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  1. 32 points
    I'm no @Asashosakari, but since he is absent this basho I thought I'd try to provide some of the analysis. I won't be as good, but it'll be better than nothing. I'll try to follow his format as much as possible (because it's a great format). I'll edit this post with the first info when it's done. But I thought I'd get this up now since people were asking in the main thread. Day 10 (results, text-only results) 10-0 Ye Hakuho 9-1 Ow Asanoyama, M17e Terunofuji 8-2 Se Shodai, Sw Mitakeumi, Going into the basho there was a question of how ready everyone would be. How would rikishi from smaller heya and heya with few sekitori do? How much ring rust would there be? To my eyes, it seems like some (Ikioi) the basho has been very hard going but for others the rest has done them a lot of good. Hakuho is looking like he is moving a bit better and his results show. Terunofuji is doing exceptionally well at the bottom of the division. Other veterans such as Kotoshogiku, Myogiryu and Okinoumi put in a good first week. Can their stamina hold up? Kakuryu was not so fortunate, getting himself injured in a self-inflicted Day 1 loss. We've only had one other injury so far - Kotonowaka, but of course there was Abi who found himself a novel way of exiting the basho. Shin-Ozeki Asanoyama performed much better than I expected him to, putting in some good Ozeki-like sumo until he was surprised by Mitakeumi on Day 10. Mitakeumi tends to be very motivated for these higher kensho bouts. Will we see that against Takakeisho on Day 11? Speaking of which the kadoban Ozeki is just one win away from securing his rank. He hasn't looked great, feasting on a weakly performing joi. He has only faced (and lost to) one Sanyaku opponent so far and the remainder of his basho should be his highest 5 opponents left. Shodai and Mitakeumi have both locked down Sekiwake slots already. The incumbent Komusbui duo of Daieisho and Okinoumi have a good shot of retaining their ranks too, meaning that there might not be any Sanyaku slots available. The current front-runner for any open slot is M2 Takanosho. 10-0 Hakuho Y Kakuryu 0-2-8 7-3 Takakeisho O Asanoyama 9-1 8-2 Shodai S Mitakeumi 8-2 6-4 Daieisho K Okinoumi 5-5 4-6 Endo M1 5-5 Takanosho M2 4-6 Takarafuji M3 Kiribayama 4-6 4-6 Kagayaki M4 Aoiyama 3-7 M5 Hokutofuji 6-4 4-6 Enho M6 Ryuden 4-6 5-5 Terutsuyoshi M7 Tokushoryu 6-4 4-6 Ishiura M8 Chiyotairyu 5-5 7-3 Tamawashi M9 M10 Myogiryu 7-3 M11 Tochinoshin 6-4 I've left Abi in the chart below. He ought to be safe, but who knows how mad he's made the Kyokai? Aside from him the most in danger rikishi are Kotoyuki and Chiyomaru (4 from 5) and Shimanoumi, Shohozan and Nishikigi who each need 3. On the Juryo side only Meisei stands out as a credible promotion candidate. Everyone else has a lot to do. (?) 3-4-3 Abi M5 ... M9 Ikioi 2-8 (2) M10 (3) 2-4 Shimanoumi M11 (1) 4-6 Sadanoumi M12 Shohozan 2-8 (3) (1) 5-5 Takayasu M13 Kotonowaka 4-4-2 (2) M14 M15 Chyomaru 3-7 (4) (3) 4-6 Nishikigi M16 M17 Kotoyuki 4-6 (4) (2) 6-4 Meisei J1 Chiyoshoma 3-7 (5) (4) 5-5 Tobizaru J2 (5) 4-6 Azumaryu J3 Kyokushuho 4-6 (5) (5) 5-5 Daiamami J4 Hidenoumi 4-6 (~) (4) 6-4 Kyokutaisei J5 Ichinojo 6-4 (4) (5) 6-4 Hoshoryu J6 J7 Tsurugisho 5-5 (~) (5) 7-3 Wakamotoharu J8 It's just as well Tochiozan retired because that's the only slot that's opened up so far. With the way things are going it could be the only slot as only Asabenkei requires more than 2 wins for safety. At the moment that one slot would probably go to Ms3 Nishikifuji just ahead of Kitaharima. However, Chiyonokuni can still claim the top promotion spot from Ms12 with the Makushita yusho. J2 Tochiozan Intai (1) 4-6 Akiseyama J9 (2) 4-6 Daishoho J10 Asabenkei 3-7 (3) (2) 4-6 Fujiazuma J11 Kizakiumi 4-6 (2) (2) 5-5 Midorifuji J12 Chiyonoo 6-4 (1) (2) 5-5 Takagenji J13 (2) 6-4 Chiyooumi J14 Mitoryu 7-3 (1) 2-3 Kotodaigo Ms1 Ms2 Oki 3-2 4-1 Nishikifuji Ms3 Kitaharima 4-1 3-2 Sakigake Ms4 Jokoryu 3-2 2-3 Naya Ms5 .... Ms12 Chiyonokuni 5-0 Explanation of symbols used: numbers = wins needed until favourable outcome (getting promoted / not getting demoted) o = favourable outcome achieved x = favourable outcome definitely missed ~ = favourable outcome missed "by the numbers", but still achievable through banzuke luck Ok. My tables aren't as neat as @Asashosakari's. I've also used his entire methodology - not because I want to plagiarise but because he is a master at this and I wanted to keep as much of his wonderful work as possible.
