kimetaoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kirikaeshi 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% 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 1 0 1 0.04% Kotenage 4 7 8 10 11 3 43 1.75% Kozumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kubihineri 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0.08% Kubinage 2 0 0 0 3 0 5 0.20% Makiotoshi 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 0.12% Mitokorozeme 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Nichonage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Nimaigeri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okuridashi 10 5 9 27 23 5 79 3.21% Okurigake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurihikiotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurinage 0 3 0 0 2 0 5 0.20% Okuritaoshi 1 2 1 6 2 0 12 0.49% 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 0 0 0 0.00% Oshidashi 67 45 113 194 161 55 635 25.82% Oshitaoshi 18 4 9 11 26 5 73 2.97% Sabaori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sakatottari 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Shitatedashinage 3 2 0 2 0 0 7 0.28% Shitatehineri 0 0 2 1 4 1 8 0.33% Shitatenage 3 2 13 19 20 4 61 2.48% Shumokuzori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sokubiotoshi 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Sotogake 0 0 1 2 2 0 5 0.20% Sotokomata 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Sotomuso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sototasukizori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sukuinage 4 4 3 10 23 3 47 1.91% Susoharai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Susotori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tasukizori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tokkurinage 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 0.12% Tottari 1 1 1 1 1 0 5 0.20% Tsukaminage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsukidashi 15 5 24 16 8 0 68 2.77% Tsukihiza 0 0 0 2 4 2 8 0.33% Tsukiotoshi 20 9 27 45 27 5 133 5.41% Tsukitaoshi 2 2 1 2 2 0 9 0.37% Tsukite 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0.08% Tsumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsuridashi 1 1 0 0 3 0 5 0.20% Tsuriotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsutaezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Uchigake 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0.12% Uchimuso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Ushiromotare 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Utchari 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0.12% Uwatedashinage 4 5 6 6 11 1 33 1.34% Uwatehineri 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0.12% Uwatenage 10 8 16 36 38 11 119 4.84% Waridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Watashikomi 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0.16% Yaguranage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yobimodoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yorikiri 60 48 90 163 186 53 600 24.40% Yoritaoshi 4 5 19 19 48 7 102 4.15% Zubuneri 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% 12,246 honwari torikumi took place in the five basho held this year, with 67 kimarite used (excluding fusen and hansoku). Oshidashi was the most common for only the second calendar year in the current kimarite era, following 2018. However, the difference between oshidashi (3110, 25.40%) and yorikiri (3088, 25.22%) was only 22, the fifth consecutive year that the gap has remained in double digits. Among the unused kimarite, the only real surprise was the lack of tsuriotoshi - in the last 29 years, only 2016 had previously seen it draw a blank. Tsutaezori is by no means commonplace, but it did make at least one appearance in each of the last four years. Marked with an asterisk are those kimarite that appeared last year but not this. Gasshohineri Kakezori Kozumatori Mitokorozeme * Okurigake * Okuritsuriotoshi Omata Sabaori Shumokuzori Sotomuso Sototasukizori Susotori Tasukizori * Tsukaminage Tsumatori Tsuriotoshi * Tsutaezori * Waridashi Yaguranage Yobimodoshi Four kimarite appeared this year having been out of action for differing amounts of time. Kawazugake (2018.05) Koshinage (2017.11) Okuritsuridashi (2017.09) Sotokomata (2015.07) Thanks for reading!
  2. 3 points
    I found no recent thread, the NSK regularly posts about this youtube/日本相撲協会公式チャンネル/search?query=相撲部屋ちゃんこ Itadaki is (again) preparing the Isenoumi-beya chanko, with the help of Kyonosato
  3. 2 points
    A Yoridashi, apparently..... A belt grip Gaburi Yori or something, I guess. You grip him close and shove him out with your body, as opposed to using any outright manhandling or lifting with your arms....
  4. 2 points
    If Shodai does not clear kadoban, he might be The Next Ozeki!
  5. 1 point
    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
  6. 1 point
    Seems to me that if there weren't as many talented "small wrestlers" making inroads in the upper divisions, us fans wouldn't be treated to as many of the rare kimarite as we seem to be seeing at the moment...
  7. 1 point
    Yoridashioshikiriotoshi - the world wouldn't be any poorer if 90% of all bouts are just being called Kachi, and the other 10% Ura.
  8. 1 point
    Both Yokozunae Better get in the ring soon Or else - kubi da!
  9. 1 point
    Another excellent article by John Gunning. Thanks for posting it. I suppose I should just go ahead and subscribe to the JT... Maybe soon, andmostly for John's articles, although I confess to being interested in many other topics in this amazing country.
