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    Azumazeki-oyakata has died

    Very sad news. Azumazeki-oyakata (former Maegashira Ushiomaru) died on December 13th, aged just 41, due to angiosarcoma. He had been very ill for about a year. https://this.kiji.is/578431205239358561
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    Goeido to Retire

    It's official, and Goeido is now Takekuma-oyakata.
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    Sansho for Hatsu 2020

    Tokushoryu is the 4th-oldest first-time sansho winner at 33 years, 5 months, 4 days. Older still were Nayoroiwa (35y, 8m, 1d), Shionishiki (34y, 7m, 22d) and Sakuranishiki (34y, 7m, 2d). (Worth noting that Nayoroiwa and Sakuranishiki were active in Makuuchi before the introduction of sansho and may well have won them had they existed earlier.) Not quite complete results from the committee voting - I think it's likely that the Tokushoryu/Shodai yusho-dependent conditional Shukun-sho received unanimous backing, but I can only guess, those are the only numbers I haven't found. 22 participants, requiring a majority of 12 for a sansho to be awarded. The committee noted Endo's stall in the second half of the basho, and thus his Shukun-sho nomination just got over the line with 12 votes. Shukun-sho: Endo, 12 votes. Shodai, ?? votes - conditional, not awarded. Tokushoryu, ?? votes - conditional, awarded. Kanto-sho: Shodai, 22 votes. Kiribayama, 18 votes. Tokushoryu, 22 votes. Gino-sho: Hokutofuji, 22 votes. Enho, 20 votes - conditional, not awarded.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    Just two Juryo-Makushita crossover bouts in the whole basho then - this is only the fifth basho in the 15-day era with so few, and the first since 1967 Kyushu.
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    Fukurou memorial kyujo rikishi list - Hatsu 2020

    Belatedly catching up with the Day 13 movements, one returnee and two late arrivals. Returning: Ms49e Asakishin (fusen Day 10, withdrew Day 11) - lost on Day 14 to finish 2-4-1. Entering: Jd25w Kaitoma - lost on Day 13, 0-1-6. Jk28e Taiga - won on Day 13, 1-0-6. This was his first bout outside of maezumo since 2018 Nagoya! Oh, and I forgot to mention that Juryo gyoji Kimura Yukihiro returned to the basho on Day 11.
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    Arawashi intai

    Arawashi and Kotooshu made their debut together and fought in their first basho on the banzuke, a win for Kotooshu who went up the ranks a lot quicker. Arawashi dreamed of meeting him again in Makuuchi, but unfortunately he couldn't quite get there in time - Kotooshu retired one basho before Arawashi made his Makuuchi debut. A few pictures in the box.
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    Fukurou memorial kyujo rikishi list - Hatsu 2020

    Kyujo due to high fever (高熱), reports the heya. Joined on the list by Ms21e Hatooka with the knee injury I mentioned yesterday. One other change ahead of Day 11 is a late entry, Jd69e Tatsuki begins his basho.
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    Lower-division Torikumi Hatsu Basho 2020

    16 Terunosato (Jd76w) 1-2 Hanakaze (Jd75w) 1-2 Hanakaze (now on the dohyo in five different decades!) and Terunosato met yesterday for a bout with a combined age of 91 years, 7 months and 14 days, exactly one month more than the previous record, set last basho by Hanakaze and Daigonishiki. Terunosato now has a zensho yusho 7-0 lead in this head-to-head. 9 Tenichi (Sd81w) 1-1 Gorikiyama (Sd79w) 1-1  Two days earlier Gorikiyama made his over-40s debut against Tenichi, and was victorious for the first time in their fifth encounter.
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    Fukurou memorial kyujo rikishi list - Hatsu 2020

    Had a very strange tumble off the dohyo in his Day 8 bout while he was throwing out Toyohibiki. His landing seemed just fine, but he was unable to get up afterwards anyway; he did seem to hit his knee hard on the dohyo surface while executing the throw, before he went rolling out after his opponent, maybe that was it. Pulled left calf muscle (左ふくらはぎ肉離れ) it seems, he said he heard a cracking sound (バキバキ). He was helped down the hanamichi by wakaimonogashira Iyozakura, also from Takasago-beya. Hatooka injured his right knee in a yoritaoshi loss today, it looked like something just went bang and he immediately hit the deck. I expect him to be joining the kyujo list too - really unlucky, he had a long absence with a left knee injury a couple of years ago.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Made me dizzy just watching it.
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    Fukurou memorial kyujo rikishi list - Hatsu 2020