  2. 23 points
    And time to wrap things up here... Day 15 (results, text-only results) 13-2 Ye Hakuho 12-3 Yw Kakuryu, M9e Takanosho 11-4 Se Asanoyama, M13w Aoiyama I don't think it's going to be remembered as an all-time great classic, but the yusho-deciding match between the two yokozuna still delivered a worthy finish to Haru basho. And when all was said and done it was a 13-2 championship for Hakuho in this tournament held under highly unusual circumstances - this reminds me of something. It's the senior yokozuna's 44th title, and having just turned 35 years old this month he is now the fourth-oldest makuuchi winner of the post-WWII era, behind only Kyokutenho (37y 8m), Haguroyama (37y 2m), and Chiyonofuji (35y 5m). Kakuryu had to settle for the jun-yusho honours, alongside surprise package Takanosho who closed things out with another impressive victory, this time over sekiwake Shodai. Aoiyama, the Day 12 sole leader, picked up his third straight loss, however, and failed to even finish runner-up in the end. The penultimate bout of the tournament saw the culmination of Asanoyama's push to become ozeki, and while it wasn't very pretty it ended in success for him - weathering Takakeisho's pushing attack Asanoyama eventually managed to get to the ozeki's mawashi and go on the offensive himself, eventually causing Takakeisho to lose his footing and collapse to the clay. Asanoyama finishes his three-basho run with a total of (only) 32 wins, but has also posted four straight double digit records in the joi now, something far from common. The shimpan department wasted no time in declaring his ozeki run complete, and so we'll be seeing it made official by the board of directors less than 24 hours from now. Something that's also far from common is the fact that Asanoyama has not received any sansho for his promotion-clinching performance - since the start of the special prize system in 1947, he is only the 8th new ozeki (out of 72) to miss out. Sansho were instead awarded to runner-up Takanosho (kanto-sho) and to long-time yusho contender Aoiyama (gino-sho), as well as to Onosho (shukun-sho) for his spectacular Day 10 defeat of eventual champion Hakuho. With Asanoyama's promotion to ozeki it also became clear that a second lower sanyaku slot is opening up, so there's now room to accommodate both Daieisho and Mitakeumi. Both ended their Haru campaigns with a loss, Daieisho to Kiribayama (5 straight wins to end it!) and Mitakeumi to Onosho. Another Day 15 loser was komusubi Endo who found himself outgunned by crafty veteran Takarafuji. That was bad news for Endo as it clinched a makekoshi record for him, so he will almost certainly have to vacate his spot in the titled ranks. The likely beneficiary will be Okinoumi who prevailed in a 7-7 decider over low-ranked former ozeki Kotoshogiku. It would be 34-year-old Okinoumi's first sanyaku appearance in three and a half years if it comes to pass; he's got some potential competition in the promotion race by Takanosho, but conventional wisdom says that his 12 wins while ranked at M9 (with a far easier schedule) will be seen in a less favourable light than Okinoumi's 8 wins at M2. Yutakayama will be missing out on sanyaku in any case, but narrowly defeating Chiyomaru on the final day he has still finished kachikoshi in the joi-jin for the first time in his career, a far cry from his first two attempts which ended in 2-13 and 3-10-2 scores two years back. 13-2 Hakuho Y Kakuryu 12-3 7-8 Takakeisho O --- (o) 11-4 Asanoyama S Shodai 8-7 (x) 4-11 Hokutofuji K Endo 7-8 (x) (o) 8-7 Daieisho M1 (?) 8-7 Okinoumi M2 8-7 Yutakayama M3 Mitakeumi 10-5 (o) M4 M5 Onosho 9-6 ... (?) 12-3 Takanosho M9 Another rikishi who clinched a career-best kachikoshi at the last minute is Kagayaki at M6w. His senshuraku victory sent low-ranked Meisei to makekoshi, and the promising youngster may well find himself equipped with a ticket to juryo now, joining Tochiozan, Azumaryu, Daiamami and injured Tsurugisho on the way down. Nishikigi may have avoided that fate after all with a pretty cool tsuridashi victory over Sadanoumi. In juryo pretty much everything went against Terunofuji, who found himself outmuscled by fellow ex-sanyaku Chiyootori, while all other contenders managed to add another win to their tallies, including top-ranked Kotoyuki who benefitted from the withdrawal of his scheduled opponent Hoshoryu. M1 Takayasu 0-5-10 ... M10 Tochiozan 3-12 (x) ... M14 Nishikigi 6-9 (??) (x)1-4-10 Tsurugisho M15 Chiyomaru 7-6-2 (x) 5-10 Azumaryu M16 (?) 7-8 Meisei M17 Daiamami 5-10 (x) M18 --- (o) 8-7 Kotoyuki J1 8-7 Chiyoshoma J2 Wakatakakage 10-5 (o) (?) 10-5 Terunofuji J3 (??)10-5 Tobizaru J4 (?) 11-4 Kotoeko J5 (o) 12-3 Kotoshoho J6 Four demotions and three promotions should be clear, as listed in the table; Kotoyuki and Wakatakakage are returning to the top division, while 20-year-old yusho winner Kotoshoho will be making his debut. It's difficult to tell if Terunofuji or Kotoeko is fourth in line, but it won't matter if Meisei gets dropped. If he survives, I'm inclined to say that Terunofuji gets promoted and Kotoeko does not. Tobizaru also secured a very promotable record, but will find himself unluckily denied unless the banzuke committee decides to overdemote Nishikigi. Chiyoshoma almost certainly won't be moving up and doesn't have a proper promotion claim anyway, but I can't remember too many tournaments where 8 wins from J2e were only good enough for 7th in line to begin with. For reasons of convenience I'll insert the final juryo yusho arasoi here: 12-3 J6e Kotoshoho 11-4 J5e Kotoeko 10-5 J2w Wakatakakage, J3e Terunofuji, J4e Tobizaru The race was over after the first of the potentially three relevant matches, courtesy of Kotoshoho's championship-clinching win over Chiyonoumi. The sole runner-up record was produced by his stablemate Kotoeko in the end, winning over erstwhile contender Hakuyozan (who finished only 9-6 with three straight losses), while Terunofuji fell two wins behind against Chiyootori. Tough match assignment for Chiyonoumi there, and he ended up on a hard-luck makekoshi with that loss. He should still be retaining his juryo slot, however, even with just 7 wins at J13e. Yago's demotion became a certainty with his 11th loss against Hidenoumi in what was a decidedly not pretty end to the Haru basho juryo action. The weird assist he was given by the banzuke committee two months ago ended up being completely for naught. (It's a trivia-worthy series of records now, at least...) The third promotion slot may have changed hands on the final day after Chiyonoo managed to defeat Takagenji. (x) 4-11 Yago J10 J11 J12 Asagyokusei 5-10 (x) J13 Tomokaze kyujo (x) J14 Ms1 Ms2 Kotodaigo 4-3 (?) (o) 6-1 Asabenkei Ms3 Fujiazuma 5-2 (o) (?) 