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  1. 23 points
    Official- ex-Hakuhou is taking over Miyagino beya, effective today. The two Oyakatas have switched names today as well. Merits its own thread.
  2. 18 points
    Finally we can complete the meme. Ichinojo joins the club of rikishi who have won hatsu yusho since Takayasu made Ozeki.
  3. 18 points
    6. Conclusions A sort of recent joke about some of these trend-noticing posts has been the "lack of a thesis". By all means I accept that as a criticism, because this wasn't so much meant to advance a particular point rather than be a basis for questions about ōzeki to be answered. That said, some sub-themes can be addressed: Kisenosato This goes back to @Yamanashi's question about what Kisenosato really was, given we never had time to appreciate him as a yokozuna. Consistent with my original treatment of him in the Haru 2022 thread, by his metrics, there's no doubt that he does belong in the yokozuna category (despite his lopsided JY/Y ratio, which points to a more specific problem than general performance, and that problem's name might well be Hakuhō). Compared to another ōzeki of similar tenure, like Tochiazuma, Kisenosato had double the honour strike rate, twice the ōzeki quality KK, and less kunroku KK and MK combined than Tochiazuma had kunroku KK or MK. Even his junior sanyaku and maegashira destruction stats are just ahead of Kotokaze and Baruto, probably two of the stronger ōzeki in this study, and his consistency as an ōzeki was average for those who did eventually make it to yokozuna. By the numbers alone, his performance was worthy of yokozuna; if he had never made it it would have been a great shame. Kotokaze I'm beginning to find a new respect for Kotokaze, who at first struck me very much as a reactionary old fart. His role as sidekick to Shibatayama in the NSK's PR machine didn't help matters either. But it seems that he does in fact know what he's talking about, with some of the better scores across the board - a consistently high KK rate and scoring ōzeki quality KK to boot, hardly going kyujō or kadoban, and regularly cleaning house against everyone ranked lower than him. I can definitely imagine him being pained to some extent about the "softness" of young rikishi today - especially with their kyujō rate, although I think we can all agree that's something on which a reactionary mindset has to move. Tarred brushes? There's no way to put this bluntly, the ōzeki (Gōeidō, Kotoshōgiku, Kotomitsuki, Kotoōshū, Musōyama, Miyabiyama) in the Asashōryū and early to mid Hakuhō eras were... generally bad. Kotomitsuki and Kotoōshū were still somewhat ok, with a high win/loss ratio and lower than average kyujō/kadoban rates, but the kunroku section tells the real story: all of them have lower than average ōzeki quality KK percentages, the majority of their KKs were kunrokus, and they regularly went MK at an average to above-average rate. Which sort of begs the question how three of them have some of the longer ōzeki tenures in sumo history. I'm not going to reopen the OBSC debate by even suggesting that their stats suggest some form of collusion, because the stats alone can't say that. What the stats can say is that those 6, coming in relatively quick succession, did quite a lot to dent the prestige of the ōzeki rank with their relatively poor performance. Which makes it all the more surprising because it feels like there's a double standard when talking about ōzeki performance nowadays. The current batch (Takayasu onwards) should be an improvement over previous years, but how is it that we're still talking about them with disappointment? Because two of them (Asanoyama and Takakeishō) are destined for something better? Or because they're still not living up to ōzeki standards, which were set in a memory of Kirishima and Kotokaze? Is that still a relevant standard to hold them up to with changing attitudes towards sumo and injury? And is all this expectation screwing especially Shōdai and Asanoyama over, when they appear to have some of the slightly more fragile minds in the upper ranks? Moving forward If you've made it all the way here, thanks very much for reading what has to be a lot of "forum pooh-pooh", as someone once mentioned. I have been less detailed than I should be, and I've probably unfairly glossed over some stories lying just below the surface of these stats. But like I said earlier, the purpose of these stats isn't to advance an argument or agenda, but to provide a principled basis to discuss what we expect out of ōzeki, and the three sub-conclusions in this post are just examples of some of the discussions that can be had on the basis of these stats. I hope you have fun exploring this first order construction of the SumoDB stats, and I look forward to the discussions that we can have on this topic.
