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  1. Akinomaki

    Araiso activities

    Araiso again on the phone for Kansai radio. 1st part: 4th youngest new sanyaku at age 19; first kinboshi, from Asashoryu. Listener question: What is most important to teach to the young ones? With the obvious answer: the basics. Each one is different, has a different body, different style, so he'll guide him different. The thing to teach 10 deshi out of 10 are the basics, techniques are not necessarily taught in sumo. Shodai has an awful style, a high up tachi-ai and the chin high - things contrary to how sumo should be done, but because he is solid with the basics, he made it to ozeki. Song: OP from the TV film series Kaiketsu Harimao, the version by Michiya Mihashi youtube_query=快傑ハリマオ 三橋 美智也 - it was sung at each senshuraku party of the old Naruto-beya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xrcn1XpvDr8&t=75s
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    New kesho mawashi

    Today the new Oho paid grandpa Taiho's shusshin town Teshikaga and the local Taiho museum a visit - the last time he was there was June last year. o o o o After that he attended the "Oho juryo promotion celebration"-party, where he received the new kesho mawashi o with the town mayor and with the artist o o on the left the oyakata and mum o
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    Heya chanko

    I found no recent thread, the NSK regularly posts about this youtube/日本相撲協会公式チャンネル/search?query=相撲部屋ちゃんこ Itadaki is (again) preparing the Isenoumi-beya chanko, with the help of Kyonosato
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    Former Takanofuji activities

    Next fight for Sudario: At RIZIN.26 in the Saitama Arena on New Year's Eve, vs. 44y old Minowaman, (172cm, 88kg) (MMA rule, -120kg) o o Press conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWx2apyB-RQ&t=27m30s
  5. NHK broadcasts 1h live on NHK-G, starting 17h JST, 124 athletes compete. https://www2.nhk.or.jp/hensei/program/p.cgi?area=001&date=2020-12-06&ch=21&eid=24527&f=395 Tanioka aims for a 2nd yusho in a row, this time from corporate sumo as a coach, like his late Kindai mentor Ito had accomplished 1991 (topic/39622-kindai-sumo-club-coach-ito-in-memoriam/). A word by Ito had made him decide to follow his mentor on the path of a coach and not go into ozumo. 6 min. news clip from local NHK: vid posted on YT: Edit: no spectators, thus there will again be no videos from the usual channels - though there also is talk that there even will be spectators
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    Former rikishi activities

    This year soba studio Futaba also started the sale of sumo goods, an event catering chanko nabe service and for the year end/start: take-out toshikoshi chanko nabe o
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    Basho attendance

    With the limit of 5000 persons per day, only day 15 was officially sold-out, but resale tickets were available till the just before that day. No attendance figures were reported since the approximate one from day 1 of the July basho. The TV ratings for November 2020, 2nd half of makuuchi in the top 20 of Kanto (Asahi) and Kansai (blog), plus data from Video research, with a bit from the 1st half and/or juryo (early), and also total actual average and peak viewer figures from all of Japan, as million viewers. Only 1 broadcast per week of a program is listed (esp. news), the Kansai blog now apparently has sumo as the same program every day. Nov. 20 mil. viewr. early Kan sai Day Kanto % peak avrg peak % avrg peak % 1 14. 13.3 8.32 14.22 5.3 4.34 9.28 20. 13.4 2 17. 13.3 3 12. 13.6 4 12. 13.6 7.7 4.10 7.59 5 19. 13.2 6 12. 13.6 7 3. 15.7 9.04 14.82 5.6 4.58 9.52 8 6. 14.8 9.04 15.18 10. 14.1 9 15. 14.3 10 13. 14.4 8.0 11 12. 14.5 12 16. 14.2 13 6. 15.4 8.0 4.34 8.44 14 4. 17.9 15 1. 20.5 24.3 12.65 20.00 8.6 5.18 15.18 2. 18.4 http://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S14691903.html https://www.videor.co.jp/tvrating/2020/11/40287.html https://www.videor.co.jp/audience/2020/11/40372.html https://ameblo.jp/w3t6t2pmaj/entry-12637320855.html http://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S14700675.html https://www.videor.co.jp/tvrating/2020/11/40402.html https://www.videor.co.jp/audience/2020/11/40447.html https://ameblo.jp/w3t6t2pmaj/entry-12638712048.html http://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S14708953.html http://hochi.news/articles/20201124-OHT1T50033.html https://www.videor.co.jp/tvrating/2020/11/40467.html http://www.videor.co.jp/audience/2020/12/40507.html https://ameblo.jp/w3t6t2pmaj/entry-12640316120.html
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    New recruits Haru 2021

