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  1. 5 points
    The loveable Enho has broken his silence. In his interview with the Hokkoku Shimbun, which I will give the gist of, he gives an honest, yet optimistic look at his recent make-koshi streak: Enho (Miyagino Stable, Kanazawa City, Kanazawa Gakuin University alumni) celebrated his 26th birthday on the 18th. He responded to an interview with the Hokkoku Shimbun yesterday and gave promotion to sanyaku as his goal for the next year. Looking back at his make-koshi streak, he said, "My physical and mental state was weak, but now I am enriched with mental skills." Yokozuna Hakuho ordered him to increase his weight by 18kg to fulfil his 110kg "winning plan". To accomplish this, Enho is eating three bowls of rice. He turned from employment at a general company to jumping into the world of sumo wrestling. "It's been four years since I started, and I'm now 26 years old. With this small body, I didn't expect [my career] to work. It's so strange to be in Makuuchi." Enho laughed. [...] In addition to his well-publicised neck pain, he also injured his wrist. He mounted the dohyo with no excuse, but admitted, "My heart wasn't there. When I was on the rise, I felt determined even if I couldn't practice. Last basho, I was totally out of it." Last basho, when Enho started with 2 wins and 8 losses, his mother sent him a message on his smartphone. It contained the energetic appearance of children at his alma mater, Daitoku Elementary School with them saying "Do you best, Enho!". "Some children did shiko to support me, and I couldn't help but smile. They gave me strength." Enho beamed. The next day, he brilliantly scored a win and achieved a revival of 4 wins and 1 loss until Senshuraku. Surgery is needed to completely cure his neck pain, but the treatment has helped calm it down. Enho called the eating "the hardest practice". Hakuho ordered, "If you want to rise, you need 110kg. Don't go home until you eat three bowls of rice." As well we know, Enho doesn't like the aroma of freshly cooked white rice. On the 20th during lunch Enho managed to eat three bowls of rice under the imperious Yokozuna's gaze (emphasis mine), but complained, "I suffered so much I couldn't move until the evening." As he receives the Yokozuna's "whip of love", Enho commented, "Recently, my performance has been weak, but I want to show my hometown fans a rejuvenated appearance. My body is full and I will aim for sanyaku in the next year."
  2. 4 points
    Hello everyone! I found the forum via Reddit and have been reading the training talks while waiting for the November basho, figured I could as well create an account ^^ . I'm not exactly new to sumo in the sense that I've had an interest in the sport for a very long time, admiring its the cultural signification in and to Japan and the dedication of the wrestlers. I also like the traditional look of the dohyo, its relatively rare round shape among other kinds of fighting areas, the rules, how sumo is both very simple and very hard (compared to other wrestling forms, shoving the opponent outside the ring or forcing him to touch the ground with any other part of the body but his feet is really easy, but the same applies to you, which, on the topic of winning conditions at least, makes it the most restrictive fighting sport I know) and, I won't lie, the unusual bodyshapes of sumotoris was also something that picked my interest early :P . Thus, I've been watching every movie or documentary I could find about sumo for years, but curiously, until recently, I wasn't able to get over the short duration of the bouts (especially when compared to all the ceremonial surrounding them) and didn't follow properly the sport itself. I read things and watched one or two video(s) from time to time and knew about Akebono, Asashoryu (which I actually used to misread as Ashoryu) and Hakuho, but that's about it. I don't really know why that changed, but last December I stumbled upon a compilation of Tochinoshin's bouts on his 10 wins return to ozeki tournament, and it really hyped me up for the January one that was about to start. It was the first time I followed sumo by the day (mainly on Jason's channel, may he be blessed) and I've been hooked ever since! I've even come to appreciate the short bouts, as they allow you to watch a good bunch if not all of them without taking too much of your time, even when it's basho time. Plus there aren't many sports that will offer you one tournament every other month, and that's great too (though there is another side of me saying that it would probably be better for our wrestlers if they could have slightly fewer of them :/ ...)! My favourite rikishis are Takakeisho, Asanoyama and Tochinoshin; I also quite like Takayasu (who is currently growing on me and will certainly join the last 3 if he makes it back to ozeki), Mitakeumi, Shodai and Tokushoryu. And I can't not mention the GOAT that is Hakuho, but he's so dominant that rooting for him has become kinda dull... I still hope he can take a 45th yusho (a round 50 would be nice, but it's likely asking a bit much, and I'd also like to see a new yokozuna soon) and represent sumo at the Olympics before he retires! Another passion of mine is Tolkien's works, and the Dwarf Bombur could probably have made for a good sumotori; it's also my regular internet pseudo, hence the name ^^ .