  4. 16 points
    With Herouth's Twitter feed as a handy index (it's easier searching Twitter than the forum, and the Kyokai's oshirase index and site search is woefully incomplete), the following are the cases. Links are assorted links to Kyokai oshirase, various news outlets, and the forum: 2020, Apr 9 Undisclosed heya (1 toriteki). First case of COVID in sumo. 2020, Apr 25 - May 13 Takadagawa (Takadagawa oyakata, Hakuyozan, and 4 other toriteki. One of them was Shobushi, who later died. 2020, Aug 7 Nishonoseki (now Hanaregoma) (Matsugane oyakata, ex-Tamarikido). Caught while out scouting, and discovered due to a private test (NSK mass testing had yet to be put in place). 2020, Aug 14 Undisclosed heya (1 toriteki). 2020, Sep 6 Undisclosed heya (1 toriteki). Not clear if this was the index case for Tamanoi, given the temporal proximity. 2020, Sep 10 Tamanoi: Fujiazuma and 18 other toriteki. This was the first time any rikishi was kyujo from a basho due to COVID precautionary measures, and Aki 2020 saw the first instance of rank freezes for Tamanoi. 5 more tested positive later on, for a total of 24. Tamanoi oyakata (ex Tochiazuma) and Azumaryu were not infected, although Azumaryu later would be (in Apr 2021). Other related kyujo: Matsugane (ex-Tamarikido) and Tokitsukaze (ex-Tokitsuumi) for violating COVID regulations Kimura Konosuke for 1 day, as his wife was using a COVID tracing app and got a possible exposure notice. 2020, Dec 10 Undisclosed heya (3 toriteki) 2020, Dec 11 Tatsunami (Akua + 6 toriteki). NB: this was after Akua's car got rear-ended by a garbage truck during the November basho. 2020, Dec 12 Minato (Minato oyakata). Hospitalisation resulted. 2020, Dec 19 Tatsunami (1 toriteki) 2020, Dec 31 - 2021, Jan 1 Arashio. First Wakatakakage, then 11 people, including Arashio oyakata (ex-Sokokurai), Wakamotoharu, 8 toriteki and 1 tokoyama. COVID kyujo resulted. 2021, Jan 4 Minato (Kimura Motoki). However, contact tracing showed he was not a close contact of the heya, so Minato-beya was not COVID kyujo. 2021, Jan 5 Miyagino (Hakuho). COVID kyujo for Hatsu resulted. 2021, Jan 9 Kyujo in addition to Arashio and Miyagino above: Tomozuna-beya (1 toriteki positive) Kokonoe-beya (Chiyoshoma and Choyootori positive) 2021, Jan 19-24 Kokonoe (Kokonoe oyakata (ex-Chiyotaikai) + 4 toriteki, and then 3 more on 23rd. Kokonoe-oyakata was hospitalised. 2021, Jan 31 Undisclosed heya (1 toriteki). May have been a remnant from a December infection (i.e. the Tatsunami case above). 2021, Feb 17-22: Undisclosed heya. 6 cases discovered first, then 8 more. (so which heya has 14 toriteki?) 2021, Mar 11: Onoe (Otowayama oyakata, ex-Tenkaiho) Yamahibiki (Onogawa oyakata, ex-Kitataiki) Related COVID kyujo: Onoe-beya Yamahibiki-beya Oyakata kyujo: NSK YT channel co-hosts: Fujigane oyakata (ex-Daizen) and Takekuma oyakata (ex-Goeido) Social Contribution Department (15 oyakata): Takenawa, ex-Tochinonada; Takasaki, ex-Kinkaiyama; Mihogaseki, ex-Tochisakae; Iwatomo, ex-Kimurayama; Shiranui, ex-Wakakoyu; Onomatsu, ex-Daido; Kumagatani, ex-Tamaasuka; Oshiogawa, ex-Takekaze; Hidenoyama, ex-Kotoshogiku; Tateyama, ex-Homarefuji; Arashio, ex-Sokokurai; Kiyomigata, ex-Tochiozan; Kasugayama, ex-Bushuyama (ex-Bushuyama has since switched to Matsuchiyama after Ikioi retired in June 2021); Kitajin, ex-Shotenro; Izutsu, ex-Toyonoshima 2021, Apr 10-12: Michinoku (first Fukunosato (wakaimonogashira), then 1 toriteki) 2021, Apr 13: Undisclosed heya (1 toriteki) 2021, Apr 16: Undisclosed heya (1 toriteki) 2021, Apr 20: Tamanoi (Azumaryu). He was hospitalised. He still participated in Natsu 2021. 