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  1. Chiyonokuni (Juryo East 9, 1-1) over Sadanoumi by abisetaoshi ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Suffering a deep gush above his right eye prior to his bout, losing his consciousness and fell over but still winning his bout.) "I was trying to psych myself up holding my breath. I had to go to a hospital to get it all stitched up." Takamisakari (Juryo West 7, 1-1) over Kimikaze by hatakikomi ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Smartly slapping down Waseda University grad and Juryo debut Kimikaze to get his first win this basho) "I never faced him before so I had no idea how to go against him. But somehow he tripped over." "I am relieved. I can even say I am little bit happy. This means that I won't finish the basho with all loss record." "Obviously I won't rest easy just because I got a win now. I will go out as hard as I can every single bout." Takanoyama (0-2) losing to Kimurayama by oshidashi --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Blown away again, losing two straight) "I am experiencing much sharper powerful tachiai since I am up in Makuuchi." Kimurayama (2-0) over Takanoyama ----------------------------------------------------- (Pushing out 98 kg Takanoyama rather easily.) "While I was going through the shikiri, I was kind of amazed realizing how unbelievably skinny this guy really was." Tosayutaka (2-0) over Daido by uwatenage ------------------------------------------------------------------ (Withdrew from the last basho after injuring his left knee and now winning two straight to start the basho) "I am trying to go out trying not to worry so much about the injury. But by even winning two, I feel things have gotten a lot easier." Yoshiazuma (0-2) losing to Aminishiki by tsukiotoshi ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Making his Makuuchi debut and losing to crafty veteran Aminishiki) "I realized after going against him, his skill level was far above mine." Kotoshogiku (2-0) over Yoshikaze by yorikiri ------------------------------------------------------------------- (Yoshikaze appeared to attempt luring Kotoshogiku into a quick tachiai and then stopped moving perhaps thinking it was a false start but Kotoshogiku kept pressing and won easily amid rather loud booing calls.) "Hey, I feel sorry about this too but you know a win is a win. As far as I was concerned the bout just ended before I knew what happened." Yoshikaze ----------- ---- (Repeatedly asked by reporters for a comment but declined to talk) "................" Nakamura oyakata, Chief dohyo judge (former Sekiwake Fujizakura) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- (On Yoshikaze) "Not sure what he was thinking but the gyoji already drew his gunbai and you gotta know if you are the initiator then you certainly can't let yourself unguarded." Shozaburo Kimura, the gyoji ------------------------------------------ (Asked if Kotoshogku actually put his hand on the ground.) "I judged them both to have touched the ground. I have not heard from any judge or rikishi for a matta." Wakanosato (1-1) over Kakuryu by okuridashi -------------------------------------------------------------------- (Beating Kakuryu in his ozeki promotion challenging basho) "I had nothing to spare, was desperately going after him. This basho I am occupying a rank in which I can face the yokozuna and ozeki, I want to enjoy it to the fullest." Kakuryu (1-1) losing to Wakanosato --------------------------------------------------- (Suffering a painful loss indeed) "I don't know but I may have gone out feeling I had too much of my own tachiai stance. You know when you start thinking you got your tachiai and you feel you can take everything for granted. Sometimes you want to win quickly then you rush yourself too much." "All I can do is for each and every bout I will try all my best." Kisenosato (2-0) over Takekaze by tsukidashi --------------------------------------------------------------------- (Focusing on speedier sumo and winning second straight) "I was really psyched up for this one. I want to establish a good flow before I start facing the top ranking rikishi." Okinoumi (2-0) over Harumafuji by tsukiotoshi ------------------------------------------------------------------ (Beating Harumafuji after downing another ozeki,Kotooshu and now slated to face Hakuho on Day 3) "Simply put I was losing the bout totally but the fact that I have beaten an ozeki, that itself I consider amazing." "I have no particular strategy to go against the yokozuna. Basically I will be facing him all on my instinct. For one thing, going against ozeki and yokozuna is easier as even if you lose the bout, no one says much but if you end up winning, a lot of folks can go home happy. If I beat the yokozuna, can't you guys make a DVD or something calling it Sensational Okinoumi?" (Hearing he was awarded the top star of the day by the fans attending the basho today.) "Actually I found my sumo today should have been rated only one point. If they are doing a survey like this, I hope they can come up with a category, like for Oshi-zumo or for Yotsu-zumo you know." (Been told many started thinking he would be the next Japanese hope to revive the dwindling ticket sales.) "Well you know we should do more to distribute tickets like to Sumo Kyokai members or even lowering ticket price. If we can get a sell out that way, people might think they want to come back again. Anyway that's what my oyakata (Hakkaku oyakata) often says after he has few drinks..." Harumafuji (1-1) losing to Okinoumi --------------------------------------------------- (Suffering the last second Tsukiotoshi by Okinoumi and one giant leap backwards to his yokozuna aspiration) "I sensed he was backing down so I wanted to take him out with one sweep. But..ah...it ended up as a quite wasted effort. You don't need to ask me about it at all." (With his last three basho record of basho withdrawal, 8 win and 10 win respectively, Yokozuna Deliberation Committee Chairman Takuhiko Tsuruta asking for 14 win or more, this loss at this stage is rather serious.) "I will have to come back here with a totally refreshed mind. We've just started the basho so nothing has settled yet." (On staring over the dohyo judges hard after the bout as if to say he was not happy with the decision, a conduct that can be taken as ungraceful.) "Well it's just that I felt his leg and my elbow touched the ground at the same time." (Reported as an injury to hip area but it's understood more like a pimple) "It's all fixed now. As I said I will do all my best from tomorrow." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman -------------------------------------------------------------- (On Harumafuji's loss today) "If we are looking at this from a perspective of yokozuna promotion, it is certainly a painful loss." Hakkaku oyakata, former Yokozuna Hokutoumi ----------------------------------------------------------------- (On Harumafuji) "It's as if he wanted to win so badly, he leaves no space for any mental mistakes. First he will need to realize he will have to go with his own sumo style." Takuhiko Tsuruta, YDC Chairman ----------------------------------------------------- (On Harumafuji) "This is just my personal observation but unless he wins all his remaining bouts, the promotion will be extremely difficult. Losing to a Hiramaku is totally unexpected. Somehow he lost what he had the last basho, a sense of calm and stability. Perhaps he is feeling he had to win so much that he is not able to relax and let his natural ability to shine through." Toyonoshima (1-1) over Kotooshu by shitatenage ----------------------------------------------------------------------- (Getting himself deep inside Kotooshu and executed a perfect nage) "It's been a long while since I was able to go that deep in him. When I did a throw, I felt I got it. Back when I was beating him (losing six straight in his last six encounters), it was exactly this way too." Homasho (1-1) losing to Hakuho by yorikiri -------------------------------------------------------------- (Losing every one of his eleven encounters against Hakuho) "I have been watching the video over and over and I am trying to come up with a different strategy but so far nothing has worked. Maybe because I am going along with his sumo style all the time." Hakuho (2-0) over Homasho ----------------------------------------- "It just turned into a good form for me. I saw he kind of floated so I just pushed him out." (On an injury he may have suffered the previous day) "I am OK. Winning bouts, that's the best medicine around." (On Harumafuji suffering his first loss already) "I saw the bout from the Hanamichi. I actually want to say this and that but you know he knows it better than anyone else." It's been reported that Maegashira West 14 Shotenro, 29, (from Mongolia) of Fujishima Beya married a 34 year old younger sister of Kyokutenho. "My oyakata was happy to hear the news actually," Shotenro said. "Apparently they have been seeing each other without my knowledge," Kyokutenho said. "But if my sister is getting married, I'd rather want someone I know as I feel more at ease that way," The details of wedding and receptions were not immediately known. Day 2 Makuuchi and Juryo Rikishi Rating by Fan Survey at the Kokugikan ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Makuuchi: 1. Okinoumi - 480 2. Toyonoshima - 458 3. Wakanosato - 429 Hakkaku oyakata, Okionumi's shisho ------------------------------------------------------- (On Okinoumi winning the survey today) "I want him to display a sumo fitting to win the survey every day even if he ends up losing the bout." Juryo: 1. Takamisakari - 205 2. Tenkaiho - 204 3. Sotairyu - 188 (Scpre: Very Satisfied - 2, Satisfied - 1, Average - 0, Unsatisfied - -1) (Today's voting was based on 334 out of 1,000 survey sheets distributed.) Juryo East 6 Aoiyama, 25, of Tagonura Beya will be entering the Aki Basho from Day 3, September 13. He has been absent since Day 1 due to herniated disc. Aoiyama is scheduled to face Shironoryu. The Kyokai announced that there were 5,683 tickets unsold for Day 2, breaking the number of unsold tickets, 5.118, record set on Day 3 this Hatsu Basho, establishing the new record for the unsold tickets since the current Kokugikan opened in January 1985. The present capacity of Kokugikan is 11,000. Attendance: 5,300
  2. We are all still wondering what really happened in that car Asashoryu allegedly beat another man in a drunken stupor while maintaining he has no recollection of beating the man. According to reports the man received a broken nose and told Asashoryu to apologize while escaping from the car and asking a help from a police officer doing a traffic duty in a fashionable Nishi Azabu district in Tokyo. Subsequently Asashoryu's personal manager, Akihiro Ichinomiya, son of former Takasago oyakata and former rikishi, came forward and said he was the man who got punched out by Asashoryu. The story was reported to a Yokozuna Deliberation Committee meeting and everyone present more or less condemned the violence but they agreed at least it was between his manager and Asashoryu, accepted the explanation pointing out such a thing may happen one time or another and no further punishment was handed out at the time. And that should have been the end of it or so everyone in the Kyokai including the chairman, Asashoryu's shisho Takasago oyakata and Asashoryu himself thought. Then the Shukan Shincho weekly came out with another twist to the story that the man Asashoryu beat was not his own manager but someone else, an acquaintance of Asashoryu. Everyone wondered why this man was keeping quiet of his identity and refusing to talk to the media though there were some reference to him contacting Azabu Police Division of the National Police Agency. Furthermore there were reports that he was "well known" to the police. The obvious question is who is this mysterious man and if there is anything more to the story that meets the eye. So far there are only speculations and inferences as there are some aspects of this incident that even the police appears not want to pursue further. Japanese media reported the man's identify to be Mr. KT but it is speculated that this Mr. KT is Tsuyoshi Kawana, though not stated officially but known as an actual club manager and owner of Feria, Roppongi's gathering place of celebrities and wannabes, studded with foreign female models. Kawana is a former leader, nicknamed Monster, of well known motorcycle gang, Kanto Rengo, active in Greater Tokyo area and reported to be a kingpin of drug dealing in Roppongi and Azabu areas of Tokyo. There are some implications that he may even have some police connections to last this long unscathed. During his heydays, he was even known to order his underlings to stab yakuza members, rather blatant conduct. Kawana's old gang buddy, Hajime Nakamura nicknamed Goblin, was a member of Dragon motorcycle club (known to have strong connections with Chinese mafia though made up of mostly Koreans living in Japan), is a financial backer of another related club in Azabu, "a-life". There is also a story that Nakamura is supplying large amount of cocaine to Kawana who is using Iranian connections to deal so much of them such that he is known as the biggest cocaine dealer in Roppongi/Azabu. Another owner of the a-life club is Shinji Kamiyama, variously referred to as a well known racketeer. Both Kamiyama and Kawana worked for an opening event for a fashion store Ed-Harvey's Aoyama store attended by Noriko Sakai, singer, who was recently charged for possession of controlled substance. It's been reported that Sakai, her husband self described professional surfer Yuichi Takaso as well as Manabu Oshio used to frequent "a-life: and the Ed Harvey store. Some may heard of Oshio as Oshio has been charged with negligence a while back after his female friend was found dead with drug overdose in his apartment. A story goes that when Noriko Sakai was about to be arrested Kamiyama was the man who helped her getaway to a secluded location until she was cleared of any substance she may had within her body then. The dark triangle of Kawana, Nakamura and Kamiyama does not end with them as complex webs of entanglements spiral out as well hidden VIP lounges of a-life and Feria clubs are the magnets of even darker forces. With their business relationships come Mika Noguchi, female head of women's underwear store Peach John and who actually rented out free the apartment where Oshio's friend was found dead. She herself is quite a character having five children purportedly all with a different partner. The store's namesake in Japanese, Momotaro is a well known adult video company financed by one of her former husband, a leading member of yakuza group. Noguchi is also known to be in a high class prostitution ring catering to well known stars, musicians, politicians, businessmen and other well-to-dos. What remains unanswered is what made Asashoryu so mad to punch Kawana out? Were there some troubled dealing between them? With Kawana's long relationship with the Azabu Police and the Kyokai's unspoken and hidden ties with organized crime groups, we will never know the whole truth as too much reputations and money are at stake as well as careers and even lives of the people involved.
  3. Takamisakari (0-1) losing to Sadanoumi by yorikiri -------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Competing down in Juryo for the first time since the 2002 Hatsu basho and losing.) "I got into my own style (with his right in) but I couldn't get a win. I don't know if I was more nervous than usual but there is no point in thinking about it now. What can I do anyway?" "But you know I have not been beaten mentally yet. I am sure if I can get one win, things will change for better." Takanoyama (0-1) losing to Kokkai by tsukidashi, 4.2 sec ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Losing decisively with his lightweight no match for his opponent's overpowering sumo) "I lost the first one but I will come back strong tomorrow." Masunoyama (1-0) over Toyohibiki by oshitaoshi, 3.8 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Winning his first bout today, the only one of three Makuuchi debut rikishi to do so) "I am really happy. I know it's only Day 1 but it sure gives me a lot more confidence in myself. I want to keep going with as much horsepower as today." Kakuryu (1-0) over Takekaze by oshidashi, 4.3 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Notching his first win towards his ozeki promotion challenge) "I was able to observe my opponent's moves and respond well. I was able to move forward well too. It wasn't a good tachiai but I didn't feel that much tension out there actually." Kotoshogiku (1-0) over Wakanosato by kotenage, 9.6 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Pushed hard by Wakanosado but made a swift Kotenage to get his first win this basho against the opponent whom he lost on Day 14 last basho to have his ozeki promotion chance come to the abrupt stop.) "Regardless of who you win against, it's the same one win. So it really does not matter whom I go against." "I realize it wasn't a good sumo today but I was able to feel the weight I can place against my opponent." Baruto (0-1) losing to Homasho by oshidashi, 6.3 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Losing his first this basho already) "I went after getting his mawashi but I couldn't complete any moves. But I do realize I just let such a good opportunity slip away." Harumafuji (1-0) over Toyonoshima by kakenage, 38.0 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (A close call with a mono-ii (Toyonoshima's mage was the winning difference) but still beating his opponent in the last seconds with a powerful throw to win the Day One bout) "It was all my opponent's sumo today as I was pretty desperate all the way till the end but I saw Toyonoshima fell first. But it was still all so very close there." (After winning the yusho last basho, his training was going smoothly until very recently when his sciatic nerve starting actiing up again.) "Oh that. It's all OK now, it's all back to normal now." Toyonoshima (0-1) losing to Harumafuji --------------------------------------------------------------- "I had a Sogo-gake on too but but somehow I got on top of his right leg." Hakuho (1-0) over Aran by yorikiri, 4.4 sec ---------------------------------------------------------------- (Appearing to injure his left leg while falling down out of the dohyo) "I will let your imagination speak for that. Frankly I kind of went down rather too hard but I should be OK." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ---------------------------------------------------------- (On Hakuho's possible injury) "I am just hoping for the best at the moment." The Kyokai announced Juryo East 6, Bulgarian Aoiyama, 25, of Tagonoura Beya was diagnosed with a herniated disc and will be out for three weeks. He has already sent out his Kyujo notice to the Kyokai office earlier. "Aoiyama injured his back during training sessions prior to the basho but he is making a good progress so it's entirely possible that he will be ready by Day 3," said Tagonoura oyakata, former Hisanoumi. The Kyokai released the name of three new recruits who passed their physical for this basho. - Tomoya Hasegawa, 17, from Fukushima Prefecture. Hakkaku Beya. 168 cm, 92 kg. - Rikito Nakagawa, 17, from Akita Prefecture. Tokitsukaze Beya. 168 cm, 102 kg. - Ryuto Sasaki, 15, from Hyogo Prefecture. Shibatayama Beya. 168 cm, 107 kg. The all three passed the secondary exam and will be competing in Mae-zumo starting on Day 3, September 13, along with another foreign born recruit who passed his physical at the Nagoya Basho. There was no entrant for the regular physical this basho. Starting from the opening day, Sendagawa oyakata and several other oyakata got together to raise more money for the victims of Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami called "Project Dosukoi Japan", by selling T-shirts, towels and badges at the Kokugikan. "I visited the area to help out their recovery efforts back in June and I felt I too wanted to do something. It's a rather low-key initiative but I'd like to have this keep going for quite a while," Sendagawa oyakata, former Kinkaiyama, said. All the money raised from the sale will go towards a fund to help the victims. In his regular address on the Opening Day, the Kyokai chairman Hanaregoma oyakata once again reiterated the Kyokai's efforts to rid of yaocho incidents which caused the basho at Tokyo to be cancelled since January. He also apologized for causing unnecessary concerns and inconvenience to the sumo fans during the period. "We will be doing our utmost to preserve the cultures and values of sumo and will be working as hard as possible to rejuvenate and recovery of Sumo," the oyakata added. According to the Kyokai, there were 3,709 tickets unsold today. making it the most number of unsold tickets at Aki Basho Opening Day and marking the most number of unsold tickets since the Ryogoku Kokugikan opened in the 1985 January Basho. The previous record was at the 2005 Aki Basho Opening Day with 2.896 tickets. "It's rather disappointing to hear this but once we can present more exciting bouts, I am certain that the fans will be back in here," Hanaregoma oyakata, the Kyokai chairman said. Starting today, the Kyokai is distributing 1,000 sheets of rikishi rating form named, "Mark Sheet" at the Kokugikan. They have got back about 400 filled in forms and the highest rated rikishi today was Homasho, followed by Harumafuji and Toyonoshima who lost to Harumafuji. Sotairyu was top among Juryo rikishi. The survey started back in the so called Ability Judging basho in May and it asks to rate each rikishi's performance in four levels from Very Satisfactory to Unsatisfactory and will award four points to one based on the rating. Today Homasho received 1,247 points while Harumafuji had 1,241 and Toyonoshima, 1,176. The Kyokai is hoping by releasing the top three rikishi from Makuuchi and Juryo daily compiled from the survey will lead to more competitive bouts during the basho.
  4. The first proceeding over the death of Tokitsukaze Beya Jonokuchi Takashi Saito (then 17 years old) is to be held at the Nagoya Regional Court. The court case deals with three senior Tokitsukaze Beya rikishi who were alleged to have beaten Saito. One of the rikishi was Dotou (Real name: Yuichiro Izuka, 25 years old, currently in Banzuke-gai). Dotou is charged with causing a body injury resulting in death. Takashi's father, Masato Saito, 51, was asked about his feeling on his son's upcoming court case. "I have an ambivalent feeling. In one sense I don't want to know what really happened. But I also want to know what really made him do it." The proceeding starts at 10 AM on October 7 and the three rikishi have mostly admitted their involvement and if they are found guilty, they will be dismissed from the Kyokai. All three are reported to have cut their mage already. "At the court we may hear how many blows they gave or something unimaginably atrocious. I feel anxious both wanting to know or wanting not to know but I want to face the truth gravely," Masato said. "Whether he enjoyed beating him or because he hated him so much. Why did he have to do it to that point to cause a death..." Masato especially showed his indignation to former oyakata Junichi Yamamoto, 58, who was alleged to have ordered the rikishi to beat Saito. "He loved them so much once but then he refused to accept his own guilt and instead put all the responsibility to them. I just can't understand it and I feel so much anger towards him. I want to ask him as a parent if he has the same red blood running through his body." Since death of Saito, Masato heard more violence committed by rikishi and oyakata at other heya as well as the current marijuana and yaocho controversies in Ozumo. "It I knew it was such a terrifying place, I'd never have let him enter." Masato Saito knew that Takashi wanted to be the best rikishi in Japan. Masato prays to the photo of Takashi daily,"You have become the best rikishi in Japan already. Please lend us a little more of your strength now."
  5. Kakizoe, Juryo West 11 (1-14) losing to Aoiyama ----------------------------------------------------------- (Former komusubi beaten by Juryo debut Aoiyama today and certain demotion to Makushita, perhaps reaching the end of his career.) "I've done all my best but you know, you can be all psyched up but if you don't have strength, in this world you cannot win. I am fully aware of the consequence and fully prepared for it." (Return to Juryo solely because of vacancy created after the Yaocho incident but to be demoted back to Makushita in one basho.) "It's so apparent that I lack sharpness. I can't generate power. I know all that myself more than anyone else." Fujiazuma (10-5) over Masunoyama by yoritaoshi, 14.4 sec ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (Winning 10 in his Makuuchi debut basho) "I was able to go with my own sumo pretty much in the first half, it even surprised myself. But I realized that I was yet no match against high ranking rikishi. I think I can give myself a score of 60 this basho." Takamisakari (3-12) losing to Takayasu by hatakikomi, 6.1 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Certain demotion to Juryo after suffering 12 losses, equalling his worst record.) "There is no question I will keep going on in the next basho. I just need to rebuild and train all over again so I can move better." Kimurayama (7-8) losing to Gagamaru by oshidashi, 2.8 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Despite suffering Makekoshi on the Senshuraku at the lowest Makuuchi ranking but may yet be able to avoid Juryo demotion as they are increasing two more spots in Makuuchi next basho.) "I don't know but with my luck, you never know. I have no idea why I was so tense today." (If he stays in, it may be a demotion to his heya mate and one rank up Tochinonada who finished with 6-9.) "That, again, in itself, is pretty sad to see too." Wakanosato (9-6) over Sagatsukasa by yorikiri, 4.3 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------- (Missing Kanto-sho while his name was bandied around among some selection committee members.) "Well I figured with only nine wins, I would not make it. Actually I was just happy knowing one or two people even thought I could have been qualified for it. And that could motivate me to do all my best again." Toyonoshima (9-6) over Miyabiyama by oshidashi, 5.8 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------- (Certain to be back in Sanyaku next basho) "Like the three sekiwake we have, I realize I would not be able to aim for higher unless I first get myself stablized at the rank." Aminishiki (2-13) losing to Goeido by uwatenage, 6.1 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------- (Finishing with 2 win 13 loss record, appearing to be totally bewildered.) "I haven't shown a decent sumo at all." (Asked if it was a basho like no other.) "I have no idea at all." Kakuryu (10-5) over Aran by yorikiri, 20.5 sec ---------------------------------------------------------- (Winning 12 last basho and showing a sign of stability after finishing with a double digit win record this basho and a chance for ozeki promotion next basho.) "I will be approaching the next basho like any other regular basho, not getting too conscious of all that." (On Kotoshogiku also aiming for the same.) "Well I do have a sense of not getting beaten over by him." Homasho (11-4) losing to Kotoshogku by yorikiri, 11.1 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------- (Getting his fifth Kanto-sho) "I have been able to finish the basho by not giving up till the end. I guess getting married and learning of a baby to be born was a big factor too. In some respect I have been lucky too in some of my bouts. I am on a good groove so I want to carry on like this from now on by somehow breaking the wall separating me from joining the top ranks by training even harder." Kotoshogiku (11-4) over Homasho ------------------------------------------------ (Getting 11 wins in his first ozeki promotion challenging basho, with oh so close but no cigar result but still retains a hope in the next basho.) "It's been such a long basho. I will have to reset my mind and consider this basho a good learning experience and do all my best in the next basho." (On receiving Shukun-sho) "This is a real bonus. I was under heavy pressure all throughout this basho but I want to make this basho as something I can look back on and say because I went through it, I was able to accomplish more." (On ozeki promotion) "You need both strong mind and body working together to keep winning. I know I need to strengthen my mental side more next basho so that I can accomplish what I could not have done this basho." (Kotoshogiku will need at lea st 12 win next basho to have any chance of ozeki promotion.) Hanaregoma oyakata ----------------------------- (On Kotoshogiku and Kakuryu) "It's good to have strong rivals competing for the same goal. It will motivate you more and will make you work that much harder." Okinoumi (8-7) over Kotooshu by yorikiri, 5.2 sec ------------------------------------------------------------- (Getting kachikoshi this basho even after facing mostly top ranking rikishi.) "This basho has been a real confidence builder for me. I admit quality wise I did not do so well in some but at the same time I feel I could have won some more." (On beating Ozeki Kotooshu to get Kachikoshi) "The fact that I was able to win on the Senshuraku really made me happy. It just made me wonder if I could have won more earlier what I could have done at the end." s Kotooshu (9-6) losing to Okinoumi ----------------------------------------- (Didn't realize the gyoji's call and kept going.) "When I thought I won, I actually have lost it. The only thing I can tell you is I should not get beaten by a Hiramaku rikishi like today from now on." Kisenosato (10-5) over Harumafuji by tsukiotoshi, 11.2 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------- (Earning Shukun-sho and beating Harumafuji after exchanging powerful throws and hits.) "I was going against him with everything I had. Obviously he would not let me win that easily." (On seeing his two rivals Kotoshogiku and Kakuryu both aiming for ozeki promotion next basho while he accumulated his 20th Sanyaku Basho this basho.) "This is the time to gain more strength and face the Aki. I want to do all I can and show my best under pressure." Harumafuji (14-1) losing to Kisenosato ------------------------------------------------- (Desperately wanting to finish the basho with no loss record but after fierce battles, fell down by tsukiotoshi.) "I actually thought I won but my foot slipped. It has been all my flow. I just couldn't believe I lost it. But then we both put out everything we had on the dohyo today, so I can settle with it. But obviously I don't like the result at all." (On challenging for yokozuna promotion at the Aki Basho) "Now that I have given the opportunity, I want to do all my best by training really hard." (After finishing the yusho photo holiding the cup) "It does have a weight. It's the best feeling. From now on I want to aim for the yusho every time out." Hanaregoma oyakata -------------------------- (On Harumafuji) "He is one of the rikishi, I expect to be in the yusho race every basho. I believe if he can display sumo like he did this basho, he should be." (On Harumafuji's yusho promotion) "Obviously the question is what will happen if he wins the yusho or a runner-up to the yusho next basho." Baruto (11-4) over Hakuho by uwatenage, 7.9 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------- (Beaten Hakuho for the second time in the past 20 encounters.) "It was so riveting. It was really a good bout. I have been able to learn a lot from it actually." Hakuho (12-3) losing to Baruto --------------------------------------- (Suffering his first three bout loss basho since Hatsu Basho last year by easily thrown by Baruto's uwate-nage. Asked if he could not focus after losing the yusho to Harumafuji.) "I guess there is some truth to that as well. After all I am a human too. I could not sustain the same level of intensity till the end." (On missing the yusho this basho) "I did realize that some day I would lose the yusho. It's just that I never expected it would be this basho. But the basho is over now so I won't leave here with any regret." Hanaregoma oyakata. Kyokai chairman ----------------------------------------------- (On this basho) "Overall I feel now all rikishi have became fully aware of what we needed to overcome and accomplish. We are seeing more and more of excellent display of sumo. Today I felt the people who came to see us went home well satisfied. If we could keep presenting competitive basho like today, I have no doubt we will have more people coming to see us." (On declining attendance) "We had to postpone the start date of ticket sales so while I admit we are disappointed but perhaps it could not have been helped. I do believe as long as we keep presenting high quality competition, the fans will come back to the arena." (Today was the only day with Maiiin-Onray this basho, marking the fewest sold out day in the Nagoya's history. Overall the ticket sale was down by 20% this year.) Tomozuna oyakata, Director of Nagoya Basho Operations ------------------------------------------------------------------------- "I can say all rikishi have done their very best. All of the staff have done a tremendous job. As a basho, I am well satisfied as everything went smoothly without any troubles. I believe we have made our first significant step towards the renewal and gaining trust back from the public." Takanohana oyakata, Director of Judging ---------------------------------------------- (On two promising ozeki candidates next basho - Kotoshogiku with 21 win and Kakuryu with 22.) "We will certainly be watching their progress carefully next basho." The Sansho Selection Committee awarded Shukun-sho to Kotoshogiku who defeated Yokozuna Hakuho this basho. Homasho received Kanto-sho for fifth time while there was no rikishi qualified for Gino-sho for the first time in six basho. Shukun-sho: Kotoshogiku (2) Kanto-sho: Homasho (5) Juryo Yusho: --------------- Myogiryu - West 12, Real name: Yasunari Miyamoto from Hyogo Prefecture. Sakaigawa Beya. 24 years old. Entered Ozume at the 2009 Natsu Basho as the Makushita 15 Tsukedashi. Juryo debut: 2010 Hatsu Basho. 187 tall, 138 kg. Favorite: oshi. Miyamoto went to famed Saitama Sakae High and was a runner-up when his team mate and team captain Goeido became High School Yokozuna. Miyamoto opted to go to Nihon University and became its captain and became College Yokozuna before joining Ozumo. "The most gratifying thing was to get 11 wins. I was moving so well this basho. There wer some bouts I fell forward so I will be especially training to strenthen my lower body." Sandanme Yusho: -------------------- Amuru (7-0) - West 3. Won over Kasugaryu of Kasugayama Beya at the yusho kettei-sen today. Real name: IVANOV Nikolai Yuryevich from Russia. Onomatsu Beya. Dohyo debut: 2002 May Basho. 27 years old, 192 cm tall, 122 kg. Favorite: Hidari-yotsu, yori. "I only kept thinking to go with my own sumo style every day. I have not had any close bout to speak of as I won all bouts with a moving-forward style of sumo. I want to train much harder to get to Juryo as quickly as possible." Jonokuchi Yusho: -------------------- Sakumayama (from Tokyo), West 5, over Sasanoyama (from Aomori) at the yusho kettei-sen. Both rikikshi are from Kitanoumi Beya and made their dohyo debut last basho. Takayuki Sakuma is 22 years old and 181 cm tall, 151 kg. Favorite: Migi-yotsu, yori. "Everyone kept telling me I would get the yusho prior to the basho and it put a lot of addtional pressure on me. I did quite a bit of training sessions against Makushita level rikishi prior to the basho. I want to became a rikishi who could compete both offesively and defensively, a complete all around rikishi." On Day 13, Makushita Yusho was won by Oguruma Beya's Naoe who won all his seven bouts and to become the first Waseda University grad to make Juryo in seventy eight years. Jonidan Yusho was won by Maenofuji of Takadagawa Beya. Tomozuna oyakata, former ozeki Kaio's shisho, indicated that Kaio's Retirement Sumo to be held at the Ryogoku Kokugikan on May 27 next year. Kaio retired this basho to become Asakayama oyakata.
  6. Aki Basho Banzuke Forecast by Sankei Shimbun ---------------------------------------------------- East Yokozuna Hakuho East Ozeki Harumafuji West Ozeki Baruto East Ozeki Kotosohu East Sekiwake Kotoshogiku West Sekiwake Kisenosato West Sekiwake Kakuryu East Komusubi Toyonoshima West Komusubi Aran East M1 Wakanosato West M1 Homasho East M2 Yoshikaze West M2 Okinoumi East M3 Takekaze West M3 Tochinoshin East M4 Tochiozan West M4 Goeido East M5 Tokitenku West M5 Miyabiyama Of course your mileage does vary but I sure like to have someone come up with Juryo forecast for discussion. For instance how far does Takamisakari go down?
  7. Jonosuke