  3. 4 points
    It's the last day of the joint degeiko. Let's see what the rikishi themselves have to say... Sources https://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/sports/sumou/2323338/ https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202010220000275.html https://hochi.news/articles/20201022-OHT1T50090.html Takakeisho and Shodai did not show up for degeiko today. The newspapers did note Hakuho's perfect attendance, despite his injury and age. With the lack of Ozeki prey, Hakuho calmed down and got into a charitable mood giving advice to Kiribayama (see above) and sticking to basic exercises. Hakuho: [on joint degeiko] "Though I had a little discomfort and anxiety over my knee, it is nothing major. I'm glad I finished this week without any injuries and without wasting this opportunity. I tried to rebuild my body and regain my sumo sense. Through this, I hope I can make a comeback [in November]." Epilogue Here is some video footage of Shodai and Hakuho's bouts yesterday on Twitter.
  4. 3 points
    Kiribayama had 10 bouts today, the last day of the Kyokai Kamp. He was seen picking up 169 kilo Juryo Nishikigi but unable to deposit him outside of the ring, reminding some of his shisho Ex-Kirishima. "I've always wanted to do that, but I never get the chance during a basho to get in that position.. If I do get the chance, I'd like to do it." he said. He faced Takayasu for six bouts today and lost them all. He may be facing him during the coming basho. "Today, I wanted to face Takayasu more than anyone else. After all, he is an ex-Ozeki .. If I don't hit hard it doesn't become my sumo. It was a good lesson. Now, I'd like to train with Kakuryuu at the heya," he summed.
  5. 3 points
    Astute and long-time followers of sumo have guessed correctly that Takayasu was the mysterious last person in the 10-person degeiko session. Here is what he has to say: Source: https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202010210000384.html - photo from Sumo Kyokai's Twitter, where he is training with Kiribayama. The former Ozeki is looking very good as he is expecting a return to the sanyaku ranks and winning 10/14 of his bouts today. He had much to say about his life outside of sumo, especially his first child, which is expected to arrive soon: Takayasu: [About degeiko] I wasn't feeling well when the degeiko started, so I didn't participate [until today]." Takayasu: [About his personal affairs] "I am receiving support. My wife is having a difficult time, so we are trying to support each other. I'm not going to retire yet. I have to do my best in sumo so that I can look good when my child is born [and potentially see himself going into the sport]."
  6. 2 points
    While researching responsible dog ownership for a piece I have to write for a textbook, I came across the Japanese Tosa dog breed which I hadn’t heard of before. The breed is banned in several countries. Apparently it’s known as the “sumo wrestling dog”. https://www.dog-breeds-expert.com/Japanese-Tosa.html https://pethelpful.com/dogs/japanese-tosa-dog-breed https://www.dogideas.net/tosa-inu-the-sumo-wrestling-dog-from-japan/
  7. 2 points
    Day 5 - only 1 day left now o Ichinojo and Kiribayama, Aoiyama with Ikioi o o o Takayasu and Mitakeumi, then with Kiribayama o ooo o o o o Hakuho with Shodai o ooo o o o ooooooo instructors for makushita yesterday were Iwatomo, Onogawa, Shiranui (Wakakoyu) and Otowayama (Tenkaiho) o o o o Iwatomo (Kimurayama) and Onogawa (Kitataiki) today oo Iwatomo with Yuki vid
  8. 2 points
    Kotoshougiku will be demoted to Juryo for next basho.. "If I retire, I can get away from all the pressure and effort and the burden on my body, but I'm not there yet. If I can win I can come back up. Deep inside I know I have a chance, so I'm doing this. I don't want to leave things hanging - I want to end this with a result I can agree to. When I'm in dire straits my true nature emerges, and facing my problems is part of my true nature. " he said. "I have been speaking to a lot of people lately who have asked me to gambarize and continue and pursue my goal. I think if I simply do that - pursue my goal, things will turn out all right. As long as I focus on that, I'll be fine," he added. Today he trained, doing the fundamentals and lending his chest to Kotoshouhou for butsugari. His injured left calf is 90% healed, he explained, and he is planning on doing sumo training later on this week. "He told me he didn't want to retire like this, injury and all. Looking at his face, you see he has a strong resolve to overcome this. He still has the power, so the best for him would be to give it his all till the end," explained Sadogatake Oyakata. With Kotoshouhou:
  9. 1 point
    Last day of the Kyokai kamp- Shoudai was absent, as was Takakeishou. Hakuhou, Takayasu, Kiribayama, Aoiyama, Ichinojou. Juryo Ikioi and Nishikigi plus the Makushita lads were present. Hakuhou only did the fundamentals. Hakuhou ose kavod lachevre: (If anyone can identify them, that would be very nice..)
