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  1. 11 points
    This is how the rikishi are spread out among the heya, with some oyakata info. Still incomplete because we don't have the whole newcomers' list despite the best effort of our local experts. Also, some personal preferences and simplifications.
  2. 8 points
    It's because he's a foreigner.
  3. 8 points
    Interesting banzuke indeed-excellent results at the top. The yusho winner did it for the third time. 73 points. It's Itachiyama!! Congratulations and jubilations. Not one single player got Daieishou right. No less than 17 new players, five kachikoshi, two in the top ten, one of them in third place!! Cheesofuji, what a first basho.. 124 players in all made the effort. Incredible. And at the top of the banzuke now sits Reonito. Milestones, and what milestones indeed!!: Ullishimaru- 120th basho!! (20 years more or less..) Yubinhaad- 120th basho!! Takanorappa- 120th basho!! Jakusotsu - 100th basho!! Pitinosato- 90th basho!! Korinokoishi- 30th basho To see how you did, go here. Thank you all for playing, and thank you Andoreasu for running it and Doitsuyama for maintaining it. And now- on with the Ba-show!!
  4. 6 points
    Complete list: Rikishi Highest Rank Yusho Juryo --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tokushoryu Maegashira 2 2020.01 2021.03 (5 basho to drop) Wakanami Komusubi 1968.03 1969.07 (7) Takatoriki Sekiwake 2000.03 2001.07 (7) Kotonishiki Sekiwake 1998.11* 2000.05 (8) Baruto Ozeki 2012.01 2013.09 (9), retired without competing Terunofuji Ozeki 2015.05* 2018.03 (16) Kotofuji Sekiwake 1991.07 1994.11 (19) Tagaryu Sekiwake 1984.09 1988.07 (22) Bishuyama Sekiwake 1945.06 1955.01 (26) Kotoshogiku Ozeki 2016.01 2020.11 (27) Tokitsuyama Sekiwake 1953.05 1961.03 (37), retired without competing Mitoizumi Sekiwake 1992.07 1999.05 (40) Wakamisugi Sekiwake 1960.05 1967.05 (41), retired without competing Takamiyama Sekiwake 1972.07 1984.03 (69) * It was Kotonishiki's second yusho of two and Terunofuji's first of two, respectively; all others were one-time winners.
  5. 5 points
    http://www.sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoBanzuke/index/ Makuuchi Hakuho Y Kakuryu Shodai O Asanoyama Takakeisho O --- Terunofuji S Takanosho Takayasu K Mitakeumi --- K Daieisho Takarafuji M1 Onosho Hokutofuji M2 Wakatakakage Meisei M3 Shimanoumi Kiribayama M4 Myogiryu Endo M5 Okinoumi Tamawashi M6 Ichinojo Tochinoshin M7 Kagayaki Kotonowaka M8 Tobizaru Chiyonokuni M9 Hoshoryu Midorifuji M10 Ryuden Chiyotairyu M11 Kotoshoho Akiseyama M12 Aoiyama Terutsuyoshi M13 Chiyoshoma Kotoeko M14 Tsurugisho Yutakayama M15 Hidenoumi Kaisei M16 Daiamami Outrage in 5...4...3...
  6. 5 points
    Terunofuji actually needs 9 wins to meet the criteria of 33 wins over three basho to return to Ozeki. But we know these criteria are very flexible. Which reminds me of a joke. A guy comes up to a gym trainer and says he wants to start doing gymnastics. "Are you flexible?" asks the trainer. "I'm free most evenings.." he answers. Back to you, Tom. But seriously, folks, Terunofuji spoke today. "I'm finally approaching it. I can hardly believe this day has really arrived.. It took two years (since he dropped all the way to Jonidan 48). It's going according to plan, " he said. Only one previous Ozeki (Kaiketsu, back in 1977) made it back to Ozeki after dropping to Maegashira. Nobody has ever done it after dropping to Juryo or lower. "Still, if I don't get those 33 wins it means nothing. I'll be aiming for that and going all out and hopefully do good sumo," he summed.
