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  1. 9 points
    Sekiwake Takanoshou finished his training for this year and is going to rest for a week. No mention whatsoever of the torn ACL. "I may do some light training during my rest so that my body doesn't 'fall' and my muscles don't weaken," he said. He has been eating a lot lately, mostly take- away, and is maintaining his 165 kilo existence. 2021? "I want to yusho and get promoted to Ozeki. Ozeki Takakeishou has been able to do sumo at his own pace lately. He's probably nervous but you don't see it on him at all.. I want to be able to reach that phase, is what I'm thinking, " he summed.
  2. 4 points
    Nikkan published 6 "awards" on their site this year google.search?第9回日刊スポーツ大相撲大賞&site=www.nikkansports.com 2. Hokutofuji 奮闘努力賞 - all out effort award, for most bouts as plain maegashira against sanyaku 3. Asanoyama - best thrower award: 10 wins this years with throws, though he claims that throwing is not what he's good at 4. Ryuden - 彩多賞 saitasho, sounds like most as in most wins, but is to mean variations in kimarite - 14 different this year 5. Takakeisho - fighting spirit award, for the best results in the daily NSK polls 6. 1 team award - to Isegahama-beya o o o
  3. 3 points
    Takakeisho has the most wins of the year and 1 yusho, and with this also wins the 63rd Hochi best rikishi of the year award. The first time for 22 years that a Japanese born rikishi receives it, the last was Wakanohana III in 1998. Mineko Nomachi (left) and 3 others were in the award selection committee o
  4. 3 points
    Apart from the 6 official Nikkan unofficial awards, there were a few extra http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/column/sumo/news/202012100001022.html letting get away the kensho, one could have won - the un-awarded award: Endo 398, Takakeisho 396, Mitakeumi 337, Asanoyama 333, Enho 302 getting rich quickly - 1 million yen of kensho money on hand in a bout: bouts with 34 kensho or more were 8 this year, 7 of it with Takakeisho in it and he won 6 of them, 1 went to Tokushoryu, the 8th bout was won by Asanoyama love of sumo award: longest average time on the dohyo - Takayasu 15.6s, Takarafuji 13.9s, Shimanoumi 12.4s, Ryuden 12s, Yutakayama 11.7s Save energy award: shortest average win time: Chiyotairyu with 2.8s, for all his bouts (34w-37l) average time was 4.9s there were more
  5. 3 points
    A record? Me? Are you kidding? GTB has been my first game (I still remember being to shy to ask for the link again on the Mailing List back then in 2000.05 and so I started with 200.07 only) and is the only one I am still playing - and will be playing until the end of time, be warned. Not that I would be successful of any kind, not even close to kachi-koshi most times, but the bi-monthly fun of getting mad about the shimpans' decisions what a good banzuke constitues is something that has been a valued part of almost half of my life. So... What's next? I intend to let Leonishiki not pass again, hold Yubinhaad and Takanorappa back, aim for my 200th basho (Natsu 2034, barring any un-basho) and never let happen again what happened in 2015, when I forgot to enter one time. I don't know which made me more mad then - the shimpan or my own ineptness. And putting the spotlight back to the game again: It is absolutely outrageous and monstrous to put only two Komusubi on that banzuke!