  10. 1 point
    And one month wiser...and having successfully lulled his opponents into a false sense of security, he will storm up the ranks to yokozu...wait, where is the outrageous expectations thread...?
  11. 1 point
    Shoudai was called upon by Hakuhou today at the Kyokai training camp, resulting in a 1-19 thrashing. "I feel I am not hitting well.." he said later, somewhat an understatement, regarding his tachiai. Before the bouts he warmed up going 3-2 against various opponents. Grand total of the day? 4-21. "It's totally different from a basho, the keiko-ba. I'm just glad I got through it without injury.. Two weeks left till the basho starts, so hopefully I will be ready by then. " The more bouts between them, the more Hakuhou was dominant. Whatever Shoudai tried, Hakuhou countered. "I did it! It was good keiko! " said Hakuhou later. No signs of his right knee injury that led to surgery. "It's still a bit stiff, but I thought if that's the extent of it, I can work with it," he added. He said he was joining the camp to find his spirit. How spirited was Shoudai? "I'll leave that to your imagination.." he summed. That's 43 bouts in two days for Hakuhou. "I started remembering all kinds of things from the past, so I guess that may account for the large number of bouts," he said cryptically. Takakeishou was absent again.
  12. 1 point
    Hakuho: suddenly, he looks old to me.
  13. 1 point
    Mitakeumi was overwhelmed by Hakuhou today: 1-22. "I tried to do my own sumo but it became the Yokozuna's pace. I just could not win.. I've been watching Shoudai and thinking 'that is awesome''.. I congratulated him when we met but he said getting congratulated by me was difficult for him and that has been an incentive for me to aim upwards quickly. I want to grab the chance as soon as I can. When I see Shoudai-zeki, that thought comes to me again.."
  14. 1 point
    Hey everyone! It doesn't look like anyone is doing this type of stats for honbasho, so since I have the numbers from my new game, I thought I would share the actual basho results with you. I think this provides some interesting insight into how everyone in all six divisions do (or maybe not). Enjoy! Daily Winning Number Stats by East vs West Jonokuchi Jonidan Sandanme Makushita Juryo Makuuchi Total Total Bouts East West East West East West East West East West East West East West Both Sides Day 1 8 7 26 23 24 23 11 16 4 9 8 11 81 89 170 Day 2 5 10 21 28 25 21 8 19 7 6 9 10 75 94 169 Day 3 8 7 23 26 30 16 14 13 3 10 10 9 88 81 169 Day 4 11 5 25 24 26 20 18 9 6 6 8 11 94 75 169 Day 5 6 9 22 27 26 20 16 11 5 7 9 10 84 84 168 Day 6 5 10 27 22 21 25 15 13 7 6 11 7 86 83 169 Day 7 8 7 32 16 20 27 9 18 3 9 9 10 81 87 168 Day 8 9 7 27 22 24 22 16 11 6 7 13 6 95 75 170 Day 9 7 6 24 25 21 26 10 17 6 6 8 11 76 91 167 Day 10 7 7 24 25 25 21 13 15 7 5 6 13 82 86 168 Day 11 7 7 23 25 22 24 15 13 5 8 12 6 84 83 167 Day 12 6 9 32 17 17 29 13 15 8 5 13 5 89 80 169 Day 13 3 5 19 15 19 11 12 7 7 6 13 5 73 49 122 Day 14 5 6 11 19 19 13 5 14 5 7 6 12 51 71 122 Day 15 8 4 13 18 15 16 9 8 4 8 9 9 58 63 121 Total 103 106 349 332 334 314 184 199 83 105 144 135 1197 1191 2388 Matches Per Division Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Division East West East West East West East West East West East West East West East West East West East West East West East West East West East West East West Total Jonokuchi 8 7 5 10 8 7 11 5 6 9 5 10 8 7 9 7 7 6 7 7 7 7 6 9 3 5 5 6 8 4 209 Jonidan 26 23 21 28 23 26 25 24 22 27 27 22 32 16 27 22 24 25 24 25 23 25 32 17 19 15 11 19 13 18 681 Sandanme 24 23 25 21 30 16 26 20 26 20 21 25 20 27 24 22 21 26 25 21 22 24 17 29 19 11 19 13 15 16 648 Makushita 11 16 8 19 14 13 18 9 16 11 15 13 9 18 16 11 10 17 13 15 15 13 13 15 12 7 5 14 9 8 383 Juryo 4 9 7 6 3 10 6 6 5 7 7 6 3 9 6 7 6 6 7 5 5 8 8 5 7 6 5 7 4 8 188 Makuuchi 8 11 9 10 10 9 8 11 9 10 11 7 9 10 13 6 8 11 6 13 12 6 13 5 13 5 6 12 9 9 279 Total 81 89 75 94 88 81 94 75 84 84 86 83 81 87 