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  1. Asashosakari

    Michinoku beya likely to close Following a joint practice session of the Tokitsukaze group at Michinoku-beya's Osaka training grounds today, Michinoku-oyakata officially confirmed that the heya will be closing after Haru basho. As surmised back in January, each member of the stable will be asked where they would like to transfer (within Tokitsukaze-ichimon only, of course). Let the speculations recommence... Besides Michinoku himself and the eight rikishi including ozeki Kirishima, the heya comprises Urakaze (ex-Shikishima, 53), re-employed Tatsutayama (ex-Sasshunada, 66), wakaimonogashira Fukunosato (62), first-class tokoyama Tokodai (53), and makushita yobidashi Shin (30).
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    Insulting Column Making Fun of Shikona

    Yeah, it's a bit stream of consciousness like, but the undercurrent seems to be "my son likes this, so it can't be half-bad". That's a pretty heart-warming attitude, actually.
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    Trivia bits

    Tochimaru is the only rikishi in DB-recorded history to have hit all of Ms5 to Ms1 as separate career-high ranks: Query
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    Hokuseiho Accused of Bullying - Hakuho Faces Demotion

    I'm pretty sure practicing "self-restraint" is a very common thing post-scandal in stables, it's just that it's more publicized here because it's essentially being mandated from above since stripped-of-his-power Miyagino cannot order it himself.
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    Takanofuji's result for his final basho on the banzuke should be 0-0, not 0-0-7; his official profile shows only 28 career absences. There was some confusion around his less-than-voluntary departure, with the Kyokai originally only acknowledging it after the tournament, even though his intai notice had been submitted before; they later corrected that, and cancelled his basho score accordingly.
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    Hokuseiho Accused of Bullying - Hakuho Faces Demotion

    I don't think 力士たち is meant to refer to all the rikishi in the stable, just the hypothetical ones who cause further offense. To me, that comment just reads as, "unlike Hokuseiho, the next guys won't be going down alone, they'll take the heya with them".
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    Tipspiel Banzuke Haru 2024

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    Hokuseiho Accused of Bullying - Hakuho Faces Demotion

    Yeah, I'm basically just wondering, "Is there anything his ichimon mates could say or do to soften the blow to his ego?" Still assuming that they even want to, of course. It might not help, though, that the ichimon itself won't be able to decide when Hakuho's sentence has been fully served. That's going to make it hard for them to give him some sort of roadmap. (And I don't expect the rijikai to offer anything like that, much as I hope that they do.)
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    Hokuseiho Accused of Bullying - Hakuho Faces Demotion

    I'm not sure that the Kyokai is a coherent enough organization to say that. There are almost definitely people who would like to see Hakuho gone, and as far as his relationship to the Kyokai powers as a whole is concerned, I'd certainly sign off on the "this must feel like humiliation" view. But is it the same within Isegahama-ichimon specifically? And even if it is, will the attitudes remain unchanged once Isegahama-oyakata is largely out of the picture next year and Asakayama (who generally seems to be pretty unideological) becomes the group leader for all intents and purposes? I find it hard to believe that there wouldn't be anybody that looks at what's meant to happen over the next months/years as a genuine second chance for Hakuho.
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    Hokuseiho Accused of Bullying - Hakuho Faces Demotion

    They're presently renting (I presume, anyway) the former Azumazeki-beya premises, with ex-Takamiyama still living upstairs. Interestingly, in the moving-in coverage from a year and a half ago it was claimed that Hakuho was going to live in the heya (and it sounds like he was not doing that in the old Miyagino-beya premises previously). He didn't follow through with that.
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    Hokuseiho Accused of Bullying - Hakuho Faces Demotion

    For Haru, it'll definitely be Miyagino-beya. What's going to happen in the custody phase afterwards, who knows.
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    Hokuseiho Accused of Bullying - Hakuho Faces Demotion

    No, they did the same thing there:
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    Banzuke for Haru 2024

    Daikiko had unusual circumstances working in his favour, too; makuuchi was expanded from 38 to 40 at that time.
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    Hokuseiho Accused of Bullying - Hakuho Faces Demotion

    Sponichi adds that Magaki (ex-Ishiura) was supposedly asked but declined - however, I'm not sure how much stock to put into that claim, as Sponichi had previously declared him "likely" to be chosen by the ichimon, so they might just be covering for why they got that wrong. Other papers had been more circumspect in their comments on the topic. The Sponichi article also re-emphasizes that Tamagaki's appointment as acting shisho is only for Haru basho, following which Miyagino-beya is set to move into joint custody of Isegahama-ichimon. (That really doesn't sound practical in the slightest to me, though; I wouldn't be surprised if they'll just decide to continue with Tamagaki in the end.) For now, the main point is to give the Miyagino wrestlers the opportunity to participate in Haru basho, as there's apparently a "no shisho = no competition" Kyokai rule. The Miyagino-beya rikishi will begin training in Osaka for the upcoming tournament tomorrow, with Tamagaki expected to join them the day after at the latest. Well-experienced at 59 years of age and with his unique background of having worked as a high school teacher for several years before he turned to pro sumo at age 27, he's seen as the man to right the good ship Miyagino - quite possibly the only man trusted to be able to do it within the group, according to unattributed comments in Nikkan's article.
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    Trivia bits

    Rikishi demoted from makuuchi placed behind rikishi promoted from makushita, 15-bout era: 1969.03 -> .05: M12e Hanada 0-8-7 -> J11e Ms6e Oyoshizawa 7-0 Y -> J10e 1972.01 -> .03: M12e Ryuko 0-0-15 -> J8e Ms11w Shurao 7-0 Y -> J7w 1979.07 -> .09: M14e Banryuyama 0-3-12 -> J10w Ms7w Sadanoumi 7-0 Y -> J8w 1990.09 -> .11: M13w Kyokugozan 1-14 -> J10w Ms4w Hayashi 7-0 Y -> J9w 2000.03 -> .05: M14w Wakanosato 0-0-15 -> J11e Ms1e Tochisakae 6-1 -> J9e Ms5e Tamanokuni 7-0 Y -> J8w 2002.03 -> .05: M13w Towanoyama 0-1-14 -> J9w Ms1e Gojoro 7-0 Y -> J8e 2003.05 -> .07: M14e Takanotsuru 0-11-4 -> J10w Ms4e Tamanokuni 7-0 Y -> J9e 2005.01 -> .03: M15e Tochisakae 0-0-15 -> J10e M15w Harunoyama 0-0-15 -> J10w Ms4e Chiyohakuho 7-0 Y -> J9w 2008.03 -> .05: M13w Ichihara 0-2-13 -> J11w Ms4e Daiyubu 7-0 Y -> J10e 2010.07 -> .09: M14w Okinoumi 0-0-15 -> J8e Ms12e Jumonji 7-0 Y -> J7e 2010.11 -> 2011.01: M17e Hokutoriki 0-0-15 -> J12e Ms1e Kiyoseumi 4-3 -> J11e Ms4e Yoshiazuma 5-2 -> J11w 2013.01 -> .03: M16e Miyabiyama 3-12 -> J9e Ms1e Oniarashi 7-0 Y -> J7w 2024.01 -> .03: M17w Aoiyama 0-7-8 -> J11w Ms1w Wakatakakage 7-0 Y -> J10w