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    Tomorrow On Monday, I will send details about how to pick your full squads - so keep an eye out for that!
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    The very last time.... Chijanofuji and Shounokuni's second choices have already gone, but thankfully they can both receive their third choices. So here is the complete table. To save time, I am also including the refioji for each group in this post. Group A - Refioji Pitinosato Italy (Czechia) - Nantonoyama Switzerland (Poland) - Furanohana Turkey (Sweden) - Baku Wales (Portugal) - Andrasoyama Group B - Refioji Godango Belgium (Finland) - Athenayama Denmark (Ukraine) - Fujiko Finland (Belgium) - Kaba Russia (Croatia) - Nekonishiki Group C - Refioji Jakusotsu Austria (Netherlands) - Ganzohnesushi Netherlands (Austria) - Pitinosato North Macedonia (France) - Joaoiyama Ukraine (Denmark) - Shounokuni Group D - Refioji Achiyama Croatia (Russia) - Kuma-Koma Czechia (Italy) - Atenzan England (Hungary) - Jejima Scotland (Germany) - Jakusotsu Group E - Refioji Nekonishiki Poland (Switzerland) - Djodjoyoshi Slovakia (Spain) - Chijanofuji Spain (Slovakia) - Achiyama Sweden (Turkey) - Ojisan Group F - Refioji Athenayama France (North Macedonia) - Terarno Germany (Scotland) - Finngall Hungary (England) - Godango Portugal (Wales) - chishafuwaku
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    Looking back through the DB, I noticed Kotooshu's yusho portrait in Natsu 2008 being visually unusual (other than interrupting a succession of Hakuho and Asashoryu's portraits). Then it hit me: not only was he in his shimekomi (vs the customary kesho-mawashi of most other yusho winners), he was also crossing his arms; most other winners would be standing in the typical hands to the side pose, doing shiko, or for the yokozuna, doing a freeze-frame from their dohyo-iri. John Gunning comments on this in his introduction to the yushogaku. This was followed by Hakuho's yusho portrait in Nagoya 2008 where he was posing with his tachi more like an European knight rather than a Japanese samurai (i.e. hands on the pommel (kabuto-gane) of the tachi katana with the point down (resting on the sayajiri), rather than holding the tachi katana by his side as usual). Does anyone know of any other yusho portraits, especially older ones (pre 1997) not on the db, where the pose chosen by the yusho winner was out of the ordinary for usual sumo portraiture? EDIT - Found others from the DB: Musashimaru in Aki 2002 - also in shimekomi and performing tsuppari Asashoryu in Aki 2009 - also in shimekomi, and in the midst of performing his pre-bout dash to the salt bucket Hakuho in Haru 2010 - does the European-style sword hold again albeit with one hand this time Hakuho in Hatsu 2011 - also in shimekomi and posing in his pre-tachiai stance Harumafuji in Aki 2012 - he's performing part of the seriagari from the yokozuna dohyo iri, but it's unusual because he won the yusho as an ozeki and lacks any of the yokozuna regalia in his portrait. That said, this was the second zensho that sealed his promotion and he may well have been formally promoted (Meiji jingu dohyoiri and all that) by the time the portrait was taken. EDIT2: Looking at the Mainichi sumo site that lists the portraits: https://www.mainichi-sumo.com/. Other than the two below, everyone else appears to be bog standard. Wakanohana in Haru 1993 was also in his shimekomi. As was Takanohana in Hatsu 1992. EDIT3: It's also notable that many of the yushogaku variants don't start until the Waka-Taka era. Before that, it was pretty much a standard pose with the only variation being the addition of yokozuna regalia depending on the winner's rank. EDIT4: Thanks to @RabidJohn for pointing out some things regarding the tachi, which led me down a rabbithole of the analysis of tachi in yusho portraits. EDIT5: Older SF threads on yusho portraits below:
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    The YDC decided to see how Hakuhou will do in July and based on that, will decide what they decide. "We are hopeful. We want him to appear and gambarize. We want him to truly become the wall! " said Chairman Yano. All present praised Terunofuji. "If he can rack up splendid wins next basho the road will be open, I reckon," said the Chairman, regarding Terunofuji's Yokozuna promotion chances.