    Takanoyama's training and diet

    It's been a long while since I last talked to JP (Shiroikuma) but I am really happy to see Takanoyama doing so well as after all it was him who brought Takanoyama to Ozumo. I do believe still though for Takanoyama to be truly successful he will need to gain more weigtht just as Harumafuji did. I never expected Harumafuji to get to mid 130 kg Takanoyama is truly muscular but he can follow how Kirishima did as he once had 1-14 record as komusubi, weighing less than 120 kg Within two years he gained close to 10 kg of solid muscle mass (no fat at all) and he was an ozeki. Of course he couldn't stay there for long but once one is an ozeki, he will be forever an ozeki. I am not saying Takanoyama should follow Kirishima diet and regimen as I believe Kirishima used steroids to get almost his bodybuilder like physique but Takanoyama somehow needs to gain more mass. I feel Takanoyama needs at least another 20 kg to be competitive in high Makuuchi.
  8. In my view it should be W Oz and W Sekiwake. Will Takarafuji round off Makuuchi at M17?
  9. Jonosuke

    Rikishi Talk the Senshuraku Nagoya 2011

    Addendum: Record: Kisenosato - Consecutive Makuuchi appearence: 600 (third most among active riksihi, the most is by Kyokutenho with 720) Note: If we get yokozuna and ozeki promotion after the basho, it will be the first time since the 1993 Haru Basho when Akebono and Takanohana (subsequently yokozuna) were promoted. If we have two ozeki promotions after the basho, it will be the first time since 1994 Haru Basho when Musashimaru and Takanonami were promoted to ozeki. Since I do remember both, not only time flies quickly but I feel getting older by minute.
  10. Jonosuke

    Rikishi Talk the Senshuraku Nagoya 2011

    Thanks, team, for your comment. I will strive to do my best next basho, hopefully a little bit shortened version on weekdays. Aside from Homer-(non)Show, the Times They Are a-Changin' in Ozumo (not that Kaio is now off the chart) but other veterans already showing a sign of deterioration - T'Sakari, A'Minisky, K'Tenho, A'Sekiyu etc and some are sneaking up the hierarchy like Okinoumi so hopefully the Kyokai can get their act together and will provide us with more to talk about for the rest of this year. At least if we can get Kise and Shogiku not to collapse now.
  11. Jonosuke

