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  1. Yubinhaad

    Rikishi Status - 2020 Haru

    A quartet of withdrawals ahead of Day 7: Ms22e Tomisakae (1-2, fusenpai Day 6) Sd29w Masuminato (0-3, fusenpai Day 5) Sd79e Kyokuyuko (2-1, fusenpai Day 6) Jd56e Kenho (0-3, fusenpai Day 6) Tomisakae suffered a left arm triceps brachii muscle injury in his previous bout, how serious is still to be confirmed but Isegahama-oyakata (former Yokozuna Asahifuji) says he won't be returning to the basho. Also, I forgot to mention that Yutakanami was suffering from a hernia which caused a lot of pain and numbness, he has had surgery on it and is now recovering.
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    Rikishi Status - 2020 Haru

    Two withdrawals and a return ahead of Day 5. Out: Ms7w Irodori - 0-2 with a fusenpai today, reportedly still struggling with the right knee which was injured last basho. Jd35w Chiyotaiko - 0-2. Return: Jd11e Taranami One other note, Tomisakae was in a lot of pain today with an upper arm injury, his left arm got twisted awkwardly at the end of his bout against Tsurubayashi, which he won. I expect him to withdraw at the next update (although he is in Isegahama-beya so who knows...)
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    Before I forget, some bits of shikona news for this basho's maezumo. From Tatsunami-beya, Yamashina is competing under his given name Shori (渉利, しょうり). Yukino is now Tsukubayama (筑波山), honouring his home city of Tsukuba. From Takasago-beya, Noda is now Asashorei (朝勝令, あさしょうれい), while Obora gets the more usual Asafamilyname treatment, Asaobora (あさおおぼら). From Otake-beya, Naya takes a kanji from his illustrious grandfather and is now Hozan (鵬山, ほうざん). Yamamoto is now Kotetsu (虎徹). Irumagawa-beya's Sokolovsky is now Shishi (獅司). Wakaseido and Goketsuyama are returning from banzuke-gai. Newcomer Watanabe is absent having had the opposite problem to Machi - he managed to get back to Tokyo after the shindeshi-kensa to attend his graduation ceremony, but was then unable to return to Osaka. We'll see him in maezumo in May according to Asakayama-beya.
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    Lower-division Torikumi Haru Basho 2020

    A couple of over-40s bouts already this basho. 7 Daigonishiki (jk10) 0-0 Itakozakura (jk9) 0-0 On Shonichi, Itakozakura finally got his first win against Daigonishiki after five previous defeats - they first fought nearly 17 years ago. 31 Koshinoryu (sd39) 0-0 Shoketsu (sd38) 0-0 The head-to-head between Koshinoryu and Shoketsu has been going even longer - they made their debut together in the 1995 Haru basho and fought in the next one, their first on the banzuke. Now almost 25 years later this was their fifth meeting. (Quite remarkable to see an 18-year gap between their first and second bouts, I wonder if that's a record)
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    Rikishi Status - 2020 Haru

    Four withdrawals from the bottom two divisions ahead of Day 3. Taranami was the rikishi who had a fever and was advised to go kyujo, as reported by Kintamayama. Jd1e Dewaazuma Jd1w Tomiyutaka Jd11e Taranami Jk10e Daigonishiki
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    The oldest recruit is Shikihide-beya's Kato, celebrating his 25th birthday today in fact. He's from the sumo club at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo's Shibuya district and apparently is the first to enter ozumo from that institution. He was on the team that reached the Class C final in the 96th (2017) East Japan University tournament, alas they lost to Rikkyo University. Kato (left) will compete as Katozakura, while the heya's other recruit Shiraishi will be Shiraishizakura. Kato is the one holding the certificate in this group shot from the tournament I mentioned above. The youngest recruit this basho is one of three for Musashigawa-beya - Otsuka won't turn 15 until the end of the month. He has 8 years of sumo experience during his school years. Higuchi has 11 years of karate and three of baseball behind him. The eldest of three brothers, he wants to reach Makuuchi and his ideal rikishi is fellow Yamanashi native Ryuden. Makio brings 12 years of wadaiko drumming experience, with a year of martial arts for good measure. The middle of three brothers, he's a graduate of Kakusho High School in his hometown of Akune, Kagoshima. He's setting his sights high with a goal of becoming a Yokozuna, his ideal rikishi being the shisho. All three will compete under their family names in maezumo. From left, Otsuka, Higuchi, Makio. Finally, Shikoroyama-beya's Machi started doing judo aged 5, but in his final year at Migita Elementary School in Hofu his skills caught the eye of someone acquainted with Tatsutagawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Homasho), who later arranged an experience visit to the heya in March 2017, shortly after Machi began junior high school. "The keiko was hard, but I could really feel the attraction of sumo," said Machi. On the anniversary of his mother's death he made up his mind to join the heya after graduating. Unfortunately due to travel restrictions he wasn't able to return to Hofu to take part in his graduation ceremony yesterday, but he has received encouragement both from his schoolmates and fellow Yamaguchi native Matsumoto, who also joined Shikoroyama-beya this basho.
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    Sandanme is missing from the Day 2 torikumi at the moment, and somehow Koba's shikona change to Mifuneyama didn't register on the English side.
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    Banzuke Surfing Haru 2020 (13th Wave)