  7. 5 points
    Short list of shikona changes this time. Highest ranked is Ito who is now Mineyaiba. I don't know if there's a particular idea behind that but Shikoroyama-beya is no stranger to left-field shikona. He also changes the given name to Jonosuke. Two changes from Shikihide-beya. Reon in fact just makes an addition to his existing shikona and is now Reonmaru. Meanwhile, Satozakura is now Nihonmatsu, the name of his home city in Fukushima prefecture. Musashigawa-beya's Hanashi is the recipient of another hometown-inspired shikona - he is now Mihonoumi, honouring Miho town and Lake Kasumigaura, which borders it in Ibaraki prefecture. Finally, Tagonoura-beya youngster Taniguchi is now Takanoryu. Ms28e Ito Chikashi > Mineyaiba Jonosuke (嶺刃 常乃助) Jd49w Reon > Reonmaru (黎大丸) Jd72w Satozakura > Nihonmatsu (二本松) Jd98e Hanashi > Mihonoumi (美浦ノ湖) Jd103e Taniguchi > Takanoryu (隆の龍) Two rikishi make changes to their shikona given name only. Daiseido can't seem to make his mind up - after changing to Masaru last summer and then to Daishi just last basho, he has now reverted back to his real given name, Yoshitomo. Elsewhere, veteran Asatenmai has changed the first kanji of his given name but keeps the reading as Seita. Ms51w Daiseido Daishi > Yoshitomo (喜悌) Sd56w Asatenmai Seita (晴多 > 精多)
  8. 4 points
    Indeed, it could just be that with the kyujos they are considering last basho results to not be worth the same weight as a typical basho. Or there is always the usual feeling that they only spend a fraction of the time on deciding the real banzuke compared to what time we spend mulling over the release...
  9. 4 points
    Of course, they're not exactly helping themselves with any sanyaku crunch problems by not demoting sekiwake 7-8's to maegashira... We could have had a perfectly acceptable 10-rikishi sanyaku with Daieisho and Hokutofuji and without Mitakeumi for January. Now they've been forced to have 10 rikishi in there for March anyway, and en route they've produced a frankly horseshit ranking for both tournaments.
  10. 4 points
    I suppose one problem for Daieisho might be that the two komusubi in front of him are ex-ozeki Takayasu and perennial hope Mitakeumi, and not some guys like, say, Hokutofuji and Onosho who don't look like potential near-term ozeki themselves even if you squint really hard. They might actually believe that Daieisho is fairly ranked as the 10th man on the banzuke, even though he's been the winningest joi rikishi over the last four tournaments (and that's with a 5-10 in there).
  11. 4 points
    Adding on here: - Hakuho ranked for basho number 100 in makuuchi, becoming the second wrestler after Kaio. First wrestler to have 100 consecutive basho in makuuchi from shin-nyumaku - Takakeisho kadoban for the 3rd time - Terunofuji in sanyaku for the 3rd consecutive basho - Takanosho 3rd consecutive basho in sanyaku and at sekiwake - Takayasu 3rd consecutive basho in sanyaku and at komusubi - Mitakeumi 5th consecutive basho in sanyaku and 2nd consecutive at komusubi - Daieisho at komusubi for the first time since July 2020, first return to sanyaku since Aki 2020 - Last basho with 3 or more komusubi was Kyushu 2019 (Abi, Endo, Hokutofuji, Asanoyama) - Tsurugisho returns to makuuchi since Haru 2020 - Takakento first new juryo from Tokiwayama beya since the current stablemaster took over - Bushozan first new juryo from Fujishima beya after Tsurugidake in Kyushu 2011 since the current stablemaster took over - Nishikifuji returns to juryo since November 2020
  12. 4 points
    I can't for the life of me think of another scenario that doesn't border on the insane (as if this doesn't already) where a M2w can go 23-7 and not make sekiwake.