2021, Jul 27-30: Takasago (Takasago oyakata (ex-Asasekiryu), Asanoyama, + 5 toriteki) on 27th. 1 more toriteki on 30th. 1 toriteki was hospitalised. Undisclosed heya (1 toriteki) on 30th 2021, Aug 5: Undisclosed heya (1 toriteki) 2021, Aug 23: Takasago (Rikinojo (yobidashi)). 2021, Aug 28: Minato (Ichinojo). As he tested positive during the pre-banzuke combo practice, all other rikishi who participated were tested, but no other cases resulted. 2021, Sep 3: Oguruma (Nishikikaze (sewanin)). As Nishikikaze was only observing keiko from a distance, wearing a mask, he was not considered a close contact. All the rikishi also tested negative, so no COVID kyujo resulted. 2021, Sep 1-6: Miyagino (Hokuseiho, then 1 toriteki). COVID kyujo for Aki 2021. 2022, Jan 4: Tagonoura (Tagonoura oyakata, 2 toriteki, and Tokonaru). COVID kyujo for Hatsu 2022. 2022, Jan 10: Nishikido (Nishikido oyakata, ex-Mitoizumi). COVID kyujo for Hatsu 2022, although result was known only 1 day into the basho (so Mitoryu, the sole sekitori, has 0-1-14 as a result). 2022, Jan 26: Michinoku (Kakuryu) and one gyoji, from another unidentified heya (could be Michinoku as well, but my Japanese isn't good enough to parse it for subtleties. On the other hand, if it was Michinoku, they could have just said so, and it's also implied that the rikishi from Michinoku and the gyoji's heya are treated separately, so it's probably not Michinoku). 2022, Jan 31: Dewanoumi (Mitakeumi). Developing story, especially considering Mitakeumi's exposure to many others during Goeido's and Tochiozan's danpatsu-shiki over the weekend. May have caused: Tokiwayama (Takanosho, Takakeisho, Tokiwayama oyakata) Oitekaze (Daieisho, Tsurugisho, Daiamami, Tobizaru) Kasugano (Aoiyama, Tochinoshin, Kasugano oyakata, Takenawa oyakata, Kiyomigata oyakata) Isegahama (Terunofuji, Midorifuji, Nishikifuji, Takarafuji, Ajigawa oyakata, Tateyama oyakata) Arashio (Kotokuzan, Wakamotoharu, Wakatakakage) Hanaregoma (Ichiyamamoto) Tokitsukaze (Yutakayama, Shodai, Tokitsukaze oyakata) Kise (Tokushoryu, Shimanoumi, Shiden, Churanoumi, Ura, Kise oyakata) Tatsunami (Hoshoryu, Akua, Meisei, Tatsunami oyakata) Shibatayama (Kimura Ginjiro) Kokonoe (Chiyonokuni) Michinoku (Kiribayama, Michinoku oyakata, Urakaze oyakata) Isenoumi (Kabutoyama oyakata, Katsunoura oyakata) Sakaigawa (Hiradoumi, Sakaigawa oyakata) Yamahibiki (Onogawa oyakata) Shikihide (Shikihide oyakata) Holy crap. That's a long list. That's a total of at least 17 unique heya hit (over 1/3 the active heya in sumo IIRC), with potentially up to 11 more heya if all the undisclosed heya were unique and didn't overlap with the named heya. Heya that were hit multiple times separately include Michinoku (2x), Minato (3x), Miyagino (2x), Takasago (2x), and Tamanoi (2x). EDIT: (Feb 2) Now at 20 unique heya, with Tokiwayama, Oitekaze, and Kasugano hit for the first time. EDIT2: (Feb 4) Arashio and Tatsunami are hit a second time. Isegahama, Hanaregoma, Tokitsukaze, Kise, and Shibatayama join the first timers, for a total of 25 unique heya. EDIT3: (Feb 9) Michinoku, Kokonoe, Isenoumi, Sakaigawa and Yamahibiki added to the list of afflicted heya. Michinoku, Kokonoe, and Yamahibiki are repeat outbreaks (with Onogawa having gotten it twice), although Michinoku's was in extreme close proximity to Kakuryu's own infection. Isenoumi and Sakaigawa are first-timers. This makes it a total of 27 known unique heya. As of this writing, according to Herouth, that makes it 252 members of the NSK that have tested positive since Hatsu 2022. EDIT4: (Feb 10) Ura and Hiradoumi, from existing affected heya, added. EDIT5: Shikihide oyakata enters Shikihide on the list. Naturally, if anything has been missed out let me know. Also, not sure if this should be split into its own thread for ease of access, since this corona thread is getting rather long and unwieldy.
