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  1. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    Apparently so. Here's a short blog report from the sumo club that hosted the competition in Saitama on September 17. Group, First Class 1. Nippon Express 2. Aisin Light Metals 3. Aisin Seiki 3. Toyo University staff Group, Second Class 1. Amagata Industry 2. Tokyo Metropolitan Police 3. JA Matsumoto Highland 3. Kansei Pipes Individual 1. Soichiro Kurokawa (Aisin Light Metals) 2. Tomohiro Saigo (Tottori prefectural government) 3. Kodai Sasaki (Tottori prefectural government) 3. Keisuke Yoshida (Aisin Seiki) Edit: Nippon Express's own report on their first team title in four years. Their full results: Preliminary rounds: 2-1 vs Settsu Warehouse, 3-0 vs Tamada Industries, 2-1 vs Aisin Seiki Knockout rounds: 2-1 vs Maguchi, 3-0 vs Aisin Seiki, 2-1 vs Aisin Light Metals Aisin Light Metals were the two-time defending champions.
  2. New recruits for Kyushu 2017

    The shindeshi examination will be on Wednesday, November 1.
  3. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    Adult individual finals As luck would have it, there were exactly 32 qualifiers for the individual tournament, just like last year, so the draw bracket went off without any byes or preliminary bouts. Also again just 8 university students managed to get in, with Toyo leading the way once more with 3 qualifiers. The 32 entrants, with some given names as blind guesswork (marked ??): Name Pref. Affiliation 神山 達哉 Kamiyama Tatsuya Aichi アイシン精機 Aisin Seiki 長谷川 将臣 Hasegawa Masaomi Aomori 三本木農高教 Towada-shi Sanbongi Nogyo HS faculty 吉本 雄斗 Yoshimoto Yuto Ehime 伊予銀行 Iyo Bank 由留部 圭祐 Yurube Keisuke Ehime 西予市役所 Seiyo-shi municipal government 宮下 治也 Miyashita Haruya Fukui 嶺北特別支援学校職 Sakai-shi Reihoku Special Support School staff 一ノ瀬 康平 Ichinose Kohei Fukuoka 博多高教 Fukuoka-shi Hakata HS faculty 齋藤 真 Saito Shin ?? Fukushima 東農大 Tokyo Nogyo University 4th year 芳賀 翔真 Haga Shoma Ibaraki 東洋大職 Toyo University staff 荒木関 賢悟 Arakizeki Kengo Ishikawa 東洋大職 Toyo University staff 里舘 健 Satodate Ken Iwate となん支援学校教 Morioka-shi Tonan Support School faculty 楮佐古 明輝 Kazusako Akiteru ?? Kochi 凸版印刷 Toppan Printing 西 大星 Nishi Taisei ?? Kochi 日体大 Nihon Taiiku University 3rd year 小永 佑也 Konaga Yuya Kumamoto 八代農高教 Yatsushiro-shi Nogyo HS faculty 下里 匡希 Shimosato Masaki Mie 宇治山田商高教 Ise-shi Ujiyamada Shogyo HS faculty 城山 聖羅 Shiroyama Seira Mie 東洋大 Toyo University 2nd year 滝田 真 Takita Shin ?? Mie 志摩高教 Shima-shi HS faculty 北村 直樹 Kitamura Naoki Miyagi 小牛田農林高教 Misato-machi Kogota Norin HS faculty 高橋 修 Takahashi Osamu ?? Nagasaki 長崎鶴洋高職 Nagasaki-shi Kakuyo HS staff 村山 大洋 Murayama Taiyo ?? Niigata 海洋高教 Itoigawa-shi Kaiyo HS faculty 佐藤 崇 Sato Takashi ?? Niigata 日体大 Nihon Taiiku University 4th year 重松 龍大 Shigematsu Tatsuhiro Okayama 東洋大 Toyo University 2nd year 山本 浩太 Yamamoto Kota Okinawa 沖縄ガス Okinawa Gas 山中 晋也 Yamanaka Shinya Saga 九州情報大 Kyushu Joho University 2nd year 小山内 力樹 Osanai Riki Saitama 日本通運 Nippon Express 久保 正博 Kubo Masahiro Shizuoka 東洋大 Toyo University 3rd year 西方 航 Nishikata Wataru Tochigi 矢板高教 Yaita-shi HS faculty 木崎 伸之助 Kizaki Shinnosuke Tottori 日大 Nihon University 4th year 西郷 智博 Saigo Tomohiro Tottori 鳥取県地域振興部スポーツ課 Tottori prefectural sports promotion dept. 