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  1. Also for a yokozuna set there are some with characters designed by manga artists though, but not for manga and anime More famous is this one from Yanase My post about the kinnikuman kesho mawashi apparently is one of the many that have been slaughtered by the forum update Local mascot characters from the rikishi's place of origin are also quite common recently Sadanoumi has Kumamon, Tokushoryu got one with Nara's Sento-kun I'll post more about the manga ones later
  2. More about Chiyonofuji: this figurine will be on display at the Wonder Festival 2017 in Chiba's Makuhari messe on July 30th (the day before his death anniversary) and later son sale. http://nlab.itmedia.co.jp/nl/articles/1704/24/news108.html more pics on the maker's blog: http://ameblo.jp/amonworks/entry-12267513666.html The family and the koenkai had given their OK.
  3. Ishiura will have his model debut: for a men's FASHION magazine - Warp magazine. 4 pages in the July edition, on sale May 24th (I guess I'll have to get it, but maybe I'll wait till it's 1yen 2nd hand next year) http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/sumo/20170425-OHT1T50239.html He'll likely will post some pics about it on this profile: http://www.instagim.net/profile/ishiura_masakatsu/4960655459 hopefully that won't be the next fashion for men
  4. Not another uchi-deshi for Hakuho: Toki Oota 大田斗葵 (19, 174cm, 127kg) from Kotoura-town, Tottori, simply enters Miyagino-beya. He graduated in March from Tottori high and wanted to join the same heya as sempai Ishiura: "I want to get to makuuchi quickly." Team yusho at the high school selection tournament in Feb. 2016, but he injured his knee in June that year and was sidelined for other tournaments his club mates won - the frustration about this became an impetus to go on and join the pros. His shikona is planned to be Toki, but rather not with the same kanji as his first name - undecided yet which to use. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/tottori/news/20170424-OYTNT50442.html The press conference to announce it was on the 24th at the school, with Miyagino-oyakata and headmaster and head sumo coach Ishiura (the father): "I want him to go for training which makes him avoid injuries. "The shin-deshi kensa is on May 1st. http://mainichi.jp/articles/20170425/ddl/k31/050/512000c He will be the 13th active rikishi from Tottori high origin. His amateur results in more detail here: http://www.nnn.co.jp/news/170425/20170425050.html The 2nd time I hear Toki these days - also the name of the middle brother on Kise's Hokuto-no-ken mawashi set.
  5. Chiyonokuni (26) on the 25th registered his marriage with same age Ai Hayashi (now Sawada), originally from Sakai-city, after a 7year relation. The first kinboshi (sumo slang for a beauty) before his first yokozuna bout, which should come with the rank he'll have next basho. The marriage reception is planned for Feb. 17th. They had met when he was still makushita, before Haru 2010 at the dinner party of a friend. After the basho he asked her 2 times for a date and it became a relation. She worked at a golf shop in Osaka, and Natsu 2014, when he was in makuuchi, he made her to move to Tokyo. But he dropped to makushita again after injury and the apartment he payed for became to expensive - she had to move to a smaller one, 1 room only (as unmarried non-sekitori he had to live in the heya). During the 7 basho it took to return to juryo, she got a driver's license and the qualification as athlete body-care self-trainer (from the same Athlete food meister inc. where Kotoshogiku's wife got her qualification), while working till end of March for an airline at Haneda airport. He proposed to her after the Hatsu-basho, first he had intended to wait till he got to sanyaku, but she told him "How about joining forces to get you to sanyaku?" and he got the resolve to marry then. http://www.chunichi.co.jp/chuspo/article/sumo/news/CK2017042602000141.html
  6. Don't forget the timeshift reservation to watch it VOD anytime later: http://live.nicovideo.jp/search?「大相撲超会議場所」
  7. the last overview of the proper jungyo - first Twitter Ishiura in Matsuyama o o Hachioji o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o Machida o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o Fukaya - last stop of the tour - but next is the Chokaigi-basho o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o press o o o o o o o o o o o o oo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o in Mito they have green light o and pink o o Machida local Kitataiki & son with kesho mawashi set o Hokutofuji with Fukai's Fukka-chan as semi-yokozuna - his is Tokoron o
  8. In the design for the Hokuto-no-ken kesho-mawashi set for Kisenosato for the first time manga characters from anime are used for a yokozuna set - so far only for individual kesho mawashi, recently Kinnikuman for Chiyotairyu, and also Tetsuwan-atom and Bakabon were used (I post the details later in "Older kesho mawashi") In the koenkai formed for his ozeki promotion, 2years ago editor-in-chief Horie of Shonen-Jump, which published Hokuto-no-ken, promised a set to Kisenosato, then already struggling on a prolonged yokozuna run, should he make it at last. And Kise said: "Hokuto-no-ken is fine. With Raoh please." Thus Kisenosato's will show the eldest, Raoh, though the hero is Kenshiro - but Raoh has the motto: "For me there's no retreat, nothing but advance and win" and "There is only one supreme ruler" the tachi-mochi - till ozeki promotion fixed job for Takayasu - has the youngest, Kenshiro and the tsuyu-harai (Shohozan) the middle brother Toki The kesho-mawashi will also show 2 sets of the Big Dipper (Hokuto-7stars) and the North Star (Hokkyokusei) - 15 stars=wins in total. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1812972.html Kise with Horie