    Second greatest ozeki

    In my sumo watching life, I would say the strongest ozeki was Konishiki. Konishiki had more than size though that alone overwhelmed most others and highlighted his career. In many ways like Kaio he was a lovable ozeki as, as much as you wanted some smaller rikishi like Mainoumi to beat him but in the end you really felt he took a part of your sumo life away when he retired. In that he was the closest to what Kaio symbolized that sumo is not simply more than winning and losing. Tochiazuma and Kotomitsuki could have left more distinguished records if their career was not cut short. Musoyama, Dejima and Takanonami left some impression but more often than not, their sumo was for the most part predictable. While I admire MIyabiyama's tenacity, I hope he realizes when to draw the line and stop tarnishing the image of the rank. I personally liked Kirishima more than any other ozeki but like Harumafuji, he lacked a physique to really challenge powerful yokozuna. However his sumo never lacked vision nor inspiration.
  12. Tochinowaka (8-6) over Tamanoshima by yorikiri, 6.2 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Winning his second straight bout by henka today) "I wanted to get kachikoshi in any way. So what if someone yelled at me and boo'ed me off or I get scolded from my oyakata. I am happy but in a way it's still with a mixed feeling." Sagatsukasa (8-6) over Asasekiryu by kirikaeshi, 55.0 sec ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (First kachikoshi at Makuuchi in seven basho) "I am so happy and grateful to everyone from Tokoyama-san, my Tsukebito and to all the others who kept giving me encouragement throughout. This is the result of their continued support." Miyabiyama (8-6) over Toyohibikit by tsukiotoshi, 4.6 sec ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Getting kachikoshi after getting his second child last night) "I mean, if I didn't do it today, I would have been a totally hopeless case, right?" Kimurayama (7-7) losing to Tokitenku by kerikaeshi, 14.6 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Facing the Senshuraku at 7-7 at the last Makuuchi ranking for the two straight basho) "This is really really tough. Ah...if I could have won the bout today." Kyokutenho (2-12) over Gagamaru by yoritaoshi, 8.9 sec ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Stopping his losing streak finally at 11) "I never figured it would take so much out of me to just win my second bout. I was just about forgetting what it was like to hear my name called after bout." Kaisei (6-8) losing to Toyonoshima by yorikiri, 13.6 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Did so well in his Makuuchi debut basho last basho but now suffering his first makekokoshi in Makuuchi. Hitting the wall aleady>) "Well what can I do now? Up here everyone is so much better." Toyonoshima (8-6) over Kaisei -------------------------------------------- (Beating 23 cm taller Kaisei and seeing a return to Sanyaku from M2 West next basho.) "I think I was able to win the bout in my own style today. But it was close and I could have lost anytime today but I am moving much better now than in the first half." (On his rival, Kotoshogiku aiming for ozeki this basho) "Well I just have to aim for it in my own pace without worrying about what others are doing. No need to rush over there. But I tell you I am not sure what he was thinking today. I guess a lot has to do with pressure." Wakanosato (8-6) over Kotoshogiku bu sukuinage, 13.5 sec ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Muscling out Kotoshogiku and get the win) "I was really trying desperately at the end but I still had a will to go offensive then and I think that helped to get the win. Actually it was not so much of who my opponent was but I wanted to decide kachikoshi today regardless of what or who." Kotoshogiku (10-4) losing to Wakanosato ----------------------------------------------------------------- (His ozeki promotion possibility after the basho fading away to nil) "I lost because I wasn't as strong as the other guy. It has become increasingly more difficult to go with my own tachiai with all this pressure." "The basho taught me more things I have to do. I have to get stronger and if I can learn from this experience somehow I should get beter...but I feel oh so miserable right now." Takanohana oyakata, Director of Judging ------------------------------------------------------------ (On Kotoshogiku losing) "He probably knows more than anyone else what is truly lacking. I believe it has lot to do with mental side. Losing to two Hiramaku rikishi really hurt his chance. It's really disappointing when you consider it is after he beat the yokozuna. As it stands now, I must say he is in an extremely unfavorable circumstance. He did let a great opportunity to slip away." Kakuryu (9-5) over Takekaze by oshidashi, 7.1 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------------- (A possibility of leaving with 10 win this basho as a sekiwake) "I have been able to stay calm this basho." (Being one of the rikishi mentioned as the next ozeki) "Actually I try not to think about it too much." Kisenosato (9-5) over Okinoumi by uwatenage, 5.8 sec ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (On seeing his senior heya mate Wakanosato beating Kotoshogiku) "It really inspired me and got me excited. There are a lot I can learn from that bout. I really believe I need to keep going with the same intensity." (Beating Okinoumi powerfully and getting his ninth win and facing Harumafuji on the Senshuraku.) "To keep the momentum going for the next basho, I want to win one more tomorrow." Kotosohu (9-5) over Baruto by sukuinage, 12.4 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (On his heya mate, Kotoshogiku) "It's more about winning over yourself than winning against your opponent." (Kaching!) Baruto (10-4) losing against Kotooshu --------------------------------------------------------- (Losing his fourth in a closely contested bout) "Sure I would have liked to have a mono-ii." Hakuho (12-2) losing to Harumafuji by yorikiri, 1 min 4.8 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Unable to establish a new record of eight straight Makuuchi yusho) "Well right now I must believe this is the extent of my power. It means Harumafuji was in a better condition than I was this basho. The man to hold the yusho cup is the most powerful man this basho, so in that sense I have no regret." (Asked if there was anything different compared to the previous seven basho) "Well...not that I felt that differently....) "I know if I keep working hard, the opportunity will come again once more. I want to come back stronger and work that much harder learning from this basho." Harumafuji (14-0) over Hakuho --------------------------------------------- (On today's bout) "I grabbed the mawashi and stayed with it for everything I had as I knew if I let it go then I had no chance against him." (Suffering left knee and right ankle injuries in the past and left a string of so-so basho since his first yusho.) "I had quite a bit of regrets and had various experiences. But as an ozeki, I am well aware that I would be facing him so many more times in the future and it's my responsibility to make every basho as thrilling and exciting." (On Kisenosato bout on the Senshuraku) "Obviously he is the opponent I look forward to facing every basho. Tomorrow I want to finish the basho without a loss." (On challenging for yokozuna promotion next basho just in time for his planned wedding in October.) "I want to do all I can to the opportunity presented to me now." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ----------------------------------------------------- "Harumafuji displayed more energy and more power this basho. He looked really great today and showed splendid sumo." (On Hakuho losing his yusho winning streak) "Well sometimes that's the way it goes. Personally I think it will be more enjoyable not knowing who will win the yusho." Takanohana oyakata ------------------------------ (On Harumafuji) "He is physically smaller but he stuck on Hakuho by moving to his side. Not sure if he can finish the basho without a loss but it's certainly something we can all look forward to tomorrow." Isegahama oyakata, Harumafuji's shisho ----------------------------------------------- (On Harumafuji) "He used his power just when he needed to today." "He is still lacking in some areas but he should be always aiming higher." Makuuchi Yusho ----------------- Harumafuji - Ozeki Real name: DAVAANYAM Byambadorj from Mongolia. Isegahama Beya. Dohyo debut: 2001 Hatsu Basho. Juryo debut: 2004 Haru Basho. Makuuchi debut: 2004 Kyushu Basho. Sanyaku debut: 2006 Natsu Basho. After a successive 11 Sanyaku basho from 2007 Haru Basho, promoted to ozeki after 2008 Kyushu Basho. Won his first yusho at 2009 Natsu Basho. 4 Shukun-sho, 1 Kanto-sho and 5 Gino-sho. 27 years old. 185 cm tall, 132 kg. Favorite: Oshi, Tsuki and Migi-yotsu.
  13. Takanoyama (7-1) over Sotairyu by shitatenage, ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (On a seven bout winning streak and all alone atop Juryo Yusho race board) "I am staying calm. I have been able to focus so well this basho, one bout, one day at time." (While being one of the lightest rikishi wth 101 kg, getting the winning hand with being able to move swiftly.) "Like today's bout, we can both move so well, so you never know how it would turn out. You really need to expect everything." Fujiazuma (7-1) over Bushuyama by yorikiri, 28.6 sec ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Making his Makuuchi debut this basho but already having his kachikoshi in sight) "I am doing way and way better than I should expect for myself. I can even see it (Kanto-show) now. I know, I fully realize I shouldn't be thinking about something like that but you can't help it. you know." Takayasu (7-1) over Daido by uwatenage, 9.7 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------------- (One more win to kachikoshi) "It's been going really well so far. Obviously that heya mate in Juryo (Takanoyama) is inspiring me as well. I have been able to go with a good flow up to now. I am gaining confidence every single day." (On facing Tochiozan tomorrow) "I can go against him with a good level of tension. I want to go out as hard as I can, as if I am asking him to 'lend his chest'." Takamisakari (1-7) losing to Asasekiryu by susoharai, 1 min 23.6 sec ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Now losing seven straight and danger of Makekoshi looming) "I won't be able to get a win unless I can stick in there harder. I have not been able to do anything. I was kind of worried about his leg moves today. But what can I do now? No point in getting too worked up about it as whatever will be, will be." Kaisei (4-4) over Kyokutenho by oshidashi, 2.6 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Receiving a yell from the crowd of Yaocho in his bout against Kyokutenho) "I am really upset. It just makes me so mad that someone could think that. I want people like that to be barred from entering the arena." Homasho (7-1) over Tokitenku by yorikiri, 3.0 sec ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Winning his seventh) "I have been winning with moving forward style of sumo more often than not. Personally I have been extremely pleased with my sumo up to now and I am very satisfied with the result." "I have been able to go with this type of sumo when my ranking went down but I am hoping I can continue this way even when I am ranked at a higher position." Tamanoi oyakata, former Ozeki Tochiazuma ------------------------------------------------------------------ (On Homasho's oshi-zumo) "He can compete decent going with yotsu as well so he tends to adjust with his opponent's style and tends to get into a yotsu-zumo style as well. If he really wants to compete against high ranking rikishi with a set style, he will really need to focus solely on oshi-zumo and stick with it all the way." Tokitenku (4-4) losing to Homasho ----------------------------------------------------- (Overpowered by Homasho's push) "Well all I can tell you is that by the time I realized I was already out of the dohyo." Kisenosato (5-3) over Yoshikaze by oshidashi, 3.0 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Overwhelming Yoshikaze with his power oshi-zumo) "I had a really good flow today." "But you know what, I've lost three already too. I can understand fully well I am too damn inconsistent, especially losing to those with lower rank. I keep reminding myself to go against every rikishi with the same attitude." (Any solution to resolve inconsistency then?) "If you know, I would like to know that myself." Kakuryu (6-2) over Tochinoshin by yoritaoshi, 26.2 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Facing Hakuho tomorrow after a decisive win today) "I want to come out hitting against him just as hard as I did today. with full power. I will go out as if I am facing him for the first time, as if I am a new challenger." Baruto (7-1) over Wakakoyu by yorikiri, 6.6 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Showing the stuff an ozeki is made of to Wakakoyu in his first encounter) "Actually it was a pretty deliberate sumo today. I just want to go out with a bit more confidence." Kotoshogiku (7-1) over Kaio by yorikiri, 15.6 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Facing a great senior rikishi from his home prefecture, Fukuoka) "I was able to go with my sumo today and that contributed to my win today." (On his ozeki aspiration) "Now that I am at where I am, I want to go more relaxed as I know a lot of this has to with mental part." Kaio (3-5) losing to Kotoshogiku ------------------------------------------------ "I had a good tachiai, I think. But then I soft of carried him in and I could not turn into offensive and could not move at all. He is physically getting bigger and stronger so even when I get into my position, I cannot easily beat him. I just have to do little more than what I have been doing." Okinoumi (5-3) losing to Harumafuji by uwatenage, 7.0 sec ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Trying to go against the ozeki just like the last basho when he stopped Harumafuji but...) "I was not in a good position. I was really tense." Harumafuji (8-0) over Okinoumi ----------------------------------------------------- "It's going well, isn't it? Anyway I got kachikoshi today but the way is still long as you know." (Still preserving his no loss record and facing Kotoshogiku on Day 9) "I consider him to be a good rival actually so I am really looking forward to facing him. Regardless of win or loss, I just want to have a good sumo." Kotooshu (6-2) over Goeido by hatakikomi, 2.4 sec --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Bulldozed out by Goeido and fell backwards out of the dohyo but as a result of mono-ii, judged to have his foot still left in the dohyo and getting the win.) "What can I say? It was a strategic failure. If I can, I want to have another bout to rectify all that bad sumo." (As a result of mono-ii, the gyoji's decision was reversed as initially Inosuke Kimirua gave the decision to Goeido but Goeido's hand was judged to touch first. Ozumo's general tradition dictates a Tate gyoji to indicate if he intends to retire or not after such an error in addition to receiving a formal caution from the Kyokai.) Aminishiki (1-7) losing to Hakuho by yoritaoshi, 3.4 sec ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Unable to shake the yokozuna to get a win) "I had a good tachiai and was moving well, Just as I was trying to circle into him, my knee buckled." Hakuho (8-0) over Aminishiki --------------------------------------------- (No problems with trickster Aminishiki and maintaining his all win record) "He is a well versed technician. You never know how he comes out every time so you really need to be prepared to take him in any way." "You can say it was an ideal sumo I have been working towards from training sessions. I felt it was such a quality sumo for me today. I feel I am really responding well to my opponent's moves this basho" (On lack of training time while visiting quake victims prior to the basho.) "When you can't do them, there is no need to do them everywhere. Naturally, soon, your body will want it and then you can doing them harder than every before." (On report of problems of his right shoulder) "Well rather than going to training sessions at other camps, I am getting more time for massage. More than anyone else I understand my body better." (On tied with Harumafuji on the yusho race board) "Well I take it as if I am just following his lead." Hakkaku oyakata, former Yokozuna Hokutoumi --------------------------------------------------------------------- (On Hakuho) "His strength is in eliminating his opponent's offensive power. He will take initiatives first and not let his opponent get an upper hand." ========================= The Kyokai released the name of three rikishi who passed their Mae-zumo and to be ranked in Jonokuchi next Basho. 1. Wakayama (Chiba, Onomatsu) - 2 win 0 loss* 2. Tomiyama, 1 win 1 loss (Okinawa, Irumagawa) - re-entry 3. Masuamami, 0 win 2 loss (Kagoshima, Chiganoura) - re-entry *( Mae zumo records courtesy of SumoDB) Two Makuuchi rikishi Kyokutenho and Aoiyama have been received caution from "observer" oyakata who have been stationed in and out of the dressing room. The oyakata have been positioned throughout the venue to watch out for any activity or conduct that might be suspected of yaocho. Kyokutenho was cautioned after he shook hands with a Mongolian rikish and Aoiyama was seen greeting Kotooshu who is also from Bulgaria. At their regular in-basho Directors meeting, the Kyokai announced they would revert back to their previous quota of 42 Makuuchi and 28 Juryo rikishi from this Aki Basho. The numbers have been reduced after the Yaocho incident when they lost 7 Makuuchi and 10 Juryo rikishi (some due to retirement, which they did not replace). The Kyokai had 40 Makuuchi and 26 Juryo rikishi on the banzuke this basho. As well they will be handing out 1,000 survey forms to the first 1,000 customers arriving in the venue to rate Juryo and Makuuchi bouts from the next basho. This was originally introduced in the May Basho experimentally but they decided to keep the practice from now on. The Kyokai also announced that they would be holding the Yasukuni Shrine Ozumo on October 7 this year. Normally they have been conducting the special tournament in April but it was canceled due to the Yaocho incident this year. As well a Soken for Yokozuna Deliberation Committee will be held on September 3 and will be open to the public. All Japan Rikishi Championship Tournament will now be held on October 3. At today's meeting the directors discussed how to bring more fans back to the venue and agreed to set up a new Operations team including more external members to search for ways to regain their overall revenue base from various events including hon-basho. They are expecting to assemble about 30 members made up of oyakata, external ticket sale and marketing experts to man the new group. The Kyokai has been experiencing declines in attendance every year for a while and they have lost significant amount of income this year due to the cancellation of Haru Basho and holding a free basho in May. They have gone into red last year and it has become apparent that they would lose more money this year. "If the current trend continues we will run out of money very quickly so we decided to bring in outside experts to search for more ways to increase our income," said Jun Yoshino, auditor and external director of the Kyokai board. Attendance: 6,600 (no sell out this basho yet)
  14. Yoshiazuma ------------------ (As an East Juryo 2, in his first Makuuchi bout, beat Takamisakari) "I was so tense. I even had no idea how to pick up a kensho..." Takamisakari ------------------- (Losing his sixth straight and showing an obvious sign of deterioration, in danger of demotion) "Nothing I do is working. I don't really know what's wrong with me...But I am not gonna make any excuse, just go with never say die attitude." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ----------------------------------------------------------- (On Takamisakari who kept his Makuuchi rank since the 2002 Haru Basho) "I can't tell you what's wrong with him either. He has not shown any tenacity so far." Takayasu -------------- (The first rikishi born in Heisei Era to make Makuuchi, winning his sixth straight) "To be honest I never imagined I would be this successful. I just believe this is a result of all the training sessions I have been doing." Fujiazuma -------------- (Promoted all the way from Juryo West 8 because of Yaocho incidents and winning his sixth) "I have been able to go with good moving forward sumo." Takarafuji -------------- (In his Makuuchi debut basho, getting his first win finally by solely focusing on his sumo) "I am so happy. Up to now I was only thinking about the other guy." Wakanosato ------------------- (Beating Gagamaru at the dohyo edge by a risky sukuinage) "Somehow I managed to get a win out of it but the quality of my sumo is just so bad. It's a move like this that leads to get you injured so it's something I want to avoid desperately." Kiseonosato ---------------- (Managing a modest two bout winning streak for the first time this basho) "It's been a while I have able to get in a good sumo. I am hoping I can get on the groove from now on." Kakuryu ----------- (Losing decisively against Kisenosato) "I let him get an initiative first. Unless I take initiatives first, I just let his power overwhelms me." Goeido ---------- "I didn't have a bad sumo yesterday either (against Hakuho) but when you look at it overall, I have now lost my sixth. I don't feel that way at all though." Kotoshogiku ----------------- (Extending his winning streak to six from Day 2) "He (Yoshikaze) is really a cumbersome opponent but I figure if I catch him, I can do something. I feel so good." Harumafuji -------------- (Showing a sign of old Harumafuji style sumo this basho and winning his seventh) "I am still not 100% but I may have got my sumo sense back. Obviously as an ozeki, you should be expected to be in a yusho race all the time." Isegahama oyakata, Harumafuji's shisho ---------------------------------------------------- "He appears to finally have realized the responsibility of ozeki. He has been hampered by injury (right ankle) for a while now. But this basho he has been moving well. When you are winning, your injury may not bother you as much." (On Hakuho's quest of eighth straight yusho) "Somehow someone has to stop this type of record eventually." Hanaregoma oyakata ------------------------------- (On Harumafuji) "He always had good reflexes but I can see a sumo he had when he has just got promoted to ozeki." Kotooshu ------------ (Now having three more win than losses in his Kadoban basho) "We haven't completed even half yet. What counts is ahead of us." Kaio ------- (Beating Aminishiki and extending his record to 1,047 win) "In the last several days I have been able to get into my Hidari-yotsu and moving forward. But to be honest all my joints hurt like crazy. I don't know but I feel so bad physically, feeling so exhausted, everywhere hurts like crazy." (On Kotoshogiku bout tomorrow) "I am looking forward to it. I want to display my power sumo." Wakakoyu --------------- (In his first yokozuna challenge) "Unless I get the win, it's pretty meaningless." "I wanted to move around and use my hands to get him but as you know there is a distinct difference of ability. Still can't stand the loss." Hakuho ---------- "Some may thought I was in a bit of danger but I was able to see him well and I knew what I needed to do." "To him this is his first basho to face ozeki and yokozuna so I am sure he has been really psyched up. I can see him really gaining strength. I figured it must have been the bout of his dream." ===== Makushita Takateru was unable to continue after his bout against Wakaryusei had a mono-ii and judged to have a rematch. Takateru hit his head when he fell down by Wakaryusei's utchari and was feeling so dizzy that he could not get up immediately. He had a funsen loss. Initially the dohyo judge, Minatogawa oyakata announced "Itami-make" but as there was no such a formal call, Taketeru was considered to have a funsen loss. "I myself hit my head actually. I was really concerned when I saw him unable to get up and still feel if I should have given a win today," Wakaryusei said.