黒川 宗一郎 Kurokawa Soichiro Toyama アイシン軽金属 Aisin Light Metals 森本 太良 Morimoto Taro Wakayama 和歌山県庁 Wakayama prefectural government 冨田 元輝 Tomita Genki Wakayama 和歌山県庁 Wakayama prefectural government 中嶋 祥悟 Nakajima Shogo Yamagata 中大職 Chuo University staff Last 32 Ichinose (Fukuoka) tsukiotoshi Miyashita (Fukui) Satodate (Iwate) yorikiri Shigematsu (Okayama) Saito (Fukushima) oshidashi Kizaki (Tottori) Kazusako (Kochi) oshidashi Sato (Niigata) Tomita (Wakayama) tsuridashi Kitamura (Miyagi) Konaga (Kumamoto) fusen Yoshimoto (Ehime) Arakizeki (Ishikawa) oshidashi Yamanaka (Saga) Kurokawa (Toyama) yorikiri Shimosato (Mie) Murayama (Niigata) yorikiri Nishi (Kochi) Yurube (Ehime) fusen Nishikata (Tochigi) Saigo (Tottori) oshidashi Nakajima (Yamagata) Kubo (Shizuoka) yoritaoshi Takita (Mie) Yamamoto (Okinawa) uwatenage Morimoto (Wakayama) Hasegawa (Aomori) kawazugake Takahashi (Nagasaki) Shiroyama (Mie) tsukidashi Osanai (Saitama) Haga (Ibaraki) yorikiri Kamiyama (Aichi) Last 16 Miyashita (Fukui) katasukashi Shigematsu (Okayama) Kizaki (Tottori) oshidashi Kazusako (Kochi) Tomita (Wakayama) yorikiri Yoshimoto (Ehime) Arakizeki (Ishikawa) hikiotoshi Kurokawa (Toyama) Murayama (Niigata) yoritaoshi Nishikata (Tochigi) Saigo (Tottori) oshidashi Takita (Mie) Yamamoto (Okinawa) yoritaoshi Takahashi (Nagasaki) Shiroyama (Mie) yoritaoshi Kamiyama (Aichi) Quarterfinals Miyashita (Fukui) yorikiri Kazusako (Kochi) Tomita (Wakayama) sukuinage Kurokawa (Toyama) Murayama (Niigata) yorikiri Saigo (Tottori) Takahashi (Nagasaki) oshidashi Shiroyama (Mie) Semifinals Miyashita (Fukui) shitatenage Kurokawa (Toyama) Saigo (Tottori) yorikiri Shiroyama (Mie) Third Place Kurokawa (Toyama) fusen Saigo (Tottori) Final Miyashita (Fukui) yorikiri Shiroyama (Mie) Last year's runner-up is this year's winner! After taking revenge on 2016 champion Saigo in the semifinal, Toyo University 2nd year student Seira Shiroyama proceeded to go one better and took the title. He's eligible for Ms15 now, but as usual it's rather unlikely that a non-senior student will be making use of it. Outside of Shiroyama, not a great showing by the collegiate guys - five fell in the first round and two more did in the last 16, so there's nobody here who is even theoretically eligible for the sandanme start now by making the quarterfinals, short of a fresh workforce entrant having second thoughts about Ozumo. (I think the 7 guys are all older than 25 though, so it's moot.)
  4. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    Adult team finals Last 16 Mie 2-1 Shizuoka Kumamoto 2-1 Kochi Tottori 1-2 Nagasaki Wakayama 3-0 Yamagata Ehime 3-0 Okinawa Yamaguchi 0-3 Ishikawa Niigata 3-0 Miyagi Fukui 2-1 Aomori Quarterfinals Mie 2-1 Kumamoto Nagasaki 0-3 Wakayama Ehime 2-1 Ishikawa Niigata 2-1 Fukui Semifinals Mie 1-2 Wakayama Ehime 1-2 Niigata Third Place Mie 1-2 Ehime Final Wakayama 1-2 Niigata Huh, how about that: last year's first-time winners Niigata have retained. The always high-powered Wakayama team prevented the repeat semifinals by eliminating Nagasaki in the second round and then proceeded to go to the finals themselves, but they were unable to stop the defending champions. Ehime fell to Niigata in the semis again, but finish with the bronze medals just like last year, while the 2016 runners-up Mie have to settle for 4th this time. I didn't save the 2016 team lineups, but going by video posted in last year's thread the Niigata lineup wasn't quite the same for the title defense - Murayama was in the first slot again and Miwa in the third, but the middle slot was taken by a Hashimoto last time while this year's #2 was Sato from Nittaidai. (Coincidentally, last year Miwa was the only one of the three to qualify for the individuals, this time he's the only one to not qualify. Where's Miwa working now, by the way? Was a senior year student in 2016 and obviously didn't go pro.) All in all, more overlap of teams doing well in the juniors and the adults than there was last year - only Ehime had quarterfinal appearances in both classes last time, this year they're joined by Kumamoto, Niigata and Ishikawa. In Kokutai points terms the "sumo winner" is Kumamoto courtesy of their runner-up finish in the juniors plus their quarterfinal here.