5-2 Chiyonoo Ms4 Ms5 The committee's recent tie-breaker favourite won't help here - both Kotodaigo and Chiyonoo won their seventh bout up in juryo. Consequently I'm going to go with the standard solution and predict that Chiyonoo will be the one who gets to accompany Asabenkei and Fujiazuma back to the paid ranks. Tough luck for Kotodaigo, if so. Both they and we will know soon enough, of course, as the promotions are set to be announced tomorrow. That's it for the sekitori ranks here, I'll finish up the lower division yusho results in a separate post shortly. The NSK's decision to hold the basho ultimately paid off, but it remains to be seen if the situation will be sufficiently stable to do it again in May, with or without an audience...let's hope for the best. As always, thanks for reading and discussing!
  3. 21 points
    Juryo yusho race through Day 15: 10-5 J1e Meisei, J5e Kyokutaisei, J6e Hoshoryu, J12w Chiyonoo, J13w Akua, J14w Mitoryu, Kyokutaisei and Mitoryu both lost their regulation bouts so we were treated to a playoff. Most of the 9-5 rikishi going in to the day won, with the exception of Wakamotoharu and Ichinojo. We ended up with a 6 rikishi playoff, 3 from Tatsunami-beya (Meisei, Hoshoryu and Akua). The playoff started with a straight-elimination going into a 3-man tournament where the first rikishi to win two in a row gets the yusho. Interestingly, none of the Tatsunami rikishi were paired up in the first round and all three won making for an exciting playoff. It was one of the few pieces of live sumo I managed to watch and it was clear that the rikishi train with each other a lot as Meisei and Hoshoryu seemed to know each other's strengths and weaknesses very well. Meisei won that match and that seemed to be the decisive moment as Akua provided not much of a challenge. Meisei wins the yusho and will be back in Makuuchi next time. The one last yusho we haven't covered is Sandanme. Former Sandanme-tsukedashi starter Fukai had a decisive victory over Taiho-grandson Mudoho. Thank you for putting up with me. I've been doing this on the fly during the short amount of time I get access to the computer each day, and as a result there have been a few errors and things, but I hope it has been ok. Hopefully, Asashosakari will be back next time with regular coverage.
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  5. 21 points
    Jonidan 82 and 43 year old Satonofuji (24 years in sumo) beat his opponent Miyakojima by the fantastic technique Izori.
  6. 21 points
    It took a single moderator coming out of sumo hiatus, and two hours of time. I kicked out everything that I believe only to be of tangential relation to sumo. I might have made some questionable judgments, but with 800+ posts things like that can happen. There's now an off-topic thread for that, called "General Corona Banter". Please try to have your discussions about Covid numbers, other sports, and particularly about Sweden over there. Thank you.
  7. 20 points
    Hello fellow Forum members, This is an introduction to many of you, and a re-introduction to some of you. As you can see from my profile, I used to be quite active in this forum back in the days. During a couple of years in the mid-00s, I maintained a site called hakkeyoi.net - perhaps you could call it a precursor to sumodb.sumogames.de. The site also hosted a few of the games, such as Sekitori-Quad and Sekitori-Oracle. In mid-2006 I went AWOL and suddenly stopped participating in the sumo community. Without going into details, in the summer of 2006 I was kind of depressed mainly due to a faltering career, and sumo didn't seem very important at the time. So I left the online sumo community and stopped maintaining my site. Eventually things turned around for me, but by then I had lost the sumo bug and frankly felt a little awkward about returning to the forum again, considering how I left without notice. I don't know what prompted me to browse sumoforum.net a couple of weeks ago, for the first time in years. I noticed that although the software has changed, all the old posts are still retained, which is fantastic. And many of the old hands are still around. To those of you who wondered what happened to me: please accept my humble apologies for disappearing like that and not getting in touch earlier. I don't plan to be as active as I used to be, but I'll at least take a shot at GTB.
  8. 19 points
    I spent some time trying to visualise the (modern) history of professional Sumo using machine learning and developed an algorithm (similar in idea to Elo etc.) that models it quite well in my opinion, although I am far from being an expert, especially for anything before the 1990s. I would welcome any feedback, so I can make further improvements in the future and perhaps use it to create predictions for tournaments, too. Anyway, the video:
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  10. 18 points
    Final Day- I hope you are enjoying my retirement..
  11. 17 points
    He didn’t want to leave but the others carried him out and he offered no resistance.
