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    Inside Sport: Japan preview (courtesy of @Akinomaki and @mikawa)
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    Terunofuji was fundamental today, and then was sumo as well-15-20 bouts against Takarafuji. The other heyas were4 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.
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    Today the new Oho paid grandpa Taiho's shusshin town Teshikaga and the local Taiho museum a visit - the last time he was there was June last year. o o o o After that he attended the "Oho juryo promotion celebration"-party, where he received the new kesho mawashi o with the town mayor and with the artist o o on the left the oyakata and mum o
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    Supposedly, they represent two lakes in the town. The designer of the keshomawashi heard a schoolgirl say that the large lake looked like Taiho performing a dohyo iri, and the small one looked like Oho watching. Then the bird shape is the Peng, the bird that makes up the -ho part of their shikona.
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    That "King Phoenix" isn't possibly the inspiration for this? https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ho-Oh_(Pokémon)
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    One thing you can count on: there will never be a decrease in total cases.
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    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!
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    Araiso again on the phone for Kansai radio. 1st part: 4th youngest new sanyaku at age 19; first kinboshi, from Asashoryu. Listener question: What is most important to teach to the young ones? With the obvious answer: the basics. Each one is different, has a different body, different style, so he'll guide him different. The thing to teach 10 deshi out of 10 are the basics, techniques are not necessarily taught in sumo. Shodai has an awful style, a high up tachi-ai and the chin high - things contrary to how sumo should be done, but because he is solid with the basics, he made it to ozeki. Song: OP from the TV film series Kaiketsu Harimao, the version by Michiya Mihashi youtube_query=快傑ハリマオ 三橋 美智也 - it was sung at each senshuraku party of the old Naruto-beya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrcn1XpvDr8&t=75s
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    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....
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    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
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    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.
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    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.
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    And fittingly, today Magaki came for an encouragement visit to the school: "Making good use of that grand physique forged in judo, I'd like him to become a presence exceeding Hideki Matsui." https://www.hokkoku.co.jp/subpage/E20201203005.htm on the right the parents
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    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.
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    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."
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    Pics added above and an error fixed Today Tobizaru 翔猿 made a short trip to Tokyo's Edogawa ward office to report mainly his good result from the Aki basho. The heya had received 3 tai fishes for yusho use then, but he failed to get the yusho: "One time I want to lift it (the fish) up". Thus the goals for next year: sanyaku and a yusho parade in Edogawa ward. It's the time to sum up the year with one kanji character, and he picked tobu 翔 (fly, jump) from his shikona: "Feels like I jumped to the top." oo o o o vid
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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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    Based on data I compiled many years ago that probably is still accurate for the most part but hasn't been updated at all since I compiled it: Alternating 4-3 and 3-4 will eventually land you in the middle of Sandanme regardless of where in the lower division you start, while alternating 8-7 and 7-8 while in Juryo you will likely be promoted to Makuuchi (Seiro managed to get promoted from Juryo to Makuuchi with a losing record in Juryo in one stint in the division, though he had plenty of other records), and in Mauuchi you'll probably make it to Sekiwake eventually, working your way around the junior sanyaku and M1 and maybe M2 depending on how everyone else does. The divergence of these results shows how hard it is to break into Juryo from the top of Makushita compared to how easy it is to maintain once there. It could take you a whole year of 4-3s (or more!) from Ms5 to get promoted to Juryo as sometimes there's just no space to move people up very far. Alternating 5-2 and 2-5 will get you alternating around sd15 and sd40. Alternating 6-1 and 1-6 will get you much higher - there's a big premium on 6-1, but not as much of a fall associated with 1-6. I predict it would alternate around ms15 and ms36. Similarly, alternating 7-0 and 0-7 will get you to alternate between around ms5 and ms40. Alternating 2-5 and 4-3 will bring you to the bottom of Jonidan, but alternating 1-6 and 5-2 will bring you to alternate closer to jd20 and jd60. Alternating 0-7 and 6-1 will likely put you alternating between ms25 and ms60, but it might also get you stuck alternating between sd1 and sd51. According to my data there's apparently a jump from 35 to 50 in how far they demote 0-7 depending on whether you start in Makushita or Sandanme and doesn't seem to taper like other movement patterns. If you get a lucky promotion into Makushita from below sd50, you'll have your high end stay in Makushita in future cycles, though at the low end you might occasionally get demoted to the top of Sandanme even once your rank settles.
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    No. For an aging ozeki who is no longer a valid candidate to attain a yusho, the only basho objectives are to avoid injury and, if possible, avoid kadoban. The effort that goes into every match is limited to meeting those two objectives. Most "back scratching" is done by ozekis who have met or clearly will meet their kadoban objective and are working on their injury objective. An intelligent ozeki will get a yusho, jun-yusho or 8-7. Anything else is needlessly career-threatening. In his final year, Kaio was getting some back scratching from junior joi-jin who did not want to be the rikishi who forced the ozeki into retirement. He had legendary status, and he did not know when to quit.
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    The NSK posted the intai press conference and a tribute - with a young juryo-kaku Konosuke for a makushita bout Edit: they deleted the first version and posted it again (some change maybe, same title and length, less bytes)
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    Confirmation Shin-juryo: Naya -> Ōhō, Shiraishi -> Tōhakuryū Sai-juryo: Yago, Ryuko