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  1. Oiwato Retirement

    Just came across this yesterday. A bit of Oiwato in his days at Kindai University, where he was one of Japan's top amateurs (you can see him becoming college yokozuna in the second clip). Same video but jumps to different times:
  2. I just came across this video on YouTube. It's the NHK broadcast of the 37th National Middle School Championships. The broadcast starts with a match-up between two current sekitori, and features several other recognizable pros from high makushita to makuuchi. Can you spot them all? The channel seems to have just started, and has some other similar videos featuring pros in their earlier years. I would love to see even more of this stuff!
  3. Nikkan Sports popularity poll

    Abi seems quite popular but I just don't find myself warming to his style or the cheeky grins after henka wins.
  4. 2018 East Japan University Championship

    Individual Final: Masahito Shiroishi (Toyo) vs Seira Shiroyama (Toyo) Individual Semifinals: Daisuke Tanaka (Chuo) vs Masahito Shiroishi (Toyo) Seira Shiroyama (Toyo) vs Delgerbayar (Nippon Sports Science University) Team Final Takushoku University vs Toyo University Team Semis Nippon Sports Science University vs Takushoku University Nihon University vs Toyo University
  5. 2018 East Japan University Championship

    That's the second straight title for the tricky push and slap-down specialist Masahito Shiroishi, as he won the Wakayama College+Corporate tournament a few weeks ago, beating Shiroyama in the finals that time as well (by okuridashi after a blatant henka, Shiroyama was also henka'd in the semis by his teammate Nakashima). Shiroishi also got to the semifinals at the Kyushu College+Corporate tournament, and looks to have made the move from probably lower top 10 collegiate rikishi to the uppermost elite. He was also a very good high schooler, winning the 2014 junior Kokutai, making the inter-high finals twice (including as a 1st year), and the inter-high semis once. Incidentally, it was Shiroyama who beat him in the finals of the 2014 inter-high. Although Seira Shiroyama, arguably the top competitor in university sumo last year, 'only' has 1 title to his name in 2018, he's made the semifinals or better at 4 of 5 tournaments (1 win, 2 runner-ups, 1 semifinal), and has shown excellent consistency. Most of his losses I've seen come when he is sidestepped and his opponent uses greater agility, and Shiroishi is just the type who can do that effectively, so Shiroyama may continue to struggle if they keep meeting up in the final rounds. Still, for me Shiroyama is the collegiate rikishi who I'm most eagerly watching with respect to a later ozumo career. He will turn pro I believe and seems a sure-thing sekitori. Daisuke Tanaka is Shiroyama's old high school rival, finishing runner-up to him in at least 3 national high school tournaments. He is a huge guy but he's not just about size, as the quality of his sumo is good and he's fairly well-rounded--just not quite up there with the very very best of his collegiate competitors.Mongolia's Dergerbayar was best 4 at last year's National Student Championships and has a quarterfinal finish and two semi-final finishes to his name this year. He is definitely NSSU's top man right now and I think probably the best 2nd year at the moment. He comes from a wrestling background and has only done sumo a couple years, which is sometimes apparent in his clumsy technique--particularly a tendency to turn to the side too much and nearly give up his back. He is one of those guys who just seems to find a way to get out of rough spots and win , though he's struggled to do that vs his semifinals conqueror Shiroyama, who has won all their meetings I know of. He plans to turn pro and has even said he'd leave college if a spot opened for him. Toyo simply has too much depth for the other teams, with pretty much all their regular starters being among the biggest names on the college scene. It will be interesting to see how they fare in the coming few years though, as I'm not sure they have nearly the same standout talent in the lower years. Good performance by Takushoku, who also won a tournament last month and have earned a spot so far among the top teams. NSSU has made at least 3 semi-finals this year but just can't seem to break through to a final, while the famous Nihon sumo club has produced 2 individual runner-ups and a team runner-up, but is yet to grab any title other than in the East Japan 1st-year only individual competition.
  6. The West Japan Student Sumo Championship was held last week (the East Japan version is this weekend). Since the large majority of top programs, such as Toyo, NSSU, Nihon, Chuo, etc. are located in East Japan, the talent pool for this tournament is somewhat limited. Kindai is the one school in West Japan that has consistently been a major player on the national scene, and, unsurprisingly, they dominated this competition, with 7 of 8 quaterfinalists in the individual competition and a victory in the team competition, although they were pushed to the limit in the latter. Individual Winner: Kenji Motobayashi (Kindai) Runner-Up: Koshiro Tanioka (Kindai) Semifinals: Reo Yamaguchi (Kindai) & another Kindai rikishi whose name I can't decipher Keisuke Taki (Kindai) No surprise about the winner here, as Kenji Motobayashi has been on fire. He was runner-up in the 2017 National Student Championships, and since the 2018 university sumo season began just over a month ago, he's already won 3 titles (Uwajima, Usa, and West Japan) and has a semi-final finish to his name (Kyushu College/Corporate). I've only seen him lose two matches between individual and team competition, and both of those were to Toyo's Seira Shiroyama, his main competitor so far for top collegiate rikishi. Based on comments he made following his runner-up performance at the 2017 National Student Championships, I get the impression we'll see him turn pro after graduation. Tanioka and Yamaguchi have both consistently performed well for Kindai, and both featured on Mikawa's 2017 Universty Banzuke, with Tanioka just missing out on sanyaku. Yamaguchi was best 8 at the national Uwajima tournmanet in April, and is still only in his 2nd year. He is one of the biggest names in his year group, along with NSSU's Dergerbayer, who beat him in the Uwajima quarterfinals in a great match. The winner of May's West Japan Rookie tournament, Taiga Kanzaki of Kindai, made it to the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by Tanioka. Final Kenji Motobayashi (Kindai) vs Koshiro Tanioka (Kindai) Semifinals Kenji Motobayashi (Kindai) vs Reo Yamaguchi (Kindai) Koshiro Tanioka (Kindai) vs Keisuke Taki (Kindai) Quarterfinals Team Winner: Kindai University Runner-Up: Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences Kindai comes back from a 2-1 deficit to beat last year's champion 3-2 in an entertaining team contest, with Reo Yamaguchi scoring the decisive point.
  7. Sumo in video games