  12. 17 points
    Day 12 Rikishi talk: Kaisei, after getting his kachikoshi today: "Oops, I drank the chikaramizu by mistake.. I mean, I didn't drink it but it touched my lips.." (Because of the corona virus, the guys aren't allowed to actually drink it, just to go through the motions..) Ex- Kisenosato, commentating on today's TV broadcast, on Hakuhou's loss today: "The Yokozuna was really messy.. Shoudai dealing with his slaps was textbook stuff. While firmly coming from below, go inside for your opponent's bosom. It was textbook offence.." Ex-Mainoumi, on the same TV show, same Hakuhou: "It looked like he was desperate. There were a lot of futile moves on his part. He slapped with his right at the tachiai but it didn't faze Shoudai, which totally threw him off.." Shoudai, on beating Hakuhou: "I wasn't thinking too much but I was able to somehow remain on the dohyo. Beating the Yokozuna makes me happy. I trained a lot with him before the basho and studied his tachiai, keeping it in my mind. But if I think about it, I might recoil, so I decided not to think about it too much. I just want to get my kachikoshi and establish myself as a Sekiwake!" Aoiyama, the sole leader after day 12: "It was great. I'm hitting and moving forward. i was able to be calm as if it were a training session..I speak to my wife on the phone every day and it boosts my spirit. It's usually before my bedtime so we keep it short (an hour and a half, I am told..)" No going out at night for him or his wife who is in Tokyo, because of the virus scare. "She is also all alone and I know she is sad, but she is patient. I'm trying not to think about the yusho race, as it freezes me up..("It makes me hard/stiff" is the better translation but with you lot..) Kakuryuu, 10 wins and in the race: "I had a scary tachiai but managed to settle down after that. My body really responded well. I will concentrate and gambarize tomorrow as well!" Enhou, losing to Hokutofuji and suffering a makekoshi at his highest career rank of Maegashira 4: "This is what my strength is at this point. I simply lack power!" Hokutofuji, finally winning today after eight straight losses: "I'm happy I finally got a win.. I knew I had to keep my opponent in front of me." Takarafuji, getting his first kachikoshi after three bashos and a basho after his mentor passed away, 'returning the favor': "I want to play a more active role. Tokushouryuu's yusho (they are from the same school year) was a stimulus for me.. As for the kachikoshi, I trained more than usual before the basho and that was good." Asanoyama, facing same- record Hakuhou tomorrow, a bit of luck winning today: " I dropped him with some luck, probably because I put some pressure on him. As I'm not going out after hours, I'm watching my favorite action movies every day. I'm able to get sumo out of my head and refresh myself for a few hours. Ozeki promotion? I'm taking it a bout a day. I'll be facing tomorrow anew and do sumo. Hakuhou? If we get into a hold it will be the Dai-Yokozuna's game. I have no choice but to hit and go forward and forward and attack. I'm not thinking about the yusho race. I'm just fighting 15 days as a challenger!" More as they become available..
  13. 16 points
    Here we go: 1. Takakeisho 175 183 59,8 2. Kotoyuki 177 187 59,7 3. Chiyomaru 178 189 59,6 4. Chiyootori 178 185 58,4 5. Tsurugisho 182 191 57,7 6. Tokushoryu 183 192 57,3 7. Kotoshogiku 181 186 56,8 8. Akiseyama 182 183 55,2 9. Daiamami 183 182 54,3 10. Mitakeumi 179 172 53,7 10. Ichinojo 192 198 53,7 12. Mitoryu 187 183 52,3 13. Chiyotairyu 181 171(-17) 52,2 14. Aoiyama 191 188 51,5 15. Yutakayama 185 173 50,5 15. Daishomaru 174 153 50,5 15. Kizakiumi 174 153 50,5 15. Daishoho 184 171 50,5 15. Kaisei 195 192 50,5 20. Fujiazuma 181 165 50,4 21. Shodai 184 170 50,2 22. Onosho 177 157 50,1 23. Takayasu 187 175 50 24. Shimanoumi 179 160 49,9 24. Nishikigi 184 169 49,9 26. Asanoyama 187 174 49,8 27. Akua 184 168 49,6 28. Daieisho 182 161 48,6 29. Takarafuji 185 166 48,5 30.Hakuyozan 186 167 48,3 31. Takanosho 184 163 48,1 32. Tochinoshin 192 176 47,7 33. Terunofuji 191 173 47,4 34. Hokutofuji 185 162 47,3 35. Tamawashi 189 168 47 35. Kotonowaka 188 166 47 37. Meisei 180 151 46,6 38. Oki 185 158 46,2 39. Chiyonoo 180 149 46 40. Hidenoumi 185 156 45,6 41. Kakuryu 186 155 44,8 42. Kyokutaisei 184 151 44,6 43. Myogiryu 187 155 44,3 44. Okinoumi 191 160 43,9 45.Endo 184 148 43,7 46. Chyonokuni 182 144 43,5 47. Ikioi 193 161 43,2 48. Kagayaki 193 160 43 49. Tobizaru 175 131 42,8 49. Kotoshoho 191 156 42,8 49. Azumaryu191 156 42,8 49. Nishikifuji 183 143 42,8 53. Abi 188 149 42,2 54. Shohozan 177 132 42,1 55. Sadanoumi 182 139 42 56. Churanoumi 176 130 42 57. Kotoeko 177 131 41,8 58. Kyokushuho 190 150 41,6 59. Hakuho 192 151 41 60. Ryuden 190 148 41 61. Wakamotoharu 187 143 40,9 62. Chiyoshoma 184 137 40,5 63. Terutsuyoshi 169 114 39,9 64. Wakatakakage 180 129 39,8 65. Kiribayama 187 138 39,5 66. Midorifuji 171 114 39 67. Kitaharima 182 126 38 68. Hoshoryu 186 131 37,9 69. Ishiura 174 110 36,3 70. Enho 169 92 32,2
  14. 16 points
    I've mentioned it before, but each August Isegahama-beya comes to my neighboring town of Yahiko in Niigata for a one-week training camp that is open to the public. When the heya first came five years ago, it was flourishing. Harumafuji was Yokozuna. Terunojuji was an Ozeki for whom attaining the rope was just a matter of time. Takarafuji was a Joi mainstay. Aminishiki was a legend. Terutsuyoshi was soon to make his Juryo debut. Fast forward four years to last summer. The heya was in shambles. Harumafuji retired (expelled). Aminishiki retired. And Terunofuji was a broken shell of the Ozeki he once was. During last year's camp I sat not five feet from the former Ozeki. Takarafuji is a huge man. Yet a healthy Terunofuji used to dwarf him. Now, he looked like a half-deflated balloon. In no condition to mount the dohyo to train, he spent the entire week limited to light stretches while limping around the outside of the dohyo on creaky knees. Seeing him in that condition, I was convinced his career was over. I would have bet my life savings that he would retire before he ever reached Makuuchi again. That he not only returned to Makuuchi but won a yusho less than one year after being in that condition is astounding. It is a minor miracle. It is a testament to the hard work he put into his comeback. And it's a reminder of the limitless ability he has when healthy.