  5. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    Adult team prelims Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Wakayama 2-1 Okayama | Wakayama 2-1 Fukuoka | Wakayama 3-0 Shimane Iwate 3-0 Hokkaido | Iwate 1-2 Shizuoka | Iwate 2-1 Nagasaki Kagoshima 3-0 Chiba | Kagoshima 0-3 Akita | Kagoshima 2-1 Toyama Saga 1-2 Osaka | Saga 1-2 Tochigi | Saga 1-2 Kochi Kanagawa 1-2 Fukuoka | Kanagawa 2-1 Shimane | Kanagawa 0-3 Fukui Hyogo 2-1 Shizuoka | Hyogo 0-3 Nagasaki | Hyogo 1-2 Kumamoto Tottori 3-0 Akita | Tottori 2-1 Toyama | Tottori 3-0 Nagano Tokyo 2-1 Tochigi | Tokyo 1-2 Kochi | Tokyo 0-3 Ehime Aomori 3-0 Shimane | Aomori 1-2 Fukui | Aomori 3-0 Miyazaki Kyoto 0-3 Nagasaki | Kyoto 1-2 Kumamoto | Kyoto 1-2 Miyagi Shiga 0-3 Toyama | Shiga 0-3 Nagano | Shiga 1-2 Oita Tokushima 1-2 Kochi | Tokushima 0-3 Ehime | Tokushima 0-3 Ibaraki Fukushima 1-2 Fukui | Fukushima 3-0 Miyazaki | Fukushima 2-1 Gifu Gunma 1-2 Kumamoto | Gunma 2-1 Miyagi | Gunma 0-3 Mie Yamaguchi 2-1 Nagano | Yamaguchi 2-1 Oita | Yamaguchi 2-1 Saitama Okinawa 1-2 Ehime | Okinawa 2-1 Ibaraki | Okinawa 3-0 Nara Hiroshima 0-3 Miyazaki | Hiroshima 1-2 Gifu | Hiroshima 1-2 Okayama Yamanashi 0-3 Miyagi | Yamanashi 0-3 Mie | Yamanashi 0-3 Hokkaido Niigata 3-0 Oita | Niigata 2-1 Saitama | Niigata 3-0 Chiba Ishikawa 1-2 Ibaraki | Ishikawa 3-0 Nara | Ishikawa 3-0 Osaka Aichi 3-0 Gifu | Aichi 1-2 Okayama | Aichi 2-1 Fukuoka Kagawa 0-3 Mie | Kagawa 1-2 Hokkaido | Kagawa 0-3 Shizuoka Yamagata 1-2 Saitama | Yamagata 3-0 Chiba | Yamagata 3-0 Akita Chiba 2-1 Nara | Tokushima 0-3 Osaka | Kagawa 0-3 Tochigi Standings: 1 Mie 3-0, 9 wins (3) 2 Ehime 3-0, 8 wins (2) 2 Niigata 3-0, 8 wins (2) 2 Tottori 3-0, 8 wins (2) 5 Fukui 3-0, 7 wins (1) 5 Wakayama 3-0, 7 wins (2) 7 Kochi 3-0, 6 wins (2) 7 Kumamoto 3-0, 6 wins (1) 7 Yamaguchi 3-0, 6 wins 10 Aomori 2-1, 7 wins (1) 10 Ishikawa 2-1, 7 wins (1) 10 Nagasaki 2-1, 7 wins (1) 10 Yamagata 2-1, 7 wins (1) 14 Aichi 2-1, 6 wins (1) 14 Fukushima 2-1, 6 wins (1) 14 Ibaraki 2-1, 6 wins (1) 14 Iwate 2-1, 6 wins (1) 14 Miyagi 2-1, 6 wins (1) 14 Okinawa 2-1, 6 wins (1) 14 Shizuoka 2-1, 6 wins (1) 14 Tochigi 2-1, 6 wins (1) ------------------------- 22 Hokkaido 2-1, 5 wins 22 Kagoshima 2-1, 5 wins 22 Okayama 2-1, 5 wins (1) 22 Osaka 2-1, 5 wins 26 Toyama 1-2, 5 wins (1) 27 Fukuoka 1-2, 4 wins (1) 27 Nagano 1-2, 4 wins 27 Saitama 1-2, 4 wins (1) 30 Akita 1-2, 3 wins 30 Gifu 1-2, 3 wins 30 Gunma 1-2, 3 wins 30 Hyogo 1-2, 3 wins 30 Kanagawa 1-2, 3 wins 30 Miyazaki 1-2, 3 wins 30 Oita 1-2, 3 wins 30 Tokyo 1-2, 3 wins 38 Chiba 1-3, 2 wins 39 Saga 0-3, 3 wins (1) 40 Hiroshima 0-3, 2 wins 40 Kyoto 0-3, 2 wins 42 Kagawa 0-4, 1 wins 42 Nara 0-3, 1 wins 42 Shiga 0-3, 1 wins 42 Shimane 0-3, 1 wins 42 Tokushima 0-4, 1 wins 47 Yamanashi 0-3, 0 wins Closer results here as well; last year there were 11 3-0's with four perfect scores, this time only last year's runner-up Mie prefecture managed to go through with 9 wins. (And arguably against a creampuff