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    Kaiho/Jomei Candidates for 2010

    We really do need a new Kaiho candidate though, since the current one is on the brink.
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    What's next for Tamiya Keiji?

    If I recall correctly, he was the likely heir to the Hidenoyama toshiyori, which is currently still owned by retired oyakata and former Sekiwake Hasegawa. Kotomitsuki won't be needing it now, which could be good news for another former Sekiwake, Kotonishiki, who is borrowing it. Every cloud, and all that... On a related note, I'd like to see an expansion of the sewanin and/or wakaimonogashira positions. But expansion or not, I don't think they should be restricted to newly-retired rikishi only. An oyakata who has to give up his borrowed toshiyori and cannot find another one should be allowed to move sideways into a sewanin or wakaimonogashira slot. It would mean retaining a potentially-valuable experienced hand.
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    Heisei Hopefuls - prospect watch

    Then who has been sending all of these posts to the Forum? Seriously, @Asashosakari, great work on this data. I'm particularly happy to see Chiyonokuni doing so well, since I've been cheering him on almost from the start of his career.
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    I remember Syd Hoare, the commentator on British Eurosport's sumo coverage, often saying that Kaiho was one of the hardest-working rikishi in terms of keiko. I'm sure I recall him mentioning that he would train on public holidays or any other day when rikishi might normally be excused keiko. I hope Kaiho sticks around as an oyakata, if only to try and impress that work ethic on the next generation of rikishi.
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    Persistence Watch

    Onuki is only the sixth rikishi to begin his career with three consecutive 1-6 make-koshi since the seven-bout tournament era began in 1960 Nagoya. The last man to 'accomplish' this was Shimazaki, in 1985.
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    Takanohana Tactics- new riji stories

    Can Zaonishiki borrow your old one, please?
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    As I understood it, Asahisato acquired Kumagatani on loan when he retired as a rikishi in 1998. He then moved (as Kumagatani-oyakata) from Oshima-beya to Oitekaze-beya in February or March 2004, by which time ex-Oiteyama had been retired for around nine or ten months and ex-Zaonishiki (who else?) had landed on the Nakagawa toshiyori. When the whole Miyagino/Kumagatani thing erupted, Asahisato was able to slide straight into Nakagawa since he was now an oyakata at Oitekaze-beya and, as you point out, the toshiyori was under Daishoyama's control. Under the current rules, yes he has been retired too long, which is why I wondered whether he might be exempt from the three-year rule as his mandatory retirement pre-dated the introduction of that rule. I had no idea at all that Daishoyama was his son-in-law, it's so obvious now that the control of the toshiyori (albeit not the official ownership) passed to Daishoyama. It was excellent, thank you very much. It sounds like you have quite a treasure trove in those notes. :-)
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    Is this rule retroactive? I'm just wondering about the ownership of the Nakagawa toshiyori. I haven't seen anything about a change of ownership, so I assumed it was still owned by former Oiteyama and borrowed by former Asahisato. Does Asahisato now own the toshiyori, or is Oiteyama - who retired at 65 in June 2003 - exempt from the three-year ownership rule?
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    Really? I can come up with two without giving it a second's thought - the previous Tokitsukaze, and the current man in charge of paperclips, Takasago.
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    Retired rikishi -Haru 2010

    Thanks Fay, and ditto here, best wishes for Keno.
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    Retired rikishi -Haru 2010

    Sad to hear it's another injury. I guess it was one too many, he didn't want to spend another long period off the dohyo trying to recover. Here's his record for that first bad injury and comeback: 2000.11 Ms19w -O*--O-*-*-#--- 2-4-1 2001.01 Ms39e --------------- 0-0-7 2001.03 Ms39e -*-*----------- 0-2-5 2001.05 Sd15e --------------- 0-0-7 2001.07 Sd15e --------------- 0-0-7 2001.09 Sd75e --------------- 0-0-7 2001.11 Jd35e --------------- 0-0-7 2002.01 Jd105w -OO-O--OO-O-*-- 6-1 2002.03 Jd24w --------------- 0-0-7 Keno Kenichi 2002.05 Jd24w -#------------- 0-1-6 2002.07 Jd94e --------------- 0-0-7 2002.09 Jk38w --------------- 0-0-7 2002.11 Bg 0-0 2003.01 Bg 0-0 2003.03 Bg 0-0 2003.05 Bg 0-0 2003.07 Bg 0-0 2003.09 Bg 0-0 2003.11 Mz 0-0 2004.01 Jk32e -OO--OO-O-O-O-- 7-0 Yusho 2004.03 Jd26e -OO-O--OO-O-O-- 7-0 Yusho He also added a Sandanme yusho in 2008. Remarkable fighting spirit to keep going after so much time off the dohyo. ;-) Wishing him well for the future.
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    Retired rikishi -Haru 2010

    Sad to see Keno retire - not another injury I hope. He had a long stretch in banzuke-gai due to a serious knee injury, if I remember correctly. Won a couple of yusho on his long-awaited return, too.
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    Here's one which, as far as I can tell, all the querying in the world won't help you to solve. What obscure fact connects the following four rikishi: Former Sekiwake Tamanofuji Former Maegashira Oko Former Maegashira Gojoro Former Maegashira Akinoshu
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    Watching sumo from Europe

    I watch the Newsline programs on NHK World, $ky channel 516 in the UK. On most days of a basho, they show two or three bouts and then list all of the results from Makuuchi on that day. Bouts involving Yokozuna are always shown. It's not much, but it's better than nothing, and for those of us who don't have internet access every day it's a handy way to stay updated with the top division. Personally I'd love to see them have a longer show at the end of the basho featuring the key results for the yusho race and other best bouts. They manage to find time for stuff like Tokyo Fashion Express, after all.
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    I would have thought it likely that Minanosato will continue in the role until there is a specific reason to change, such as injury or his own retirement. On the subject of injury, does anyone know if there is an assigned deputy for the role? As far as I'm aware all of the previous performers are long since retired, so who would take over should Minanosato get injured during a basho and go on kyujo?
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    Asashoryu INTAI - Feb 4 2010