    In Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, you do some sumo training with the mayor of a local town, and you later take on a bigger character. Sadly, despite being just a small part of the game, it's about the most developed video sumo I've seen. I would LOVE a really developed game for PS4 or X-Box. I doubt it would be too difficult to make, but I guess the demand's not there.
  8. Nagoya 2018 "Poster" (leaflet )

    Nagoya 2017, day 10: S1w Mitakeumi 7-3 (9-6) shitatedashinage M1e Shodai 3-7 (5-10)
  9. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I think some of that may be the freshness of Tochinoshin as an elite, ozeki level performer and the excitement accompanying a serious ozeki run, in contrast to the longtime and perhaps stale status quo that Hakuho has been part of. Now I suppose you could argue that Japanese sumo fans wouldn't tire of dominant Japanese rikishi in the same way, but I'm not sure if there's a more general nationalistic reason why they'd favour a Georgian to the Mongolians. I notice that applause in general tends to be loudest when Hakuho loses while still in the race , and I think a big part of that is because him losing is a rarity (or at least was very rare for years) and is thus more meaningful than when others lose. He was 25-0 vs Tochinoshin as well, so there was a highly pronounced 'he finally did it!' aspect to the result, and it pretty much sealed Tochinoshin's promotion, which is exciting regardless of nationality. There could be hinkaku issues involved too though of course.
  10. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    People on Twitch were still on going on and on about it last night, even once the basho was over. Was getting a bit heated, and funnily enough mightve been most intense from some people on Kak's side who seemed to take the complaints personally. Anyway, no playoff but I'm fairly happy still with how the basho went. Tochinoshin puts in an emphatic promotion performance and Kakuryu gets his first double. Regardless of some henkas I still like him for his calm, unaggressive demeanor and his smooth skills when he's on. And I hope Hokutofuji can overcome whatever has been plaguing him. He's struggled the last 3 tournaments and hopefully he's not another who injury takes down prematurely. There was talk of him being sanyaku for Hatsu but now just a couple basho later he's in the danger zone for juryo demotion.
  11. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I would be surprised if Kak doesn't beat Hakuho tonight, though I am hoping for the basho to end in style with a playoff. And I actually just caught up on the basho and am thrilled to see Tochinoshin with record that should make promotion undeniable. I have always been a fan, but I thought a somewhat limited style and injuries had him maxed out as one of the best of the 'masses'; so even if he becomes an 8-7/7-8/8-7 ozeki I will look at him as an inspirational figure. Same goes for Kyokutaisei, over 10 years to make the top division, and now looking at starting his makuuchi career with a special prize. Keep at it and things can turn out better than expected! Not just in sumo.
  12. Ya, that was a great atmosphere for the team competition! Also seemed like an intense staredown in the first match of the team final and quite the verbal celebration from Saito; I wonder if the crowd excitement transfered to the rikishi. Hanada has a well-rounded set of tools and seems to be very smart in there. He made himself difficult to predict by using a diverse range of approaches. Same is true of my favourite Saito, although he can sometimes get a bit overeager in going for the finish, and that showed itself. Haruyama is quick and adept with inhashi and other techniques to take advantage of opponents who over commit. Nakamura got pushed out quickly in the semis, but when he gets his tachiai right I've seen him really plow people over, perhaps more emphatically than I regularly see from any other high schooler. I'm glad that you're featuring Haruyama in your next rivalaries post, as I haven't found much about him. Is there a website that lists all the high school results?
  13. High School Banzuke 2017

