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  1. Chiyozakura

    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    And it's posts like these the keep reminding me why I am not posting anymore...
  2. Chiyozakura

    Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    I rarely write in the forum anymore but as my avatar here is a Chiyonoyama Tegata this might be a good reason to add a bit to the Chiyonofuji/Kokonoe discussion. Chiyonofuji was Chiyonoyama's pick as his successor. They came from the same area in Japan, both were very slim rikishi, Chiyonoyama like Chiyonofuji's determination and saw great things for him. Kitanofuji would not have been a good successor because age-wise he was too close to Chiyonoyama. So after his retirement he founded his own Izutsu Beya. Then Chiyonoyama died at only 51. Chiyonofuji was still at the start of his career and was only 21 years old. So Kitanofuji took over but only as a stop-gap until Chiyonofuji could take over. When Chiyonofuji finally retired both fullfilled their original mentor's wish in making Chiyonofuji Kokonoe Oyakata. That is why Chiyonofuji did not take the ichidai toshiyori. When former Yokozuna Hokutoumi founded his own heya Kitanofuji and the rest of the personell went with him. My take on this is because Hokutoumi was Kitanofuji's deshi while Chiyonofuji was Chiyonoyama's. Kitanofuji could concentrate on his career in the NSK which did not work out, but that is another story. I do not think Kitanofuji or anyone else was ousted from Kokonoe Beya, though. I do not recall reading many negative stories from Chiyonofuji's active time. There was the hazing of Hokutenyu's brother but overall I think he was widely respected but not liked very much by his rivals. He was also very vocal in criticizing others. The story of Akebono visiting a restaurant while kyujo or his comments on Onokuni's training come to my mind. I doubt you will find any reliable sources that will tell the whole truth on Chiyonofuji's failed Oyakata career, though.
  3. Chiyozakura

    Basho Talk ** Haru Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    Or a Sekiwake keeps his rank after 7-8 with the Ozeki demoted with the same score.
  4. Chiyozakura

    Did these ozeki have yokozuna potential?

    Onokuni and Wakanohana were very different cases. Wakanohana totally overachieved. He made the best out of what he had. In that regards he can be considered a role model because against all odds he made Yokozuna at a time where the other top guys were enormously huge. He fought them head on and was deservedly promoted to Yokozuna. Before he was promoted the general concensus was that it would be very difficult for him to hold that position and with a little bad luck because of injuries the end came quickly. Onokuni on the other hand was early on heralded as the guy who could become the dominant force of his generation. He had all the potential in the world. But he did not live up to it. He gained too much weight which slowed him down, did not enough practice, did not do degeiko, then he dropped a lot of weight and with that lost a lot of power. If we talk about potential he was an underachiever. He could have won a lot more Yusho.
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    That is a banzuke thing but not a basho participation thing. You can have a basho without an active Ozeki but there so far has always been at least two Ozeki on the banzuke. If there is one Ozeki he will be placed on the East side so the YokozunaOzeki comes from the West side. In Aki 1981 there were no Ozeki at all and three active Yokozuna. The top two Yokozuna were named YokozunaOzeki with the lowest ranked Yokozuna only being Yokozuna. That does not mean that it would be the same today as back than the additional Yokozuna were put as haridashi, so they were technically off the banzuke and would not represent an Ozeki on the banzuke. Today it would make more sense to have the lower ranked Yokozuna the YokozunaOzeki because otherwise the Yokozuna would be ranked behind the Ozeki.
  6. Chiyozakura

    72nd Yokozuna Kisenosato preparation thread

    Please read my post again and maybe take a look at the Hatsu Basho 1992 which was the crucial one for Konishiki. Do you think today a rikishi would be promoted after that kind of basho? What I agree with, by the way, is that Takanohana would have been promoted in the 70's like Kitanoumi was, but it had nothing to do with Konishiki. I am also not convinced that he would have been promoted today as his case is similar to Hakuho's. He was very young and sure to get promoted later on anyway so they made both earn it.
  7. Chiyozakura

    72nd Yokozuna Kisenosato preparation thread

    I exaggerarted a bit to make my point. At the start of 92 most people thought Takanohana was going to be great but has was still immature and unstable. Akebono was still seen as the next comig of Takamiyama because the general concensus was that his height would cause him too many balance problems. To make Yokozuna Konishiki should not have finished behind those two. And now back to the topic
  8. Chiyozakura