    Irodori needs one week of treatment for osteochondritis dissecans of the right knee, so it's possible we'll see him return later in the basho. Denuma sustained a right arm injury in his last bout, according to Futagoyama. Juryo gyoji Kimura Yukihiro is kyujo from Day 8. And to catch up on a couple of pre-basho absentees: Kaitoma injured his right knee during keiko before the basho. Not sure what Honma's injury is but in Naruto's new year picture he was leaning on a crutch, so presumably it's some kind of leg injury that has kept him out for a second straight basho.
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    Fukurou memorial kyujo rikishi list - Hatsu 2020

    NHK reporting Kakuryu as kyujo from Day 5, which will give Mitakeumi a fusensho.
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    Fukurou memorial kyujo rikishi list - Hatsu 2020

    Press reporting Hakuho will be kyujo from Day 4, which gives Hokutofuji a free win.
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    New recruits for Hatsu 2020

    I wondered what the reading would be - the heya website looks nice but is quite short on detail, showing his full shikona as 煌 貴圭, but without offering any readings. The other new shikona belongs to Okinawa native Kawahira who is now Onoyama (奥武山), surely named after the Onoyama sports park in Naha (and perhaps therefore with a long o at the start, おうのやま).
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    Yumitori-shiki rikishi news

    Shohoryu is the first yumitori-shiki performer born in the Heisei era. At 23 years, 3 months and 2 days, he is the youngest since 1992 Aki, when Takamiwaka made his debut at 22 years, 9 months, 1 day.
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    News about Fukurou

    Hello everyone. I'm sorry to have to bring you bad news, but Jeanne Hedge - who we knew here as Fukurou - sadly passed away on October 1st. She was 59. You can read her obituary here.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    According to my files, Endo is the 19th rikishi to win kinboshi on consecutive days, and the first since 2018 Hatsu when Yoshikaze did it for the second time. Basho Winner Days Defeated 1948 Aki Kamikaze 4, 5 Maedayama, Terukuni 1949 Natsu Kotonishiki 5, 6 Azumafuji, Terukuni 1955 Hatsu Wakasegawa 3, 4 Kagamisato, Tochinishiki 1955 Hatsu Asashio 8, 9 Chiyonoyama, Tochinishiki 1958 Hatsu Iwakaze 2, 3 Yoshibayama, Chiyonoyama 1961 Kyushu Hagurohana 3, 4 Asashio, Wakanohana I 1964 Aki Toyokuni 4, 5 Taiho, Kashiwado 1965 Natsu Kairyuyama 5, 6 Kashiwado, Taiho 1979 Aki Misugiiso 4, 5 Kitanoumi, Mienoumi 1982 Aki Daijuyama 1, 2 Kitanoumi, Chiyonofuji 1984 Aki Ozutsu 6, 7 Chiyonofuji, Takanosato 1990 Haru Akinoshima 7, 8 Hokutoumi, Chiyonofuji 1998 Kyushu Kaio 2, 3 Takanohana, Wakanohana III 1999 Aki Tochiazuma 1, 2 Takanohana, Musashimaru 2003 Kyushu Tochinonada 2, 3 Asashoryu, Musashimaru 2014 Nagoya Osunaarashi 5, 6 Kakuryu, Harumafuji 2015 Aki Yoshikaze 2, 3 Hakuho, Kakuryu 2016 Aki Okinoumi 2, 3 Kakuryu, Harumafuji 2018 Hatsu Yoshikaze 4, 5 Hakuho, Kisenosato 2020 Hatsu Endo 1, 2 Kakuryu, Hakuho
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    Yumitori-shiki rikishi news