    Sd4w Daikisho this time, please.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Interesting to see that the torikumi-hyo PDF on the Kyokai site is not the usual simplified version (which I would prefer, personally), it's the full sheet with the kensho placements and hoshitori-hyo. I wonder if that's a permanent change or just something they're doing for this basho due to the circumstances, since presumably they won't be mass-printing it at the venue as there are no customers to give it to.
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    Corrections, readings and extra bits of info to my earlier post on the Nishiiwa shindeshi. Hiromu Tanaka, from Amagasaki city in Hyogo. Hibiki Mitsuuchi, from Kochi city in Kochi. Yuuta (ゆうた) Yahara is from Settsu city in Osaka. Mizuki Oonehara (おおねはら) is from the Nerima ward in Tokyo. Tanaka and Mitsuuchi visited the heya last summer to experience asageiko, and the shisho took them to the Kokugikan later. Yahara told his father he wanted to enter ozumo after finishing junior high school, so his father contacted the heya and arranged a visit. Onehara contacted the heya himself and asked to join. Elsewhere, Futagoyama-oyakata posted a one-liner that Tsukioka (月岡) was among those taking the shindeshi-kensa, but I haven't seen any more info.
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    Looming over everyone at the examinations were two new recruits for Miyagino-beya, nicknamed the Twin Towers in one article. 192cm Ishii (石井) on the left, 200cm Mongolian Aryuunaa Dawaaninji (アリューナー ダワーニンジ) on the right. Is he going to hang around as banzuke-gai until Hakuho retires? Dawaaninji came to Uryu, Hokkaido at age 5 when his parents moved there for work. He's been drinking a litre of milk every day since and shot up from 170cm to 190cm across his final two years of junior high school. As a six-year-old he bumped into Hakuho by chance at a Korean airport and asked for a picture. Hakuho suggested he give sumo a try which he did upon returning to Hokkaido. The connection was maintained over the years and at the Yokozuna's recommendation he later went to Tottori Ritsunishi junior high school and then Tottori Johoku high school. Annoyingly, Ishii doesn't receive the same respect, not even his given name gets so much as a mention. ========================================================= Joining Oguruma-beya is 15-year-old Kenshin Nishida (西田 健心) from Chikujo town, Fukuoka prefecture. He's been active in the town's sumo club during his school years and competed at the Kokugikan a couple of years ago. Nakamura-oyakata (former Sekiwake Yoshikaze) visited the mayor's office to announce him. He'll be the fourth from the town to enter ozumo, among the others are former Juryo Kotoyutaka and current Maegashira Shohozan. "I'll do my best to become a sekitori quickly!" said Nishida, who was recorded at 181cm, 141kg today. Seeing her son about to leave for Osaka after the meeting, Nishida's mother was quite emotional. Nakamura advised: "When you have difficulties, remember your mother's tears and do your best. It's a serious responsibility, and I want to bring you up patiently to become a long-lasting sekitori." With Nakamura-oyakata. With Mayor Hisami Arakawa. And a commemorative picture. ========================================================= Four new recruits at Nishiiwa-beya, from left with the shisho: ? Tanaka (田中 優霧), 15, Hyogo Hibiki? Kouchi (光内 響), 15, Kochi Yuta Yahara (箭原 祐太), 14, Osaka Mizuki Onehara (大根原 瑞規), 16, Tokyo ========================================================= Tatsunami has a second recruit besides Yamashina, but they didn't post any details with the picture. Mystery guy being measured. And even more mysterious in a mask, with stablemate Yamashina on the right. ========================================================= Joining Sakaigawa-beya is 22-year-old Takumi Kadoshima (門島 琢海) from Imizu, Toyama prefecture. He seems to come from a wrestling background, searching around I've found his name in freestyle and Greco-Roman results competing for Takaoka Koryo high school and then Fukuoka University. One other recruit also comes from Toyama prefecture, 15-year-old Shuntaro Nakajima (中島 駿太朗) from Takaoka city who joins Michinoku-beya. No other info on him yet. ========================================================= The long and the short of it - the Kyokai posted a shot of recruits measuring 200cm (must be Dawaaninji), and 168cm.
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    46 had originally applied to take the shindeshi-kensa, 45 turned up. Three new recruits for Otake-beya. We already knew about Takamori Naya (on the right), who was recorded at 185cm, 155kg today. Joining him are 18-year-old Ryoga Yamamoto (山本 亮我, left) from Mie prefecture, 179cm and 140kg, and 15-year-old Seiya Kakeno (掛野 聖也, centre) from Gifu prefecture, 168cm and 68kg. Similar story over at Shikoroyama-beya, we met Kota Matsumoto (on the left) earlier, and he is joined by Atomu Machi (町 亜斗夢, centre) from Hofu, Yamaguchi prefecture, and Tomoya Miyata (宮 田友哉, right) from Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture, the hometown of the 34th Yokozuna Minanogawa. Two new recruits for Takadagawa-beya, both reported as junior high school graduates so 15 or 16 years old. On the left is Ryoga? Matsui (松井 涼雅) from Hiroshima, his shikona will be Setonoumi (瀬戸の海) after the Seto inland sea which gives Hiroshima its southern coastline. On the right is Haruku ? (靏 春空) from Fukuoka, he will take his given name as his shikona. More to follow later.
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    GTB Haru 2020- 118 entries- and Results!!