  15. Takayasu (0-1) losing to Tochinowaka by yoritaoshi -------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Losing his first Makuuchi bout to Tochinowaka) "I couldn't keep moving forward and take my initiative. I feel no different actually just because I am in Makuuchi. I believe I was focusing as much as I normally do." Fujiazuma (1-0) over Kimurayama by oshidashi ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (Only one of the four new Makuuchi rikishi to get the first Makuuchi win today) "I had a bad feeling prior to my bout as I was so tense. I just wanted to go all out. I am really happy to get the win." "My heart was beating so fast from the dohyo iri on. Amazing to hear so much cheers for Kaio-zeki and Takamisakari-zeki." Takamisakari (1-0) over Tochinonada by uwate-dashinage --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Getting a Kensho for the first time in six months) "I am so grateful for them for providing us with a kensho in a time like this. I don't think I will be able to spend it any way when I think about all that. I feel so guilty even getting one now." Homasho (1-0) over Asasekiryu by yorikiri ---------------------------------------------------------------- (His shisho Shikoroyama announcing Homasho had married to a woman three years older than him from Nagoya on April 15, his birthday, and they are expecting their first child by the year end.) "Today I was able to go after my opponent without taking any break. Now with the new responsibility more than ever I would like to seriously compete in sumo." Toyohibiki (1-0) over Daido by yorikiri --------------------------------------------------------- (No problem facing Daido, making his Makuuchi debut this basho) "When you face a guy making his Makuuchi debut, you get extra psyched up you know. I definitely didn't want to lose at all." Kitataiki (1-0) over Takarafuji by utchari --------------------------------------------------------- (Unleashing a risky Utchari move at the end to get a win) "I know it can lead to injury so easily so if I can help it, I will try to avoid it. I rather want to go with a sumo that will get me keep moving forward." Toyonoshima (1-0) over Kotoshogiku by yorikiri --------------------------------------------------------------------- "As a rival obviously I couldn't have lost to him." Kotoshogiku (0-1) losing to Toyonoshima -------------------------------------------------------------- (Letting Toyonoshima go with his favorite Gaburi and suffering a decisive loss as he aims for ozeki promotion) "Well, you know, you can't win unless you get yourself in offensive position. It's all up to how I approach it mentally. I want to do my best by coming back here mentally refreshed tomorrow.." Kaio (0-1) losing to Yoshikaze by okuridashi --------------------------------------------------------------------- (Easily pushed out by Yoshikaze and holding at 1044 win, one less than all time win record held by Chiyonofuji) "My response is slow. Everything I did today, it was all half done." (Lost the day 1 bout at the last basho but did come back strong from Day 2) "Well it has to be that way, right?" Hanaregoma oyakata ------------------------------- (On Kaio losing today) "It's only Day 1, He should get the record sooner or later." Hakuho (1-0) over Tochinoshin by yorikiri ------------------------------------------------------------------- (As he aims for unprecedent eighth straight yusho) "I was able to take him in well. It was a good sumo. In a way it was an ideal sumo. I feel good. Well all I can say to you is to just wait for another two weeks." Yoshiaki Takaki, Minister of Education and Science --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Arriving in the venue for observation and inspection of Kyokai activity today) "They have gone through a lot but today is a brand new start for them. We are looking forward to see the display of good sumo full of tension." "But they must realize that under the current predicament they are in, they no longer are in a position to experience another scandal of any sort or the organization itself will cease to exist. Fundamentally what we need to do is to preserve the traditional culture of Ozumo and not necessarily the Sumo Kyokai as such." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ---------------------------------------------------------- (Being pointed out empty seats in the venue today) "Well we also now the live coverage of Ozumo on NHK is back now. It's great knowing those who are still living in temporary facility at the quake devastated areas to be able to see and enjoy Ozumo." Attendance: 5,500 (capacity: 8,000), the fewest attendance figure on the opening day at Nagoya since 1985 when they started taking the record. Yukuko Eto, 58, working as an usher for three years at Nagoya --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Unlike before we do not need to run around so much any more. We still have leftover bento boxeTakayasu (0-1) losing to Tochinowaka by yoritasohi ---------- (Losing his first Makuuchi bout to Tochinowaka) "I couldn't keep moving forward and take my intiative. I feel no different just because in Makuuchi and I believe I was focusing as much as I normally do." Fujiazuma (1-0) over Kimurayama by oshidashi ---------- (Only one of the four new Makuuchi rikishi to get the first Makuuchi win today) "I had a bad feeling as I was so tense but I just wanted to go all out. I am really happy to get the win." "My heart was beating so fast from the dohyo iri on. Amazing to hear so much cheers for Kaio-zeki and Takamisakari-zeki." Takamisakari (1-0) over Tochinonada by uwate-dashinage -------------- (Getting a Kensho for the first time in six months) "I am so grateful for them for providing us with a kensho in a time like this. I don't think I will be able to spend it any way when I think about all that." Homasho (1-0) over Asasekiryu by yorikiri --------- (His shisho Shikoroyama annoucing Homasho had married to a woman three years older than him from Nagoya on April 15, his birthday, and they are expecting their first child by the year end.) "Today I was able to go after my opponent without taking a pause. Now with the new responsiblity more than ever I would like to seriously compete in sumo." Toyohibiki (1-0) over Daido by yorikiri ------------- (No problem facing Daido, making his Makuuchi debut this basho) "When you face a guy making Makuuchi debut, you get extra psyched up you know. I definitely didn't want to lose at all." Kitataiki (1-0) over takarafuji by utchari ------------- (Unleashing a risky Utchari move at the end to get a win) "I know it can lead to injury easily so if I can help it, I will avoid it. I rather want to go with a sumo that will keep moving forward." Toyonoshima (1-0) over Kotoshogiku by yorikiri ------------- "As a rival obviously I couldn't have lost to him." Kotoshogiku (0-1) losing to Toyonoshima ------------ (Letting Toyonoshima go with his favorite Gaburi and suffering a decisive loss as he aims for ozeki promotion) "Well, you know, you can't win unless you get yoursefl in offensive position. It's all up to how I approach it mentally. I want to do my best by coming back here mentally refreshed." Kaio (0-1) losing to Yoshikaze by okuridashi ----- (Easily pushed out by Yoshikaze and holding at 1044 win, one less that all tie win record held by Chiyonofuji) "My response is slow. Everything I did, it was all half done." (Lost the day 1 bout at hte last basho but did come back strong from Day 2) "Well it has to be like that, right?" Hanaregoma oyakata ---------------------- (On Kaio losing today) "It's only Day 1, He should get the record sooner or later." Hakuho (1-0) over Tochinoshin by yorikiri -------- (As he aims for unprecedent eighth straight yusho) "I was able to take him in well. It was a good sumo. In a way it was an ideal sumo. I feel good. Well all I can say to you is to just wait for me for another two weeks." Yoshiaki Takakki, Minister of Education and Science ------------------------------------------------------------- (Arriving in the venue for observation and inspection of Kyokai activity today) "They have gone through a lot but today is a brand new start for them. We are looking forward to see the display of good sumo full of tension." "But they must realize that under the current predicatment they are in, they no longer are in a position to experince another scandal of any sort or the organization itself will ceasce to exist. What we need to preserve is the traditional culture of Ozumo and not necessarilly the Sumo Kyokai." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ------------------------------------------ (Being pointed out empty seats in the venue today) "Well we also now the live coverage of Ozumo on NHK. It's great knowing those who are still living in temporary facility at the quake devasted areas to be able to see and enjoy Ozumo." Attendance: 5,500 (capacity: 8,000), the fewest attendance figure on the opening day at Nagoya since 1985 when they started taking the record. Yukuko Eto, 58, working as an usher for three years at Nagoya --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Unlike before we do not need to run around so much any more. We still have leftover bento boxes when we should have sold them out long before. It's so different from the last year as I remember I had to rush and run to catch up with the orders." Takeshi Nakano, 78, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------------ (Saying seeing a basho at least once a year) "I think it will take several more years for the fans to come back here. I just hope there would no more bad news coming from them." Joji Miura, 31, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------- (Seeing Ozumo again in Nagoya) "WE all want them to do their best to preserve the tranditions and pride of the national sport. There are sill die hard fans left." Takayasu (0-1) losing to Tochinowaka by yoritasohi ---------- (Losing his first Makuuchi bout to Tochinowaka) "I couldn't keep moving forward and take my intiative. I feel no different just because in Makuuchi and I believe I was focusing as much as I normally do." Fujiazuma (1-0) over Kimurayama by oshidashi ---------- (Only one of the four new Makuuchi rikishi to get the first Makuuchi win today) "I had a bad feeling as I was so tense but I just wanted to go all out. I am really happy to get the win." "My heart was beating so fast from the dohyo iri on. Amazing to hear so much cheers for Kaio-zeki and Takamisakari-zeki." Takamisakari (1-0) over Tochinonada by uwate-dashinage -------------- (Getting a Kensho for the first time in six months) "I am so grateful for them for providing us with a kensho in a time like this. I don't think I will be able to spend it any way when I think about all that." Homasho (1-0) over Asasekiryu by yorikiri --------- (His shisho Shikoroyama annoucing Homasho had married to a woman three years older than him from Nagoya on April 15, his birthday, and they are expecting their first child by the year end.) "Today I was able to go after my opponent without taking a pause. Now with the new responsiblity more than ever I would like to seriously compete in sumo." Toyohibiki (1-0) over Daido by yorikiri ------------- (No problem facing Daido, making his Makuuchi debut this basho) "When you face a guy making Makuuchi debut, you get extra psyched up you know. I definitely didn't want to lose at all." Kitataiki (1-0) over takarafuji by utchari ------------- (Unleashing a risky Utchari move at the end to get a win) "I know it can lead to injury easily so if I can help it, I will avoid it. I rather want to go with a sumo that will keep moving forward." Toyonoshima (1-0) over Kotoshogiku by yorikiri ------------- "As a rival obviously I couldn't have lost to him." Kotoshogiku (0-1) losing to Toyonoshima ------------ (Letting Toyonoshima go with his favorite Gaburi and suffering a decisive loss as he aims for ozeki promotion) "Well, you know, you can't win unless you get yoursefl in offensive position. It's all up to how I approach it mentally. I want to do my best by coming back here mentally refreshed." Kaio (0-1) losing to Yoshikaze by okuridashi ----- (Easily pushed out by Yoshikaze and holding at 1044 win, one less that all tie win record held by Chiyonofuji) "My response is slow. Everything I did, it was all half done." (Lost the day 1 bout at hte last basho but did come back strong from Day 2) "Well it has to be like that, right?" Hanaregoma oyakata ---------------------- (On Kaio losing today) "It's only Day 1, He should get the record sooner or later." Hakuho (1-0) over Tochinoshin by yorikiri -------- (As he aims for unprecedent eighth straight yusho) "I was able to take him in well. It was a good sumo. In a way it was an ideal sumo. I feel good. Well all I can say to you is to just wait for me for another two weeks." Yoshiaki Takakki, Minister of Education and Science ------------------------------------------------------------- (Arriving in the venue for observation and inspection of Kyokai activity today) "They have gone through a lot but today is a brand new start for them. We are looking forward to see the display of good sumo full of tension." "But they must realize that under the current predicatment they are in, they no longer are in a position to experince another scandal of any sort or the organization itself will ceasce to exist. What we need to preserve is the traditional culture of Ozumo and not necessarilly the Sumo Kyokai." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ------------------------------------------ (Being pointed out empty seats in the venue today) "Well we also now the live coverage of Ozumo on NHK. It's great knowing those who are still living in temporary facility at the quake devasted areas to be able to see and enjoy Ozumo." Attendance: 5,500 (capacity: 8,000), the fewest attendance figure on the opening day at Nagoya since 1985 when they started taking the record. Yukuko Eto, 58, working as an usher for three years at Nagoya --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Unlike before we do not need to run around so much any more. We still have leftover bento boxes when we should have sold them out long before. It's so different from the last year as I remember I had to rush and run to catch up with the orders." Takeshi Nakano, 78, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------------ (Saying seeing a basho at least once a year) "I think it will take several more years for the fans to come back here. I just hope there would no more bad news coming from them." Joji Miura, 31, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------- (Seeing Ozumo again in Nagoya) "WE all want them to do their best to preserve the traditions and pride of the national sport. You must remember there are sill die hard fans left." The Kyokai announced that the two new recruits have passed their physical at the Nagoya Basho. Satoshi Wakayama of Onomatsu Beya will be participating in Mae-zumo from Day 3, July 12. The other Kasugayama Beya rikishi from Mongolia will need to wait for his visa to go through and will start his Mae-zumo next basho. The Opening Address by the Kyokai chairman, Hanagregoma oyakata ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to extend my sincere greeting to you on this occasion of the Opneing Day. First, if I may take this opportunity to express our condolence to the victims of the quake and tsunami that occurred on March 11. We are praying for their recovery from this tragedy as quickly as possible. I aksi would like to express out utmost appreciation to you for coming to see the basho from the Day 1 today. I would like to apologize for causing concerns and inconveniences to everyone for not being able to hold a hon-basho for two straight basho due to our conduct. We believe we have resolved the problem as of now and we feel confident we will be able to display competitive bouts and reached the conclusion to be able to hold the Nagoya Basho once again. We are determined to work as hard we can to prevent the recurrence and each one of us will do our best to regaining your trust once again. The rikishi have been training hard to sharpen their skills and gain more power daily and I am fully confident that we can display full competitive motivated bouts to you all this basho. And finally to close the address, I would like to ask for your unwavering support and guidance till the Senshuraku as before. July 10, Heisei Year 23 Nihon Sumo Kyokai Chairman Hanaregoma Teruyuki The Kyokai announced that the two new recruites have paased their physical at the Nagoya Basho. Satoshi Wakayama of Onomatsu Beya will be participating in Mae-zumo from Day 3, July 12. The other Kasugayama Beya rikishi from Mongolia will need to wait for his visa to go through and will start his Mae-zum next basho. The Opening Address by the Kyokai chairman, Hanagregoma oyakata -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to extend my sincere greeting to you on this occasion of the Opneing Day. First, if I may take this opportunity to express our condolance to the victims of the quake and tsunami that occurred on March 11. We are praying for their recovery from this tragedy as quickly as possbile. I would like to express utmost appreciation to for coming to see the basho from the Day 1 today. I would like to apologize for causing concerns and incovenineces to everyone for not being able to hold a hon-basho for twoo straight basho due to our conduct. We believe we have resolved the problem as of now and we feel confident we will be able to display competitive bouts and reached the conclusion to hold this Nagoya Basho. We are deteremined to work as hard we can to prevent the recurrance and eash one of us will do our utomost to regaining your trust once again. The rikishi have been training hard to shapren their skills and gain more power daily and I am fully confident that we can display full competitive motivated bouts to you all this basho. And finally to close the address, I would like to ask for your unwavering support and guidance till the Senshuraku as before. July 10, Heisei Year 23 Nihon Sumo Kyokai Chairman Hanaregoma Teruyuki s when we should have sold them out long before. It's so different from the last year as I remember I had to rush and run to catch up with the orders." Takeshi Nakano, 78, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------------ (Saying seeing a basho at least once a year) "I think it will take several more years for the fans to come back here. I just hope there would no more bad news coming from them." Joji Miura, 31, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------- (Seeing Ozumo again in Nagoya) "WE all want them to do their best to preserve the tranditions and priTakayasu (0-1) losing to Tochinowaka by yoritasohi ---------- (Losing his first Makuuchi bout to Tochinowaka) "I couldn't keep moving forward and take my intiative. I feel no different just because in Makuuchi and I believe I was focusing as much as I normally do." Fujiazuma (1-0) over Kimurayama by oshidashi ---------- (Only one of the four new Makuuchi rikishi to get the first Makuuchi win today) "I had a bad feeling as I was so tense but I just wanted to go all out. I am really happy to get the win." "My heart was beating so fast from the dohyo iri on. Amazing to hear so much cheers for Kaio-zeki and Takamisakari-zeki." Takamisakari (1-0) over Tochinonada by uwate-dashinage -------------- (Getting a Kensho for the first time in six months) "I am so grateful for them for providing us with a kensho in a time like this. I don't think I will be able to spend it any way when I think about all that." Homasho (1-0) over Asasekiryu by yorikiri --------- (His shisho Shikoroyama annoucing Homasho had married to a woman three years older than him from Nagoya on April 15, his birthday, and they are expecting their first child by the year end.) "Today I was able to go after my opponent without taking a pause. Now with the new responsiblity more than ever I would like to seriously compete in sumo." Toyohibiki (1-0) over Daido by yorikiri ------------- (No problem facing Daido, making his Makuuchi debut this basho) "When you face a guy making Makuuchi debut, you get extra psyched up you know. I definitely didn't want to lose at all." Kitataiki (1-0) over takarafuji by utchari ------------- (Unleashing a risky Utchari move at the end to get a win) "I know it can lead to injury easily so if I can help it, I will avoid it. I rather want to go with a sumo that will keep moving forward." Toyonoshima (1-0) over Kotoshogiku by yorikiri ------------- "As a rival obviously I couldn't have lost to him." Kotoshogiku (0-1) losing to Toyonoshima ------------ (Letting Toyonoshima go with his favorite Gaburi and suffering a decisive loss as he aims for ozeki promotion) "Well, you know, you can't win unless you get yoursefl in offensive position. It's all up to how I approach it mentally. I want to do my best by coming back here mentally refreshed." Kaio (0-1) losing to Yoshikaze by okuridashi ----- (Easily pushed out by Yoshikaze and holding at 1044 win, one less that all tie win record held by Chiyonofuji) "My response is slow. Everything I did, it was all half done." (Lost the day 1 bout at hte last basho but did come back strong from Day 2) "Well it has to be like that, right?" Hanaregoma oyakata ---------------------- (On Kaio losing today) "It's only Day 1, He should get the record sooner or later." Hakuho (1-0) over Tochinoshin by yorikiri -------- (As he aims for unprecedent eighth straight yusho) "I was able to take him in well. It was a good sumo. In a way it was an ideal sumo. I feel good. Well all I can say to you is to just wait for me for another two weeks." Yoshiaki Takakki, Minister of Education and Science ------------------------------------------------------------- (Arriving in the venue for observation and inspection of Kyokai activity today) "They have gone through a lot but today is a brand new start for them. We are looking forward to see the display of good sumo full of tension." "But they must realize that under the current predicatment they are in, they no longer are in a position to experince another scandal of any sort or the organization itself will ceasce to exist. What we need to preserve is the traditional culture of Ozumo and not necessarilly the Sumo Kyokai." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ------------------------------------------ (Being pointed out empty seats in the venue today) "Well we also now the live coverage of Ozumo on NHK. It's great knowing those who are still living in temporary facility at the quake devasted areas to be able to see and enjoy Ozumo." Attendance: 5,500 (capacity: 8,000), the fewest attendance figure on the opening day at Nagoya since 1985 when they started taking the record. Yukuko Eto, 58, working as an usher for three years at Nagoya --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Unlike before we do not need to run around so much any more. We still have leftover bento boxes when we should have sold them out long before. It's so different from the last year as I remember I had to rush and run to catch up with the orders." Takeshi Nakano, 78, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------------ (Saying seeing a basho at least once a year) "I think it will take several more years for the fans to come back here. I just hope there would no more bad news coming from them." Joji Miura, 31, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------- (Seeing Ozumo again in Nagoya) "WE all want them to do their best to preserve the tranditions and pride of the national sport. There are sill die hard fans left." The Kyokai announced that the two new recruites have paased their physical at the Nagoya Basho. Satoshi Wakayama of Onomatsu Beya will be participating in Mae-zumo from Day 3, July 12. The other Kasugayama Beya rikishi from Mongolia will need to wait for his visa to go through and will start his Mae-zum next basho. The Opening Address by the Kyokai chairman, Hanagregoma oyakata -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to extend my sincere greeting to you on this occasion of the Opneing Day. First, if I may take this opportunity to express our condolance to the victims of the quake and tsunami that occurred on March 11. We are praying for their recovery from this tragedy as quickly as possbile. I would like to express utmost appreciation to for coming to see the basho from the Day 1 today. I would like to apologize for causing concerns and incovenineces to everyone for not being able to hold a hon-basho for twoo straight basho due to our conduct. We believe we have resolved the problem as of now and we feel confident we will be able to display competitive bouts and reached the conclusion to hold this Nagoya Basho. We are deteremined to work as hard we can to prevent the recurrance and eash one of us will do our utomost to regaining your trust once again. The rikishi have been training hard to shapren their skills and gain more power daily and I am fully confident that we can display full competitive motivated bouts to you all this basho. And finally to close the address, I would like to ask for your unwavering support and guidance till the Senshuraku as before. July 10, Heisei Year 23 Nihon Sumo Kyokai Chairman Hanaregoma Teruyuki de of the national sport. There are sill die hard fans left." The Kyokai announced that the two new recruites have paased their physical at the Nagoya Basho. Satoshi Wakayama of Onomatsu Beya will be participating in Mae-zumo from Day 3, July 12. The other Kasugayama Beya rikishi from Mongolia will need to wait for his visa to go through and will start his Mae-zum next basho. Takayasu (0-1) losing to Tochinowaka by yoritasohi ---------- (Losing his first Makuuchi bout to Tochinowaka) "I couldn't keep moving forward and take my intiative. I feel no different just because in Makuuchi and I believe I was focusing as much as I normally do." Fujiazuma (1-0) over Kimurayama by oshidashi ---------- (Only one of the four new Makuuchi rikishi to get the first Makuuchi win today) "I had a bad feeling as I was so tense but I just wanted to go all out. I am really happy to get the win." "My heart was beating so fast from the dohyo iri on. Amazing to hear so much cheers for Kaio-zeki and Takamisakari-zeki." Takamisakari (1-0) over Tochinonada by uwate-dashinage -------------- (Getting a Kensho for the first time in six months) "I am so grateful for them for providing us with a kensho in a time like this. I don't think I will be able to spend it any way when I think about all that." Homasho (1-0) over Asasekiryu by yorikiri --------- (His shisho Shikoroyama annoucing Homasho had married to a woman three years older than him from Nagoya on April 15, his birthday, and they are expecting their first child by the year end.) "Today I was able to go after my opponent without taking a pause. Now with the new responsiblity more than ever I would like to seriously compete in sumo." Toyohibiki (1-0) over Daido by yorikiri ------------- (No problem facing Daido, making his Makuuchi debut this basho) "When you face a guy making Makuuchi debut, you get extra psyched up you know. I definitely didn't want to lose at all." Kitataiki (1-0) over takarafuji by utchari ------------- (Unleashing a risky Utchari move at the end to get a win) "I know it can lead to injury easily so if I can help it, I will avoid it. I rather want to go with a sumo that will keep moving forward." Toyonoshima (1-0) over Kotoshogiku by yorikiri ------------- "As a rival obviously I couldn't have lost to him." Kotoshogiku (0-1) losing to Toyonoshima ------------ (Letting Toyonoshima go with his favorite Gaburi and suffering a decisive loss as he aims for ozeki promotion) "Well, you know, you can't win unless you get yoursefl in offensive position. It's all up to how I approach it mentally. I want to do my best by coming back here mentally refreshed." Kaio (0-1) losing to Yoshikaze by okuridashi ----- (Easily pushed out by Yoshikaze and holding at 1044 win, one less that all tie win record held by Chiyonofuji) "My response is slow. Everything I did, it was all half done." (Lost the day 1 bout at hte last basho but did come back strong from Day 2) "Well it has to be like that, right?" Hanaregoma oyakata ---------------------- (On Kaio losing today) "It's only Day 1, He should get the record sooner or later." Hakuho (1-0) over Tochinoshin by yorikiri -------- (As he aims for unprecedent eighth straight yusho) "I was able to take him in well. It was a good sumo. In a way it was an ideal sumo. I feel good. Well all I can say to you is to just wait for me for another two weeks." Yoshiaki Takakki, Minister of Education and Science ------------------------------------------------------------- (Arriving in the venue for observation and inspection of Kyokai activity today) "They have gone through a lot but today is a brand new start for them. We are looking forward to see the display of good sumo full of tension." "But they must realize that under the current predicatment they are in, they no longer are in a position to experince another scandal of any sort or the organization itself will ceasce to exist. What we need to preserve is the traditional culture of Ozumo and not necessarilly the Sumo Kyokai." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ------------------------------------------ (Being pointed out empty seats in the venue today) "Well we also now the live coverage of Ozumo on NHK. It's great knowing those who are still living in temporary facility at the quake devasted areas to be able to see and enjoy Ozumo." Attendance: 5,500 (capacity: 8,000), the fewest attendance figure on the opening day at Nagoya since 1985 when they started taking the record. Yukuko Eto, 58, working as an usher for three years at Nagoya --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Unlike before we do not need to run around so much any more. We still have leftover bento boxes when we should have sold them out long before. It's so different from the last year as I remember I had to rush and run to catch up with the orders." Takeshi Nakano, 78, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------------ (Saying seeing a basho at least once a year) "I think it will take several more years for the fans to come back here. I just hope there would no more bad news coming from them." Joji Miura, 31, a Nagoya Basho fan ------------------------- (Seeing Ozumo again in Nagoya) "WE all want them to do their best to preserve the tranditions and pride of the national sport. There are sill die hard fans left." The Kyokai announced that the two new recruites have paased their physical at the Nagoya Basho. Satoshi Wakayama of Onomatsu Beya will be participating in Mae-zumo from Day 3, July 12. The other Kasugayama Beya rikishi from Mongolia will need to wait for his visa to go through and will start his Mae-zum next basho. The Opening Address by the Kyokai chairman, Hanagregoma oyakata -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to extend my sincere greeting to you on this occasion of the Opneing Day. First, if I may take this opportunity to express our condolance to the victims of the quake and tsunami that occurred on March 11. We are praying for their recovery from this tragedy as quickly as possbile. I would like to express utmost appreciation to for coming to see the basho from the Day 1 today. I would like to apologize for causing concerns and incovenineces to everyone for not being able to hold a hon-basho for twoo straight basho due to our conduct. We believe we have resolved the problem as of now and we feel confident we will be able to display competitive bouts and reached the conclusion to hold this Nagoya Basho. We are deteremined to work as hard we can to prevent the recurrance and eash one of us will do our utomost to regaining your trust once again. The rikishi have been training hard to shapren their skills and gain more power daily and I am fully confident that we can display full competitive motivated bouts to you all this basho. And finally to close the address, I would like to ask for your unwavering support and guidance till the Senshuraku as before. July 10, Heisei Year 23 Nihon Sumo Kyokai Chairman Hanaregoma Teruyuki The Opening Address by the Kyokai chairman, Hanagregoma oyakata -------------------------------------------------------------------------- I would like to extend my sincere greeting to you on this occasion of the Opneing Day. First, if I may take this opportunity to express our condolance to the victims of the quake and tsunami that occurred on March 11. We are praying for their recovery from this tragedy as quickly as possbile. I would like to express utmost appreciation to for coming to see the basho from the Day 1 today. I would like to apologize for causing concerns and incovenineces to everyone for not being able to hold a hon-basho for twoo straight basho due to our conduct. We believe we have resolved the problem as of now and we feel confident we will be able to display competitive bouts and reached the conclusion to hold this Nagoya Basho. We are deteremined to work as hard we can to prevent the recurrance and eash one of us will do our utomost to regaining your trust once again. The rikishi have been training hard to shapren their skills and gain more power daily and I am fully confident that we can display full competitive motivated bouts to you all this basho. And finally to close the address, I would like to ask for your unwavering support and guidance till the Senshuraku as before. July 10, Heisei Year 23 Nihon Sumo Kyokai Chairman Hanaregoma Teruyuki
  16. Kaisei (10-5) losing to Asasekiryu by yorikiri, 48.4 second ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Making his Makuuchi debut, finishing with a double digit win record and getting Kanto-sho award) "I never imagined I could have won this many. But I am acutely aware that I still lack speed at tachiai to win consistently at a high ranking level. I will put the award money in my saving account." Kiseonosato (8-7) over Takekaze by oshidashi, 3.9 second ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Getting kachikoshi on the Senshuraku) "The basho was really tough. From the first half I could get going and not able to start anything. I guess I still have not gained enough strength yet." Takekaze (7-8) losing to Kisenosato ----------------------------------------------------- (Losing at 7-7) "I never had a feel of getting kachikoshi. I will have to get back and will need to gradually build up a little by little as if I have to start all over again." Goeido (11-4) over Tosayutaka by yorikiri, 6.2 second ------------------------------------------------------------------------ (Certain to return to Sanyaku next basho) "I feel a good amount of satisfaction over being able to leave with a good record while facing top rank rikishi. I am especially gratified to know that I have been acknowledged for Gino-sho award." Tochinoshin (12-3) losing to Harumafuji by yorikiri, 12.6 second --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Won Kanto-sho but not satisfied with the result) "I am not happy at all. I really wanted to get the last win to go into a yusho kettei-sen. It was a foolish loss. I was so tense. I can only feel nothing except regret now. I really want to aim for Sanyaku next basho." Kotoshogiku (10-5) over Baruto by yorikiri, 8.8 second ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Beating Baruto to get his 10th, following his 11 win record from the Hatsu Basho, keeping ozeki promotion hope alive after the next basho.) "I felt so good, fulfilled. I am very happy. I will come back strong after resetting my mind." Takanohana oyakata, Director of Judging ---------------------------------------- ----------------- (On Kotoshogiku) "Obviously his record will be closely watched next basho. Many tend to get stuck with a certain number of wins but we are more interested in quality of his sumo. We all look forward to him displaying good competitive sumo." Okinoumi (7-8) losing to Kakuryu by yorikiri, 12.5 second ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Ranked at high Makuuchi for the first time and beat three ozeki but ending up with Makekoshi) "Without getting a kachikoshi really means nothing. I am just weak, that's all." Kakuryu (12-3) over Okinoumi ------------------------------------------------- "I screwed up my tachiai but I was able to remain calm. I was able to move forward and that contribute to my win today." (Winning 12 bouts and his sixth Gino-sho) "Rather than merely overjoyed with the result, I would like to continue to focus more on my sumo in the future." Kaio (9-6) over Hakuho by yorikiri, 21.7 second ------------------------------------------------------------------- (Exerted everything he had to win by yori using his favorite Migi-uwate) "I wanted to come back with no regret especially thinking about everyone who came over here under the circumstance we were in." (Now only one more win to tie the historic most win record by Chiyonofuji) "There are some thing you can never do anything about regardless of how hard you think about." (On Nagoya Basho) "Not knowing whether we have a basho or not isn't easy at all. But I will try to do all my best not losing motivation to work harder." Hakuho (13-2) losing to Kaio ------------------------------------------ (On Tochonoshin bout) "Actually I was trying not to look at it." (Winning his seventh consecutive yusho equaling the record held by Asashoryu) "I am happy to be able to reach the level of the 68th yokozuna, one senior of myself. But you know right now we've just completed the basho without an incident. So you can understand I feel no ambition of eight consecutive at the moment. I felt the basho to be really long. I was able to achieve what is considered to be a feat, seven consecutive basho yusho but more than anything else I am pleased to know I was able to leave the basho with a good result. I could not really understand what it meant by an ability judging basho initially but I am happy with what I have been able to accomplish. I am convinced that hard training we do day in and day out is what we are all about." (Asking if he was beaten by Kaio's more determined spirit) "I guess if you want to describe it in one word, that will be it. It means my opponent was stronger today." "We all should remember winning is not simply what the Sumo-doh is all about." (No awarding of the Yusho trophy but this time he did not shed any tears over it.) "Yeah, I did not cry this time. You know I was really convinced that it would never happen again but it did. But I believe going through such an experience made me more mentally disciplined and tougher. I had some concerns prior to the basho but I wanted to show more than any other basho that in this basho the strongest would prevail." "By visiting the victims of earthquake prior to bacho made me feel we all have to work together and do all our best to recover from tough times." "It's true that losing so many whom we have shared our meal together got us all down. But now I believe we were able to restore some level of credibility overall. There is no other way but for what we have lost on the dohyo, we can only try to regain back on the dohyo." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ----------------------------------------------------- (On two yusho race rikishi losing today) "I guess (jokingly) it means Kaio is the strongest." "Relatively speaking I feel everyone competed with pretty good sumo throughout. But once again throughout the whole basho, Hakuho was the one who had contributed most in solidifying the basho. He has done a tremendous job for us. We have had so many people coming by so I am sure that made all rikishi more motivated to display good sumo." Takanohana oyakata, Director of Judging ------------------------------------------------------- "We had quite a few good thrilling bouts this basho, especially those bouts between Makushita high ranking rikishi were really exciting. Today we had excellent bouts in the last half of Makuuchi and involving Sanyaku rikishi." (Takanohana oyakata will be considering a unprecedented banzuke making for the next basho as no Juryo rikishi likely fall down to Makushita and up to 13 Makushita rikishi headed to Juryo next basho. Even a makekoshi rikishi in Makushita may be promoted as there are only 11 Makushita kachikoshi rikishi within ten Makushita rankings, with a likely possibility of Makushita West Lead 1 Kakizoe with 3-4 record to be promoted back to Juryo.) "You must realize that banzuke is an organically growing entity so there will be many cross interactions." (Certain to be promoted to Juryo for the first time are, Aoiyama, Takanoyama, Kaonishiki, Minami, Chiyonokuni and Mochimaru while to be back in Juryo are Kakizoe, Kanbayashi, Matsutani, Sotairyu, Miyogyiryu and Hamanishiki. The last remaining spot will likely be taken either by East Makushita 3 Arawashi with 3-4 or Makushita East 12 Kyokushuho with 4-3 record, both from Mongolia and aiming for the first Juryo promotion. ) Kakizoe -------------- (Suffering consecttive makekoshi since the Hatsu basho last year resulting him tumbling down from Makuuchi to Makushita, barely beating Juryo Masuarami on the Senshuraku by hatakikomi,) "Winning and losing this bout would have made a huge difference, I went with everything I had. The rest is up to those oyakata in Judging." Sansho Award Selection Committee held their regular basho meeting and awarded Kanto-sho to Kaisei who won nine consecutive bouts from the opening day and Tochinoshin who battled Hakuho for the yusho till the Senshuraku. Kakuryu and Goeido were the Gino-sho winners but there was no Shukun-sho winner. o Shunkun-sho: none o Kanto-sho: Tochinoshin(3), Kaisei(first) o Gino-sho: Kakuryu(6), Goeido(2) Makuuchi Yusho ---------------- Hakuho, East Yokozuna (13-2) Real name: M
  17. Jonosuke