schedule - their three opponents went 3-3, 0-6 and 1-8 in their other matches.) Hosts Ehime prefecture doing well here, too. Big change of fortunes for Kyoto and Tokushima, however, who were among the 3-0's last year and finished winless this time around. And some odd happenings in the qualification for the individuals, with 3-0 Yamaguchi failing to get anybody through (all three rikishi went 2-1), while 0-3 Saga will have a representative tomorrow. The necessary tie-breaker session to get from 8 to 3 among the 14th-place finishers: Shizuoka 2-0 Aichi Okinawa 2-0 Fukushima Miyagi 2-1 Tochigi Shizuoka 2-1 Ibaraki Okinawa 2-1 Iwate Four byes and two prelim matches? Not sure that was the fairest way of doing it... Draw bracket for tomorrow's finals: Mie - Shizuoka Kumamoto - Kochi Tottori - Nagasaki Wakayama - Yamagata Ehime - Okinawa Yamaguchi - Ishikawa Niigata - Miyagi Fukui - Aomori Niigata are the defending champions, by the way. Oddly enough, last year's four semifinalists (Niigata, Mie, Ehime and Nagasaki) have all ended up in different quarters, so we could theoretically see the same Last 4 lineup again (even with exactly the same matchups, Mie-Nagasaki and Ehime-Niigata).
  6. All Japan Rikishi Tournament

    Charity only, I believe. If I'm not mistaken the Fuji TV tournament in February is the only prize money tournament these days.
  7. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    Junior individual finals With the less lopsided team preliminary scores it's no surprise that fewer competitors managed to go unbeaten to qualify for the individuals - only 44 this year after 49 the last time. As usual only the barest of effort has gone into verifying these name readings, so corrections are welcome. Name Pref. School 田村 拓三 Tamura Akita 秋田北鷹高 Kitaakita-shi Akita Hokuyo HS 長谷川 貴規 Hasegawa Aomori 木造高 Tsugaru-shi Kizukuri HS 葛西 永遠 Kasai Aomori 五所川原農林高 Goshogawara-shi Norin HS 工藤 光矢 Kudo Aomori 弘前実高 Hirosaki-shi Jitsugyo HS 斉藤 誠 Saito Aomori 三本木農高 Towada-shi Sanbongi Nogyo HS 山内 康 Yamauchi Aomori 三本木農高 Towada-shi Sanbongi Nogyo HS ビャンバスレン Byambasuren Chiba 日体大柏高 Kashiwa-shi Nihon Taiiku Kashiwa HS 久國 颯治 Hisakuni Ehime 津島高 Uwajima-shi Tsushima HS 近藤 俊一郎 Kondo Ehime 津島高 Uwajima-shi Tsushima HS 住木 厳太 Sumiki Ehime 野村高 Seiyo-shi Nomura HS 田中 界渡 Tanaka Fukushima 日大東北高 Koriyama-shi Nihon Tohoku HS 棚橋 亮太 Tanahashi Gifu 岐阜農林高 Kitagata-cho Gifu Norin HS 山田 拓実 Yamada Gifu 岐阜農林高 Kitagata-cho Gifu Norin HS 田中 優汰 Tanaka Hyogo 市川高 Ichikawa-cho HS 穴吹 健志郎 Anabuki Ibaraki 水戸農高 Naka-shi Mito Nogyo HS 干場 伸介 Hoshiba Ishikawa 金沢工高 Kanazawa-shi Kogyo HS 里山 雄樹 Satoyama Ishikawa 金沢学院高 Kanazawa-shi Gakuin HS 長内 龍 Osanai Iwate 平舘高 Hachimantai-shi Tairadate HS 白川 大貴 Shirakawa Kagawa 高松南高 Takamatsu-shi Minami HS 磯 晃城 Iso Kagoshima 樟南高 Kagoshima-shi Shonan HS 林 怜哉 Hayashi Kanagawa 旭丘高 Odawara-shi Asahigaoka HS 松村 将伍 Matsumura Kanagawa 向の岡工高 Kawasaki-shi Mukainooka Kogyo HS 畑山 将也 Hatakeyama Kochi 高知農高 Nankoku-shi Kochi Nogyo HS オドフー Odkhuu