  15. 16 points
    Some day 6 talk: Ura, 18 straight wins: "I knew my opponent was wily so I watched him closely. I did well. 18 straight wins? I have nothing to say about that. I know I have more power in me. I'm still rehabilitating and getting better. It's still not over yet. I have to gambarize and not get injured!" Terunofuji, doing well in his return to Makuuchi: "It's only the beginning. I can still do better. It's going to be important from here on. If I let every loss bring me down I won't be able to do sumo for 15 days. I have to restart my attitude. " Mitakeumi, six straight wins: "I was late at the tachiai today.. I couldn't get my left hand in and thought to myself that this is not good, but I was patient and able to move forward. I'm not in bad shape and I'd like to continue doing my own sumo like this.." Enhou, winning and losing on alternate days: "If I go head on I am at a disadvantage. I wanted to get low and inside. I'm getting better every day. There are things i still need to overcome, but with patience and feeling I'd like to overcome them.." Hakuhou, six straight wins: "I felt good as I was able to move forward. The flow is good at present. I'd like to keep it that way. Am I getting better daily? You have seen for yourself.." Asanoyama, 6-0: " My opponent today Ounoshou is a powerful pusher so I knew I had to get a good first step in and do forward moving sumo. Mitakeumi won right before me and I wanted to follow closely. I'm facing every basho as a challenger. I'm thinking about each bout each day and not dwelling on the past." Mongolian Kiribayama, beating an Ozeki for the first time: "I thought I had lost but I was able to grab his mawashi at the end. I am thrilled! Everything has changed since Yokozuna Kakuryuu and the Izutsu boys moved to our heya. The training is much more serious and Kakuryuu keeps a close eye on me from the training to what I eat. I used to worship him watching him on TV in Mongolia, and now I am learning from him.." Shoudai, all over the place but winning: "I kind of fell apart but I managed to recover somehow. I was able to move forward and my body was moving well. It felt like I was going to fall on my ass. Luckily, I somehow managed to stay on my feet.." Story about Shoudai- he has his own room at the heya with a TV set. The guys are climbing the walls from boredom because of the lockdown, and asked to borrow the TV and bring it to the large hall where the lower rankers dwell, as he hardly watches TV. "If you're not watching, please lend it to us.." they asked. He gave them the TV as a present and bought a new one for himself..
  16. 16 points
    http://www.sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoBanzuke/index/index.php/index.php/ Makuuchi Hakuho Y Kakuryu Takakeisho O Asanoyama Shodai S Mitakeumi Daieisho K Okinoumi Endo M1 Yutakayama Takanosho M2 Onosho Takarafuji M3 Kiribayama Kagayaki M4 Aoiyama Abi M5 Hokutofuji Enho M6 Ryuden Terutsuyoshi M7 Tokushoryu Ishiura M8 Chiyotairyu Tamawashi M9 Ikioi Kaisei M10 Myogiryu Shimanoumi M11 Tochinoshin Sadanoumi M12 Shohozan Takayasu M13 Kotonowaka Kotoshogiku M14 Wakatakakage Kotoshoho M15 Chiyomaru Nishikigi M16 Kotoeko Terunofuji M17 Kotoyuki
  17. 16 points
  18. 16 points
    I worked up a quick translation of the interview highlights: (K = Kitataiiki; I= Iwatomo; N = Nakamura; A = Araiso; G = Goeido) K) Now that you've retired, has your lifestyle changed? N) It sure has. There's nothing to be excited about anymore. K) Does the 15-day basho feel different now that you're an oyakata? N) Completely different. I no longer have a match to think about when I go to bed the night before or wake up each day. I'm now free of the pressure of fighting and way more relaxed. K) Have you lost weight now that you're retired? N) Nope, I'm still maintaining my fighting weight. N) My retirement came about in a completely unexpected fashion due to injury, and similarly, the Hatsu basho yusho by Tokushoryu was completely unexpected. He completely upset the order of winning. A) As a PhD of sumo, didn't you anticipate Tokushoryu winning? N) Not even remotely. A) Me neither--we're disqualified as commentators. A) Since we're commentators now, we should go around to all the heya and try to predict who will win. N) Naw, it's too hard. A) Sorry I suggested it. [At this point, former Goeido enters the room.] I) We're filming for YouTube. G) Is that so? I) But you haven't changed. You said you'd start smiling after you retired. G) I am smiling! G) [Upon it being pointed out that the top button of his dress shirt is unbuttoned] "I just retired and I'm still too fat to button it." A) Give it six months and you'll have 2-3 more cm of room! G) Trying on his official blue oyakata jacket: "It's too small!" Zipping it up, asks: "How does it look?" Everyone) Too Small! [He tries on the next size up and it fits perfectly.] [Back to Nakamura, talking about episodes with Kise during his career] N) During keiko, when called by Kise, I would get fully amped to train with him. A) Most other rikishi wouldn't come at me with full strength, only Yoshikaze. N) That may be true, but if we went 10 times, I was only good for the first 2-3, then I'd be spent, while Kise wouldn't even be breathing hard. A) Even so, my heated training with Nakamura was a big part of the reason I was able to become Ozeki, then Yokozuna. I always used my training with him as a barometer for how I'd do each basho. N) After