    Rikishi Talk Day 14 May 2011

    Fujiazuma, West Juryo 8 (9-4) ----------------------------------- (Normally not having any chance of promotion at the rank he is in but with so many holes on the banzuke, seeing a possibility of being Makuuchi next basho) "Obviously if it is all possible I want to try and see how I can stack up. Now that I am where I am, I want to do all I can to win the last bout." 7 - 7 Rikishi: =========== Wakanosato (7-7) over Tokitenku by oshidashi ----------------------------------------------------------- "We only have one more bout left so we really can't complain about how tired we are or whatever. I want to do all my best tomorrow." Okinoumi (7-7) losing to Toyonoshima by tsukidashi ----------------------------------------------------------------- (At his career high rank) "There is no comfort level at all. it's not something I can enjoy it. Likely I am doing all I can to sink or swim." Kimurayama (7-7) losing Yoshikaze by yorikiri ----------- ----------------------------------------------------- (At the bottom of Makuuchi rank) "You bet I don't want to drag this around to this point but I now have no choice. I will face it squarely. I know what I have to do but all I want to do is to go on just like usual." Toyohibiki (7-7) over Tochiozan by oshidashi ------------------------------------------------------------- (Stopping his losing streak at five) "You know during the skid, I was like wanting to ask someone else to go up on the dohyo for me." Kisenosato (7-7) over Kaio by yorikiri -------------------------------------------------- (Beating Kaio after losing to him all his four previous encounters) "For some reason now that we are close to the end, I may be getting stronger or something." Aminishiki (7-7) over Kaisei by katasukashi ---------------------------------------------------------- (Setting aside Kaisei by unleashing a skillful Katasukashi) "I knew the opponent was making his Maku debut but I never took him lightly as you don't win 10 bouts for nothing." Kaisei (10-4) losing to Aminishiki ---------------------------------------------- (Now losing three straight) "I thought I could simply push him out of the dohyo but life isn't that simple you know. He is far more skilled and has more experience." (On facing Sanyaku experienced rikishi since Day 12) "I realized all over again that they have far superior skills and more power." Takamisakari (6-8) over Asasekiryu by kirikaeshi ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (Crowd going wild as if he won the yusho after coming on the top of Asasekiryu at the dohyo edge with a Kirikaeshi) "I was just about doing everything I could to stay in., that's all I was thinking about." (Facing a steep hill to remain in Makuuchi every single day) "There is nothing I can do except to keep burning whatever fuel left in me to keep moving my body." Tochinowaka (6-8) losing to Kyokutenho by yorikiri ---------------------------------------------------------------- (Suffering his makekoshi in his Makuuchi debut basho) "I do feel a regret but I can tell you I will be training much much harder so I can really make a strong comeback." Kotoshogiku (9-5) losing to Tochinoshin by yorikiri --------------------------------------------------------------------- (Suffering his fifth and still trying to go for a double digit win record to keep stringing together a faint hope for ozeki promotion) "This bout really hurt me badly. But now the only thing I can do is to do all my best tomorrow, it may be one single bout but I believe it can make a difference in the long run." Tochinoshin (12-2) over Kotoshogiku ---------------------------------------------- (Preserving his two loss record and extending the yusho race till the Senshuraku) "I went to grab with my left uwate from the tachiai as I am so confident that once I can get the left, I can come up with a decent sumo." (After former Kasuganishiki, Heya's oyakata, was ousted for yaocho, due to stress, lost 10 kg but losing some weight may have been a blessing in disguise as he has been moving better this basho.) "But I can tell you, one time it was getting to me so bad that I could not sleep at all." (On facing Harumafuji tomorrow) "I can only go against him just like usual." Kasugano oyakata (former Sekiwake Tochinowaka), Tochinoshin's shisho ===================-------------------------------------------------------------------- (On Tochinoshin trying to get his left and showing almost a henka like tachiai) "Well I think he feels he has nothing else but to get the left right now. Perhaps if it leads to gain more self confidence by having established a certain form, it may not be so bad after all." Mihogaseki oyakata, Chief Dohyo judge ------------------------------------------------------- (On Tochinoshin's henka like move at tachiai) "It all means he knows his own sumo, what he is capable of and what he is not." Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman =========-------------------------------------- (At least with Tochinoshin's win, the yusho rac is still on) "I must admit keeping a suspense till the very end is a good thing, Obviously if he could hit straight on and then move into his own form, all the better though. But then I may be asking for too much." Goeido (10-4) over Wakakoyu by tsukiotoshi ----------------------------------------------------------------- (Establishing a hiramaku record that has not been equalled in 49 years to notch three consecutive basho with 10 or more win, previously made only by three rikishi Yoshibayama, Dewanishiki and Wakachichibu) "This was my goal prior to this basho. But you know we have one more to go so I want to finish cleanly with a good win tomorrow." (Certain to return to Sanyaku next basho) "It will give me more self confidence. I certainly will not be satisfied with just what I have been able to accomplish so far and I will keep trying to persevere from now on." Kaio (8-6) losing to Kisenosato ------------------------------------------ (Two more win to Chiyonofuji's all time 1,045 win record but losing today and there is no chance of achieving it this basho) "I am not thinking about the record at all. I am just trying to focus on the day's bout, nothing else." (On Hakuho bout tomorrow) "I don't have anything particular to think about on the bout. I just have to go all out," Hakuho (13-1) over Baruto by yorikiri ------------------------------------------------------ (Looking relieved by facing squarely against 198 kg ozeki and beating him) "I am pleased in a way as he is rather a formidable opponent with exceptional power." (On finishing Day 14 and only one more day left for this unusual basho) "I felt like it was very long. It felt like a basho would never end. But finally whether you cry or laugh, there is one more day left. I am hoping I can do my best to pull everyone along." Attendance: 7,750 Former Juryo West Makushita 38 Daishoyama, 35, of Oitekaze Beya has submitted his retirement paper to the Kyokai office on May 21. Daishoyama made his dohyo debut at the 1998 Haru Basho after he graduated from the Nihon University. He made his Juryo debut at the 2002 Natsu Basho and served a total of 14 basho in Juryo. His highest rank was West Juryo 1.
  18. Jonosuke

    Rikishi Talk Day 7 2011 Natsu

    Aoiyma, Makushita East 1 ----------------------------------- (Winning his third and ensuring his Juryo promotion at Nagoya as the Kyokai indicated up to 13 Makushita rikishi will be promoted after this basho to Juryo as a result even losing the rest of all his remaining bouts, will get into Juryo). "I really don't know what it means but I just do my best in my sumo." Kaisei (7-0) over Takamisakar by yorikiri -------------------------------------------------------- (Making his dohyo debut and winning seven straight since Day 1, tying the record set by Takanonami at the 1991 Kyushu Basho) "He (Takamisakri) got so much cheers that I felt I would get beaten by just that." "Right now what I would like to have is a Kachikoshi, as quickly as possible." (Been hampered with having shoulder separation but finally started to show his sumo ability) "I have been doing pretty rough sumo so I separated my shoulder over 10 times. Right now I try to go with a moving forward type of sumo as that is one definite way of not getting injured." Tomozuna oyakata, Kaisei's shisho ------------------------------------------------ "He has not been really mastered fundamental sumo techniques before but now he has learned more and more and with that, his banzuke ranking has climbed." Hanaremoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman ------------------------------------------------ (On Kaisei) "Again he showed us good powerful sumo today. He has a good chance to be among Kanto-sho candidates if he can go on like this." Yoshikaze (5-2) over Aran by penalty ---------------------------------------------------- (Winning over Aran by penalty) "I don't remember if or when I had my mage grabbed. But when I touched the mage, it felt like such a mess so I wanted to make sure the shimpan knew that as well. True, the final result may show I won by penalty but as far as I am concerned I was beating him." Aran (3-4) losing to Yoshikaze ----------------------------------------- (Penalized for third time after accused of grabbing Yoshikaze's mage and became the first sekitori since 1955 May Basho to be penalized for three times.) "Obviously that's not something I was trying to do but my right hand went through. The moment an oyakata put his hand up, I knew exactly what it was for." Wakanosato (4-3) over Kyokutenho by yorikiri --------------------------------------------------------------- (Beating another oldster who made his dohyo debut the same time as him). "Well right now we still have five left. I figure it's a race of who will be standing here last." Homasho (1-6) losing to Toyonoshima by yorikiri ---------------------------------------------------------------- (Losing his sixth after beaten by Toyonoshima) "I tend to think way too much so whatever or however I try, nothing works." Toyonoshima (1-6) over Homasho ------------------------------------------------- (Gaining his first win after seven days) "I am really relieved." "I had a good feeling about tachiai I had yesterday (bout against Kotoshogiku) so I was confident if I stepped on like yesterday, I would be OK." (At the Hatsu basho this year, winning seven straight from 1 win and 7 loss mark) "I don't believe I would get something like that so many times in my career but if I can get back to 9 and 6, that will be ideal." Kaio (5-2) over Kotoshogiku by hikiotoshi --------------------------------------------------------- (Despite admitting he is in the worst physical conditions, slowly closing in on the 1,045 most win record) "I was almost taken out but somehow the left arm came out and my opponent went out of the dohyo all by himself. All I tried to do was to keep myself calm." Okinoumi (4-3) over Harumafuji by yoritaoshi ------------------------------------------------------------- (Beating Harumafuji after winning over Kaio the previous day) "This is a real confidence builder." (Facing Hakuho on Day 8 for the first time) "It's been my dream to face the yokozuna on the Musubi so this will be a dream come true for me. I just go all out tomorrow, I hate to come back with any regret." Harumafuji (4-3) losing to Okinoumi --------------------------------------------------- (Losing to Okinoumi in his first encounter) "This was a bout I felt I wasn't going to lose but I ended up losing. You can say that's sumo but I sure want to have another one against him right now." Kotooshu (2-5) over Aminishiki by yorikiri ----------------------------------------------------------- (Somehow saved in the last moment despite losing his balance at the dohyo edge. His shisho Sadogatake oyakata suggested he would take the ozeki out if he lost six straight. Still appearing to be lost as he was asking reporters how he bumped into the gyogji during the bout today, but obviously in a better mood than yesterday.) "So tell me what happened out there? Anyone?" Former Sekiwake Hokutoriki, 33, of Hakkaku Beya submitted his retirement notice and his intention to carry over Toshiyori Tanigawa on May 14 to the Kyokai office. Hokutoriki made his dohyo debut at the 1993 Haru Basho and made his Makuuchi debut at the 2002 Natsu Basho. He competed in Makuuchi for 49 basho. He earned one Shukun-sho and three Kanto-sho. At the 2004 Natsu Basho he stopped Asashoryu's consecutive win record at 35 and made it to the Yusho Kettei-sen. "It was really an unbelievable feeling, the fact that I was able to win against the yokozuna with my sumo, that was most gratifying," Hokutoriki said reflecting back on the basho. He has not been able to make a comeback after he injured his neck last Aki Basho. "Actually I got a bit scared after I had the injury. While I feel I wanted to compete a little bit longer, I knew full well I could not beat anyone as it is and even attempt to compete, it's really not fair to my opponent," Hokutoriki added. "Ever since I founded my heya, my dream was not to grow a yokozuna or ozeki but to have a yusho rikishi, so in that special basho as he came so close, he let me have a good dream in the 2004 Natsu," Hakkaku oyakata, Hokutoriki's shisho said. After starting to record the attendance at the Kokugikan on Day 3. the Kyokai today announced they had over 6,000 spectators from Day 3 to 6 and had 7,620 yesterday, making it to the most attended day this basho (Day 3 - 6183, Day 4 - 6618, Day 5- 6018, Day 6 - 6327). The Kokugikan capacity is about 1,1000. "We are gratified to know people are still interested in seeing Ozumo live," Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman said.
  19. Jonosuke

    Rikishi Talk Day 7 2011 Natsu

    Those of you who have been to the Kokugikan know that as you enter the building, you will walk towards the glass case where all the trophies and other "award" cups are showcased. Normally you will see the Emperor's Cup as well as all other trophies from other third party presenters like Miyazaki Prefectures, Czech etc But this "basho", there are only four items in the case - the Makuuchi Yusho flag, and three Sansho trophies so the Sansho awards are in.
  20. Jonosuke