  9. Another new song by Masuiyama - again about sake. o and women For this he learned cocktail making - his own creation, with the name of the song: Sake miren to serve to the 2 beauties He says he drank too much in his youth and now only had a drink on 3 days in the last 12 months - with his wife. http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/news/1812737.html
  10. News videos about Kise, Hokutoryu and mainly the jungyo, with Nishida from the kinboshi duo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7xx4FkLUtA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-lwHgD48_A Machida keiko with kids, locals Kitataiki & Shiba in bouts, dohyo-iri: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ode73UDQFh8 Kotoeko: fan duty, dohyo-iri, bouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtvfiGelmZU Goeido: keiko, sanyaku soroibumi & bouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7xLEQ47O24 jinku, shokkiri, dohyo-iri: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTSFoPuFzuc Takasaki Kototsurugi and Kotoyuki: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0Kc2Kc_oBI Shodai-Mitakeumi, Kotoshogiku-Takayasu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zS0l7nZU9E
  11. Just to add a reasonably certain rumor to this thread
  12. Another one to get asked to work on the gumbai which chief priest Takahashi of the Tenryu shrine in Obama, Fukui, gives to gyoji is maki-e craftsman Sunao Matsuda (83) from Sabae, Fukui: he creates lacquer-ware ornaments for gumbai. This is the 7th he did for Takahashi, so far given to juryo and makuuchi gyoji. But this one is special, the first from him to go to a Kimura Shonosuke - as a present for the promotion of the next. We see again a dragon - and indeed, the 40th Inosuke is the one expected to get promoted in the near future. On the other side is a phoenix this time. Matsuda worked on it from November last year to the end of March. http://www.chunichi.co.jp/article/fukui/20170422/CK2017042202000029.html
  13. Only about 30% of all the tickets for the just over 10800 seats in the kokugikan are sold directly to the public by the NSK: still about 70% go to the sumo-chaya to sell to mainly their old time customers, esp. NSK related persons, their family and supporters. Nearly all of the first 8 rows of the 4person masu-seats are controlled by them. (The corner 1 or more person masu are sold on the net, phone or ticket booths - and they aren't included in the pre-advance sales lottery). 80% of the chaya tickets go to fixed clientele who buy for all 15 days, only 20% are sold day by day to those who phone the kokugikan service corporation - the umbrella under which all 20 chaya operate, with investments from the NSK. The chaya get the tickets for 90% of the official price from the NSK, but can't return the tickets they don't sell. Before the present sumo boom that made it a rigid business for the chaya - maybe that's what in recent years brought a much better service from the kokugikan service corporation to all customers, even those who hadn't bought the expensive full service chaya tickets with catering and presents attached. Now with the sumo boom's Kise-peak they likely won't have tickets left for much longer than those sold on the net - a return to the time of the Waka-Taka boom: then they could sell a masu box priced about 40 000 Yen (without extras) for up to 700 000 Yen. - While I lived in Japan for 7 years - basically the start of Heisei, it was common knowledge that you won't get to watch sumo live in the kokugikan if you don't get invited by a company etc. that belongs to the clientele of the chaya. Thus my first visit there was when Waka-Taka boom had ended and tickets were freely available, on a trip to Japan in 2002. And only in recent years I learned that when you have a 1 person masu seat bought elsewhere and order some food and drinks or pamphlets in advance from the kokugikan service corporation, a dekata from the chaya will not only show you to your seat with the things ordered, you get a free pot of tea as well, sometimes even with refill - maybe no longer refilled now. I didn't give a him tip - but apparently that's customary: - If some of the clientele get shown to the seat, they may give the dekata a tip of 5000-10000Yen: he will then keep the bulky bags with presents, which would make the masu box already packed with 4 people even more uncomfortable, and bring them for the time of the ozeki bouts. To get a ticket now, one may get one from the chaya clientele, who hardly really go to the basho every day. http://www.news-postseven.com/archives/20170424_520373.html The 4 person masu boxes go with 4 separate tickets for the same box location - what is still getting sold on https://ticketcamp.net/sumo-tickets/?count=all&event_group_id=26809&extra_payment=all&filter=active&section_id=all&sort=price#ticket-list-content may also be from that source - the prices are still decent for the minor seats. And to watch sumo for free, you can line up early for the keiko soken on May 3rd - now with the same chance to not get in as the people who couldn't get tickets though they lined up at the kokugikan ticket booths on the morning sales started.
  14. Now I also got that "You are Not allowed to ... to this User" error - for the first time ever. Just like with the old "there was a problem storing your reputation vote" error, the like appeared on the post nonetheless.
  15. Ancient style Yamato-Izumo dolls are said to have their roots in haniwa figures buried in ancient funeral mounds (kofun). Standard forms are the rikishi, the dog and the left-above style kimono (for the dead) doll. Kazu Mizuno recreates them. http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASK3D05N4K3CPOMB014.html standard form http://www.nagomi1ban.com/yamato/n1-072.html