    I hadn't given up on tracking the Top Ten stats, after some computer problems last year I had to rebuild some files from a very out-of-date backup (mea culpa), among them the GTB stats. At last I've got it up to date, but rather than bring up three old threads I'll put all the missed updates here in quote boxes. I apologise for the delay, hopefully from now on the updates should be done in a slightly more timely fashion.
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    Joining Tatsunami-beya is 18-year-old Watari? Yamashina (山科 渉利), who has been active in national competitions since junior high school and is now coming to the end of his time at Takushoku University's Koryo High School in Chiba prefecture. He followed his older brother (now 20 and at the university proper) by joining the Hirohata Boys sumo school in Himeji, which counts Myogiryu and Kitaharima as notable alumni. Two younger brothers are also active in sumo. In August last year he suffered a ligament injury in his knee and couldn't train for three months, but is now fully recovered. Currently 175cm, 133kg and specializing in oshi-zumo. He'll need a shikona since his family name is the same as the Yamashina myoseki. A send-off party was held for him at a local hotel on February 23rd. With Tatsunami-oyakata (former Komusubi Asahiyutaka). Yamashina received a cake at the party. Joining Asakayama-beya is 18-year-old Hinata Watanabe (渡邊 陽向) from Itabashi ward, Tokyo. No sumo experience.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2020

    The second kanji in Oshoryu's new shikona is taken from the given name of Katsuhito Ito, the late Kindai head coach.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    Bit late but a couple of brief notes on two of the lower division champions in this basho. Jonokuchi yusho winner Nihonyanagi suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in July 2018, and had surgery on it in December. After graduating from Saitama Sakae in March 2019 he moved into Onomatsu-beya while the knee was recovering, and finally had his hatsu-dohyo at the 2019 Kyushu basho. If not for the injury he would likely have made his debut in early 2019 alongside classmates Kitanowaka and Tochikamiyama, who are now in Makushita - Nihonyanagi's goal is to catch up to them as soon as possible. Makushita yusho winner Kaito's 0-7 result in the Kyushu basho was due to a neck injury.
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    Banzuke for Haru 2020