  5. 15 points
    I know it's a topic beaten to death, but Shodai's newly returned mojo has to be the best thing that happened this basho. I disagree with the 'henka' or 'Terunofuji has only himself to blame' notions in here. That was incredible swagger. He fully withstood the yokozuna's tachiai charge and then immediately found the perfect timing to pull him to the floor, continuing with a post-bout body language that yelled 'This is a normal Saturday to me'. The flying zabuton at the end was the icing on the cake. Getting nailed right on the head, then tossing it aside like trash as it rested on his neck. To be fair, that zabuton was pretty disrespectful to him as an ozeki, to begin with.
  6. 15 points
    Returning ex- Ozeki Asanoyama trained at home today. He had 24 bouts in total, going 9-3 against Juryo Asanowaka. "He is steadily moving better It's been a while (a year.) but he's back for Nagoya, probably from Sandanme, but I want him to gambarize as it is a come-back.." said his Oyakata. He has not been receiving preferential treatment this past year, doing all the heya chores, cooking, cleaning, etc.. like all the other Makushita and unders. "He's just like the others so it goes without saying..Those are the heya rules," added the Oyakata. Additionally, he has been living at the heya in a room with 3 other rikishi ("our Makushita guys live in the Makushita rooms", explained Takasago Oyakata..). At the beginning of his punishment he seemed to be dejected but has gotten over it gradually . "After about half a year he seemed to be returning to his old self and has been training seriously. I advised him not to forget his sumo, even though a year has passed. We have a month till next basho and I'm sure he will be preparing himself mentally and physically. If he goes about it as usual when he steps on the dohyo on day 1, that would be good!" summed Takasago Oyakata.
  7. 15 points
    I defy anyone to imagine consecutive yushos for Shodai and have any imagination leftover to consider the consequences.
  8. 15 points
    Speaking for a small but proud minority here on the Forum, I'd like to point out that his name is ... difficult ... for producing haiku. IMO, to the contrary, it makes it very easy to produce haiku with: his name can only go in one of two positions, so it crystallises the form really quickly. The haiku practically write themselves. I grant you variety is a different issue, though: Takayasu choked. Wakatakakage is Our new first-time champ. Shin-sekiwake? Wakatakakage is Very much unfazed. Change of shikona? Wakatakakage says, Thanks, but no thank you. Easier scheduling? But Wakatakakage fought higher rankers. Bout controversy? Wakatakakage does not care, he has won. Thanks for the reacts, Wakatakakage is a haiku goldmine EDIT - Or maybe not: And now for something completely different, Wa- katakakage. Parable, Waka- takakage's shikona was inspired by.
  9. 14 points
    The new heya established by ex-Takekaze (Oshiogawa Oyakata) will have a new look for the shikona of its rikishi. "All shikonae will start with Kaze*", said Oshiogawa oyakata today. "At Oguruma the kaze was a suffix, but at Oshiogawa, the kaze will be the prefix!" he declared. "I am grateful that you have left the "kaze" in there," said the retiring Oguruma Oyakata to Oshiogawa. A new recruit arrived today, Genta Sumiki, from the new Oyakata's alma mater, 1.80 meters and 150 kilos and has a lot of sumo experience, participating in various tournaments throughout the years. "He has speed and I think he can make it to Makuuchi, said the Oyakata. So he has left the heya to open his own, but the "wind" will continue to blow, said the illustrious reporter.
  10. 14 points
    Gagamaru Masaru (Former Komusubi of Kise-Beya) and special guest Amiran Tsikoridze (European Sumo Champion) will talk about and teach sumo! This sumo wrestling seminar is for both for spectators and athletes, alike! TICKETS: CLICK HERE! Hosted by Dallas Sumo Club & Dark Circle Sumo Club - In Collaboration with @Inside Sport Japan
  11. 14 points
    I did make a podcast, since everyone that has a microphone seems to be doing it lately, and since I have a microphone..well.. Haru basho obvious observations and wild guesses, and a lot of hindsight. https://open.spotify.com/show/6bWYCjOaQjpc0b4ANIKteX
  12. 14 points
    It is just a sekiwake as the highest one in the ketteisen, thus a sanyaku gyoji is doing it. The tategyoji is on if an ozeki or yokozuna is in the playoff.