  6. 2 points
    Again Bakuho!The Friday had a feature on Tsuridake's success in his 2nd career, in a special about people from the entertainment world who successfully changed into another profession, professional and semi-professional sports being part of that world. The video (with VPN for Japan) is still available for over 3 weeks https://www.tbs.co.jp/muryou-douga/20027/20027_2000069_1000000544/index.html Starting at 7:48min: For the 3rd year running, MIyamotos's Ryokan is in the top 100 best hotel selection in Japan, its sumo connection makes it especially popular for foreign guests: the yukata for the guests are made of the original sekitori cloth he got sent, kesho mawashi and mage are on display and the rotenburu bath is in the shape of the kokugikan dohyo. I'll move the former rikishi stuff more and more to this subforum. In the same program, starting at 24:09min is the success story of Wakatsutomu. Like Takatoriki's yakiniku-ya chain, Wakatsutomu has a Dschinghis Khan-ya chain of now 4 restaurants. He's employing former rikishi and is bossing them around quite harshly. The notoriously popular German oldie "Dschinghis Khan" (of the band of that name) is played when Wakanohana comes to eat, and to meet the boss, who then gets very humble again. To record the video, without VPN necessary: youtube-dl -q "https://manifest.prod.boltdns.net/manifest/v1/hls/v4/aes128/6138918173001/aeec84c8-a32b-45e9-a525-05c77ce2de1f/fd0b7bf0-217b-4d59-9455-83d7289edbb9/10s/rendition.m3u8?fastly_token=NWZlN2RjZTZfMDM1YjM4ZmNhYTFiMWVjYmJkOTgxMGVlYzkxNWZmOWYyM2VhMTdlYTMzMjIzZTNiZTU4YTYzNzU2MzEyNjNlNA%3D%3D" rename rendition-rendition.mp4 "v.mp4" youtube-dl -q "https://manifest.prod.boltdns.net/manifest/v1/hls/v4/aes128/6138918173001/aeec84c8-a32b-45e9-a525-05c77ce2de1f/fc7c49ba-4c19-4125-bb12-30572ca9c3e9/10s/rendition.m3u8?fastly_token=NWZlN2RjZTZfYTI4YmQyMzUwYWQxMzJjOTcyOWRlY2I0YjJhMWIwYTQzNjBkOWYzMjc3YjM2ODEyNGUzNmMxN2M2ZjcyYWI4Mw%3D%3D" rename rendition-rendition.mp4 "a.mp4" ffmpeg -i "v.mp4" -i "a.mp4" -c copy -map 0:v -map 1:a "爆報!THEフライデー 転職&副業で成功!大繁盛…芸能人のお店SP 2020年12月18日.mp4" Not yet that successful is Kotobeppu, who runs a ramen restaurant back home in Oita, with sumo related display of course o
  7. 2 points
    You are also now #1 in the overall leaderboard.
  8. 2 points
    “I can’t believe I’m paying for this...”
  9. 2 points
    Indeed, the fact that I didn't mention Hokkaido (home of many great yokozunas) at the top of my list meant it has dropped quite significantly, as least in the mind of an average viewer like me... In my opinion, the current schedule of rikishi and sekitori is a time machine. It represents the most tenacious (though not necessarily the strongest, the most skilful or successful) of the amasumo scene 5 - 15 years ago. Let's look at some pro-sumo data (you may have to open the image in a new tab). Notes *Based on 2015 census. They do the census every 5 years, and the 2020 version isn't out. **Out of active rikishi still active, but this is a little spotty, see *** note. ***Out of 675, inclusive of maezumo, banzuke-gai. The Hatsu 2021 information hasn't been updated to Sumodb, so the non-sekitori population numbers might vary a bit. However, for the sekitori population the numbers are accurate as retirements (i.e. Kotoshogiku) and promotions (i.e. Oho) have been accounted for. ^Only includes sekitori currently occupying any of the 60 salaried slots as of Hatsu 2021. ^^If the Kyokai doesn't consider Greater Tokyo as Tokyo, I won't either for this exercise. Let the next picture bring special focus on the rikishi, sekitori and promotional success rankings by prefecture. So, you can see that in the case of Tokyo, they are lagging behind in terms of rikishi and sekitori representation relative to their general population but are still #1 rikishi/sekitori contributors. They are also achieving promotional rates proportional to their population, but are only #18 in this respect. Consider a smaller prefecture being disproportionately represented like Ishikawa. They are only #34 in terms of population, but are #24 in rikishi representation, #5 in sekitori representation and #2 in promotional rates (nearly 1 in 3!). Qualitative analysis which cannot be represented in these tables shouldn't be omitted either. Ishikawa has extremely high profile sekitori like Enho and Endo, and notable