training with Kise just before the basho, I'd need the remaining time just to recover, so when the basho began, I was always at my peak and ready to take on Joi opponents. A) When I got injured, Nakamura as always the first to call me with helpful advice. A) When I was close to making Yokozuna, Nakamura would always say to me: "Make it happen so I can be your tachimochi." So when I actually made it and he was able to fulfill that role, I felt his words helped me become Yokozuna. N) The sword was so heavy, it left me with sore muscles. A) When the other rikishi gathered to wrap the rope around me for the first time, it was moving that all these guys like Kotoshogiku, Yoshikaze, and Shohozan who were my rivals were there for me. It was the first moment it hit me that I was now a Yokozuna. K) Is there anything you wish you had done while still active? N) No, I did everything I could. But I do wish I could have matched up with Enho. K) Why? N) Because I'm confident I'd win. I liked facing small opponents. For a long time there was no one smaller than me. Then Ishiura and Terutsuyoshi came along and I never lost to them. I figured I'd just do to them what bigger rikishi always did to me and I'd prevail. K) What would be your strategy for facing Enho? N) It wouldn't matter. I'm confident I'd smack him down regardless of what he did! K) If you could be reborn, would you enter sumo again? N) Absolutely! I loved sumo. K) Which rikishi are you focusing on for Osaka? N) I want Tokushoryu to do well and have a performance similar to Hatsu, since all eyes will be on him. A) If he can do that, it would prove he was the real deal. N) I want him to climb up the banzuke. That would light up the sumo world. K) Finally, a message to the viewers. N) Make sure to hit the like button and subscribe!
  19. 15 points
    Quite a few shikona changes on this banzuke, with a lot of rikishi getting their first and a few others going back in time to an old one. In the aftermath of the Nakagawa-beya closure, four of the surviving rikishi change their shikona to make a fresh start. Highest ranked on the list is Kyokusoten who gets a typical shikona from his new heya, Kataonami, and also changes the given name. Fujishima-beya's Fukuyama is now Kainoshima, the last kanji can of course be from both the heya and his home prefecture of Kagoshima. Matsuyama celebrates his Makushita debut by reverting to his old shikona of Dewataikai, after four years under his real names. The given name also changes to Tomokazu (different second kanji to his earlier stint when it was Tomoyasu). Three rikishi from Yamahibiki-beya get their first shikona. Fukazawa is now Joyuriki - the middle kanji is taken from the shisho (ex-Ganyu). He also changes the second kanji of his given name but keeps the reading as Hayato. Yabugasaki is now Hakuonada, and finally Kamada is now Biganzan, with a new given name. Over in Onomatsu-beya, Chida is now Tsugunohana, the last kanji perhaps a nod to his hometown of Hanamaki. Elsewhere, Asahiyama-beya's Kitajima definitely honours his hometown with the new shikona of Shimanishiki (just like Shimanoumi). Moving back to the Nakagawa survivors, Kiyama is now Kyokutenryo, that shikona obviously inspired by his new shisho Tomozuna-oyakata (ex-Kyokutenho). I was surprised to see twin brothers Okunisato and Yoshizawa move to different heya, but they are at least matching their shikona reversions here - Okunisato goes back to Okunidake (with a new given name, Shotaro), while Yoshizawa goes back to Okuniyama. The most interesting change comes down in Jonokuchi, where Isegahama-beya's Sakashita gets the rare privilege of a five-character shikona - he is now Yaotsufuji, honouring his hometown of Yaotsu in Gifu prefecture. Even more interestingly, the third character is a katakana, though I'm puzzled why they didn't just use the actual third kanji from the town. Anyway, it's some welcome company for Okinofuji, who has been flying the flag alone for three years. Lastly, the quartet of debutants from Kokonoe-beya all get shikona immediately which seems to be standard practice there now. The only note I'll make is that Takarabe's shikona contains his given name. With no given name change specified, that makes him Chiyotensho Tensho. Ms15e Kyokusoten Manrai > Tamashoho Manpei (玉正鳳 萬平) Ms23e Hokutoyo > Hokutoki (北勝輝) Ms38e Fukuyama > Kainoshima (海乃島) Ms50w Matsuyama Hiromi > Dewataikai Tomokazu (出羽大海 友和) Sd23e Fukazawa Hayato (颯斗) > Joyuriki Hayato (城雄力 颯人) Sd45e Yabugasaki > Hakuonada (白旺灘) Jd21e Chida > Tsugunohana (禎ノ花) Jd37w Kamada Takumi > Biganzan Yuichi (備巌山 雄一) Jd58e Kitajima > Shimanishiki (志摩錦) Jd69w Kiyama > Kyokutenryo (旭天稜) Jd71e Okunisato Ryo > Okunidake Shotaro (大国岳 翔太郎) Jd92w Fukuda Takuma > Shokeima Hiroya (勝桂馬 大也) Jd110e Yoshizawa > Okuniyama (大国山) Jk4w Yamamoto > Nishikimaru (錦丸) Jk13w Sakashita > Yaotsufuji (八百ツ富士) Jk16w Ezura > Kazunofuji (良ノ富士) Jk31w Kawaguchi > Chiyoresshi (千代烈士) Jk33e Takarabe > Chiyotensho (千代天照) Jk33w Nakago > Chiyosenshi (千代泉志) Jk34e Furusawa > Chiyoyamato (千代大和) Shusshin change for Naruto-beya newcomer Osuzuki, from Katsushika ward in Tokyo to the city of Kamagaya, Chiba: 東京都葛飾区 > 千葉県鎌ケ谷市
  20. 15 points
    Laconic, since the English commentator says it all.. I had my mask on the whole time and nobody was within 10 feet of me. Somehow, this feels like a jungyo basho because of the very short time between the announcement that the basho is being held and the basho itself.