Kochi 明徳義塾高 Susaki-shi Meitoku Gijuku HS 川副 圭太 Kawazoe Kumamoto 文徳高 Kumamoto-shi Buntoku HS 寺島 魁 Terashima Nagano 更級農高 Nagano-shi Sarashina Nogyo HS 嘉陽 快宗 Kayo Niigata 海洋高 Itoigawa-shi Kaiyo HS 高橋 優太 Takahashi Niigata 海洋高 Itoigawa-shi Kaiyo HS 梅木 竜治郎 Umeki Oita 日田林工高 Hita-shi Rinko HS 城間 瑠正 Shiroma Okinawa 中部農林高 Uruma-shi Chubu Norin HS 森田 皓仁 Morita Osaka 近大付高 Higashiosaka-shi Kinki HS 谷岡 伊織 Tanioka Osaka 近大付高 Higashiosaka-shi Kinki HS 春山 万太郎 Haruyama Saitama 埼玉栄高 Saitama-shi Sakae HS 納谷 幸之介 Naya Saitama 埼玉栄高 Saitama-shi Sakae HS 齋藤 大輔 Saito Saitama 埼玉栄高 Saitama-shi Sakae HS 手計 富士紀 Tebakari Saitama 埼玉栄高 Saitama-shi Sakae HS 鈴木 優斗 Suzuki Shizuoka 飛龍高 Numazu-shi Hiryu HS 羽出山 将 Hatsuyama Tokyo 足立新田高 Adachi-ku Shinden HS 今関 俊介 Imazeki Tokyo 足立新田高 Adachi-ku Shinden HS 深澤 颯斗 Fukuzawa Tottori 鳥取城北高 Tottori-shi Johoku HS 石岡 弥輝也 Ishioka Tottori 鳥取城北高 Tottori-shi Johoku HS 當眞 嗣斗 Toma Tottori 鳥取城北高 Tottori-shi Johoku HS 花田 秀虎 Hanada Wakayama 和歌山商高 Wakayama-shi Shogyo HS 井田 翔太 Ida Wakayama 箕島高 Arida-shi Minoshima HS Last 44 Terashima (Nagano) bye Hayashi (Kanagawa) bye Hatakeyama (Kochi) bye Anabuki (Ibaraki) uwatenage Tanaka (Hyogo) Kasai (Aomori) bye Tanaka (Fukushima) tsukiotoshi Naya (Saitama) Imazeki (Tokyo) bye Tanahashi (Gifu) oshidashi Hanada (Wakayama) Hoshiba (Ishikawa) bye Takahashi (Niigata) bye Morita (Osaka) bye Hasegawa (Aomori) yorikiri Kondo (Ehime) Suzuki (Shizuoka) bye Tamura (Akita) hikiotoshi Haruyama (Saitama) Ishioka (Tottori) bye Osanai (Iwate) okuritaoshi Iso (Kagoshima) Ida (Wakayama) bye Toma (Tottori) bye Sumiki (Ehime) bye Matsumura (Kanagawa) yorikiri Kudo (Aomori) Yamada (Gifu) bye Tebakari (Saitama) hatakikomi Kayo (Niigata) Odkhuu (Kochi) bye Shiroma (Okinawa) uwatenage Tanioka (Osaka) Fukuzawa (Tottori) bye Shirakawa (Kagawa) bye Byambasuren (Chiba) bye Kawazoe (Kumamoto) fusen Yamauchi (Aomori) Satoyama (Ishikawa) bye Hatsuyama (Tokyo) uwatenage Saito (Saitama) Hisakuni (Ehime) bye Saito (Aomori) tsukidashi Umeki (Oita) Last 32 Terashima (Nagano) sukuinage Hayashi (Kanagawa) Hatakeyama (Kochi) uchigake Tanaka (Hyogo) Kasai (Aomori) oshidashi Naya (Saitama) Imazeki (Tokyo) oshitaoshi Hanada (Wakayama) Hoshiba (Ishikawa) yoritaoshi Takahashi (Niigata) Morita (Osaka) yorikiri Kondo (Ehime) Suzuki (Shizuoka) tsukiotoshi Haruyama (Saitama) Ishioka (Tottori) yorikiri Iso (Kagoshima) Ida (Wakayama) hikiotoshi Toma (Tottori) Sumiki (Ehime) shitatenage Matsumura (Kanagawa) Yamada (Gifu) uwatenage Tebakari (Saitama) Odkhuu (Kochi) kotenage Shiroma (Okinawa) Fukuzawa (Tottori) oshidashi Shirakawa (Kagawa) Byambasuren (Chiba) shitatenage Kawazoe (Kumamoto) Satoyama (Ishikawa) oshitaoshi Saito (Saitama) Hisakuni (Ehime) tsukidashi Umeki (Oita) Last 16 Hayashi (Kanagawa) tsukidashi Tanaka (Hyogo) Naya (Saitama) yoritaoshi Hanada (Wakayama) Hoshiba (Ishikawa) oshidashi Kondo (Ehime) Suzuki (Shizuoka) oshidashi Ishioka (Tottori) Ida (Wakayama) oshitaoshi Sumiki (Ehime) Tebakari (Saitama) yoritaoshi Shiroma (Okinawa) Shirakawa (Kagawa) uchigake Byambasuren (Chiba) Saito (Saitama) uwatedashinage Umeki (Oita) Quarterfinals Tanaka (Hyogo) yoritaoshi Naya (Saitama) Hoshiba (Ishikawa) yoritaoshi Ishioka (Tottori) Sumiki (Ehime) yoritaoshi Tebakari (Saitama) Byambasuren (Chiba) uchigake Saito (Saitama) Semifinals Naya (Saitama) tsukiotoshi Ishioka (Tottori) Sumiki (Ehime) hikiotoshi Byambasuren (Chiba) Third Place Ishioka (Tottori) fusen Byambasuren (Chiba) Final Naya (Saitama) yorikiri Sumiki (Ehime) Not much needs to be said about champion Konosuke Naya, his third-generation sumotori background is of course well-known and we also already know that he's headed to the pros very soon. And a great run by host city representative Genta Sumiki! He'd already made it to the quarterfinals last year, as well, and as (I think) he's in the final grade I wonder if we might be seeing him in Ozumo soon, too. Bronze medalist Byambasuren is definitely coming as we've been told last month.
  8. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    Junior team finals Last 16 Aomori 4-1 Fukuoka Wakayama 1-4 Ishikawa Ehime 3-2 Gifu Tottori 2-3 Kumamoto Saitama 4-1 Osaka Kochi 3-2 Oita Tokyo 1-4 Chiba Kanagawa 2-3 Niigata Quarterfinals Aomori 3-2 Ishikawa Ehime 1-4 Kumamoto Saitama 5-0 Kochi Chiba 4-1 Niigata Semifinals Aomori 2-3 Kumamoto Saitama 5-0 Chiba Third Place Aomori 2-3 Chiba Final Kumamoto 1-4 Saitama A stunning title defense by 2016 winner Saitama for the prefecture's 8th Kokutai junior championship. They only lost three bouts across their seven matches, and all but the very first prelim round were immediately decided after the first three rikishi. Chiba became the surprise bronze medal finishers after barely making it into the top 16 to begin with, and they had the biggest possible come-from-behind victory in the third-place match, rallying to the win from 0-2 down.
  9. Tom Brady trains with Goueidou

    I think that's a rather different issue. No doubt that many "has what it takes to make money in professional sports" people have the core talent to be successful in a number of different sports (and it's often down to happenstance which one they end up competing in), but I thought we were talking about guys who actually had trained for NFL-level football, not just guys who theoretically could play NFL-level football. The latter shifts the discussion from "how good can successful football players become at sumo?" to "how can sumo grab talented kids who will otherwise embark on a football career?" (Or worse, to wildly speculative debates along the lines of "how good would X have been if he had trained for sumo instead?", which I personally have zero interest in.)
  10. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    The foreign names in the junior lineups: Chiba: ビャンバスレン Byambasuren 3-0 Fukuoka: テムレン Temulen(?) 2-1 Kanagawa: チョイジルスレン Choijilsuren 2-1 Kochi: オドフー Odkhuu(?) 3-0 Tottori: ダワーニンジ Davaaninj(?) 1-2 No Amarsanaa for Tottori, hmm.
