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  1. Yes, it never ceased to exist. It just became hard to obtain for those of us (including me) who do not live in Japan... Apparently it is still sold at the Kokugikan during the basho and theoretically (according to the inside of the magazine itself) it is even possible to subscribe in and outside of Japan "by sending cash by registered mail (dollars or yen) or by international postal money orders. This saves time and money both for Sumo World and subscribers".. yeah right... I (and many other former subscribers outside of Japan who had a subscription in the past and then suddenly stopped receiving issues) am not going down that road with Clyde again, though...
  2. Hi Doitsuyama and all, Using 3 sources I managed to construct a complete 2016 and 2017 height/weight data set for all the current Makuuchi and Juryo rikishi. The 2017 data is from the latest weigh-in on 2 May 2017 as listed on the Nihon Sumo Kyokai Grand Sumo Home Page from every rikishi's individual page The 2016 data is from the official Sumo basho program of the basho that just finished (Natsu 2017), but which was clearly printed before the latest weigh-in and still contained the 2016 weigh-in information for the rikishi. I double-checked this 2016 data with that from the January 2017 issue of Sumo World Magazine (which was printed in late 2016/early 2017 but in any case before the 2017 Hatsu Basho). In nearly all cases the height/weight info from these 2 sources matched exactly. In only 2 cases was there a discrepancy, one (Aoyama) was clearly a typo on the part of Sumo World magazine (they listed him at 160 kg instead of 190), the other (Okinoumi) was a case where Sumo World magazine had apparently used old 2015 data (forgot to update his data) as they had him at 154 kg, whereas the Sumo Basho program had him at 158kg. In both cases I obviously went with the more reliable source (Sumo basho program). Rnk Shikona 2016/11 2017/5 weight change Y1E Kisenosato 187 cm 175 kg 187 cm 184 kg +9 kg Y1W Kakuryu 186 cm 156 kg 186 cm 157 kg -1 kg Y2E Harumafuji 186 cm 137 kg 186 cm 137 kg same Y2W Hakuho 192 cm 156 kg 192 cm 160 kg +4 kg O1E Terunofuji 192 cm 185 kg 192 cm 187 kg +2 kg O1W Goeido 183 cm 160 kg 183 cm 161 kg +1 kg S1E Tamawashi 189 cm 168 kg 189 cm 172 kg +4 kg S1W Takayasu 186 cm 179 kg 186 cm 174 kg -5 kg S2E Kotoshogiku 180 cm 180 kg 180 cm 178 kg -2 kg K1E Mitakeumi 178 cm 158 kg 180 cm 160 kg +2 kg K1W Yoshikaze 176 cm 145 kg 177 cm 145 kg same (height +1cm) M1E Chiyonokuni 182 cm 140 kg 182 cm 140 kg same M1W Endo 184 cm 154 kg 184 cm 152 kg -2 kg M2E Okinoumi 191 cm 158 kg 191 cm 165 kg +7 kg M2W Chiyoshoma 183 cm 132 kg 185 cm 132 kg same (height +2 cm) M3E Daieisho 181 cm 154 kg 181 cm 148 kg -6 kg M3W Aoiyama 191 cm 190 kg 191 cm 195 kg +5 kg M4E Tochiozan 188 cm 158 kg 188 cm 156 kg -2 kg M4W Takarafuji 186 cm 170 kg 185 cm 171 kg +1 kg M5E Takanoiwa 181 cm 148 kg 181 cm 153 kg +5 kg M5W Shodai 183 cm 163 kg 184 cm 162 kg -1 kg M6E Takekaze 171 cm 150 kg 171 cm 150 kg same M6W Ikioi 195 cm 165 kg 195 cm 167 kg +2 kg M7E Hokutofuji 183 cm 160 kg 183 cm 163 kg +3 kg M7W Takakeisho 173 cm 169 kg 174 cm 169 kg same (height +1 cm) M8E Shohozan 177 cm 138 kg 177 cm 141 kg +3 kg M8W Sokokurai 185 cm 146 kg 185 cm 145 kg -1 kg M9E Ichinojo 193 cm 212 kg 193 cm 197 kg -15 kg M9W Kagayaki 193 cm 163 kg 193 cm 162 kg -1 kg M10E Tochinoshin 