    Looks like Shohoryu will take over the yumitori-shiki from Day 3 - apparently he was meant to do it from the start, but due to a communication breakdown the torikumi-hyo for the first two days were printed with Kasugaryu's name. https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20200113-00000197-spnannex-spo
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    Fukurou memorial kyujo rikishi list - Hatsu 2020

    Back trouble, reports the heya. Elsewhere, Masutoo had to be helped away after twisting his left ankle. Sadly, Musashigawa-beya's technician Kaishu has retired due to personal reasons, according to the heya.
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    TORCHBEARER 2020: invitation, rules, and your picks

    I guess I'll play this year, cheers! Rikishi: Fukuyama Rank: J6w
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    Banzuke Surfing Hatsu 2020 (13th Wave)

    Ms51e Tsushida for this basho.
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    Then & Now VIII

    Sorry it's a bit late, but welcome to the 8th edition of Then & Now. There are no additions to the roster this time, leaving us with the baker's dozen who survived last year. I chose 11 of them to do the same this year - I don't see Takekaze fighting on if he drops to Makushita, and I'm not quite convinced by Aminishiki either, so they were the ones to miss out from me. Who are you picking to survive? The poll will close on January 12th. A belated Merry Christmas, and I hope you all have a Happy New Year. See you in 2019!
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    Then & Now IX

    There's an infusion of new blood in the 9th edition of Then & Now, with five rikishi making their debut. Gagamaru is carrying on for now but I really can't see that lasting too long, while Sokokurai's future appears to be set in stone - as a result, they were the only rikishi I didn't pick to survive the year. Of the other newcomers, Myogiryu and Okinoumi are still solid Makuuchi regulars, while Sagatsukasa continues to toil away in Makushita. I considered three other rikishi as potential departures, but ultimately gave them my backing to survive - Tochiozan and Toyonoshima should be able to make it with a season ticket for the Makuuchi/Juryo elevator. Toyohibiki has already done a couple of years in the Makushita meatgrinder, so why not one more?
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    Then & Now VIII

    Four rikishi from this edition are now collecting their oyakata paychecks after retiring from rikishi life. The first to go was Kisenosato just four days into the year, who finally bowed to the inevitable caused by the injury he sustained in his first basho as a Yokozuna. He is now Araiso-oyakata. Takekaze's career came to an end not long after, his diminishing returns saw him chalk up a 10th make-koshi from his last 12 basho, and he is now Oshiogawa-oyakata. Aminishiki was the only rikishi to have featured in all eight editions of this poll to date, but even he couldn't stagger on forever - another knee injury proved to be the final straw and he is now Ajigawa-oyakata. The final intai came as much more of a surprise, as shown by him receiving 16 votes to survive the year. Although Yoshikaze's powers had started to dim a bit he seemed in no immediate danger. But an ill-fated adventure to his hometown resulted in a knee injury severe enough to force him to miss the start of a basho for the first time, and culminated in his retirement. He is now Nakamura-oyakata. Congratulations to the survivors, and thanks to everyone who participated in this edition of Then & Now! The next one will be posted shortly.
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    New recruits for Hatsu 2020

    Joining Onoe-beya is 18-year-old Taiyo Hashimoto (橋本 大海) from Ashikita, Kumamoto prefecture. He was part of the sumo team at Buntoku High School. A send-off party was held for him at Nozakaya Ryokan in Ashikita, which is where his parents held their wedding ceremony. I understand he will use his given name Taiyo as his shikona, and will also take the given name Kazunari which is taken from the Mayor of Ashikita, no less. Hashimoto and Onoe-oyakata (former Komusubi Hamanoshima). With two of his teachers and his mother. Meanwhile, joining Tatsunami-beya is Raiki Kawahara (川平 雷己), coming out of Okinawa Prefecture (South) Norin High School in Tomigusuku. 170cm, 68kg. He has some sumo experience but I think only in Okinawa, finishing third in the 80kg class in a schools sumo competition last year. Kawahara with Tatsunami-oyakata (former Komusubi Asahiyutaka). I was beginning to think Sergei had gone home, but then he appeared at Irumagawa-beya's Aki basho senshuraku party, albeit looking quite incongruous in shorts and t-shirt. However, in a more recent picture he's much more suitably dressed - perhaps finally ready to take the shindeshi-kensa?