up-and-comers like Ofukasawa. That of course helps the perception of a powerhouse compared to rikishi of lower profile like those of Mie, for example. Perceptions are important. If I were an oyakata, the best thing would be raising a very successful (>Ozeki) rikishi who is very popular, but the second best thing might be a more modestly achieving but very popular rikishi as it brings new people into the sport. Tottori might seem like it has only Ishiura, but they have also brought up successful rikishi like Ichinojo or up-and-comer Hokuseiho. It's worth noting that Ishiura's father, whom long-time observers will know is the principal and sumo coach for Tottori Johoku, was an Ishikawa native/formerly well-known or established there himself. That's how Enho (Ishikawa) got noticed by the Miyagino group in the first place. The Tottori Johoku trend is also reflected in other powerhouse schools like Saitama Sakae. The prefecture may seem to be underperforming, but extremely successful out-of-town rikishi like Takakeisho (Hyogo) also credit them for his success. With children/uni-students moving prefectures or even countries to train for pro-sumo at an increasing pace, shusshin and identity has become increasingly fluid and complicated. You shouldn't take the rankings chart too literally of course, but I believe rankings always has some entertainment value and could be used to supplement your qualitative observations of the sumo world at large. Bringing it back to my original statement - I do think that for the most part, the banzuke does represent the most tenacious of the amasumo scene 5 - 15 years ago. There are places that are regional powerhouses now, but may/may not be in the future (i.e. Ishikawa) and those that aren't now, but could be in the future (i.e. Tottori). It's all very complicated. I'll might something similar to the amasumo charts after Christmas, but I might not be able to make sense out of it with the limited data about 2020 performances available (due to tournament cancellations).
  10. 1 point
    Sekiwake Takanoshou has begun his preparations for Hatsu. "I was able to rest well so the fatigue has gone. Today, just some shiko foot-stompin'' and basic calisthenics. I'm happy to have gotten my kachikoshi but condition-wise it was not a good basho for me. My relatives and brothers were there to support me through the rough patch of three straight losses after day seven and I was able to recover. The fact that I am able to train with Takakeishou is a great confidence booster for me. I am not being pushed back as much anymore. That is certainly an improvement. After his yusho, I want to face next year with the feeling that I'm next in line.. It was a good year - four straight kachikoshis, my first sansho, sanyaku.. I'm looking forward to next year with a good feeling. Ozeki? If I think about that I won't be able to do any sumo.. I'll just go about it concentrating day by day without being conscious of that possibility.." he said.
  11. 1 point
    Banzuke topics for Hatsu 2021 - Shodai is the 10th ozeki to be kadoban in his second basho as ozeki and the first since Takakeisho in July 2019 - Asanoyama is kadoban for the first time in his ozeki career (after only 3 basho) - Last time we had kadoban ozeki was Takakeisho in July 2020 - Last time two ozeki were kadoban at the same time were Goeido and Tochinoshin in Aki 2019 - Terunofuji returns to sekiwake for the first time since Kyushu 2017, which is 18 basho (Natsu 2020 was cancelled and not counted). This is also his second consecutive basho in sanyaku. Like last basho where he was the first rikishi with sanyaku experience to fall all the way to Jonidan and return to sanyaku, he now can count this accomplishment towards the sekiwake rank as well - Takanosho is ranked at sekiwake and in sanyaku for the second consecutive basho - Mitakeumi is ranked at komusubi for the first time since Natsu 2019, which is 9 basho (Natsu 2020 was cancelled and not counted). This is still his fourth consecutive basho in sanyaku (He previously had a run of 17 basho not long ago) - Midorifuji is the newest Makuuchi debut from Isegahama since Terutsuyoshi in Haru 2019. 5th debut from Shizuoka prefecture post-war and the first since Sagatsukasa in Haru 2010. 