  21. 15 points
    Oldest active rikishi Hanakaze turned 50 today and becomes the first rikishi since the start of Showa to stay active in his 50s. He is chanko-ban in Tatsunami-beya and a kind of manager for the younger rikishi, planning nutrition and supporting the body. Last basho he had a 4-3 kachi-koshi and is jd68 now. 2017 Aki, 2019 Natsu win against Matsugashima o o
  22. 15 points
    Some jibbering from day 5: Wakatakakage, beating Kotoyuuki, facing Sadogatake rikishi five days running: "It wasn't unpleasant, I was just surprised that it happened again today. It's not easy.." Kotoshouhou, unscathed after the first third of the basho: " I'm able to do sumo with patience. It's still the first half so I want to continue like this and take things seriously a bout at a time ." Shouhouzan, losing today for his fifth straight loss: "I thought Kotoshouhou would put more pressure on me but he didn't. I was done in by his softness in the end.." Kotonowaka, losing to his high school senpai Myougiryuu: "I went with all I had intending to use his chest. It became his pace, but I think I could have attacked more.." Ishiura, lame tachiai and losing to Tamawashi: "I couldn't conjure up a winning image.. Turning my back towards him and running away was what appeared in my sumo .." Hokutofuji, postponing his wedding ceremony due to the Coronavirus: "It's not like I'll get divorced because of the delay. I hope everyone will be able to gather and smile when the time comes.. I'd like to radiate health from the dohyo!" Takayasu, beating Terunofuji in an ex-Ozeki battle: " He has returned from way down and far away.. I decided I will give it my all today. The content was very good and I was able to win!" Shoudai, beating genki sanyaku counterpart Okinoumi: "The content was not good. I lost at the tachiai energy-wise. I managed to get a throw in while falling, and that's what decided the bout." Ounoshou, 0-5, not being able to beat Hakuhou twice in a row, facing Asanoyama tomorrow: "I'm not in bad shape. I'll be going for a win tomorrow as well!" Kotoshougiku, tied for 7th now in overall career wins with Harumafuji: "The record will mean something when I retire.. I'm just going up there day by day thinking I don't want to lose." Mitakeumi, second straight basho starting with a 5-0 record, facing only hiramaku rikishi so far: "My condition is gradually getting better. Winning 5 straight is how it should be, at my rank." Asanoyama, second straight basho with a 5-0 start as well: "I am nervous, but my body is moving well. It took me a while today. The fact that I couldn't generate an attack is something to reflect upon. During the stalemate I kept telling myself that I cannot lose under any circumstances. The fans are coming in even though the virus is scary and i would like to show them my gratitude." Hakuhou, beating Ounoshou and remaining unbeaten. He hasn't been relying on tachiai harites this basho so far : "I told myself these 5 days were important. I'd like to ride the wave of my current condition and continue with this content day by day .."
  23. 15 points
    Hi SF members, It's been a long time since I was last here - back some time in 2010 by the looks of things. I can see from a couple of threads that there are many old faces here (at least by the shikona), which is great. I fist joined in 2004 and became a Moderator here, primarily based on my interest in and knowledge of amateur sumo in Japan and around the world. I had a brief career as an amateur sumo athlete, probably from 2007-2011, with the highlight of representing my country and region at the sumo competition of the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. I think I last competed in 2014, at the Oceania Sumo Championships. I completed a PhD thesis on the international spread of amateur sumo in 2009, with final completion and conferment of my doctorate in 2010. I'd already started working full time, had a young daughter, and very little time to commit to Sumo Forum or even sumo at all. Without the luxury of being able to have SF open on my computer all the time at work, like I did when I was at university, my ability to post and maintain a presence here fell away and I dropped off into inactivity. I wasn't able to easily keep up with the news basho after basho, and my links with amateur sumo became sporadic. Recently, I've been reinvigorated by John Gunning, and with my country (New Zealand) currently in a lockdown due to COVID-19 and that I only work part-time at the moment, I decided to venture in again. I look forward to getting back up to speed with what's been happening in the past decade, much of which I'll be completely ignorant about. Please forgive any naïve comments or old stories that I write. Yoroshiku, Howard
  24. 15 points
    Hello all, here are the kimarite statistics for all divisions in this most unusual basho, which ended with a not-so-unusual Makuuchi yusho winner as Yokozuna Hakuho took his 44th title. Full marks to the Kyokai for managing to hold the basho at all. Nankairiki might have lost out on the Sandanme yusho to his junior stablemate Ura, but as a consolation prize he did chalk up the 17th uchimuso win of his career. No video of that one, unfortunately, but it does draw him level with Futagodake for most uchimuso (in the available records, of course). Matsuda reached double figures on Day 3 when he recorded the 10th nichonage win of his career, leaving him just one short of Mori's record. Sawada picked up an izori win on the middle Sunday, toppling Hokutosato after being pushed back to the edge of the dohyo. Kizenryu is well known as an uwatenage specialist, collecting a whopping 141 wins with an overarm throw so far. By contrast he rarely wins with an inside grip - this basho he got only the 9th shitatenage win of his career (and the first in nearly six years) with a lovely throw at the edge, turning Ryusei's forward drive against him. Another rikishi moving into double figures in this basho was Urutora, who was in good form for a 5-2 kachi-koshi. Three of those wins came with an ashitori leg grab, taking his career total to 10. Roll your eyes as I recycle the same joke I made a year ago - Osaka gives osakate its maiden appearance of the year. While some rare kimarite appeared in this basho, two others drew a rare blank in Osaka. The basho average for kainahineri has declined from 6 to 4 during the last decade, and