  11. 2017 Kokutai in Ehime

    Junior team prelims Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Saitama 4-1 Akita | Saitama 5-0 Yamaguchi | Saitama 5-0 Shiga Aichi 4-1 Miyazaki | Aichi 1-4 Kochi | Aichi 2-3 Okinawa Nara 0-5 Oita | Nara 0-5 Hiroshima | Nara 1-4 Okayama Tottori 3-2 Ishikawa | Tottori 3-2 Niigata | Tottori 5-0 Tochigi Hokkaido 1-4 Yamaguchi | Hokkaido 5-0 Shiga | Hokkaido 2-3 Yamagata Osaka 2-3 Kochi | Osaka 4-1 Okinawa | Osaka 4-1 Kyoto Aomori 5-0 Hiroshima | Aomori 5-0 Okayama | Aomori 5-0 Gunma Shizuoka 1-4 Niigata | Shizuoka 3-2 Tochigi | Shizuoka 4-1 Chiba Miyagi 4-1 Shiga | Miyagi 2-3 Yamagata | Miyagi 0-5 Kanagawa Fukui 1-4 Okinawa | Fukui 2-3 Kyoto | Fukui 4-1 Yamanashi Kagoshima 2-3 Okayama | Kagoshima 5-0 Gunma | Kagoshima 2-3 Wakayama Toyama 3-2 Tochigi | Toyama 1-4 Chiba | Toyama 2-3 Nagano Gifu 4-1 Yamagata | Gifu 2-3 Kanagawa | Gifu 4-1 Shimane Ibaraki 4-1 Kyoto | Ibaraki 4-1 Yamanashi | Ibaraki 1-4 Ehime Fukushima 4-1 Gunma | Fukushima 2-3 Wakayama | Fukushima 4-1 Mie Kagawa 0-5 Chiba | Kagawa 1-4 Nagano | Kagawa 4-1 Tokushima Hyogo 2-3 Kanagawa | Hyogo 4-1 Shimane | Hyogo 1-4 Akita Kumamoto 5-0 Yamanashi | Kumamoto 1-4 Ehime | Kumamoto 5-0 Miyazaki Fukuoka 1-4 Wakayama | Fukuoka 5-0 Mie | Fukuoka 4-1 Oita Nagasaki 3-2 Nagano | Nagasaki 4-1 Tokushima | Nagasaki 0-5 Ishikawa Tokyo 5-0 Shimane | Tokyo 3-2 Akita | Tokyo 4-1 Yamaguchi Iwate 2-3 Ehime | Iwate 5-0 Miyazaki | Iwate 2-3 Kochi Saga 3-2 Mie | Saga 0-5 Oita | Saga 2-3 Hiroshima Kagawa 4-1 Tokushima | Gunma 0-5 Ishikawa | Shiga 0-5 Niigata Standings (number in brackets = rikishi who have qualified for individual finals): 1 Aomori 3-0, 15 wins (5) 2 Saitama 3-0, 14 wins (4) 3 Tokyo 3-0, 12 wins (2) 4 Ehime 3-0, 11 wins (3) 4 Kanagawa 3-0, 11 wins (2) 4 Tottori 3-0, 11 wins (3) 7 Kochi 3-0, 10 wins (2) 7 Wakayama 3-0, 10 wins (2) 9 Ishikawa 2-1, 12 wins (2) 10 Kumamoto 2-1, 11 wins (1) 10 Niigata 2-1, 11 wins (2) 10 Oita 2-1, 11 wins (1) 13 Chiba 2-1, 10 wins (1) 13 Fukuoka 2-1, 10 wins 13 Fukushima 2-1, 10 wins (1) 13 Gifu 2-1, 10 wins (2) 13 Osaka 2-1, 10 wins (2) -------------------------- 18 Ibaraki 2-1, 9 wins (1) 18 Kagawa 2-2, 9 wins (1) 18 Nagano 2-1, 9 wins (1) 21 Hiroshima 2-1, 8 wins 21 Okinawa 2-1, 8 wins (1) 21 Shizuoka 2-1, 8 wins (1) 24 Nagasaki 2-1, 7 wins 24 Okayama 2-1, 7 wins 24 Yamagata 2-1, 7 wins 27 Iwate 1-2, 9 wins (1) 27 Kagoshima 1-2, 9 wins (1) 29 Hokkaido 1-2, 8 wins 30 Aichi 1-2, 7 wins 30 Akita 1-2, 7 wins (1) 30 Fukui 1-2, 7 wins 30 Hyogo 1-2, 7 wins (1) 34 Miyagi 1-2, 6 wins 34 Toyama 1-2, 6 wins 36 Kyoto 1-2, 5 wins 36 Saga 1-2, 5 wins 36 Yamaguchi 1-2, 5 wins 39 Tochigi 0-3, 4 wins 40 Mie 0-3, 3 wins 40 Tokushima 0-3, 3 wins 42 Shimane 0-3, 2 wins 42 Yamanashi 0-3, 2 wins 44 Gunma 0-4, 1 win 44 Miyazaki 0-3, 1 win 44 Nara 0-3, 1 win 44 Shiga 0-4, 1 win Closer results than last year, when there were 9 teams at 3-0 and all of them had at least 12 wins. Kagawa very nearly made the most of their extra bout opportunity in round 1, but ended up falling one win short of qualifying for the top 16 and ties, while the other fill-in teams Gunma and Shiga didn't get anything out of it. Nice to see host Ehime follow up on last year's successes with another good showing here. The following tie-breaker matches were held to whittle down the 5-way tie for 13th place to the available 4 qualifying positions: Osaka 3-1 Fukushima Gifu 3-1 Fukuoka Chiba 3-0 Fukushima Fukuoka 3-0 Fukushima Draw bracket for tomorrow's finals: Aomori - Fukuoka Wakayama - Ishikawa Ehime - Gifu Tottori - Kumamoto Saitama - Osaka Kochi - Oita Tokyo - Chiba Kanagawa - Niigata You'd have to think that the favourites are probably the usual suspects: Aomori, Ishikawa, Tottori, and Saitama. Was unfortunate for Ishikawa that they already ran into Tottori in the prelims, which prevented them from getting a more favourable position in the seeded knockout draw. (Would have been likewise unfortunate for Tottori, of course, if they had been the ones to lose that prelim matchup.)