  13. 14 points
    Day 4: Ura, getting his first win at his highest career rank, beating Shoudai: " My local Osaka fans cheering me on has been a great incentive. It's really hard to win, but I'd like to answer with results!!" Wakatakakage, losing to Kiribayama's speed, his first loss as a new Sekiwake: "My opponent was in the driver's seat..I will be reflecting upon this and will try to turn things around from tomorrow.." Terunofuji, beating the giant Ichinojou easily by yorikiri and getting his third win: "Excellent. My body responded well." Takayasu, beating Kotonowaka and tied for the lead with four wins: "Kotonowaka has great potential but I managed to concentrate and do intense sumo. I was able to not pull and attack from under, then I got my right hand grip. It looked good. I think the fact that i am able to remain calm and concentrate well is good. The kyujo because of the virus allowed me to rest and get my body healed. The lower half of my body is weak, so I have been working on strengthening it." Houshouryuu, second straight win, beating Tamawashi: "I'm glad I won. I was able to stay calm. I was able to see my opponent well. My body is now moving well and that feels good. I will continue to do my best till the end.."
  14. 14 points
    https://www.sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoBanzuke/index/ Makuuchi Terunofuji Y --- Shodai O Takakeisho --- O Mitakeumi Wakatakakage S Abi Takanosho K Hoshoryu Daieisho M1 Ura Ichinojo M2 Tamawashi Onosho M3 Meisei Kiribayama M4 Endo Takarafuji M5 Ishiura Hokutofuji M6 Kotonowaka Takayasu M7 Okinoumi Chiyoshoma M8 Sadanoumi Tobizaru M9 Wakamotoharu Shimanoumi M10 Aoiyama Myogiryu M11 Terutsuyoshi Kotoeko M12 Chiyotairyu Chiyomaru M13 Chiyonokuni Kotoshoho M14 Yutakayama Akua M15 Tochinoshin Nishikigi M16 Kotokuzan Kagayaki M17 Ichiyamamoto
  15. 13 points
    Kotonawa's lengthy absence was caused by a cerebellar infarction. He had felt something wasn't quite right with his head but didn't report it, head and neck problems are inevitable in sumo and he was still able to train and fight. He has no recollection of what happened but at some point during asageiko he collapsed, waking up later in the intensive care unit of a local hospital. Only after moving from the ICU to a general ward does his memory improve. Hemiataxia had affected the left side of his body, at first he could not stand unaided or eat solid food, and struggled to speak clearly. A long rehabilitation began, in which he took as his mantra the saying "a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step". With the support of his family and friends he gradually improved - after mastering walking with a cane he was discharged from hospital to continue his rehabilitation at home, and has gone on to make a full recovery. He attended a vocational school where he studied acupuncture, which he found helpful during his rehabilitation. After training for three years he is now a professional acupuncture and moxibustion therapist at a clinic in his hometown of Fushimi, Kyoto prefecture. He is keen to help treat others who have suffered the same injury and aftereffects as him. Kotonawa in his work uniform.
  16. 13 points
    Phew, quite a few interesting shikona changes on this banzuke. A quartet of Oguruma-beya survivors receive a new shikona in their new home at Nishonoseki-beya. Sakaekaze is now Wakenosato, honouring his hometown and district in Okayama prefecture. He changes the first kanji of the given name to match his actual given name, no change to the reading. Next, Fujikawa mixes his family and given names to become Fujiibuki, with the new shikona given name of Yoshito - the first kanji of that is the same as in Yoshikaze. The origins of the other two changes are not obvious - Tatsukaze is now Ryuo, and Abe is now Aron. One-time former Juryo Fukushima lost his shikona of Gokushindo in late 2020, perhaps as an in-house penalty for his part in breaking COVID protocols with Abi, but he gets it back now. In Musashigawa-beya, Yanagida gets his first