    And fittingly, today Magaki came for an encouragement visit to the school: "Making good use of that grand physique forged in judo, I'd like him to become a presence exceeding Hideki Matsui." https://www.hokkoku.co.jp/subpage/E20201203005.htm on the right the parents
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    2021 Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    The tamariseki are not all gone after the first round: for 7 days these ringside seats are still available. For day 15, else only the masu seat boxes are gone, all chair seat classes are still on the list. All other days still also have masu seats, masu A are gone only for the weekends. Masu S are all gone, I guess a good deal of them were not for sale in the first place and went to the iji-in like for Aki, as did most of the tamariseki. Still less than half of the full tamariseki capacity will be in use this basho, the first rows remain empty - still free space for flying rikishi.
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    New recruits Haru 2021

    Another from judo background - Hiroki Matsui (18, 180cm, 155kg), 3rd year at Ishikawa pref. Tsurugi high school wants to become the Gojira (Godzilla) of the sumo world, he's a distant relative of baseball's Godzilla Hideki Matsui (his great-grandfather and Hideki's grandfather were brothers). Appropriately in Tokitsukaze-beya, where gorira (gorilla) Tosayutaka (Magaki) can coach him. o He started judo at age 4, but always had a yearning for sumo. He wanted to join a sumo stronghold high school, Kanazawa gakuin, but his parents told him that sumo was not an easy path: "You have be no. 1 in judo in the prefecture to be competitive there." Last year he finally won a prefecture tournament and a HokuShinetsu region tournament in the above 100kg class and was at the interhigh, and his parents then supported his wish to go into ozumo. Since June he learned fundamentals of sumo at the Kanazawa sumo dojo where also Endo, Enho and Kagayaki were enrolled. An important turning point for him was the Kanazawa high school sumo tournament. Tsurugi high has no sumo club, so judo club members represent the school, and since entering school he wanted to be in it. 2 times he was in the team event - this year the 104th edition was canceled. In his 2nd year he got his first win and felt "Yes, sumo is fun", his resolve to become pro became firm then. In October he made a visit to the heya and had chanko with his sempai rikishi. Shodai told him: "In any case, eat!" The usual goal: "Doing it, I want to aim for ozeki and yokozuna."
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    Courtesy calls by rikishi and oyakata

    Pics added above and an error fixed Today Tobizaru 翔猿 made a short trip to Tokyo's Edogawa ward office to report mainly his good result from the Aki basho. The heya had received 3 tai fishes for yusho use then, but he failed to get the yusho: "One time I want to lift it (the fish) up". Thus the goals for next year: sanyaku and a yusho parade in Edogawa ward. It's the time to sum up the year with one kanji character, and he picked tobu 翔 (fly, jump) from his shikona: "Feels like I jumped to the top." oo o o o vid
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    Courtesy calls by rikishi and oyakata

    At present the restrictions seem to be forgotten (they change every 2 weeks), rikishi and oyakata travel all over the country. Yesterday ex-Shiraishi, the new Tohakuryu (he's from Tokyo) with Tamanoi-oyakata made a courtesy call to Soma, Fukushima, to report the juryo promotion to mayor Tachiya (Hidekiyo), together with the head of the heya's local koenkai Tachiya (Ichiro). The heya had regular training camps there before Corona times. o H. Tachiya, I. Tachiya, Tohakuryu, Tamanoi
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    Courtesy calls by rikishi and oyakata

    Akua was home in Oarai town today. Being the pride of the town, the people's hero as encouragement got a fresh 5kg (mede)tai "yusho" fish from local fishermen - with an excellent 9-6 kachikoshi after a 1-4 start vid o He wants to aim for a sansho next basho, after he missed that by 1 win this time as new makuuchi, and sanyaku for next year, to get more attention in the media, also for his hometown. at the town hall oo
  14. The ozeki restarted keiko with some basics Takakeisho today o o Shodai yesterday oo o no pics of Asanoyama yet Naruto-beya started 2 days ago o
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    Kotoshogiku pics overview

    Allowed at specially arranged events like the above for Kotoshogiku a year ago, way after the NSK abolished it at the jungyo, where it always was a highlight