  12. Tom Brady trains with Goueidou

    Well, plenty of the Hawaiian rikishi from the 80s and early 90s had a football background (granted, HS/college only, not NFL) and the big bodies, and they largely failed to make an impact. Having the right offensive tools for sumo is nice, but I don't know how many NFL-level offensive linemen could develop enough defense or versatility to not find themselves hopelessly lost against opponents who don't immediately fold in the face of Lineman Pushing Plan A.
  13. East versus West

    Oh, yet another thread from across the years... I think we're well on our way to making this the definitive East/West thread now, even if we're still no closer to a definitive answer. FWIW, if the whole idea of East and West as "sumo team names" really goes back all the way to the earliest days of professional sumo when it was barely tolerated by the authorities, I kind of doubt that (theoretical or actual) emperor viewing directions had anything to do with their arrangement on the dohyo. It could explain the mooted mid-19th century side switch though, given the renewed focus on the Tenno during the Meiji Restoration. (By the way, does anyone have anything about this alleged preference for the Left in old Chinese culture? The WP article in question has a vague reference to the Tang dynasty, I think, but I'm completely clueless as far as that goes, and a cursory search for information didn't yield much of use.)
  14. Aki jungyo 2017

    I don't really buy this notion. Even with the current expansive tours the jungyo schedule still only accounts for, what, 5% of the Kyokai's overall revenues? (~600 million yen out of ~12 billion last year.) Simply increasing the capacity utilization rate of the honbasho venues by a few percentage points over the last couple of years probably brought in more extra money than doubling the jungyo tours did, given that ticket sales seem to total something like 5 to 6 billion yen. They could easily restrict the size of the tours a bit without suffering any major impact to their bottom line. I'm not so sure about that, either. Obviously the current boom didn't start with jungyo, and given the limited public impact of jungyo events I kind of doubt that they actually do that much to keep the general interest in sumo high. They might do that locally, but that's certainly not enough to maintain things nationwide. If the public loses interest in honbasho, they could tour 150 days a year and it wouldn't reverse the process. IMHO, it's rather that they simply haven't given much thought to the idea that it could become necessary to limit their "jungyo supply", perhaps because it's such an unusual and unexpected situation compared to previous years when they had to be grateful for any city and promoter that actually wanted to host an event. Or maybe they have given thought to it, but not early enough to have an effect on this year's tour schedule already. (And when I suggest limiting their supply, I don't even mean to do that specifically to protect the rikishi. Rather, it might make good financial sense to reduce the number of dates and charge more in turn, given jungyo's new status as a sought-after commodity. Of course, they might be worried that increased fees could hurt them when interest starts to dwindle again...) The worst part of the recent tours is arguably that the travel itinerary often doesn't make much sense, with frequent lengthy detours to completely different parts of the country. That wasn't much of an issue when there were regular off-days in the schedule, but if they're on the road nearly every day, it really behooves them to work with the promoters to schedule a jungyo route that minimizes the travel distances.
  15. East versus West

    Related to that, Kinta had an interesting comment in one of the earlier threads: And indeed I think there's no official material that refers to the shomen/head shimpan side as "North", or to the gyoji side as "South". That fits in with the proposed explanation from the Wikipedia article: East and West were originally not really meant to be literal references to the directions of the compass, but rather sort of symbolic or metaphorical descriptors that simply denoted the two competing rikishi camps in a tournament. So the dohyo may have four sides, but it doesn't actually have four directions. In addition, while the WP article doesn't touch on it, if it's true that the dohyo view was originally reversed from today's, it may explain why the banzuke has the West side written on the left: It was simply to mirror the rikishi positions of the time. Our previous assumption had largely been that this was probably based on the compass view, but that doesn't make much sense if the compass had never been the basis for sumo's use of East and West to begin with. Of course, that explanation would still leave open another question: Why didn't they also change the official banzuke format in the mid-19th century if they switched the competition sides? Perhaps the sumo banzuke style was simply too entrenched and formalized after over 100 years? (Or maybe the new "East is more prestigious" attitude simply worked well with the then-standard right-to-left writing method, so they saw no reason to change it...)