shikona, Yokomaru and a new given name, Haruaki. I mentioned recently that Dewanoumi-beya's Yamato would get his first shikona as his younger brother joins the heya this basho, but it's not the obvious reading that I suggested - instead it's Suio. From Tokitsukaze-beya, Toyoshimizu's shikona was already a partial tribute to his home city, but now it's total - Tosashimizu. He also changes the given name to Manjiro; I'm only guessing, but to me it seems like that's taken from Nakahama Manjiro, who was born in what is now Tosashimizu. Meanwhile, Wakayutaka's new shikona of Setoyutaka is taken from the Seto Inland Sea, on the coast of which is situated his home city of Kurashiki. Over in Takekuma-beya, the heya provides a kanji for Tatsuguchi's new shikona, Kumanoryu. Michinoku-beya's Ryuki is now Yusui, honouring his hometown of the same name. He takes the old shikona as the given name (it's also his actual given name). Over in Naruto-beya, recently-injured Hagiwara gets his first shikona, Hokuozan, honouring his home prefecture Hokkaido and with the 'Europe' kanji from the shisho (former Ozeki Kotooshu) in the middle. He also changes the given name to Kokichi. Last but not least, Wakafujioka gets his first shikona of Wakaarata. That's a break with Nishiiwa-beya's usual policy of granting shikona upon promotion to Sandanme, but as he's from Higashi-Osaka I reckon it's another oyakata paying tribute to the late Aratakayama. Ms38e Tatsukaze > Ryuo (龍王, りゅうおう) Ms38w Sakaekaze Eisaku > Wakenosato Eisaku (和氣の里 栄作, わけのさと えいさく) Ms55e Fukushima > Gokushindo (極芯道, ごくしんどう) Sd23e Fujikawa Ibuki > Fujiibuki Yoshito (藤伊吹 嘉人, ふじいぶき よしと) Sd53e Yanagida Komei > Yokomaru Haruaki (陽孔丸 玄明, ようこうまる はるあき) Sd54e Yamato > Suio (翠桜, すいおう) Sd75w Toyoshimizu Taiki > Tosashimizu Manjiro (土佐清水 万次郎, とさしみず まんじろう) Sd84e Tatsuguchi > Kumanoryu (隈ノ竜, くまのりゅう) Sd87e Ryuki Takamori > Yusui Ryuki (湧水 隆貴, ゆうすい りゅうき) Jd8e Kaiho > Kyokushori (旭将里, きょくしょうり) Jd37e Hagiwara Hikari > Hokuozan Kokichi (北欧山 晃吉, ほくおうざん こうきち) Jd59e Wakayutaka > Setoyutaka (瀬戸豊, せとゆたか) Jd68w Abe > Aron (阿龍, あーろん) Jd100w Wakafujioka > Wakaarata (若新, わかあらた) The shikona adopted by the Haru basho shindeshi class are already in the database but I'll summarise them here: Jk5w Oyama > Oyamazakura (小山桜, おやまざくら) Jk6w Endo > Wakamiyabi (若雅, わかみやび) Jk7e Mizuno > Kyokumizuno (旭水野, きょくみずの) Jk9e Tanimoto > Daikinryu (大錦龍, だいきんりゅう) Jk10e Takano > Takaarashi (隆嵐, たかあらし) Jk12e Sei > Wakasei (若清, わかせい) Jk12w Tanaka > Satotanaka (里田中, さとたなか) Jk13e Maki > Shoran (松蘭, しょうらん) Jk13w Kamiya > Raikisho (雷輝勝, らいきしょう) Jk14w Maruyama > Dairinzan (大凜山, だいりんざん) Jk15e Nakasone > Tatsuosho (立王尚, たつおうしょう) - note for @Doitsuyama, the wrong reading of his family name made it into the database Jk15w Funo > Kotofuno (琴布野, ことふの) Jk17e Hayashi (Ryu) > Hayashiryu (林龍, はやしりゅう) Jk17w Hayashi (Rei) > Rinko (林虎, りんこ) Jk18w Jo > Jokoki (城皓貴, じょうこうき) Jk19e Kato > Michihaya (道颯, みちはや) Jk19w Shimura > Daishimatsu (大志松, だいしまつ) Jk21w Komatsu > Chiyonomichi (千代の道, ちよのみち) Jk22e Sumiki > Kazekeno (風賢央, かぜけんおう) Jd1w Seigo's deep run at the Jonidan yusho last basho saw his Kyokai profile get updated with a given name, Yuri (友利, ゆうり), backdated to the start of his career.
  17. 13 points
    The server is actually pretty good. I indeed suppose there are too many bots overloading the site, so I added IP rate limiting now with no more than 6 page visits in 10 seconds. If you get a 403 error now (access denied) it's because of this minor inconvenience.
  18. 12 points
    This was the last basho for 43-year-old Aichi native Gorikiyama, who is retiring at his home basho after over 28 years in ozumo. He had to sit out last year's Nagoya basho due to a neck injury, the resulting drop to Jonidan ended a run of 57 consecutive basho in the Sandanme ranks. Perhaps retirement mode kicked in a few weeks ago, as he lost all of his bouts this basho - against opponents who were all born after his ozumo career started. Before leaving for Nagoya, he had a commemorative picture taken with the rest of Takadagawa-beya.