    Seven shikona changes on this banzuke, five of them are the first proper shikona for those rikishi. Naruto heyagashira Motobayashi is now Oshoryu, the first kanji there of course comes from his shisho (former Ozeki Kotooshu). He also changes a kanji in the given name to make it Kenta (but not the same kanji as the heya's yobidashi Kenta). From Kise-beya, Koba's new shikona honours the mountain of the same name which overlooks his home city of Takeo, Saga prefecture. Sakaigawa-beya's Shimomura follows in the footsteps of his father - Tsunenoyama's first shikona was also Nishinoryu. I almost fell into the trap of assuming Kotomiyakura was the standard Sadogatake practice of Kotofamilyname, but in fact that was an actual shikona. I don't know the story behind it though, and I'm afraid the same is true of his new one, Kotokantetsu. Over in Takadagawa-beya, Hasegawa is now Awanokuni, an homage to the pre-Meiji Awa Province which contained his hometown Kamogawa and is now part of Chiba prefecture. Banzuke debutant Sakai is now Takatsukasa, and also drops two kanji to shorten his given name, from Keijiro to Kei. Ms10w Motobayashi Kenji > Oshoryu Kenta (欧勝竜 健汰) Ms18w Koba > Mifuneyama (御船山) Sd36e Shimomura > Nishinoryu (西乃龍) Sd76w Kotomiyakura > Kotokantetsu (琴貫鐵) Jd13e Hasegawa > Awanokuni (安房乃国) Jd15e Chiyonosora > Chiyotenfu (千代天富) Jk26w Sakai Keijiro > Takatsukasa Kei (鷹司 慶) Kotonowaka's promotion to Makuuchi marks the ninth time that a father and son(s) have both reached the top division.
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    Kataonami-beya has a new recruit for the first time in four years, 15-year-old Koji Ikeda (池田 昂司). He has been a member of Mitaka Sumo Club in Mitaka city, Tokyo since elementary school. 183cm, 110kg. Kataonami-oyakata (former Sekiwake Tamakasuga) visited the city to present his new deshi and pay a courtesy visit to the Mayor. Ikeda with Mayor Takashi Kawamura. Flanked by Kataonami-oyakata, the Mayor, and assorted other local important types.
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    It's possible that Sokokurai's spot has already been taken, a guy named Asuhada has been visiting the heya to take part in keiko and was also at some of their training camps last year, as shown below. As I understand it, he's a graduate of Hiryu high school and was a classmate of Suzuki, who joined Fujishima-beya a year ago. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
  20. Hello all, sorry for taking so long but here at last are the kimarite statistics for all divisions in this basho. Tokushoryu became the most unlikely Makuuchi yusho winner since Kyokutenho with an excellent performance from the very bottom of the division. Elsewhere, Hanakaze stepped onto the dohyo in a fifth different decade, while Shohoryu became the first yumitori-shiki performer to be born in the Heisei era. Hikkake doesn't get much (if any) attention in the kimarite notes, but it did feel like there was quite a lot of arm-dragging going on during this basho, and sure enough there were eight hikkake in total. Where complete kimarite data for all divisions is available, this is only the 12th basho with that many, and the first since 2013 Kyushu. More notably, four of those hikkake were done in the Makuuchi division, one more than the previous record from 2006 Haru. There were four kekaeshi overall in this basho, which isn't particularly interesting. However, Tobizaru got one of them by again exploiting Sokokurai's Day 14 weakness - this is the third time he's beaten Sokokurai with either kekaeshi or ketaguri on the penultimate day of a basho! Seito could be at a new career-high rank on the next banzuke after finishing with six wins here, the fourth of which was a nimaigeri leg trip against Taranami. After three straight losses, Shobushi kept his kachi-koshi hopes alive with a sakatottari win against Yukiumi, an uncommon departure from the oshizumo style which accounts for nearly two-thirds of his career wins. Kawazugake drew a blank in 2019 but reappeared here on Day 9. No video of that one unfortunately. Kakutaiki bounced back from missing the Kyushu basho with a 6-1 result here. In his last bout, veteran Satonofuji attempted an uchigake, only for the unfazed Kakutaiki to pick him up and carry him out for a tsuridashi win. Yoshiazuma is also 42 and made his debut alongside Satonofuji in 1996 Hatsu. On Day 12 he survived Roman's desperate attempts at an ipponzeoi and finally dumped him onto the dohyo for an uwatenage win. Kimarite from kettei-sen bouts are not included in the statistics. (Note for @Doitsuyama, the single kettei-sen bout of the basho is currently missing from the database) Kimarite Makuuchi Juryo Makushita Sandanme Jonidan Jonokuchi Total Percentage Abisetaoshi 2 0 0 3 1 0 6 0.24% Amiuchi 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0.12% Ashitori 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.08% Chongake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Fumidashi 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.08% Fusen (default) 3 1 5 2 3 0 14 0.57% Gasshohineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Hansoku (foul) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Harimanage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Hatakikomi 29 20 55 55 42 8 209 8.53% Hikiotoshi 8 5 17 25 26 2 83 3.39% Hikkake 4 0 1 2 1 0 8 0.33% Ipponzeoi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Isamiashi 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0.08% Izori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kainahineri 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0.04% Kakenage 0 1 1 2 1 0 5 0.20% Kakezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Katasukashi 3 1 7 6 3 1 21 0.86% Kawazugake 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Kekaeshi 0 1 1 1 1 0 4 0.16% Ketaguri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kimedashi 0 2 0 5 2 0 9 0.37% Kimetaoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kirikaeshi 1 0 0 0 3 1 5 0.20% Komatasukui 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Koshikudake 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Koshinage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kotehineri 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.08% Kotenage 5 7 4 6 13 8 43 1.76% Kozumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kubihineri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Kubinage 1 0 0 1 6 0 8 0.33% Makiotoshi 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0.08% Mitokorozeme 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Nichonage 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Nimaigeri 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Okuridashi 14 4 17 22 32 4 93 3.80% Okurigake 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurihikiotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okurinage 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 0.12% Okuritaoshi 1 1 0 4 2 1 9 0.37% Okuritsuridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Okuritsuriotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Omata 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Osakate 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Oshidashi 68 42 96 194 168 38 606 24.74% Oshitaoshi 6 7 13 18 31 10 85 3.47% Sabaori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sakatottari 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0.04% Shitatedashinage 2 1 2 2 2 1 10 0.41% Shitatehineri 1 0 0 1 2 1 5 0.20% Shitatenage 6 6 8 13 22 6 61 2.49% Shumokuzori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sokubiotoshi 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.04% Sotogake 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 0.12% Sotokomata 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sotomuso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sototasukizori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Sukuinage 5 5 2 20 10 6 48 1.96% Susoharai 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Susotori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tasukizori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tokkurinage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tottari 2 3 0 0 2 0 7 0.29% Tsukaminage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsukidashi 11 2 17 8 10 1 49 2.00% Tsukihiza 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0.08% Tsukiotoshi 27 5 25 41 31 9 138 5.63% Tsukitaoshi 2 0 1 1 2 0 6 0.24% Tsukite 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsumatori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsuridashi 1 0 0 0 3 0 4 0.16% Tsuriotoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Tsutaezori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Uchigake 0 0 1 2 1 0 4 0.16% Uchimuso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Ushiromotare 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.08% Utchari 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.08% Uwatedashinage 6 3 8 7 5 2 31 1.27% Uwatehineri 0 0 3 1 2 0 6 0.24% Uwatenage 9 10 15 31 40 12 117 4.78% Waridashi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Watashikomi 1 0 1 1 0 0 3 0.12% Yaguranage 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yobimodoshi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% Yorikiri 70 62 84 136 193 47 592 24.17% Yoritaoshi 6 7 22 36 49 6 126 5.14% Zubuneri 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0.08%
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    Haru jungyo 2020