    Asashoryu. Awesome sumo wrestler. Awful Yokozuna.
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    Hokutoryu reaches milestone

    On Day 11 of this Hatsu basho, lower division ironman Hokutoryu (http://www.sumoreference.com/Rikishi.aspx?r=607) fought the 1000th consecutive bout of his career. He has never missed a bout since making his debut back in 1986. If only the media would celebrate this kind of achievement alongside those of the likes of Moriurara. Ganbare Hokutoryu!
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    Kimarite Statistics

    Now that the first decade of 21st century sumo has concluded, I can also conclude the kimarite statistics for all divisions over the last ten years. According to my calculations a total of 156,549 bouts have been fought, excluding kettei-sen and mae-zumo. It has been a yorikiri decade - sumo's most elementary mawashi technique accounted for more than a quarter of bouts, a total of 41,905. Here is the top fifteen, those kimarite with more than 1,000 results in the decade: Yorikiri ----------- 41,905 Oshidashi ---------- 33,497 Hatakikomi --------- 10,593 Uwatenage ---------- 9,597 Yoritaoshi --------- 9,474 Hikiotoshi --------- 8,407 Tsukiotoshi -------- 6,434 Oshitaoshi --------- 4,981 Okuridashi --------- 4,729 Shitatenage -------- 4,636 Sukuinage ---------- 3,717 Tsukidashi --------- 2,715 Kotenage ----------- 2,593 Uwatedashinage ----- 1,657 Katasukashi -------- 1,074 757 bouts were uncontested fusen results, with a high of 91 in 2001 and a low of 64 in 2008. The techniques for nine bouts remain unknown. There were no draws. Three kimarite went totally unused during this decade, no prizes for guessing which ones - Kakezori, Shumokuzori and Sototasukizori. Yobimodoshi looked like being one of the unused techniques as well, with nobody managing to do it in the first 59 tournaments of the decade. And then Satsumanishiki used it on Day 9 of the 2009 Kyushu basho. Other rarities in this decade include gasshohineri (5), koshinage (4), kozumatori (7), mitokorozeme (3), omata (1), sotomuso (3), susotori (8), tasukizori (9) tsukaminage (3), tsumatori (3), waridashi (8) and yaguranage (2). Of the kimarite introduced in 2001, okurigake was the rarest with only one result. My attempts to publish all the yearly totals in a table here failed miserably, so to see them please go here: http://yubinhaad.angelfire.com/Kimarite_Main.html Through the links at the top of that table you can access individual tournament and division statistics. Sorry about the adverts. Alternatively, my spreadsheet files containing the same data can be found in this .zip file: http://yubinhaad.angelfire.com/Kimarite/Kimarite.zip New decade starts on the 10th of January.
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    Table test

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    Kimarite needed

    Hello all. This is probably something of a long shot given the time that has passed, but I was hoping somebody might be able to fill in the blanks for the following nine bouts, which are listed as 'unknown' in the database. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Natsu 2000, Day 11, Makushita: Ms14w Ogura (4-2) unknown Ms18w Hokutomine (3-3) Ms9e Hoshiandesu (3-3) unknown Ms14e Otoryu (2-4) Ms7w Juzan (4-2) unknown Ms10w Haruyama (3-3) Ms9w Asashoryu (5-1) unknown Ms6e Midorifuji (4-2) Ms8e Wakanomiya (3-3) unknown Ms5w Saigo (2-4) Ms4w Kasuganishiki (3-3) unknown Ms4e Kotokanyu (2-4) Ms3w Tomikaze (4-2) unknown Ms7e Wakatsutomu (3-3) Ms25e Takanagai (1-5) unknown Ms1e Dewaarashi (0-6) Natsu 2001, Day 2, Makushita: Ms2w Towanoyama (1-0) unknown Ms2e Torafusuyama (0-1)
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    Couple of newbie questions

    Book tokens. It's book tokens. Honest.
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    Sumo's Unbreakable records

    Ah, yes, thank you for the correction. This is what happens when you rush things instead of researching them properly! (Sign of approval...)
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    Sumo's Unbreakable records

    A few contenders for hard-to-break records, if not unbreakable. Most consecutive basho ranked in Juryo - Sawakaze, 39. The nearest active rikishi is Kyokunankai, 23 and counting. Most consecutive bouts in Juryo - Hakuyuzan, 555. The last rikishi to even get close was Toyonoumi, 450, a decade ago. Most tournaments to Juryo debut - Dewanosato, 114. Miles clear of the previous record held by Kotokanyu, 89. Most tournaments to Makuuchi debut - Hoshiiwato, 115. Dewanosato might make a late charge. Most consecutive bouts from career debut - Aobajo, 1631. No active rikishi in the top ten for this category, I have no idea who the nearest active challenger is. Most consecutive bouts from career debut by a lower division rikishi - Hokutoryu, 973 and counting. A truly inspiring Ironman who has never made it beyond mid-Sandanme. Hiyoriyama (798) was the last rikishi to even approach 800, and he retired last year. Nearest active challenger is kubinage fan Tanno, 756. Most career wins by an ex-collegiate rikishi - Tosanoumi, 676 and counting. Record set in 2009 Natsu, surpassing previous record set by 54th Yokozuna Wajima, 673. Nearest active challenger is a declining Dejima (593), then Tochinonada (574). And maybe the only record that truly is unbreakable... Lowest rank held by a former sekitori - Ryumon, banzuke-gai.