  19. 12 points
    As promised, degeiko has resumed today after two years and three months. Takayasu arrived at Oitekaze beya. He is the only sekitori at his heya , so not much to train with there. That was made quite obvious last basho when the lack of real training was quite conspicuous. OT0H, Oitekaze has quite a few sekitori. He arrived at eight thirty in the morning, doing shiko and other fundamentals. Then, he entered the ring and faced the Oitekaze guys for some sumo. Komusubi Daieishou, Tobizaru, Juryo Daiamami and Daishouhou -all types of rikishi. !8 bouts, won 11, facing Daieishou for the last consecutive nine bouts. Takayasu came to Oitekaze for the first time since he was an Ozeki. "Brings back fond memories..Really. After all, it's really good to face some sekitori, and I am very satisfied. My spirit is heightened and it's great to face guys with different personalities. It's a great learning experience and I would like to thank everyone for their efforts. I have been looking forward to this for so long, and the atmosphere was quite cheerful. I will be upping my pace for the remainder of the possible degeiko days (17). I plan to visit many heyas and go all out and check out the new Nishonoseki lodgings and maybe have a chance to train with the Oyakata again.. I plan not to repeat last bashos mistakes (unprepared) and arrive on day 1 in the best condition possible and cruise through all 15 days safely." he summed.
  20. 12 points
    Konoshiki today had the party to celebrate 40 years since arriving in Japan, with about 300 guests. Hakkaku was there to congratulate, Waka III on the left ex-Takamiyama was also there, also Musashigawa (Musashimaru) o commemorative panel with wife Chie ooo o highlight pics o o o o o o
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    Gurowake, I am not sure what your conclusion is to the information you have disseminated, but I will offer some references for further exploration of the topic. Forgive me for not having the full source information for some of these as my modern sumo library is ironically back in the states while I sit in Kyoto. The first place to look for any sumo-related answer pre-1950's is always Sakai Tadamasa. Nihon sumō shi. (Tokyo: baseball magazine, 1956-1964). For this case, you would need to look at volume two (and be able to read Japanese). Next, the academic who has done by far the most research on sumo in English since its resurgence during the Tokugawa period is Lee Thompson. Three of his works come to mind: His book with Allen Guttman: Allen Guttman and Lee Thompson. Japanese Sports: A History. (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2001). pages 108-115, 139-145 do discuss some of the things you are describing. His article in Stephen Vlastos ed. Mirror of Modernity: Invented Traditions of Japan (University of California Press, 1998). The article is about the championship system and the myriad changes sumo went through in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (last read it a few years ago. The bit on Futahaguro is pretty great) His article in Gary P. Leupp ed. The Tokugawa World. (New York: Routledge, 2021). The focus of this article is earlier than your period of interest, but it can help to bridge the gap. Another author who I have multiple untouched copies of his books on my shelf (in America) is Nitta Ichiro, who is a professor of economics at Tokyo University. He has written some books on sumo, and my general impression of the bits I have read is that they are geared more for a general audience. He is quite influential in the collegiate sumo circuit and is regarded as a sumo expert. Happy hunting, my friend.
  22. 12 points
    The retirement of Hokutokawa and Hokutoo was announced just before the banzuke came out, and they held a joint danpatsu-shiki at the heya then. Hokutokawa suffered a neck injury in May last year, and despite his best efforts the rehabilitation has not succeeded to the point where he can do his best sumo. Meanwhile, Hokutoo had a 14-year career and served as tsukebito to the shisho (former Yokozuna Hokutoumi). He plans to work in a Tokyo restaurant in the future. Hokutohiro was one of the survivors of Azumazeki-beya when it closed a year ago, and is the first of them to retire. His danpatsu-shiki took place on senshuraku. Amatsu was easily a Makushita-level rikishi, but seven years ago he suffered a dreadful knee injury and nerve damage which saw him spend about half a year in hospital and over two years out of action. His intai was announced between basho and the danpatsu-shiki was held then. Ariake's danpatsu-shiki took place at Isenoumi-beya on senshuraku. He entered the basho on Day 13 so he could rise to the dohyo one last time - in fact his bout was against one of the other retirees, Zendaisho. Mugendai's danpatsu-shiki took place at Fujishima-beya, no actual pictures of that but a few from beforehand. Zendaisho's danpatsu-shiki took place at Takadagawa-beya, but they've only posted a commemorative group shot and one from afterwards.
  23. 12 points
    I haven't been able to watch the sumo live for a while due to being busy, so I've just been watching the Youtube videos. Today I watched the full coverage and I don't know if it's new, but I really appreciated Hakuho (sorry, Magaki) giving all those demonstrations. My money is on Hakuho, although I think the guy in the mascot suit will give him a pretty good bout. Hakuho interviewing Ura as he listens to FM radio on a device he bought 30 years ago. That's how I look when I watch sumo too. This commentary room - probably everybody has already seen this, but I haven't been able to watch the full sumo broadcast in a while. It looks neat. Nice shot of the arena.