  10. 1 point
    This is the final poll for 2020 to report back on. Question 1: Based on research at Sumo Reference, the last ten times that an M13W had 8-7, he has been promoted to somewhere in the region described as 'Lower Makunouchi' 9 times, and once to Mid-Makunouchi. So, for the purpose of this poll, I am going to presume that he will be ranked in lower Makunouchi for January 2021 (and will come back to correct, if necessary). Four players predicted this range:- Oshirokita (M12W), Gaijingai, Jejima (M17E) and Nantonoyama. Based on making a comment with the actual prediction is worth more than not making a comment, Oshirokita is currently in poll position, with Jejima in second place. Question 2: Ichinojo ended up with four KKs (robbed of his potential fifth?). This was predicted by eight players, including Gaijingai and Nantonoyama. These two are now tied for the lead. Question 3: Ichinojo's best result (twice) in 2020 was 9-6. Oshirokita and Jejima both predicted this. Okay, let's examine the other bits and pieces... Jejima (five KK) and Oshirokita (three KK) were both one out with question two. Nantonoyama (11-4) was two out with question 3 - so out of the running. Gaijingai (8-7) was one out with question 2. However, Gaijingai did not leave any comments below, so is rules out on the tie-breaker. Oshirokita will be closest with his prediction of Ichinojo's rank on the new banzuke, so he can claim the yusho , and Jejima will have to be content with the jun-yusho . NB: If Ichinojo's rank is M10 or higher on the new banzuke, I will have to re-examine this poll.
  11. 1 point
    This year soba studio Futaba also started the sale of sumo goods, an event catering chanko nabe service and for the year end/start: take-out toshikoshi chanko nabe o
  12. 1 point
    You make a good point - which I partly agree with. When we first had a year with just five bashos (2011), I calculated similar to as here to for all polls - so I was following precedent. Luckily, even if we take the actual number of wins - or some number in between the actual number and the adjusted number, I still think that the yusho goes to Rocks. This is because of the four players that suggested 21 or lower, two of them correctly predicted the one yusho. Neither of those two left a comment (as requested to those predicting 21 or lower) to the actual number. So we don't know if they meant 12 (enough for a 11-4 yusho on top of the single shiroiboshi in January) or 21, or somewhere in between. So, after the further consideration, I am still going to award the yusho to Rocks, and the jun-yusho to Kaninoyama.
  13. 1 point
    Update: November 2020 Makuuchi: Juryo: Makushita: Sandanme: Sd27e - Kume Kiyoshi (粂 貞), Kotokume, Sadogatake (#23) (5-2) Sd56e - Ito Hikari (伊藤 暉), Kotoito, Sadogatake (#7) (3-4) Sd75w - Honda Rikiya (本多 力也), Kochikara, Tagonoura (#31) (3-4) Jonidan: Jonokuchi: Comments Though all three wrestlers are now in Sandanme, Kotokume was the only one in this group to have posted a winning score in November. Makushita is beckoning. #18 Takei Sakutaro is one of the new recruits this past basho, so we'll be seeing him on this list next year.
  14. 1 point
    Update: November 2020 Makuuchi: Juryo: Makushita: Ms33w - Yoshii Ko (吉井 虹), Yoshii, Nakagawa (#3) (4-3) Sandanme: Ms48w - Otsuji Riki (大辻 理紀), Otsuji, Takadagawa (#6) (3-4) Jonidan: Jonokuchi: Comments Yoshii continued his slow but steady rise up the ranks with a third consecutive 4-3, he's yet to post a makekoshi since joining Ozumo. Otsuji however stuttered on his Makushita debut.
  15. 1 point
    Perhaps not rude but imagine if you wanted to apply for a job in the US and sent an email in Japanese? How do you think it would be received? What do you think it says to a stablemaster about how serious your intentions are if you don't do the bare minimum and get the letter translated? Musashigawa has someone that can speak English of course but if you are hoping to enter an "all Japanese from day one" environment and can't even make the effort to put the application in Japanese it comes across as lazy and entitled.
  16. 1 point
    Not always... My favourite is Bench sumo but although I have won smaller pizes,I have never won the big one.... Favourite list. Bench sumo Rotosumo Sekitori quad Sekitori toto Sumo game Tip spiel Paper Oyakata Hoshitori ISP UDH Salarycap Oddsumo Juryo game Chaingang Ozumo bingo TTT GTB Norizo cup Sekitori oracle -------------- Best results.(in my opinion) Rotosumo Salarycap Udh Sekitori quad ISP Paper oyakata Ozumo bingo Bench sumo Sumo game Norizo cup Tip spiel Juryo game CG Sekitori toto Oddsumo Hoshitori TTT GTB Sekitori oracle
  17. 1 point
    These records of obsolete kimarite are like trace fossils of rare dinosaur species. We know they existed but we don’t have enough evidence to confirm exactly what they were. It’s a little frustrating to have so much information but there be such little substance to it.