    As a follow-up, a tournament for first year university students was held a few days ago. For many first-years, especially those on teams loaded with talent in higher years, this is the first time to get a good look at them in university action. Some of them will probably be big names on the university scene a few years from now. Unsurprisingly, the top finishers at the tournament were also among the top high school students last year, with the 4 semi-finalists all being M4 or higher on Mikawa's high school banzuke. Winner: Keita Kawazoe (Nihon University; M4w on the high school banzuke, and 2016 junior Kokutai champion) Runner-up: Shinsuke Hoshiba (Toyo University; west ozeki on the high school banzuke, and 2017 high school sumo Hirosaki champion) Semi-finals: Yuta Takahashi (Nippon Sports Science University; east komusubi on the high school banzuke, and 2017 high school sumo Towada champion) Semi-finals: Shunsuke Imazeki (Nippon Sports Science University; M1e on the high school banzuke, and 2017 high school sumo Kanazawa runner-up) Mikawa has described Kawazoe as an Ura-like rikishi who uses skill and agility to overcome bigger opponents, and I'd say that was very evident in this tournament. In particular, he showed great flexibility and resistance to overcome some torrid moments in his semi-final bout with the powerful Yuta Takahashi, before winning the bout with an impressive technique. He also picked his spot very well in the final against Shinsuke Hoshiba, who can be quite the bulldozer with his charging attacks. Other notable names on the high school banzuke who didn't make the top 4 include the 192cm M2w Sho Hatsuyama for Toyo (his bad habit of standing too upright was exploited in the earlier rounds by Kawazoe), and west komusubi Shota Ida for Takushoku. I also noticed west sekiwake Mikiya Ishioka adorned in Nihon garb and standing with the Nihon contingent, so safe to say he's joined their club along with Kawazoe, which is unsurprising given how many Tottori Johoku grads continue their amateur careers at Nihon. Final: Quarter and Semi-finals:
  14. Can't find any video yet, but it looks like Motobayashi also won the May 3rd Usa tournament, beating Nihon's Kisaki in the final. And Toyo star Shiroyama won the Kyushu college + corporate tournament a few days after that, beating Motobayashi in the semis and a corporate rikishi (whose name wont translate) in the finals. Shiroyama also made the semi-finals at Usa, so him and Motobayashi are the two standout collegiate guys so far in 2018. I believe Dergerbayar of Nittaidai is the only other collegiate rikishi to make at least two quarterfinals this year (semi-finalist at Uwajima and quarter-finalist at Usa). He might be the top 2nd year at the moment. Toyo won the Usa team competition, beating Kindai 4-1 in the finals, although they were much less dominant than in Uwajima, as they were upset 3-2 by Komazawa during the prelims and had a few 3-2 wins on their way to the title. Takushoku won the Kyushu event, beating Nihon University 2-1 in the final.
  15. Kotoshogiku - Intaishinai

    He's still performing at a high maegashira level, or thereabouts, and he performed well enough to return to sanyaku after falling in the ranks.He's earning better money than he would as an oyakata and may just still love being a rikishi. Is it supposed to be befuddling that a guy who can still compete pretty well is continuing to compete? Should he have gone out earlier as some gesture to fans who just can't endure the sight of him as a maegashira?