  24. 12 points
    Guys getting weighed, Makuuchi Makuuchi average weight: 157.3 - down by 3.6 kilos . Average Juryo weight: 160.5 Makuuchi average height: 1.83 meters . Juryo average: 1.81 Terunofuji : 181, down 3 kilos . Height: 1.92 meters Mitakeumi : 169, down 5 kilos. Height: 1.79 Shoudai: 165, down by 2 kilos. Height: 1.82 Takakeishou: 163, no change. Height: 1.75 Wakatakakage : 131, up 1 kilo. 1.80 Abi: 151, down 3 kilos. 1.87 Houshouryuu : 141, up 9 kilos. 1.85 Daieishou: 162, no change. 1.82 Takayasu: 184, up 7 kilos. 1.87 Ichinojou: 211, up 5 kilos. 1.92 Kiribayama: 139, down 1 kilo. 1.86 Kotonowaka: 166, up 1 kilo. 1.89 Hokutofuji: 166, no change. 1.84 Tamawashi: 175, up 3 kilos. 1.89 Endou: 149' up 1 kilo. 1.83 Takanoshou: 170, up 6 kilos. 1.85 Ounoshou: 161, up 8 kilos. 1.76 Tobizaru: 134, no change. 1.74 Ura: 148, up 1 kilo. 1.73 Wakamotoharu: 139, up 1 kilo. 1.85 Takarafuji : 170, up 2 kilos. 1.86 Kotoekou: 132, down 2 kilos. 1.76 Shimanoumi: 152, no change. 1.77 Terutsuyoshi: 111, down 6 kilos. 1.69 Kotoshouhou: 159, no change. 1.89 Tochinoshin: 168, down 14 (!!) kilos. 1.92 Okinoumi: 156, down 2 kilos. 1.89 Nishikigi: 172, up 6 kilos. 1.84 Aoiyama: 182, down 1 kilo. 1.90 Chiyoshouma: 141, was not weighed. 1.83 Myougiryuu: 156, up 1 kilo. 1.86 Sadanoumi: 143, up 3 kilos. 1.82 Chiyotairyuu: 190, up 1 kilo. 1.81 Meisei: 148, no change. 1.79 Ouhou: 179, down 2 kilos. 1.89 Yutakayama: 178, up 4 kilos. 1.85 Azumaryuu: 165, up 6 kilos. 1.91 Ichiyamamoto: 143, down 2 kilos. 1.88 Ishiura: 119, up 1 kilo. 1.76 Midorifuji: 112, no change. 1.71 Koutokuzan: 165, up 4 kilos. 1.79 Kagayaki: 159, not weighed this time. 1.93 Kagayaki taller than Terunofuji and Ichinojou..
  25. 12 points
    No many surprises this year to be honest, especially with prefectures like Kumamoto who didn't seem to have come to Tokyo. Grade 4 - The huge Yuya Okayama (this guy) continued on from his Primary School Championships success last year by winning the Hakuho Cup. He was the hot favourite coming into this event. What was a surprise however was Raizo "Asashoryu Impersonator" Taniyama coming in second. Raizo won the hitori-zumo (one-person sumo) competition (this video) back in 2020 when all tournaments were suspended. Grade 5 - Won by last year's Primary School Yokozuna, Komatsuryu Dojo's Kyuta Kumagai. You might remember him from when Reuters and other news agencies did a feature on him (like this one). Without Kumamoto, and hence Kyuta's biggest rival Sera Ote, there was only ever going to be one person who could have challenged him today, and that was last year's Primary School Yokozuna Hisatsugu Sasaki. Hisatsugu lost before he got to face Kyuta. Grade 6 - Kyosei Katagiri completes the triple crown of primary school sumo as he adds the Hakuho Cup to the Wanpaku Championships and Primary School Championships that he won last year. With the huge support and training he got from his new step-dad, he was just unbeatable for the past year. Middle School - Middle School Yokozuna Daiki Nishide beats former Wanpaku Yokozuna Hayato Kodama (a year lower) to win the Hakuho Cup. Not too many surprises there. Team - Won by the defending national club champions Komatsuryu Dojo (John Gunning's club), who beat Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club (Kotonowaka and Kotoshoho's club) in an exciting 3-2 match in the final. With the match at 2-2, Shurato Hirano of all people (his parents are friends of mine) stepped up and pushed his opponent out for the team victory. From couldn't find a single win at the Wanpaku to now being his team's ace and producing when it matters the most, Shurato has certainly come a long way.