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    Like @Shinobi Steve, I suspect he's writing a book (in English). He seems spread awfully thin, what with creating Inside Japan Sports (which in 2018 in an interview, he said he wanted it to become the ESPN of Japan. The website shows presently shows only one columnist, Todd Phillips), as well as his frequent column in the Japan Times. In addition, he has a very heavy involvement with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and Line). I, too, hope he doesn't think of Sumo Forum as social media. This announcement does seem sort of sudden, as if there's some element of taking a "sabbatical", to step back from an overly busy lifestyle. There's an interesting interview he gave to Tachiai.org on Jan 29,2018 that might offer some clues. (Quote) "So many great stories I've wanted to tell, but there has been no outlet to tell them. Either they didn't fit into a daily newspaper, or there wasn't an outlet for the feature or the behind-the-scenes stories, so I've always felt that there have been a lot of really great stories that haven't been told. And I wanted an outlet to tell these stories". That's why he created Inside Sport Japan and hoped it would be the ESPN of Japan. But the focus of Inside Sport Japan was on more than just sumo, and I don't know if it has been as successful as he had hoped in terms of his goals. I think a book in English would give him a much wider audience and most importantly, allow him to tell his great stories. Here's a link to the interview - Part One. (Parts 2 & 3 cover different aspects of sumo, such as how injuries are handled and who the rising stars are). https://tachiai.org/2018/01/29/a-tachiai-conversation-with-john-gunning-part-1/ Here is Part 2 - "There are NO guarantees in sumo". https://tachiai.org/2018/02/27/there-are-no-guarantees-in-sumo-a-conversation-with-john-gunning-part-2/comment-page-1/ Here is Part 3 - "It's not a sport. It's a lifestyle". https://tachiai.org/2018/03/10/its-not-a-sport-its-a-lifestyle-a-conversation-with-john-gunning-part-3/
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    Damn. I just sent them my CV. It read "No sumo experience, can't speak Japanese, but fat, enthusiastic and willing to learn. Gizza job." It was a long shot, admittedly.
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    In British English it has both meanings. Context will you tell which is meant. “MP investigated for graft” does not mean a politician is under suspicion for doing his job well.
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    Yes, I agree. We in America don't use the word "grafter" except for the referring to "graft", which is synonymous with politicians. The Cambridge dictionary says it's UK informal, and means not only a hard worker but someone who keeps going, always working hard but is not a superstar. https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/grafter Years ago there was a movie called "The Grifters". I never saw it but I believe the characters were a man & a woman who were both scheming and shady. I don't recall if it was a British or American production. Another website with more examples of the usage of "grafter". https://www.lexico.com/definition/grafter
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    4-3 kachikoshi for Tanimoto in his debut basho - he got some money for it. Tanimoto's total dohyo time last basho was stopped as 68 seconds. o his high school coach, 2 others from the club are also presently in ozumo o
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    How about the way this and all shikonae should be written, as they sound, like the hiragana, regardless of how the Kyokai writes it? Koutokuzan? No way anyone will think it's Sadogatake. Yeah, I'm howling at the windmill again but I know I'm right.
