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  1. 5 points
    Some oyakata merch: the NSK is selling ema - blocks of cypress traditionally used to write prayers/wishes and hung in shrine precincts. These are printed with the faces of the 104 oyakata of the NSK, including their kabu and their active shikona. And yes, this includes Kaisei, although his just seems to have been a head shot of his formal rikishi photo. In typical Japanese fashion, this is a gacha, so the various oyakata appear to be assigned into rarity tiers based on their highest rank while active. All former yokozuna are in the highest rarity tier, for instance, and all former ōzeki one tier below. (It just so happens that this is also a great pictorial look to roughly see how many ex-oyakata ranked sekiwake, ōzeki, or yokozuna; the komusubi are lumped in with the maegashira and the rare ex-jūryōs.) The joke comes with the "bad luck" and "super bad luck" tiers, which are occupied by the oyakata channel hosts Otowayama, Iwatomo, Shiranui, and Onogawa (super bad luck): instead of a nice formal photo, these four are pulling funny faces on their ema. These were up for grabs during the basho, and apparently were popular enough that they sold out once and the NSK had to announce it being restocked over Twitter. I hope this becomes a regular item because this is one gacha I'd spend the hell out of.
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    It was a "wow, did you see that!" moment. He's done well to rebound from gatting drawn against Asanoyama on his debut. Kawazoe is a very baby-faced 23 year old... Kawaii-zoe?
  3. 3 points
    Teru is not going to be a dai-yokozuna, but definitely one of the more memorable ones. He defied all sorts of odds to get where he is at. He's earned the rope and the respect of many even if he doesn't get to 10
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    The problem is, they can't even really make Hokotofuji fight higher up the banzuke, either, because if they put him against the sanyaku it's giving him free wins.
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    Asahishou (Kiriyama Oyakata) will have his danpatsushiki on December the 3rd. "No intai-zumo, just a danpatsushiki, " he said. The cutting on the dohyo, then a party at the underground banquet hall. "There will be some surprise guests. I hope everyone has a good time, " he added.
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    Aki 2022 -Day 10: Kaisei the Brazilian veteran is at Makushita 1E, losing his sekitori status after 12 years. INTAI. Rouga the Russian is 3-2 at Makushita 1W, his highest career rank. Tomokaze is 2-3 at Makushita 2E. Ex- Maegashira 3 piano player, returned a few basho ago after a serious injury that sidelined him for 6 bashos. Yoshii, 19 year old ex-Junior high Yokozuna boy wonder, is 2-3at Makushita 3E, his highest career rank. Fujiseiun is 3-2 at Makushita 5E, his highest career rank. Ishiura is at Makushita 10E, losing his sekitori status after 7.5 years. KYUJO Shishi, Ukrainian, is 3-2 at Makushita 11E. Akiseyama, ex-Makuuchi, is 2-3 at Makushita 11W. Hokutenkai, Mongolian, is 3-2 at Makushita 12W. Asanoyama, ex-Ozeki, is 5-0 and kachikoshi at Makushita 15E. A zensho yusho will promote him to Juryo. Back after a six-basho suspension. Kawazoe is 3-2 at Makushita 15 tsukedashi. Joins ex-Hakuhou's heya this basho at this rank, college Yokozuna. Ishizaki is 3-2 at Makushita 16W. Entered at Sandanme 100 tsukedashi in May 2021. Mukainakano is 2-3 at Makushita 17E. Highest career rank. Dewanoryuu, Mongolian, is 3-2 at Makushita 17W. Kanzaki, is 4-1 and kachikoshi at Makushita 21E, his highest rank. He started from Sandanme 100 tsukedashi in March 2022. Kiryuukou, ex-Tokitsukaze's son number 1, is 2-3 at Makushita 22W, highest career rank. Fujitoushi is 3-2 at Makushita 24E. Osanai is 2-3 at Makushita 31E. He will not push. Joukouryuu (ex-Komusubi) is 0-5 and makekoshi at Makushita 33W. Arauma, Mongolian, is 2-3 at Makushita 34E. First ever foreigner at Isenoumi beya. Nobehara is 0-2-3 at Makushita 36W. Kyujo Miyagi is 2-3 at Makushita 37W, highest career rank. Wakatakamoto is 2-3 at Makushita 40W. Eldest bother of Wakatakakage and Wakamotoharu. Nabatame is 4-1and kachikoshi at Makushita 49W. Half Thai. Suguro is at Makushita 50W. Sandanme 100 tsukedashi in November 2021, brother of Fujitoushi. Highest career rank. KYUJO Hatsuyama, is 3-2 at Makushita 60E, his highest rank. He started March 2022 from Sandanme 100 tsukedashi. Maikeru, half Filipino, is 3-2 at Sandanme 5E. Kayou is 4-1 and kachikoshi at Sandanme 7W, his highest rank. Started off at Sandanme 90 tsukedashi in May 2022. Naya, Taihou's third grandson (second eldest) is 3-2 at Sandanme 9E. There is another grandson, Yukio, but he's a pro-wrestler. Daiseizan is at Sandanme 10W, highest career rank. Inner Mongolian. KYUJO Kototebakari is 4-1 and kachikoshi at Sandanme 13W. Kotoshouhou's younger brother . Highest career rank. Itadaki, Canadian father, twelve years in sumo, is 3-2 at Sandanme 14W. Hanafusa, Ex-Kisenosato's favorite recruit is 4-1 and kachikoshi at Sandanme 16W, highest career rank. Mudouhou, Taihou's other grandson (youngest) is 3-2 at Sandanme 22W. Shinohara is 4-1 and kachikoshi at Sandanme 29E. Wakanoshou is 5-0 and kachikoshi at Sandanme 33E, highest career rank. Tokitora is 2-3 at Sandanme 48W. Kotokenryuu, 18 years old Mongolian, is 3-2 at Sandanme 49E, highest career rank. Shunrai, ex-Tokitsukaze's 17 years old son number 2, is 4-1 and kachikoshi at at Sandanme 58E. Furanshisu from the Philippines is 1-4 and makekoshi at Sandanme 66E. Kazekenou, is 5-0 and kachikoshi at Sandanme 74E, his highest rank. Oushouumi is 5-0 and kachikoshi at Sandanme 78E. Hayashiryuu - Ex-Kisenosato's recruit- 16 years old, one of the Hayashi twins - is 3-2 at Jonidan 10W, his highest rank. Rinko - Ex-Kisenosato's recruit- 16 years old, the other Hayashi twin - is 3-2 at Jonidan 11E, his highest rank. Kaitoma (Kairou) - Mark Aaron Justin Toma- Brazilian-Filipino, is 2-3 at Jonidan 25W. Suyama, small first ever student/graduate from Tokyo University, is 3-2 at Jonidan 62W, his highest rank. Satonofuji - the bow twirler is 2-3 at Jonidan 78E. 45 years old. Hokuouzan (Hagiwara), half Turkish, is at Jonokuchi 15W. Kyujo for the last 5 bashos. KYUJO Ootani, ex-Hakuhou's new recruit is 5-0 and kachikoshi at Jonokuchi 16W, his debut basho. Kagamiou (yes, he's still active..) Mongolian ex-Maegashira with injuries, has been out more or less since day 5 of July 2020, banzuke-gai.
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    https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202209200000397.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nikkansports_ogp Updates by Nikkan: According to Isegahama, surgery might be a possibility, and the right knee is "completely dislocated". Asahi further supplements this with information that both knees are actually in bad shape.
  9. 2 points
    I think it was always well accepted by everyone that Terunofuji fell into the Asahifuji-type, late-career, short-tenure Yokozuna promotion category rather than the Hakuho-type where you get the rope while young and enjoy a long reign.
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    Definitely, I am so rooting for him to get his 10 yusho though. Obviously it won't happen this year like he'd hoped, and admittedly the window appears to be closing. I'm gonna join the chorus wishing he'd just withdraw and rest those knees, but I'll be very happy to be eating crow by day 15 if he proves the doubters wrong.
  15. 1 point
    By the way, who else is greatly amused everytime the dohyo-iri announcer is arduously avoiding to tie the shinpan-cho in a knot when switching sides? High-tech nation Japan in the 2020s and they're still using a cable mike.