  13. 4 points
    Saito specializes on helping restaurants with official documents, e.g. to apply for subsidiary aid as sales are down in Corona times. His right "gyoza" ear is a sign of his rikishi days, but surprisingly few people notice his past history: "My weight is down about 60kg from the 165kg when active." After being a rikishi for 4 years he made it to makushita, in Kyushu 2010 when thrown off the dohyo, his ACL snapped and his meniscus was damaged. He was brought to a hospital and immediately had surgery, but it took him a year to return. He changed his shikona from Saito to Oruri, but couldn't do sumo like before, having constant fear of re-injury: "After a loss rather than frustration I felt relief. Without frustration you can't get stronger anymore. I decided to retire." "In the job interview at one company I heard: 'No experience in work society, just got the driver's license, can't use the PC - the 3 conditions combined.' and was rejected. With the record as ex-rikishi comes the stigma of not being able to work. I realized that I had been protected by the oyakata and okamisan. The necessities of life were guaranteed, if something occurs they take care. What seemed a harsh environment had been one to be thankful for." After that he took PC lessons for 3 months and gained a qualification. He got work through a temporary staff recruitment agency for the construction business, working at the construction site of a highway in Hyogo pref. "I had no knowledge of the construction industry and without understanding what the people around me were saying, I was of no use, there was a constant feeling of inferiority. The urge to be able to work self-confident became ever stronger." With some qualification he would find some starting point, with that thought he searched the net and found the term 行政書士 "administrative scrivener". "I had no idea what that occupation was and on top of that, had no legal knowledge. But checking it I found that it had connections to the construction business and I could make use of the experience on site. I wanted to change myself. I even felt that if I couldn't get that qualification, my life might be over." Half a year after finding a job he started to go to classes at a vocational school, another half year later he quit the job to concentrate on learning, while doing part time jobs. The exam was once a year, with passing rate of 10%. At the 3rd attempt he made it in January, 4 years after intai. He opened an office in Osaka on August 2018, but just with a qualification, work wouldn't come rushing in, competition was hard. "The range of branches is wide, 'can do everything' comes with 'can't do anything'. I had to specialize." He focused on the restaurant sector, where many ex-rikishi start a business. "In June international standards for food hygiene became obligatory, many shop operators have to file documents." "Now with Corona there are tough times for the restaurant industry, I want to support those who hold on. I believe that after it's over, more will think about opening a shop." "A lot of rikishi after intai start in the restaurant business. When opening a shop, a lot of permits and licensees are necessary. I though I can help there. I had a hard time after retiring, I want to become someone to help soften other's hardships there." http://mainichi.jp/articles/20210217/ddm/012/050/089000c
  14. 3 points
    Shodai did about 10 with Yutakayama at the heya and won them all oo oo
  15. 3 points
    That's an interesting thought. Maybe I'm cynical, but I see it as too smart to be considered by the banzuke makers. IMO, Daieisho was spoiled of a sanyaku spot for Hatsu, and now double spoiled of a Sekiwake spot for Haru. These early Daieisho vs Yokozunae bouts feel more like a gift falling into their lap than a well established plan.
  16. 3 points
    I just had a thought.... Maybe ranking Daieisho at Komusubi West 2 is a way to ensure that he faces the Yokozunas (and Ozekis), before they start dropping out of the basho with whatever reason. If he'd been a Sekiwake, he'd might have missed facing one or both of the Yokozunas if they started off badly. His bout against Kakuryu might be very important, (in my opinion)....
  17. 3 points
    On Feb. 16th Shishi made a courtesy call to the Ukrainian embassy o
  18. 3 points
    Narutobeya banzuke reveal party; Ofukasawa and Marusho join Anzai and Oshoryu in Makushita:
  19. 3 points
    But Atamifuji still had a task left as high school student: yesterday he took part in the graduation ceremony at Hiryu high flowers from the kohai at the sumo club o o o o
  20. 3 points
    Which I hope will be true for age 36-40 as well.
  21. 3 points
    Takakento, Takanosho, Tokiwayama-oyakata, Takakeisho, and Takagenji demonstrate the descending phases joy from l-to-r: "Ecstatic", "Very very happy", "Cheerful", "A bit bored", "Why am I in this picture?"
  22. 2 points
    Some hurriedly intai-ing rikishi are intriguing - some have inherent zero ability, knots undone, running away.
  23. 2 points
    Terunofuji https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210301/p2a/00m/0sp/022000c
  24. 2 points
    - Akiseyama at his career-high rank at age 35
  25. 2 points
    The connection between potential torch bearer Hakuho and Olympic organizing committee new top Seiko Hashimoto o She was born in the year of the first Tokyo Olympics, where Hakuho's father took part as wrestling athlete, her uncle ex-Takabayama was manager at the Miyagino-beya of ex-yokozuna Yoshibayama, his wife and the okamisan were sisters and he scouted the present Miyagino Chikubayama