    Rikishi Talk Day 8 2011 Natsu

    Kaisei (8-0) over Gagamaru by sukuinage, 7.6 second --------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Winning his eighth straight since Day 1 in his Makuuchi debut basho, and one more win to tie Sadanoumi who won nine straight at the 1980 Kyushu. Beyond this, he has only Chiyonofuji with 10 straight and Taiho with 11 straight to contend against.) "I am really happy. I never imagined I would win this many." "But he was heavy at the end. I guess I will call my parents in Brazil tonight." "I try not to think too much into this though. Right I am moving forward good so I will just try to keep focusing on one bout every singe day and do my best." Kaio (6-2) over Aminishiki by hatakikomi, 2.1 second ---------------------------------------------------------------------- (On his junior rikishi, Kaisei) "He inspires us all. I always felt he had good power to compete at this level but this basho he is showing good sumo content too." Tochinonada (4-4) over Sadanoumi by shitatenage, 11.6 second ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Winning by his favorite shitate-nage on his 1,300th career appearance) "I consider the mark simply as a passing marker as I don't feel it as this is the end yet." "Actually it's been a while I was able to get it done so cleanly. I was able to go after him before he started something." Miyabiyama (4-4) losing to Toyohibiki by oshidashi, 3.9 second -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (33 year old being pushed out by seven years younger Toyohibiki) "Well when you lose by hitting straight out against a younger rikishi, you can't stand losing but it's power against power, I feel refreshed actually." Tochinoshin (7-1) over Tosayutaka by uwatenage, 56.2 second -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Preserving his one loss record and one more win for kachikoshi) "I was kind of scared to go forward as my opponent was smaller and I could not get the right." "Right now I feel I am going well but I'd rather not to think too much about kachikoshi at the moment." Yoshikaze (6-2) over Wakanosato by hikiotoshi, 0.8 second --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Despite publicly proclaiming he would never resort to a henka, he pulled down Wakanosato after turning to his left, fooling Wakanosato) "I am absolutely not happy about this win at all. I am so upset at myself doing this. All I can say is I am sorry about this whole thing." "While walking back on the hanamichi, I did not even get one applause. Let me say again once more, I will never commit a henka ever again." Kotoshogiku (6-2) over Goeido by yorikiri, 6.6 second -------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Winning over Goeido, never been an easier opponent for him to overcome) "In my mind he is an opponent I hate to go against so this win is huge for me personally. It's especially gratifying to know that I did not lost two straight too." Homasho (2-6) over Kisenosato by hikiotoshi, 8.1 second ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Finally notching his second win) "At the end my body was finally moving. I remained patient and when he started forcing then I was able to take advantage of it." "The basho is not over yet so I just want to come back strong." Kisenosato (3-5) losing to Homasho ------------------------------------------------ (While pre-basho talk centered around his possible promotion to ozeki but losing his fifth already and not not in speaking mood at all) ".................." Naruto oyakata, Kisenosato's shisho --------------------------------------------------- (On Kisenosato) "If he is getting too tight at this stage, he is hopeless. Rather than thinking about a double digit win record or anything like that, he should be focusing in getting a kachikoshi." Hanaregoma oyakata ------------------------------ "He just needed to put his hands down, staying low." Okinoumi (4-4) losing to Hakuho by shitate-dashinage, 3.8 sec -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Losing decisively in his first yokozuna encounter) "It was like going against an immovable object. Like you know he doesn't even flinch, I am just way over my limit. There was nothing I could have done. Nothing!" "But you know I really love that special air of excitement at the Musubi. I want to come back and do it all over again." Hakuho (8-0) over Okinoumi ----------------------------------------- "He appeared to have been really psyched up and we both had a good tachiai. I had a good flow and executed a throw away, I think I had a pretty good sumo. Now we have one more week to go so I want to keep doing my best." (Winning his eighth straight) "I feel good as I arrived at this point without losing a bout." (Admitting he had concerns prior to the basho as the basho progresses, recovering his old self.) "I started gaining a sense I really had to regain my intensity back after going against all other rikishi." Hanaregoma oyakata ------------------ (On Hakuho) "He is aggressively going after his opponents and not letting them get into their sumo. Shall I say, just like usual or more than usual, he is fulfilling his responsibility." Yusho Race Board ----------------- Makuuchi: No loss - Hakuho, Kaisei one loss - Baruto, Tochinoshi Juryo: 2 losses - Takarafuji, Fujiazuma, Masunoyama, Sagatsukasa On attendance: Sunday: 7,900 While the Kyokai is selling out the same day tickets of 1,000, those holding reserved tickets are not bothered to show up as the tickets are free and the Kokugikan has not recored a sell out yet. "We were deeply concerned prior to the basho but we are getting so many fans coming by every day so we are really pleased," Hanaregoyma oyakata, the Kyokai chairman said. The Kyokai officials are viewing around 60 to 70% of the spectators are non-regular sumo fans as they are more intent on taking pictures or more likely to be lost walking around the Kokugikan. "The question is how we can get these spectators to come back here for Aki Basho," Nishonoseki oyakata, Kyokai's PR Director said. "I came over here only because it's free but I only know a few rikishi," said a 26 year old man while a 40 year old housewife was more typical of visitors, "This is not something hardly I want to pay good money to see." On Yaocho: Hanaregoma oyakata ----------------------------------- "I feel we are coming along pretty well, seeing all rikishi cooperating with us fully (such as not bringing in mobile devices into the dressing room)" Nishonoseki oyakata --------------------- (Up to Day 8, there was no suspicious bout with security tightened throughout the Kokugikan) "Initially I had no idea how it would all turn out but it appears that everything is going well." (On selling out the same day ticket in half an hour on Day 8) "We are getting people coming so I am hoping we can go on like this till the Senshuraku. As well I hope we can end without any incidence at all other than having one ozeki talking nonsense once too often (on Day 3 Ozeki Baruto was reprimanded after speaking out saying to him it was something like coming over to a playground)."
  21. Jonosuke

    Video Streams - Natsu 2011

    I am hoping that they can continue to offer the coverage (at least those earlier bouts not aired by NHK) from now on. Ozumo's traditional demographics do not watch Ozumo on web or smartphone - they are strictly TV bound generations. What NicoNico is offering tp the Kyokai is simply an untapped market - those tweeting-mixi-ing texting crowds. If Nico can get 50,000 viewers at noon on week day like Monday and if they can nurture them along, the Kyokai can find a new path to their renewal, far younger fan base than what they had previously. The Kyokai has had a stream as well but aside from quality, they couild only attract at most 10,000 hits in the best hours of best days. Most casual fans just don't bother to visit the site while Nico offers much more from animefest to Korean showbiz to topical news conferences so they attract far more number of viewers from all walks of life but mostly young and tech savvy crowd and that's precisely the segnment of society the Kyokai needs to seek to attract and cultivate. If the Kyokai and Nico can get together and offer live covarage up to NHK broadcast (say up to just before last few bouts of Makushita), those who have been watchting on Nico can then tune to NHK for the rest of the day or even if they don't, the Kyokai gained the viewers they would not have had to begin with. As far as I am concerned this is really a win win situation for both. Up to now I never even felt a need to pay Nico their premium membership fee but they got one month from me because of Ozumo so from a business point of view, I think it really makes sense for them to continue as long as the Kyokai won't start charging them an arm and a leg. After all Nico isn't any way competing against NHK.
  22. Jonosuke

    Rikishi Talk Day 1 - May 2011

    Kimurayama --------------- (With fewer sekitori in the dressing room) "I feel this place is much bigger now, Looking up on the board, the number of torikumi has become far fewer too." Kaisei ---------- (Beating veteran Miyabiyama with ease) "I am happy. I was able to stay relaxed." Okinoumi ------------ (Fooled by Takekaze's henka) "When we need to do all we can to display good performance, how can anyone come up with a henkan on Day 1? OK I will admit it's also a fault of myself getting tricked too but ....." Kotoshogiku ---------------- "I was really able to get down lower and I felt it was good sumo for me." Aminishiki ------------ (Finally beating Kisenosato after losing four straight) "I have been thinking about the strategy for four straight months or so. Everyone talks about him as the next ozeki so it sure psyched me up that much more." (On seeing his older brother Asofuji ousted from the Kyokai after the yaocho incident) "Mentally it's been really tough. But I can tell you this time around I have done most training in the last seven or eight years. You see this many people are still coming to see us you know. All I can do is to compete in bouts as best as I can." Kisenosato ------------- (Suffering his first loss already as expectations mount high for his ozeki aspiration but looking furious giving no chance to reporters to inquire) "Ah..." Kotooshu -------------- (Almost losing at the dohyo edge but was able to throw Kakuryu by uwatenage to notch his first win) "I did not rush myself, I was able to stay calm and that contributed the win." (On seeing 800 fans coming to see the basho from quake area today) "I feel really happy to show them a good bout. I am hoping if we can do least bit to get them feel revitalized." Kaio ------- (Only 10 more win to tie 1045th win, the most win record held by Chiyonofuji, but looking meek and tired already on Day 1, easily getting pushed out by Goeido) "I couldn't do anything. I have not been doing any training sessions. I cannot regain my sumo sense." (Compared to the Hatsu Basho, his weight down 9 kg and appearing to be suffering from more injuries) "All I am hoping for is that I won't come back with the same sumo like today." Harumafuji -------------- (Losing to Tochiozan) "I let him get inside of me. I have been doing training just like normally. All we can do is to do our best." Hakuho ----------- (Shouldering a heavy load as the yokozuna but showing no weakness against pesky Toyonoshima) "For one, I believe I had a pretty good sumo today. It's been some while since we've been on the dohyo like this so I kind of felt I really missed it. I felt gratified that I have been able to be up on the dohyo competing again." A Hakuho's tsukebito ------------------------ "He has been really tense today, he has been sweating a great deal too (doing warm up exercises in the dressing room)." Hanaregoma oyakata -------------------------- "It was the bout with full intensity." "Regardless of all bouts, I am relieved that we were able to somehow open the basho and complete this day without any problem. I received as much cheers and support from the spectators today and realized once again that we have to come back and return with a regular basho as soon as possible." Juryo Dohyo Iri -------------------- (Normally having 14 East and West rikishi lined up surrounding the dohyo but this basho, there are only 8 on the East and 10 on the East.) Akiseyama ---------------- "There were so few of us, I had no idea where I should have stopped walking." Masunoyama ---------------- "It felt so empty around me...." Takanohana oyakata, Director of Judging ------------------------------------------------- "Everyone had a good eye contact and looked all motivated." NIshonoseki Oyakata, Director of Surveillance ------------------------------------------------------- "We have observed carefully all 28 bouts above Juryo today and we did not find any suspicious or questionable bout but we will continue to be vigilant. I am relieved that somehow we were able to have a good start." Kyokutenho --------------- (With no sekitori allowed to have a mobile device/phone in the dressing room) "Somehow there was an air of tranquility compared to before." Otake oyakata (former Juryo Dairyu) working as a Kimarite referee --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Welcoming the first day of special basho) "Rikishi should have been preparing knowing they could expect having a basho any time. Hopefully we would have a full capacity for the next 15 days." The Kokugikan almost filled up to full capacity by Makuuch bouts began today as all tickets distributed were free and there were many people who came to see sumo learning of free admission. 1000 same day tickets were all distributed by 10 AM but it was clear this was no ordinary basho as there were no banners of rikishi name or drum sounds greeting the spectators as they came to the Kokugikan. The Kyokai announced that there would be no kensho nor alcohol drinks sold in the Kokugikan this basho. The Kyokai also indicated that they have cut down electricity consumption by 40% this basho by lowering the lightening throughout the building and will employ a self generator if they would require air conditioning in future. The Kyokai released a list of seven new recruits who have passed their entrance exam. They would start their Mae-zumo starting tomorrow on May 9 along with the new recruits from Haru Basho. 1. Shota Moritaka, 15, from Nagasaki City. 191 cm, 99 kg. Naruto Beya 2. Yuya Sato, 16, from Iwata Prefecture, 173 cm, 97 kg, Tamai Beya 3. Takahiro Yamamoto, 15, from Hyogo Prefecture, 176 cm, 121 kg. Tokitsukaze Beya 4. Takayuki Sakuma, 22, from Tokyo, 185 cm, 151 kg. Kitanoumi Beya. College Yokozuna 5. Teiki Sasayama, 18, from Aomori, 178 cm, 147 kg. Kitanoumi Beya 6. Masaya Shinzato, 22, from Tokyo, 180 cm, 124 kg. Sakaigawa Beya 7. Yasuhide Masuda, 18, from Tokyo, 183 cm, 177 kg. Sakaigawa Beya Former Komusubi Futeno, 30, of Dewanoumi Beya had his brief press conference at the Kokugikan on May 8, commenting the main reason of his decision to retire was losing the motivation to continue after the Haru Basho was canceled due to yaocho incidents. As a new komusubi Futeno beat Yokozuna Asashoryu on Day 1 of the 2001 Aki Basho but could not sustain his initial burst of energy and ended up with 5 win and 10 loss record. Suffering basho suspension last year due to his involvement in baseball gambling, his banzuke fell to a lower Makushita. "Actually rather than missing Ozumo, I feel rather relieved not having to get myself on the battle front again. I believe I have done all I could have done so in that sense I have no regret," Futeno said. He will be working for Dewanoumi Beya as Inagawa oyakata, coaching and developing the heya's rikishi. Chairman Hanaregoma's Opening Message ------------------------------------------------ On this occasion of Skill Judging May Basho, I would like to extend our greeting to all. I would also like to extend our sincere condolences and wishes to the victims of the East Japan Quake that occurred o March 11 and share our whole prayer for their recovery and renewal as quickly as possible. At this time I would like to offer our sincere apology for causing anxiety and concerns after the incidents of intentional unmotivated sumo have come to surface. As we realized this problem was the major issue that could have shaken the foundation of Nihon Sumo Kyokai, we have undertaken exhaustive investigation promptly. However as the main issue has not come to the final conclusion yet, we have decided to cancel the whole Haru Basho and for this May Basho, we have opted not to hold it as full regular basho but as a basho to gauge the skills and ability of all our rikishi. making it as Ozumo Skill Judging May Basho. Each Kyokai member and the Kyokai as a whole organization realize we need to shoulder the full responsibility of inviting this serious situation and must reflect deeply and gravely not to repeat such incidents ever again and to work on the extermination of the root cause. And to recover the trust placed on us by all, we are determined to move ahead with all our efforts to bring about the renewal of Sumo Association. And finally by asking you to provide us with your continued support and guidance and coming to see the basho till the Senshuraku, I would like to conclude my opening day address. The year of Heisei 23, May 8. Public Foundation NIhon Sumo Association Chairman Teruyuki Hanaregoma Path to Skill Judging Basho Day 1 -------------------------------------- February 2 - News of "Yaocho mail" surfacing. Takanawa oyakata (former Makuuch Kasuganishiki), Chiyohakuho and Enatsukasa admit their involvement February 6 - Kyokai announcing cancellation of Haru Basho as well as all jungyo basho this year. March 9 - Meeting of a committee for prevention of re-occrrenace convenes. Renaming the committee, "Ozumo Renewal Committee", issues six steps for discussion and consideration April 1 - Kyokai issues retirement advisory to 20 rikishi and 2 year suspension to three rikishi April 5 - 19 rikishi accept the Kyokai request and announce their retirement. Tanigawa oyakata (former Komusubi Kaiho) was dismissed after rejecting the Kyokai advisory, April 6 - Kyokai decided not to hold a regular May Basho, instead announcing a basho to gauge rikishi's skill and ability, offering free admission to the public. April 11 - Kyokai adds two more rikishi, Sokokurai and Hoshikaze to the list of rikishi being involved in yaocho bouts April 14 - Kyokai dismisses both Sokokurai and Hoshikaze after they rejected the retirement advisory April 15 - The Renewal Committee release eight recommendations for prevention of yaocho to the Kyokai executives and directors. The Kyokai accepts them unconditionally and adopts penalty clauses in their by-laws effective this day. April 20 - NHK announces they would not air neither live broadcast or digest program. May 4 - Kyokai announces more prevention measures including extended and fortified surveillance throughout the venue May 8 - Day 1 of Skill Testing and Ability Judging Basho starts
  23. Jonosuke

    Video Streams - Natsu 2011

    AT 11:00 AM Japan time, Nico has over 34,000 viewers. With this and NSK stream going, there is definitely a demand for even lower division bouts. They should serious consider this "experiment" as no mainstream broadcaster will air them all day but at least on the web, it's clear that there are interested viewers and fans to watch them.
  24. Something interesting happened just a while ago. A mono-ii in which Minezakura won after the gyoji sashi-chigai, I could distinctly hear discussion taking place among the dohyo judges arriving at their decision. But this was really an obvious decision as the gyoji initially gave the decision to the East side rikishi and then put his arm towards the West rikishi, Minezakuro. This was an obvious demerit point for his promotion aspiration.
  25. Jonosuke

    New recruits for May 2011

    The second last bout had Sakuma(yama) winning and the last had Sasayama. Actually Sasayama does not really need a new shikona as that is his real name.