  18. 1 point
    Another from judo background - Hiroki Matsui (18, 180cm, 155kg), 3rd year at Ishikawa pref. Tsurugi high school wants to become the Gojira (Godzilla) of the sumo world, he's a distant relative of baseball's Godzilla Hideki Matsui (his great-grandfather and Hideki's grandfather were brothers). Appropriately in Tokitsukaze-beya, where gorira (gorilla) Tosayutaka (Magaki) can coach him. o He started judo at age 4, but always had a yearning for sumo. He wanted to join a sumo stronghold high school, Kanazawa gakuin, but his parents told him that sumo was not an easy path: "You have be no. 1 in judo in the prefecture to be competitive there." Last year he finally won a prefecture tournament and a HokuShinetsu region tournament in the above 100kg class and was at the interhigh, and his parents then supported his wish to go into ozumo. Since June he learned fundamentals of sumo at the Kanazawa sumo dojo where also Endo, Enho and Kagayaki were enrolled. An important turning point for him was the Kanazawa high school sumo tournament. Tsurugi high has no sumo club, so judo club members represent the school, and since entering school he wanted to be in it. 2 times he was in the team event - this year the 104th edition was canceled. In his 2nd year he got his first win and felt "Yes, sumo is fun", his resolve to become pro became firm then. In October he made a visit to the heya and had chanko with his sempai rikishi. Shodai told him: "In any case, eat!" The usual goal: "Doing it, I want to aim for ozeki and yokozuna."
  19. 1 point
    from what the papers posted after intai o Nov. 2001 in Kochi: 2 friends from Meitoku Gijuku high to join ozumo, the later Toyonoshima and Kotoshogiku o new recruit for Hatsu 2002 o new juryo for Nagoya 2004 o new makuuchi for Hatsu 2005 o ginosho Kyushu 2006 (with Homasho) o New sekiwake for Haru 2007 o win over Asashoryu Haru 2008 o over Harumafuji Haru 2009 o ozeki promotion after Aki 2011 o o o o the yusho, Hatsu 2016 loss to Toyonoshima on day 13 o final day against Goeido o o o o o o o o o o o o o with parents and wife, with supporters o o o o o next day o next Saturday the wedding reception o parade at the heya location in Matsudo, Chiba in February o and home in Yanagawa in March o o vs. Kisenosato, Aki 2016, Hatsu 2017 o o o with Toyonoshima, Kochi jungyo 2016, Aki jungyo 2019 o o in Yanagawa before the 2019 Kyushu basho o o o o at Kyushu basho, the parents watched almost every day, and were also often seen at other hon-basho oo afterwards at the city hall o his trademarks, the gaburi-yori o and for a while, the Koto-Bauer oo ooo oo Aki basho 2020 o this basho down in juryo: a final Koto-Bauer, the last torikumi, vs. Chiyonoo oo o
  20. 1 point
    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
  21. 1 point
    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.
  22. 1 point
    Question 1 Kotoshogiku retired during the past basho in November. Nobody predicted this! The closest (Sep/Oct bracket) were Joaoiyama, Nantonoyama and Koorifu. Question 2 Shohozan has not retired this year - as predicted by everyone except Konosato. Question 3 Shohozan had five MKs in 2020! Kotoshogiku managed to get an 8-7 KK in July. So, the total number of KKs for this pair is one. ChickyStar, Pitinosato and Rocks all came closest with two. This is going to be tricky to award a yusho. Question 2 can be ignored (apart from ruling out Konosato from contention.) So, let's look at the comments for the players who came closest in Questions 1 and 3.... Rocks two KK predictions were for Shohozan. Nope. Nantonoyama predicted one KK for Kotoshogiku. Yep. None of the other players under consideration above left a comment. So, another yusho to Nantonoyama.
  23. 1 point
    This is a weird poll to close.... Question 1 Abi ended the year with just 15 wins (due to injury and punishment) Ryuden ended the year with 38 wins. So, Ryuden ended up with 23 more wins than Abi. The closest was Nantonoyama with +8 wins in favour of Ryuden. Question 2 Ryuden and Abi met twice in 2020 - and Ryuden won them both. Rocks and WAKATAKE came closest with +1 to Ryuden. (Nantonoyama came the next closest with 'zero') Question 3 Ryuden will be ranked somewhere around M7 in January 2021, whereas Abi will be in Makushita. So the difference in ranks will be between 30 and 40 (probably). Nantonoyama came closest(!) with Ryuden +3. So, I am happy to award the yusho for this poll to Nantononoyama! I think there is no need to do this poll for 2021 - so it is retired for the time being.
  24. 1 point
    Sumo and health: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/09/02/sumo/sumo-health/
  25. 0 points
    I just noticed that my manual Final Standings in Hoshitori Game were slightly off. There are no huge implications for any of the reported standings above, except for one thing: as Andoreasu had a better result in Hoshitori Game than I manually calculated, he overtook Jejima in the yearly standings, thus becoming Hoshitori Game World Champion of 2020. I hope to start with the dreaded Final Standings Web page this weeked...