191 cm 170 kg 191 cm 175 kg +5 kg M10W Ura 173 cm 128 kg 174 cm 137 kg +9 kg M11E Arawashi 185 cm 140 kg 185 cm 136 kg -4 kg M11W Ishiura 173 cm 114 kg 173 cm 118 kg +4 kg M12E Tokushoryu 180 cm 180 kg 181 cm 180 kg same (height +1 cm) M12W Kotoyuki 176 cm 169 kg 176 cm 178 kg +9 kg M13E Toyohibiki 185 cm 184 kg 185 cm 187 kg +3 kg M13W Daishomaru 173 cm 151 kg 174 cm 159 kg +8 kg M14E Onosho 176 cm 159 kg 176 cm 155 kg -4 kg M14W Chiyotairyu 181 cm 177 kg 181 cm 177 kg same M15E Myogiryu 187 cm 152 kg 187 cm 153 kg +1 kg M15W Kaisei 195 cm 197 kg 195 cm 191 kg -6 kg M16E Yutakayama 185 cm 177 kg 185 cm 183 kg +6 kg J1E Sadanoumi 183 cm 145 kg 183 cm 146 kg +1 kg J1W Osunaarashi 188 cm 152 kg 188 cm 150 kg -2 kg J2E Chiyomaru 179 cm 186 kg 179 cm 189 kg +3 kg J2W Kyokushuho 190 cm 154 kg 190 cm 150 kg -4 kg J3E Gagamaru 187 cm 199 kg 187 cm 199 kg same J3W Kyokutaisei 184 cm 142 kg 184 cm 145 kg +3 kg J4E Nishikigi 185 cm 170 kg 185 cm 173 kg +3 kg J4W Yamaguchi 182 cm 153 kg 184 cm 158 kg +5 kg J5E Hidenoumi 185 cm 156 kg 185 cm 160 kg +4 kg J5W Azumaryu 191 cm 156 kg 191 cm 159 kg +3 kg J6E Chiyoo 179 cm 153 kg 179 cm 155 kg +2 kg J6W Tsurugisho 183 cm 170 kg 183 cm 170 kg same J7E Asanoyama 189 cm 159 kg 189 cm 162 kg +3 kg J7W Daiamami 185 cm 180 kg 185 cm 181 kg +1 kg J8E Seiro 186 cm 140 kg 185 cm 141 kg +1 kg J8W Aminishiki 184 cm 142 kg 184 cm 142 kg same J9E Chiyootori 179 cm 179 kg 179 cm 174 kg -5 kg J9W Kotoeko 177 cm 132 kg 177 cm 136 kg +4 kg J10E Rikishin 190 cm 156 kg 190 cm 160 kg +4 kg J10W Amakaze 185 cm 202 kg 185 cm 208 kg +6 kg J11E Terutsuyoshi 168 cm 116 kg 168 cm 115 kg -1 kg J11W Satoyama 175 cm 121 kg 175 cm 123 kg +2 kg J12E Ryuden 189 cm 148 kg 189 cm 150 kg +2 kg J12W Kitataiki 184 cm 150 kg 184 cm 148 kg -2 kg J13E Homarefuji 180 cm 165 kg 180 cm 166 kg +1 kg J13W Asahisho 174 cm 138 kg 175 cm 138 kg same (height +1 cm) J14E Meisei 180 cm 140 kg 180 cm 141 kg +1 kg J14W Takagenji 191 cm 152 kg 191 cm 160 kg +8 kg Ms4W Amuru 191 cm 133 kg ? ? Ms8W Wakanoshima 180 cm 150 kg ? ?
  3. I'd go even further than that... In his entire 13-year career in Makuuchi there has been only one occasion in which Hakuho did not at least get a Jun-Yusho after starting 8-0! That one time was his debut basho as a Yokozuna (Nagoya 2007) when he finished 11-4 after a 9-0 start... FWIW - My current opinion is that this is Harumafuji's basho to lose. He is winning far more convincingly than Hakuho. Hakuho (like Terunofuji) does appear (to me at least) to be gaining more confidence with every win though...
  4. I assume that if you have indeed seen something like that it is highly likely to be someone's idea of a joke based on the fact that Hakuho sometimes used to lead with his elbows to the face of his opponents after the tachi-ai. It's highly unlikely actual X-rays of a medical examination of anyone - let alone rikishi in Ozumo would be released to the media/general public...
  5. Well spotted! If Kotokamatani manages to become a sekitori within 1 or 2 years its bound to happen, though he will probably have to make it to Makuuchi for it to actually come to pass. He could theoretically face Toyonoshima soon (both are currently in Makushita after all), but the odds are not that high and Toyo may retire soon... And I doubt that Aminishiki will manage to hang on for 2 more years before he retires (unless he somehow manages to get back to Makuuchi first).