11th Makuuchi wrestler from Kinki University and the first since Shimanoumi in Natsu 2019 - Akiseyama returns to the top division for the first time in 28 basho, last time was Haru 2016. This is the 4th slowest return on record in the 6BPY era - Oho makes his long awaited sekitori debut (no thanks to daddy) and is the second sekitori debut from Otake heya since the current Otake oyakata (Dairyu) took over. Oho and Takatoriki are also the 11th set of father-son sekitori wrestlers and the first since Kotonowaka the Younger added him and his father to the list in Nagoya 2019 - Tohakuryu (formerly Shiraishi) is the third sekitori debut from Tamanoi heya since the current oyakata took over. 11th sekitori wrestler from Toyo University and the first since Wakatakakage in Natsu 2018. 5th sandanme tsukedashi wrestler and the first since Kizakiumi in Nagoya 2019 - Oho and Tohakuryu are the 49th and 50th post-war sekitori debutants from Tokyo prefecture - Yago returns to Juryo for the first time since Haru 2020 - Ryuko returns to Juryo for the first time since Nagoya 2019 (8 basho). Since the inception of the 7-0 within Makushita 15 --> Juryo promotion in Nagoya 1977, Ryuko is the second wrestler to gain promotion from the west Makushita 15 rank since Tokitsunada in Aki 1990
  12. 1 point
    This is the first of many Nikkan's unofficial yearly awards, the "taichiai ikki no kokyuu-sho", for the most straight wins from tachiai in one breath, without giving the opponent a chance to fight back, Nikkan counted 11.
  13. 1 point
    Takatoriki (left) with his first son Yukio Naya (right) performed street pro-wrestling in front of his yakiniku restaurant Drago, against pro-wrestler customers. Yukio works part time time in dad's restaurant and the story-line was that the 2 opponents provoke him with some comments as he presents the menu specialties, dad joins the argument, it develops into a fight outside. http://hochi.news/articles/20201225-OHT1T50007.html
  14. 1 point
    The 9th annual Nikkan Sports Grand Sumo "Rikishi of the Year" award goes to Shodai: https://twitter.com/Hakkeyoi_Sumo/status/1338816633092059137 https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202012140000733.html
  15. 1 point
    Tsuyukusa retired: https://twitter.com/InsideSportJP/status/1339438912939278336 http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=12347
  16. 1 point
    Kitanomine is back: https://twitter.com/hakkakubeya/status/1342047385338331138 http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=11874
  17. 1 point
    2 official press conferences: Top ozeki Takakeisho o o and new makuuchi Midorifuji o o and the inevitable Mitakeumi o
  18. 1 point
    No less than five changes to the top ten ranks after this difficult edition. Asashosakari and Gurowake drop out after being fixtures in green for 18 consecutive basho - the latter even drops all the way out from the top rank. Chishafuwaku also goes down after a seven-basho stint, along with Gooner who was there for six, and Kobashi after a single basho. Replacing them are three returnees and, for the first time in just over four years, two newcomers. The comebacks are all former holders of the #1 rank - Seki Haruaki returns after a one-basho gap, Chiyonosawa after five basho, and Tenshinhan after six basho. Seki Haruaki is now tied with Flohru for 10th place on the list of most basho in the top ten, having spent a total of 24 basho in green. The two new entrants are Unkonoyama and Asterix, the 109th and 110th players to make their top ten debut and the first duo since Andonishiki and Gurowake in 2016 Kyushu. For the second basho in a row the yusho winner has double-digit hits - Oskanohana's tally of 12 in fact ties the long-standing record for most hits in a winning guess, set by Maguroyama in 2003 Aki and equalled by Kotoseiya in 2004 Nagoya. Also for the second basho in a row we have a new #1, Sakura taking over as the 21st holder of the top rank. Kaiomitsuki's run of 95 consecutive basho comes to an end as he was kyujo this time. He is now tied for most participations with Leonishiki, who reached the same milestone last basho but sat this one out. Merry Christmas everyone
  19. 1 point
    Sports media commentator Jomboy Media has thrown his salt into the dohyo with his hilarious coverage of the infamous Goeido vs Asanoyama match on day 6 that saw gyoji Kimura Tamajiro taking a spill at the edge of the dohyo! Let's hear it for Jomboy, you won't be disappointed!