this was the 8th basho it hasn't been used in the last six years. Also, it was only the 3rd basho in which kakenage has gone unused. Kimarite from kettei-sen bouts are not included in the statistics. Kimarite Makuuchi Juryo Makushita Sandanme Jonidan Jonokuchi Total Percentage Abisetaoshi 1 2 0 0 3 1 7 0.29% Amiuchi 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0.08% Ashitori 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 0.16% Chongake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Fumidashi 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Fusen (default) 3 1 2 4 3 1 14 0.57% 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 22 17 41 61 59 7 207 8.44% Hikiotoshi 9 4 15 33 25 7 93 3.79% Hikkake 2 0 1 1 1 0 5 0.20% Ipponzeoi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Isamiashi 0 0 1 2 1 0 4 0.16% Izori 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0.04% Kainahineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kakenage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kakezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Katasukashi 4 2 7 8 8 3 32 1.30% Kawazugake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kekaeshi 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Ketaguri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kimedashi 2 0 1 2 0 1 6 0.24% Kimetaoshi 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Kirikaeshi 0 0 1 3 2 0 6 0.24% 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 0 0 0 0.00% Kotenage 3 2 10 17 7 2 41 1.67% Kozumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kubihineri 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Kubinage 0 0 0 2 4 1 7 0.29% Makiotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Mitokorozeme 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Nichonage 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Nimaigeri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okuridashi 9 7 23 24 23 1 87 3.55% Okurigake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurihikiotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurinage 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 0.12% Okuritaoshi 2 0 0 3 3 1 9 0.37% 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 1 0 0 1 0.04% Oshidashi 77 48 95 192 178 39 629 25.64% Oshitaoshi 10 8 12 22 15 7 74 3.02% Sabaori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sakatottari 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Shitatedashinage 1 0 1 0 3 0 5 0.20% Shitatehineri 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Shitatenage 9 3 8 13 26 3 62 2.53% Shumokuzori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sokubiotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sotogake 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 0.20% Sotokomata 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sotomuso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sototasukizori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sukuinage 9 2 8 12 14 3 48 1.96% 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 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tottari 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Tsukaminage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsukidashi 12 2 10 22 9 3 58 2.36% Tsukihiza 0 0 1 1 1 0 3 0.12% Tsukiotoshi 21 13 24 36 27 5 126 5.14% Tsukitaoshi 0 0 0 3 2 2 7 0.29% Tsukite 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Tsumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsuridashi 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 0.08% Tsuriotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsutaezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Uchigake 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Uchimuso 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Ushiromotare 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.04% Utchari 0 0 1 1 2 0 4 0.16% Uwatedashinage 3 3 7 4 5 2 24 0.98% Uwatehineri 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0.12% Uwatenage 17 12 14 23 47 5 118 4.81% Waridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Watashikomi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yaguranage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yobimodoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yorikiri 79 68 94 163 195 42 641 26.13% Yoritaoshi 2 9 15 22 49 6 103 4.20% Zubuneri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00%
  25. 15 points
    Day 1- what did they say? Terunofuji, ex-Ozeki who dropped all the way to Jonidan due to injuries to both knees and more, now at Juryo 3 and at Makuuchi's doorstep, starting with a win: " I was able to come this far thanks to the people who have cheered for me. I'd like them to see me healthy and doing well in Makuuchi!' Nishikigi, back in Makuuchi after two bashos, giving up a morozashi and being overwhelmed: "Man, that was lousy sumo. I wanted to get my hand on his belt but it was bad.." Tokushouryuu coming off the yusho, loses on day 1: " Last basho is over. Everyone ranked around me is strong. I won't be able to win without finding my own strength." Takakeishou, local boy, returning home as an Ozeki for the first time, but the hall is empty: "I have been reminded of the importance of the cheering of the fans. I feel the fans have an important part in the building of sumo as well." Enhou loses, without the backing from the crowd: "I had no fighting spirit.. I couldn't find the reason for battling today.." Ikioi, Osaka native, his local basho is now a non-spectator basho: "After the bout was over, I was thinking how quiet it was. I'll gambarize, hoping those that are watching this on television are rooting for me, as the stands are empty.. I was able to give it all I had. We live in times where the whole world is in the same situation." Kotoshougiku, the active rikishi with the most career appearances, and no one in the stands to appreciate that: "The atmosphere was as if I was in a shrine and it felt holy.. I'd like to face this as if it was a holy basho .." Mitakeumi, beating Enhou, facing him for the first time, tongue in cheek: "No problem whatsoever. It was good. On the contrary, I could concentrate better." Yutakayama, first day of un-audience over: "I can't 'borrow' the fans' power this basho.. I am fighting against myself on the dohyo..' Okinoumi, loses to Asanoyama by yorikiri: "You let him get his favorite grip and it's over.."