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  1. Raishu

    Arawashi intai

    I always had a soft spot for him, since we share birthdays together. Good luck for his future endeavors! Very likely the first of many sekitori or ex-sekitori retirements we will see this year.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    He could switch to another kabu, as there are a few unused at the moment. Probably a matter of negotiation.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    My bad then. But that one was quite easy to misunderstand.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I am sorry, usually I don't bite back after a discussion has died down, but please stick to the truth: I did not address his performance over the last three bashos! Clearly, it was about Kakuryu's decline over the last three years. And again: if you can't perform up to Yokozuna standards, simply don't enter the basho (cite back problems as a reason and take your time to recover mentally). And that's it from me.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Don't worry, I am pretty aware of Hakuho's results over the last years, so no surprises here. Since I was refering to the last three years of Kakuryu in my analysis, we should apply the same standard for Hakuho, should we? What we can see is, that he is on decline as well (no surprises here either, given his age and length of his career). Further, he barely posted 10-5's and 11-4's because he: a) captured the yusho with a better record, b) dropped out early enough to avoid a 10-5 finish or c) didn't even enter to avoid a feeble performance. Hence the impression, that Hakuho was doing better than Kakuryu. Additionally, looking at sheer yusho wins, the record is 6-3 in favor of Hakuho. When he starts to alternate between low double-digit results, in-basho withdrawals and pre-basho kyujo's with a yusho every 12-18 months, than my answer is a definite "YES!" I would agree to this statement. I think, this is what many perceive. And Morty surely is right, when he says Hakuho has more credit due to his success, reputation and legacy.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    True. So let's wait and see what he will make out of it next time.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Fair enough, but it simply doesn't work that way when you are at the top of the banzuke. As a Yokozuna, you'll have to meet the claim to always compete for the Yusho and to enter the basho at full strength and spirit. If Kakuryu isn't ready to compete (fever, Michinoku transfer, etc.) then he shouldn't enter the basho. This is not my opinion - this is what the YDC, the fans, the people and the Japanese media expect from a Yokozuna. Kakuryu is on decline, and he is not to blame for that. The guy is almost 35 years old, has been active for almost 20 years and injuries are catching up to him. He was MIA the entire year of 2017 except for a flattering 10-5 in March (as a side note: reaching for double digits is what people expect from an Ozeki not from a Yokozuna - posting 10-5's or 11-4's here and there does not suit the highest rank). The first half of 2018 was very good and after that only his performance in July 2019 was praiseworthy - 11 kyujo's in three years (dropping out seven times after having entered). Don't get me wrong, I like the guy and wish him nothing but luck. But his responsibility as a Yokozuna is to perform in formidable manner (a lot of pulling recently) and to post great results and I don't see this anymore. @robnplunder: Kisenosato's story is a different one. He and his confidants simply made the wrong decision not to perform surgery and fully heal. With Kakuryu, it seems more like constant "smaller" nagging injuries affect his abilities and these probably won't go away anymore.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    As much as I like Kakuryu, the next time he competes, it should be a "do-or-die-basho" for him. Let's wait and see what the YDC thinks about that, but a stong demand for retirement - in case he will fail again next time - seems legit here.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    It looks like the shimekomi he had used at the beginning of his sekitori career ... at least they look similiar. Talking about a new start ... dadada
  10. I can only speak from personal observations (back in 2016), but Aoiyama and his entourage walked the entire way from stable door to the Kokugikan. The heya is only 10 minutes away, so it makes sense to avoid taxis for this kind of short distance. Another more or less famous rikishi that I bumped into at Ryogoku station twice was Sagatsukasa. Irumagawa-stable is located in Saitama, so I assume rikishi from that heya have to take the train regularly.
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    Sanyaku debutants in 2020

    Hello there, I like polls. So I thought, "Why not posting a poll?". And here it is. The subject's pretty random - to be honest - but IMO a good one for guesses and debates. Who will make his sanyaku debut in 2020? I've done some sort of preselection and decided on a group of roughly 20 rikishi - likely ones, mainstays and unlikely ones included. I have purposely left out veterans over 30y and very mediocre mainstays without a debut (the likes of Tokushoryu, Sokokurai, Nishikigi, Daishomaru among others), since I don't regard them as potential candidates here. If you think otherwise, select "other" and post a comment. Tomokaze is not on the list, since his injury will sideline him for a longer period of time. Further, you won't find any rikishi from Makushita and below (I know we have guys like Naya or Roga), so again: select "other" and comment. The poll will close automatically (hopefully!) after the basho has concluded. Happy new year!
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    Azumazeki-oyakata has died

    I guess, it will be hard to find a potential successor within the ichimon, since it doesn't have that many attached oyakata who could take over. Ex-Takamisakari does not strike me as shisho-material. IIRC, he never really was in the race to become the next head of Azumazeki-beya and Jesse favored ex-Ushiomaru all the way. Consultant Oyama is not allowed to take charge, so it comes down to a relatively small group of candidates: Wakamatsu (ex-Asanowaka) -> will most likely succeed Takasago Nishikijima (ex-Asasekiryu) -> still pretty new to the job - I am not sure, whether he has ambitions to run a heya one day (he is exactly one Makuuchi basho short of having the option to brach off on his own, so that would be his chance) Jinmaku (ex-Fujinoshin) -> 59 years of age - he could only serve as a temporary solution, so I rule him out based on that fact Tanigawa (ex-Hokutoriki) -> probably one of the better choices here - has been working as a coach for more than 8 years. But maybe he simply does not want to run a heya ... who knows? Sendagawa (ex-Toki) -> Tanigawa with more time and experience as an oyakata. I could write the same here. And that's all folks .... In my opinion, only three real candidates and we haven't heard anything in the past, if these guys have the desire to become a headcoach or not. Of course, we could advance our search and have a look at the still-active eligible sekitori, but aside from Okinoumi (who is still doing well in Makuuchi at 34 years of age) I don't see any rikishi retiring for the benefit of becoming a shisho. Crazy idea from my side: maybe they should try to poach an attached oyakata from the aligned Tokitsukaze-ichimon, just to expand the pool of candidates.
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    Takakeisho injury update

    Wrong numbers. Add 20kg and 5cm.
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    Well, he is back on the Kyokai members list, so I assume it was just a technical error.
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    Kisenosato intai

    Allright, thank you for your detailed report. As you wrote, a lot of speculation and no clear hints at all (especially the cook-thingy adds some kind of ridculousness to it). Crazy idea: Maybe he can buy or temporarily rent the premise from the Izutsu heirs, unless they want to use it privately? (Nishikido beya occupies the old Takasago building AFAIK - but they belong to the same ichimon, so different situation).