  20. 1 point
    Mitakeumi, who can't get out of this thread, was asked what his goal was for the next year. "To get consecutive double digit wins." He was makekoshi last basho after 4 kachikoshi. "I intended to do my own sumo but couldn't win and that is the reflection point. I'd like to overcome that feeling I had when I was on the six- bout losing streak. The Virus and the limitations it brought has made my preparations difficult and the results did not follow, but I did learn a lot of things from that, " he said. Today he did the fundamentals and lent his chest to the lower rankers. His fellow college -sumo graduate companions Shoudai and Asanoyama are already Ozeki and Takakeishou got the yusho last basho. "Takakeishou-zeki has a calmness about him. He knows himself well and is sticking to doing his own sumo all the way. I'll have to concentrate on my good points and on the importance of the fundamentals of pushing and it would be great if at the same time I will discover new things," he summed.
  21. 1 point
    Another sumo video from Jomboy, this time covering the Hakuho vs Enho match
  22. 1 point
    Terunofuji was fundamental today, and then was sumo as well-15-20 bouts against Takarafuji. The other heyas were still taking it easy with fundamentals and stuff after the one-week break. "With our heya it's the norm. Everything as usual.. " he said. The guys already started personal training a few days ago. "Everything as usual too.." he added. He lost his chance for a yusho in a playoff bout last basho. "Last basho is over. I can only gambarize for the next basho. This year went as I had expected.. I hope to do all I can and make the people who are watching happy. I am aiming for double-digit wins, I guess.. I hope to end the last year of my twenties on a high point as I enter my thirties, " he summed.
  23. 1 point
    o O1e Takakeisho (4-0) oshidashi M2e Onosho (0-4) oooo ooo o ooo o o M2w Daieisho (3-1) tsukidashi O2e Shodai (3-1) ooo ooooo o o o oo o o o oo ooo ooo o o o o S1w Takanosho (2-2) yorikiri M1w Wakatakakage (1-3) o o o o M1e Kiribayama (1-3) katasukashi S1e Mitakeumi (2-2) o o o o M4e Hokutofuji (4-0) oshidashi K1w Takayasu (1-3) oo oo o K1e Terunofuji (4-0) yorikiri M3w Okinoumi (3-1) o ooo o o o o o M3e Kagayaki (1-3) oshidashi M4w Tobizaru (1-3) o o o M5e Myogiryu (1-3) oshitaoshi M5w Kotoshoho (1-3) o o M7w Endo (4-0) oshidashi M6w Tamawashi (2-2) o o o M6e Takarafuji (3-1) hikiotoshi M8e Aoiyama (0-4) o o M7e Tochinoshin (2-2) yorikiri M8w Terutsuyoshi (1-3) o o o o M9w Kotoeko (4-0) tsukiotoshi M9e Tokushoryu (2-2) o o oo o M10w Meisei (2-2) oshitaoshi M11w Enho (0-4) o o o o o M10e Ryuden (3-1) shitatedashinageM12e Yutakayama (1-3) o o M14e Chiyonokuni (4-0) kakenage M12w Kaisei (2-2) ooo o o oo o M15e Chiyotairyu (2-2) hatakikomi M13e Hoshoryu (3-1) o M14w Kotonowaka (3-1) uwatenage M16e Chiyoshoma (2-2) o M17e Shimanoumi (4-0) tsukiotoshi M16w Akua (1-3) o o J13e Ura (2-2) oshidashi J14e Fujiazuma (0-4) ooo o o Ms13e Oki (1-1) yorikiri Ms12e Murata (0-2) o oyakata and more: shimpan Takadagawa, fan service oo o Nishikijima on BS o PR for goods oo o