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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I don't think Hakuho's ever started out 0-3. Asanoyama was probably releasing some built-up tension/frustration.
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    Rare occurence in Jonidan

    That's the trouble with these rookie gyoji. If he'd just shouted "Hakkeyoi!" like he was supposed to they would have put some spirit into it and finished the match.
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    Trivia bits

    We're doing top 5 only? I think it's Tachiyama, Harumafuji, Haguroyama, Tamanoumi.
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    Number of Sekitori per Heya

    At its peak in the mid 90s the Futagoyama beya had 10 sekitori from around 50 rikishi in total. That was as a result of its merger with the Fujishima beya.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Aki 2020

    Yeah, nice try Takakeisho - the average weight of a cell phone is 137 grams or 4.8 ounces. What else did he supposedly have in his pockets...
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    First sumo documentary film

    I tried to search for the film in English and all that came up was the 1992 film Sumo Do, Sumo Don't. Rather confusing that the titles are so similar...
  7. Yeah, Takasago beya is effectively Wakamatsu beya under a different name so I would expect ex-Asanowaka, as the current Takasago's guy, to take over.
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    Kimarite Statistics - July 2020

    Wakanohana III left the Kyokai a long time ago.
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    Top 10 Sumo Records July 2020

    It took Tamawashi 77 career tournaments, not 101. He has only 98 career tournaments as of today.
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    Corona and sumo

    They DID shut the whole thing down after the first day. The first day of the tournament as a whole, that is. They were spectators for Day 1, because the tournament was one of the few selected sporting events to trial limited spectators - then the government changed their minds.
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    Rikishi "generations"

    I was trying to read Kitaharima's Japanese Wikipedia article through Google Translate and it seems that he's part of a group of rikishi born in the period April 1986 to April 1987 (Showa 61), that also includes Kisenosato, Goeido and Myogiryu. This group even has it's own Japanese Wikipedia article ("Flower of... " what?) I wondered how common this kind of grouping is, the reasons for it and if it happens in any other context in Japan.
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    Rikishi "generations"

    I just found it interesting that they're grouped by birth year, as I'd previously assumed they only went by hatsu dohyo, like the famous Class of Haru 1988. Goeido went to high school so made his debut nearly three years after Kisenosato and Kitaharima.
  13. Height requirements are also overlooked in some cases eg. if they have a certain level of attainment in university sumo.
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    Keiko mawashi stolen!!

    He's 5'5" (165cm). All the more remarkable that he kept fighting until he was nearly 47.
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    Rikishi identification

    @Kirinoumi I watched a lot of Hokutenyu's bouts in the 1980s and I'm almost certain that isn't him. It doesn't look anything like him to me.
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    The ties between heya within an ichimon are a lot looser than they used to be, I think. Maybe in the past the Dewanoumi ichimon would have intervened before things got out of hand, but that doesn't seem to happen these days.
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    Ex-Makuuchi rikishi Zaonishiki passes away

    Wakajishi may have gone through more but Zaonishiki was borrowing for over 30 years before he finally got hold of the Takekuma kabu. That must be a record.
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    Ex-Makuuchi rikishi Zaonishiki passes away

    There is a Sumo obituaries thread but it's not used that much. Most of the bigger names get their own thread.
  19. This was from last month, looking at 50 year-old Hanakaze, also features Ichinoya: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13523950
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    Future basho schedule

    Also on the English JSA site.
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    Are Abi's days numbered?

    Gokushindo was actually the only rikishi who fit the "ex-sekitori, different heya, kyujo last basho, not Tomokaze" description that John Gunning gave earlier.
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    Terunofuji Watch

    @John Gunning called it: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/07/16/sumo/basho-reports/upcoming-july-basho-fascinating-unpredictable-affair/
  23. It's interesting to compare Hakuho with Kitanoumi as the cases are quite similar. Both put together extraordinary streaks of never missing a single bout as a yokozuna - 43 straight tournaments, Hakuho 46 tournaments, but their accumulated injuries finally caught up with them. I think both earned the right towards the end of their careers to sit out tournaments as they wished to avoid doing themselves any more damage.
  24. I think they would spare Ikioi and Nishikigi rather than overpromote Ichinoj┼Ź.
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    Are Abi's days numbered?

    I wonder if this will lead to an extra spot in makuuchi being available for the Aki banzuke.