    72nd Yokozuna Kisenosato preparation thread

    Konishiki's numbers look better than they were in reality. In the span of 13-2Y, 12-3, 13-2Y he did not face a single Yokozuna and only one Ozeki. The crucial basho for him was the 12-3. Although the record looks good on paper he did pretty badly. His Yokozuna hopes were gone already after the first week when he was 4-3. The Yusho was won by a teenaged Maegashira with the runner-up being a 22-year old Komusubi who so far had not done better than 9-6 in his Makuuchi career. The next generation had already prematurely overtaken him in that tournament. That is far from the story you want to hear about a new Yokozuna. And the subsequent results showed how right they were in not promoting him. There were a lot of concerns that Konishiki could not handle pressure well, that his sumo lacked a good technique, that he was too inconsistent for a Yokozuna and that his enormous weight was a huge risk for a long-lasting career. His original shisho said that he needed to make Yokozuna before age 26 because he was sure Konishiki would not last long. Especially in regards to the claims of racism it is very interesting to read the Sumo World issues of that time. They clearly stated what the expectation for Konishiki was before those basho and how he failed to achieve them. The only thing Konishiki and Kisenosato have in common is the reputation of a choker. But the current competition is a lot tougher than in 1991 and 1992. There are three Yokozuna who all have won a Yusho last year plus two Ozeki who won one. Still Kisenosato got the best record in the calender year. I agree with everyone here who says it is not the most convincing Yokozuna promotion but I still think he deserves it. He has been a Yokozuna level rikishi for quite some time, he has a reliable style and now he has proven himself a Yusho winner. So congratulations to him and hopefully he will be able to handle the additional pressure that comes with being a Yokozuna.
  9. Chiyozakura

    Kesho mawashi no longer new

    Anyone interested in buying Takatoriki's famous Pepsi Kesho Mawashi? It is for sale on Yahoo:
  10. Chiyozakura

    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    These cases were an answer to the statement that it would be stupid to retire before definitely losing your Ozeki rank. All the guys mentioned retired when they realized they could not hack it any longer and I personally include Kaio in that list because he was on course to his first real make koshi in ages. I think Kotoshogiku is in a different position now than he was 1,5 years ago. The young guys are getting stronger and he appears weaker to me than some months ago. The only guys he has beaten so far are still winless and Takarafuji has no other victory than over Kotoshogiku. If the Yokozuna stay in the basho I fancy them all beating him. Add to that some losses against the likes of Kisenosato, Goeido, Tamawashi, Mitakeumi or whoever he will face and his chances for kachi koshi are looking slim. Call me an oldtimer, nostalgic or whatever but I prefer the Ozeki to retire before they lay proof that they were done for.
  11. Chiyozakura

    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    Most guys who retired at Ozeki retired before losing 8: Kaio, Musoyama, Hokutenyu, Asashio, Wakashimazu, Masuiyama, Takanohana, Asahikuni. Now that I think of it I don't remember a single Ozeki retiring directly after a full make koshi at that rank.They usually quit when they realize they are not good enough anymore and in my view Kotoshogiku has reached that point. Better leave now than to prove it as a fact.
  12. Chiyozakura

    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    If I were Kotoshogiku I would retire tomorrow morning. He will probably not make kachi koshi and is just days short of his 33rd birthday. Time to call it a career.
  13. Chiyozakura

    Help needed to ID these tegata please

    Here is a picture of a Saisu tegata. In general tegata are like autographs. In some cases they are very difficult to read even if you know which kanji are supposed to be pictured. For example take a look at the Tamakasuga tegata on the sume reference website.
  14. Chiyozakura

    Help needed to ID these tegata please

    I assume these were only done in the late 70's or very early 80's. I have one with the exact same images from Dewanohana and one from Kurohimeyama which also has the yagura but also a pretty stupid drawing of his face on it. On both of those the rikishi are coloured and on Dewanohana's also the dohyo. I built up a collection of photos of tegata a while ago and went through it to check for the last tegata in the original post. I think it is Saisu. If you want to sell the tegata I might be interested in the Saisu one. From my experience you should not sell them as a bundle as for most people three Takamiyama tegata will not be worth much more than one.
  15. Chiyozakura

    Help needed to ID these tegata please

    The first three are definitely Takamiyama, the fourth one is Kurosegawa. I am not sure about the last one, though. The second kanji looks a bit like the zakura part in the Kotozakura Tegata I have but the first kanji looks different.