    The full schedule for this jungyo was released during the Hatsu basho, and as Akinomaki reported earlier it's a 26-day trek around Japan's largest island, Honshu. As usual for the Haru jungyo the two honozumo events at the Ise and Yasukuni shrines are included, while the stop in Seto, Aichi is the only two-day event. March 29th - Honozumo at Ise Jingu, Mie prefecture March 30th - Sakurai, Nara March 31st - Yuasa town, Arita district, Wakayama April 1st - Hirakata, Osaka April 2nd/3rd - Seto, Aichi April 4th - Kariya, Aichi April 5th - Gamagori, Aichi April 7th - Nagano, Nagano April 8th - Joetsu, Niigata April 9th - Saku, Nagano April 10th - Kuki, Saitama April 11th - Fujisawa, Kanagawa April 12th - Iruma, Saitama April 13th - Honozumo at Yasukuni Jinja, Tokyo April 14th - Kawasaki, Kanagawa April 15th - Kisarazu, Chiba April 16th - Kamisu, Ibaraki April 17th - Ishioka, Ibaraki April 18th - Tochigi, Tochigi April 19th - Chikusei, Ibaraki April 20th - Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima April 23rd - Kashiwa, Chiba April 24th - Machida, Tokyo April 25th - Yokohama, Kanagawa April 26th - Narita, Chiba
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    There will be two new yobidashi for the Haru basho. 18-year-old Yuma (悠真) has joined Hakkaku-beya, while 17-year-old Shintaro (新太郎) has joined Kasugano-beya. Meanwhile, joining Shikoroyama-beya is 15-year-old Kota Matsumoto (松本 幸太), a third-year student at Kuga Junior High School in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture. Currently 169cm and 128kg, he has no sumo experience but has been a judoka since his third year of elementary school. In 2018 he met Tatsutagawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Homasho) at the Shunan event of the Aki jungyo, and was invited to visit the heya. Shikoroyama-oyakata (former Sekiwake Terao) visited the school to present his new deshi. Matsumoto wants to devote himself to keiko and become a Yokozuna.
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    Retirees after Hatsu 2020