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    And we should mention the site of those who own the portraits
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    Mr. Yano on Asanoyama: "In all honesty, I was very disappointed. He is the closest to being the next Yokozuna rank-wise. His rash actions show he is lacking in self-awareness. "
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    Day 15 13.3s M16e Ishiura (7-8) shitatehineri M11e Kotonowaka (7-8) 17.6s M13w Daiamami (7-8) tsukiotoshi M9w Kagayaki (6-9) 02.7s M11w Chiyoshoma (8-7) yorikiri M9e Shimanoumi (7-8) 13.1s M7w Takarafuji (7-8) oshidashi M16w Chiyomaru (8-7) 13.3s M15e Kaisei (9-6) yorikiri M7e Tochinoshin (5-10) 33.4s M17e Akua (5-10) kakenage M6e Hidenoumi (5-10) 00.5s M14w Chiyotairyu (10-5) hatakikomi M5w Onosho (7-8) 14.7s M4e Kiribayama (6-9) yorikiri M8e Tsurugisho (4-11) 11.7s M10w Terutsuyoshi (7-8) shitatenage M3e Aoiyama (4-3-8) 11.4s M5e Hoshoryu (7-8) yoritaoshi M2w Tobizaru (5-10) 02.4s M12w Okinoumi (9-6) kotenage M2e Meisei (8-7) 02.4s M10e Tamawashi (7-8) oshidashi M1w Hokutofuji (6-9) 02.8s M12e Kotoeko (9-6) hikiotoshi M1e Wakatakakage (9-6) 03.5s K1w Daieisho (6-9) tsukidashi M4w Myogiryu (6-9) 09.1s K1e Mitakeumi (10-5) oshidashi M6w Ichinojo (9-6) 47.9s S1w Takanosho (5-10) hatakikomi S1e Takayasu (10-5) 05.2s O2e Shodai (9-6) oshidashi M8w Endo (11-4) 01.7s O1w Takakeisho (12-3) tsukiotoshi O2w Terunofuji (12-3)
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    Day 15 186: Takakeisho 135: Terunofuji 111: Endo 100: Asanoyama 98: Shodai 72: Mitakeumi 63: Takayasu 39: Kotoeko 32: Myogiryu 27: Kiribayama, Hoshoryu So Terunofuji took home the Top Division championship, but Takakeisho took home the most kensho from this tournament. In their playoff rivalry, the guy that wins the final-day jackpot ends up losing the playoff bout. A quick calculation suggests that Terunofuji's kensho total would have been 209 if he had managed a zensho yusho straight-win championship. Better luck next tournament. And if you are wondering why Takakeisho's total is 186 rather than 185, there was a Morinagasho on the final bout of the tournament taking the total from 37 to 38.
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    The results for the ichimon were: Day 15: ICHIMON RIKISHI SCORE PERCENT KK KKPERCENT Dewanoumi 266 943-910 51 129 48 Nishonoseki 186 636-629 50 82 44 Isegahama 68 256-257 50 29 43 Takasago 89 311-332 48 35 39 Tokitsukaze 78 287-305 48 34 44
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    Day 15: HEYA RIKISHI SCORE PERCENT KK KKPERCENT Fujishima 14 67-39 63 10 71 Naruto 15 59-38 61 10 67 Irumagawa 10 43-27 61 7 70 Dewanoumi 16 69-48 59 11 69 Oguruma 15 54-37 59 9 60 Nishikido 4 21-15 58 3 75 Kasugano 18 74-58 56 12 67 Tokitsukaze 17 72-59 55 11 65 Arashio 11 50-43 54 6 55 Isegahama 18 76-68 53 7 39 Nishiiwa 7 26-23 53 4 57 Takasago 26 95-86 52 11 42 Shikoroyama 19 65-59 52 10 53 Musashigawa 18 58-53 52 11 61 Yamahibiki 15 55-50 52 8 53 Futagoyama 13 40-37 52 5 38 Tomozuna 13 56-52 52 7 54 Sadogatake 31 102-97 51 12 39 Sakaigawa 27 91-86 51 12 44 Ounomatsu 17 54-52 51 7 41 Otake 17 61-59 51 7 41 Miyagino 17 61-60 50 7 41 Tokiwayama 11 51-51 50 3 27 Isenoumi 11 31-31 50 4 36 Tamanoi 28 97-99 49 12 43 Takadagawa 22 76-80 49 12 55 Nishonoseki 11 39-40 49 5 45 Shikihide 20 64-69 48 10 50 Michinoku 15 54-59 48 8 53 Hakkaku 30 104-115 47 13 43 Tatsunami 20 60-69 47 7 35 Minato 10 30-34 47 3 30 Kise 28 104-122 46 9 32 Asakayama 10 32-38 46 4 40 Kokonoe 29 91-116 44 8 28 Asahiyama 10 31-39 44 4 40 Tagonoura 18 57-77 43 6 33 Oitekaze 22 78-108 42 5 23 Onoe 14 38-53 42 5 36 Kataonami 5 13-23 36 0 0 Shibatayama 13 32-59 35 4 31 Kagamiyama 2 2-5 29 0 0
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    Day 14 148: Takakeisho 135: Terunofuji 111: Endo 100: Asanoyama 72: Shodai 67: Mitakeumi 63: Takayasu 35: Kotoeko 32: Myogiryu 26: Kotonowaka Whoever wins tomorrow, Takakeisho or Terunofuji, it will decide whose bank account is flushest as a result of the tournament. "How many kensho on the line?", you ask. 37. And as for Shodai, even if he becomes the only Ozeki to beat Endo this month, he still won't crack the 100 kensho mark, as there are only 26 kensho on their bout. Still, very much worth trying for!