95 75 76 91 82 86 84 83 89 80 73 49 51 71 58 63 2388 Most daily bouts fought per division: Jonokuchi - 16 (Day 4, 8) Jonidan - 49 (Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12) Sandanme - 47 (Day 1, 7) Makushita - 28 (Day 6, 10, 11, 12) Juryo - 13 (Day 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 13) Makuuchi - 19 (Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10) The most lopsided day results per division: Jonokuchi - Day 4 with a 6 match advantage for the east (11-5) Jonidan - Day 7 with a 16 match advantage for the east (32-16) Sandanme - Day 3 with a 14 match advantage for the east (30-16) Makushita - Day 2 with an 11 match advantage for the west (19-8) Juryo - Day 3 with a 7 match advantage for the west (10-3) Makuuchi - Day 12 & Day 13 with an 8 match advantage on both days for the east (13-5) Ties per division Jonokuchi - Day 10, 11 Jonidan - none Sandanme - none Makushita - none Juryo - Day 4, 9 Makuuchi - Day 15 Winning side by total number of bouts per division for East vs West Aki 2020 Jonokuchi - West (106 of 209) --> 50.7% Jonidan - East (349 of 681) --> 51.2% Sandanme - East (334 of 648) --> 51.5% Makushita - West (199 of 383) --> 51.9% Juryo - West (108 of 188) --> 57.4% Makuuchi - East (144 of 279) --> 51.6% Daily Winning Side Jonokuchi Jonidan Sandanme Makushita Juryo Makuuchi Day 1 East East East West West West Day 2 West West East West East West Day 3 East West East East West East Day 4 East East East East Tie West Day 5 West West East East West West Day 6 West East West East East East Day 7 East East West West West West Day 8 East East East East West East Day 9 East West West West Tie West Day 10 Tie West East West East West Day 11 Tie West West East West East Day 12 West East West West East East Day 13 West East East East East East Day 14 West West East West West West Day 15 East West West East West Tie Result Stats by Each Side Per Day Jonokuchi Jonidan Sandanme Makushita Juryo Makuuchi Total East 6 7 9 8 5 6 41 West 7 8 6 7 8 8 44 Tie 2 0 0 0 2 1 5 Winning Sides Per Division for the Basho Tallied by Day Jonokuchi - West (7) Jonidan - West (8) Sandanme - East (9) Makushita - East (8) Juryo - West (8) Makuuchi - West (8) Daily Winning Sides: Day 1 - West (89-81) --> 52.3% Day 2 - West (94-75) --> 55.6% Day 3 - East (88-81) --> 52.0% Day 4 - East (94-75) --> 55.6% Day 5 - Tie (84-84) --> 50.0% Day 6 - East (86-83) --> 50.8% Day 7 - West (87-81) --> 51.7% Day 8 - East (95-75) --> 55.8% Day 9 - West (91-76) --> 51.7% Day 10 - West (86-82) --> 51.1% Day 11 - East (84-83) --> 50.2% Day 12 - East (89-80) --> 52.6% Day 13 - East (73-49) --> 59.8% Day 14 - West (71-51) --> 58.1% Day 15 - West (63-58) --> 52.0% East-West-Tie Record: 7-7-1 Summary If you have taken notice, the total number of matches won per side in each division may not necessarily reflect that side winning more times each day in the basho. This happened in three of the divisions. In Jonidan, the east side won more matches, but the west side won more days. In Makushita, the west won more matches but the east side won more days. And for Makuuchi, the east won more matches but the west won more days. A total of 2388 bouts were fought for Aki 2020. In total, the east won 1197 compared to the west which won 1191. For daily winning sides, the west won across all six divisions 44 times, compared to the east winning 41 times, and 5 ties occurring. The most lopsided day in a division was on day 7 when the east won 32-16 with a 16 match advantage. Juryo had the highest winning percentage for the side that won with 57.4%, while Jonokuchi had the lowest winning percentage for winning side with 50.7%. For winning sides across all six divisions per day, the east and west split winning days with 7 each, while there was a tie on day 5 (84-84). The highest winning percentage by side was on day 13 for the east with 59.8% (73-49) and the lowest winning percentage excluding the tie would be on day 11 for the east with 50.2% (84-83)