    Sorry for slacking, I finally gathered some danpatsu-shiki pictures today. Large set of pictures from Chiganoura-beya for Takatenshu's danpatsu-shiki. He retires after a 12-year career and was the longest-serving of the remaining rikishi of Takanohana-beya. He will be working in a restaurant run by his family in the Nakano ward of Tokyo. Hokutoyu retires after an eight-year career - though relatively undistinguished on the dohyo, he was in charge of the chanko at Hakkaku-beya, and this was served to visitors at the Kokugikan during the Hatsu basho. Unfortunately no pictures have emerged so far from Kotofukujuno's danpatsu-shiki, which took place at the heya senshuraku party. But he retires after a 13-year career during which he served as a tsukebito to five sekitori from Sadogatake-beya. He was greeted with flowers in the hanamichi by Sadogatake-oyakata (former Sekiwake Kotonowaka) and some stablemates. In the short term he has a job lined up thanks to the help of an acquaintance, but he will also be returning to education with the aim of becoming a radiology technician, something he developed an interest in after having x-rays for his own injuries, including several surgeries on his elbow. Hamaeiko retires after just over 16 years on the dohyo, much of which was spent in the Sandanme division. He was quite technically adept, winning with 32 different kimarite in his career including rarities such as sotokomata. His total of 10 uchimuso was second only to Nankairiki amongst active rikishi. In the future he will be working in security in his home ward of Tachikawa, Tokyo, apparently for a company run by a heya koenkai member. His danpatsu-shiki is set to take place locally following the Natsu basho, for now just a couple of shots of him with his floral collection following his final bout. One other retirement to note, Nishiiwa-beya gyoji Kimura Koki has hung up his gunbai after a year. I believe he left high school early in order to take the one vacant gyoji spot that was available at the time, but continued studying and has now graduated. He received a bouquet of flowers from the okamisan at the heya's senshuraku party. After that the heya went out for a farewell meal, at which Nishiiwa-oyakata (former Sekiwake Wakanosato) presented Koki with a souvenir - his nameplate from the heya ranking board. Not sure if it was mentioned elsewhere yet but Arawashi's danpatsu-shiki will take place at the Kokugikan on May 31st.
  24. Yubinhaad

    Toyonoshima Soldiering On

    I do wonder whether ex-Zaonishiki was the true owner of Takekuma - considering he had to borrow seven myoseki over the previous three decades, I was surprised when he suddenly became the owner of one. Perhaps it was a necessary fiction in order for him to obtain the five-year consultancy position (even if he ended up retiring early from that). Maybe ex-Kurohimeyama was still pulling the strings, or maybe Goeido was in control already, which reminds me that Kurohimeyama's grandson did join Sakaigawa-beya... Too much wonder, perhaps and maybe for my liking! As for Toyonoshima, I had him as a wildcard pick to take over Arashio-beya, but that was before Sokokurai obtained his citizenship.
  25. Yubinhaad

    Latest kabu-babu changes

    Former Maegashira Tenkaiho has switched from the Hidenoyama myoseki (owned by Kotoshogiku) and is now holding the Otowayama myoseki. Unclear at the moment whether he's still borrowing, as the Kyokai site hasn't been updated yet. In addition, Oyama-oyakata (former Maegashira Daihi) has moved from Azumazeki-beya to Hakkaku-beya.