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    Day 13 135: Terunofuji 114: Takakeisho 100: Asanoyama 90: Endo 72: Shodai 59: Mitakeumi 55: Takayasu 32: Kotoeko 26: Kotonowaka, Myogiryu Well, at least I was right about the purse. Endo walked away with 24 kensho prize envelopes! That was the highest number so far this tournament.
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    Day 12 122: Terunofuji 114: Takakeisho 100: Asanoyama 66: Endo 63: Shodai 55: Mitakeumi 48: Takayasu 32: Kotoeko 26: Kotonowaka, Myogiryu As expected, there was a reshuffling of kensho following the forced kyujo of Ozeki Asanoyama. According to the torikumi sheet, there were 17 kensho scheduled for the Asanoyama v. Takayasu face-off. (Poor Takayasu missed out on that payday, but at least he got the fusensho win.). The changes that I can confirm are: five extra kensho on Kotoeko v. Endo, two extra on Shodai v. Takanosho, two extra on Takakeisho v. Ichinojo, and two extra on Terunofuji v. Onosho. That leaves six unaccounted for...
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    Day 11 106: Terunofuji 103: Takakeisho 100: Asanoyama 66: Endo 55: Mitakeumi 53: Shodai 48: Takayasu 26: Myogiryu 21: Hoshoryu 20: Kotoeko Despite Terunofuji's hansoku loss, Takakeisho was not able to move into the pole position on this list. The final winner of this contest is probably going to be between Terunofuji and Takakeisho – Asanoyama's forced day 12 withdrawal will destroy his chances. Pretty sure Shodai is not a contender. The more interesting issue there is who will end up with more kensho: Shodai or Endo?
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    Day 10 106: Terunofuji 91: Takakeisho 90: Asanoyama 58: Endo 55: Mitakeumi 48: Takayasu 41: Shodai 21: Hoshoryu 20: Kotoeko 17: Wakatakakage Usually the most prize money falls on the final bout of the day, but today, the second last bout between kadoban Ozeki Shodai and Ozeki/champion wannabe Takayasu featured a total of 17 kensho (versus Takakeisho's 15, Asanoyama's 14, and Terunofuji's 10). Kotoeko is now on the Top Ten list. He appears to have two personal kensho, but took a nice pot of about six (6) today in his bout against Kagayaki.
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    Day 8 84: Terunofuji 76: Takakeisho 56: Asanoyama 51: Mitakeumi 44: Endo 41: Shodai 31: Takayasu 17: Wakatakakage 16: Hoshoryu 15: Kiribayama Terunofuji retook the top spot on this list, but as long Takakeisho wins tomorrow, he will bounce back on top. The seesaw battle looks as though it will be down to Terunofuji and Takakeisho. But, despite having four losses, Asanoyama is not completely out of the picture. But he could have used the 12 he gave to Hoshoryu today.
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    Day 7 66: Takakeisho 64: Terunofuji 56: Asanoyama 41: Shodai, Mitakeumi 38: Endo 25: Takayasu 15: Kiribayama, Wakatakakage 11: Ichinojo For the first time this tournament, the four Ozeki hold the top four slots on the above list. By winning the final bout of the day, Shodai was able to draw even with Mitakeumi in fourth place.
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    Day 6 56: Takakeisho 54: Terunofuji 45: Asanoyama 36: Mitakeumi 31: Endo 26: Shodai 25: Takayasu 15: Kiribayama, Wakatakakage 10: Ichinojo Asanoyama missed his opportunity to gain 12 kensho, forfeiting them to an impressive Kiribayama. In other words, Asanoyama would have been sitting at the top of this list if only he had managed to get a grip on the Mongolian's mawashi... The battle for cash continues.