  6. I checked and as expected nobody faced both Tochiazuma's. Interestingly the first Tochiazuma faced 2 Yutakayama's (who were not related to each other and also not related to the current shin-nyumaku Yutakayama (former Oyanagi)), two Daigo's (also not related), and two Kongo's (also not related), and on top of that both Tochiazuma's faced one of the Takanohana's (who were father and son), so the father Tochiazuma faced the father Takanohana, while the son Tochiazuma faced the son Takanohana.... so close, but no cigar!
  7. I sincerely hope you are right! I truly hope Ichinojo gets back to displaying the kind of Sumo we saw him do during hist spectacular shin-nyumaku basho (Aki 2014) when he had a 13-2 record at M10E, with a Jun-Yusho, was awarded the Shukunsho, got a kinboshi against Kakuryu, also defeated Kisenosato, and Goeido and was only put in his place by Hakuho on day 14! Ichinojo still needed to mature his belt-sumo technique at that point but showed enormous promise and wasn't afraid of anyone. Everybody was talking about him as the next Ozeki at that moment in time! His next 4 basho were also pretty good. He was holding his own with the Sanyaku rikishi while being ranked between Sekiwake and Maegashira 1. But starting with the 2015 Nagoya basho where he went 4-11 at Sekiwake 1 West we have only seen occasional glimpses of his former brilliance. He seemed to give up too soon during many of his bouts. If you ask me he gained way too much weight too fast and that caused the injuries that have plagued him ever since. Now that he has lost weight (down to 197 kg at the last weigh-in reported here on May 2), there is hope for a marked improvement, but how are his injuries? And what is his level of confidence? Last basho was not very hopeful, so I need to see evidence of marked improvement before I'm jumping on the Ichinojo Yusho and or Ozeki bandwagon again...
  8. Tochiazuma I retired in January 1977, while Tochiazuma II had his maezuma debut in November 1994, and first became a sekitori (juryo promotion) in May 1996. That's also almost 20 years apart... So it's highly unlikely someone faced both of them...
  9. It's indeed from one of the few Gene Wilder movies (Start the Revolution Without Me) I have never seen. I own most others on DVD (I have a collection of well over 2000 movies on DVD). Thanks fort the tip! I just ordered it on DVD and look forward to seeing it early next week (should arrive on Tuesday). BTW - I predict Takayasu will get 12 wins and will be promoted to Ozeki...
  10. Yes, Hakuho must be the big favorite now considering Kisenosato and Terunofuji's injuries as well as the lingering health problems for Kakuryu and Harumafuji. It's now or never for Hak I would say! I don't think Goeido can pull off another yusho run as kadoban Ozeki. He would surprise me if he could... And Yoshikaze has never had more than 8 wins at Meagashira 4 or higher, so that's a no-go as well, I would assume... Behind Hakuho there's Takayasu (yep, as well as Ozeki-promotion a yusho may even be in the cards) and of course red hot Mitakeumi..... I really see no other serious contenders lurking in mid to lower Maegashira positions... I sure hope Kakuryu and Harumafuji show up in reasonable shape and become yusho contenders as well!
  11. See this thread of the forum about Musashimaru's condition: Musashimaru undergoes kidney transplant
  12. After digging a bit further I have just found 2 more articles on Akebono's condition: and both are in Japanese. I would appreciate it if someone with Japanese language skills could give us a good translation of those. I have looked at what Google translate makes of them and I'm still somewhat confused after that, so rather than adding to the confusion by stating here what I think these articles say, I would rather have a more accurate report by someone who knows what they actually say...
  13. If Takayasu manages to enter the upcoming Natsu basho relatively injury free and remains healthy for its duration I don't see why he wouldn't get the 10 wins he needs to make Ozeki. As for Mitakeumi and Shodai making Ozeki... It would be premature to say that they can or will make it before either of them prove themselves for several basho in a row while being ranked in sanyaku, though Mitakeumi would appear to be the more promising of the two right now. Ichinojo would surprise me if he somehow manages to become healthy enough to even be a contender for the sanyaku ranks on a regular basis, let alone become an Ozeki contender.
  14. I too first discovered Sumo (and became an instant fan) in 1995 when Eurosport (the European cable sports channel) covered the 2-day Paris-Bercy Jungyo in 1995. They subsequently broadcast the hon-basho between 1996 and 2007.
  15. No, there have been no updates at all since the day after this story broke.