  16. 1 point
    Today's bouts showed that both Tobizaru and Midorifuji didn't luck into their current ranks and records. I wasn't a big fan of Tobizaru's "smacky smacky messy monkey" sumo when he first broke into the top division, but other than against Terunofuji, he hasn't actually used it that much this basho. His sumo has otherwise been actually quite straightforward and today's win against Kotonowaka was fairly technically impressive. Midorifuji really fought his heart out but as it went on his chances weren't getting any higher. That said, it's a good result still and even if he MKs this basho it shouldn't be too severe, leaving him in position to try for a sanyaku debut soon. Hōshōryū is a disappointment this basho. His score should really be better given how weak the top end of the banzuke is this time. To my eye he's lost the last three bouts by being way too overeager to finish things. Brawling isn't his strength; he impresses most when he gets a good belt grip, freezes the action, then implements his game plan. But he's just tried to pull throws, shoves, what have you for the past couple of days, and paid for it against opponents who improvise better than he does. To be fair to Takakeishō 6-3 9 days in isn't entirely horrible. Of the top ranks he's having a very decent basho and might still be in position to play spoiler, and is probably ours and the NSK's last hope in terms of stopping Hokutofuji and yet another hiramaku yūshō. And he actually looks in decent condition to do it, unlike the other ōzeki or Terunofuji; the less said about Shōdai and Mitakeumi the better. And lastly, that wasn't pretty sumo from Terunofuji. Ketaguri aside (the speed at which it lost him the bout being vaguely reminiscent of Kakuryū's final loss to Endō via koshikudake), it was clear he had little ability to resist Takayasu in oshi mode. The writing is always on the wall regarding his knees but it's not quite the end of the road for him just yet; he really ought to go kyūjō and save his strength and prevent further damage to his knees for one or two more good basho, so he can go out with a bang instead a whimper.
  17. 1 point
    Not retire just yet, take a couple basho off and see who rises to the occasion, see what kind of results he gets, if favorable let him take every other basho off. We know he’s earned at least that. Its a win win imo, but im just an armchair quarterback.
  18. 1 point
    Some old Indonesian news (2018). Chiyonokuni and Chiyomaru went to Bali
  19. 1 point
    Something I haven't seen before, from NSK's official Twitter: parts of how a gyōji gets dressed, and why they need a tsukebito. The tweet itself is publicity for the fan appreciation festival next month, where fans can get to experience how it would be like to wear a gyōji's costume. I can't recognise the gyōji on sight (he's masked as well), but he appears to be the one officiating the bout between Chiyomaru and Hiradoumi yesterday (from Natto:) That would suggest he is either among the most junior makuuchi gyōji or the most senior jūryō gyōji, which limits it to Kimura Asanosuke, Shikimori Kiichirō, or Kimura Yōnosuke. However, the akeni in the background the assistant is using appears to be one of Kimura Kōnosuke's, but the gyōji's attire doesn't correspond to what Kimura Kōnosuke has been wearing lately.
  20. 1 point
    Part 4 : 1980-1989 Enjoy !
  21. 1 point
    The worst possible lineup of the basho is posted in each day 15 standings, but the UDH itsself has never tried to figure out how bad the worst of the players in each basho was - that would be a bit too meta :-)
  22. 1 point
    Part 3 : 1970-1979 Enjoy !
  23. 1 point
    His father is the head sumo coach/principal at Tottori Johoku, one of the sumo powerhouse high schools. It's been speculated that Ishiura will be a sumo coach there, in order to secure a recruitment pipeline for Miyagino.
  24. 1 point
    I'm guessing it was a significant yusho, maybe no. 33, and 'they' probably didn't use it without his approval. From John Gunning's piece about Hakuho's danpatsu shiki https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2022/09/07/sumo/hakuho-retirement-ceremony/
  25. 1 point
    The 75th birthday of his mother. The show will be broadcast live on the net, about 600 cutters are expected. o ZakZak still thinks Hakuho wants to have a heya in Ginza, an intai-zumo event is mainly to collect funds for the oyakata. The fee for the cutters apparently will be modest, they mention 1 million yen as a first expectation, but likely 100-200 000 yen will be the actual sum. 20 000yen on average for the tickets, 20 000 to be at the party of 1000 guests afterwards. The event may earn him 400 million yen. He said it may take a few years to have a new heya, so the temporary one is quite for some time. o