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  1. Following on from the High School banzuke, here is the banzuke for University rikishi, which is created by adding up their results in national competitions during the past 12 months. Most of them are fourth (final) year students in University, but there are some who are still in their third year (some are even younger than that). Every banzuke will list the top 42 rikishi in each category. This banzuke takes into account the following tournaments: 34th All Japan College Sumo Uwajima Tournament 57th All Japan College Sumo Usa Tournament 27th All Japan College & Society Sumo Kyushu Tournament 55th All Japan College & Corporate Sumo Wakayama Tournament 7th All Japan College Sumo Kanazawa Tournament 52nd All Japan College Sumo Towada Tournament 65th All Japan College & Corporate Sumo Kariya Tournament 72nd Kokutai (Senior Division) 95th National Student Championships 66th All Japan Amateur Championships But before that, here are the top 10 Universities of the past year, based on their results in the team competitions: 1 - Toyo University (東洋大学), Tokyo 2 - Nihon University (日本大学), Tokyo 3 - Kindai University (近畿大学), Osaka 4 - Chuo University (中央大学), Tokyo 5 - Nippon Sport Science University (日本体育大学), Tokyo 6 - Takushoku University (拓殖大学), Tokyo 7 - Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences (九州情報大学), Fukuoka 8 - Tokyo University of Agriculture (東京農業大学), Tokyo 9 - Doshisha University (同志社大学), Kyoto 10 - Meiji University (明治大学), Tokyo East Yokozuna - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅), Toyo University, Tokyo West Yokozuna - Kizaki Shinnosuke (木崎 伸之助), Nihon University, Tokyo East Ozeki - Nakashima Nozomi (中島 望), Nihon University, Tokyo West Ozeki - Nishino Tomonori (西野 倫理), Toyo University, Tokyo East Sekiwake - Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴), Nihon University, Tokyo West Sekiwake - Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹), Toyo University, Tokyo East Komusubi - Sato Takashi (佐藤 崇), Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo West Komusubi - Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁), Toyo University, Tokyo East Maegashira 1 - Tanioka Koshiro (谷岡 倖志郎), Kindai University, Osaka West Maegashira 1 - Higo Yuta (肥後 勇太), Kindai University, Osaka East Maegashira 2 - Fukai Takuto (深井 拓斗), Toyo University, Tokyo West Maegashira 2 - Kurokawa Kojiro (黒川 宏次朗), Takushoku University, Tokyo East Maegashira 3 - Furukawa Takahiro (古川 貴博), Nihon University, Tokyo West Maegashira 3 - Watanabe Ryo (渡辺 亮), Kindai University, Osaka East Maegashira 4 - Hashimoto Yukikazu (橋本 幸一), Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences, Fukuoka West Maegashira 4 - Nakajima Ryosuke (中嶋 亮介), Toyo University, Tokyo East Maegashira 5 - Tomisakae Hideki (冨栄 秀喜), Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo West Maegashira 5 - Sugano Yota (菅野 陽太), Chuo University, Tokyo East Maegashira 6 - Takahashi Yamato (高橋 大和), Doshisha University, Kyoto West Maegashira 6 - Nishi Taisei (西 大星), Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo East Maegashira 7 - Ohara Yusuke (大原 佑介), Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences, Fukuoka West Maegashira 7 - Chikahei Keitaro (近平 佳多朗), Chuo University, Tokyo East Maegashira 8 - Nakai Shun (中井 駿), Kindai University, Osaka West Maegashira 8 - Yamaguchi Reo (山口 怜央), Kindai University, Osaka East Maegashira 9 - Tanaka Daisuke (田中 大介), Chuo University, Tokyo West Maegashira 9 - Saito Shin (齋藤 真), Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo East Maegashira 10 - Thurutokutoho ? (トゥルトクトホ), Doshisha University, Kyoto West Maegashira 10 - Purebusuren Derugerubayaru ? (プレブスレン デルゲルバヤル), Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo East Maegashira 11 - Maeda Shogo (前田 将吾), Meiji University, Tokyo West Maegashira 11 - Hiroo Satonari (廣尾 達成), Nihon University, Tokyo East Maegashira 12 - Matsunaga Hisashi (松永 久志), Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo West Maegashira 12 - Katamura Toshiya (片村 敬也), Nihon University, Tokyo East Maegashira 13 - Nishikawa Toki (西川 登輝), Chuo University, Tokyo West Maegashira 13 - Motobayashi Kenji (元林 健治), Kindai University, Osaka East Maegashira 14 - Nishizawa Motoyasu (西澤 元康), Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo West Maegashira 14 - Shigematsu Tatsuhiro (重松 龍大), Toyo University, Tokyo East Maegashira 15 - Imazeki Toshihide (今関 俊英), Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo West Maegashira 15 - Suguro Ibuki (勝呂 歩紀), Takushoku University, Tokyo East Maegashira 16 - Yamanaka Shinya (山中 晋也), Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences, Fukuoka West Maegashira 16 - Shimura Daiki (志村 大器), Takushoku University, Tokyo East Maegashira 17 - Umezaki Seijiro (梅崎 誠二郎), Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences, Fukuoka West Maegashira 17 - Kitagawa Takayuki (北川 貴之), Meiji University, Tokyo Sanyaku Photos East Yokozuna - Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅), Toyo University, Tokyo West Yokozuna - Kizaki Shinnosuke (木崎 伸之助), Nihon University, Tokyo East Ozeki - Nakashima Nozomi (中島 望), Nihon University, Tokyo West Ozeki - Nishino Tomonori (西野 倫理), Toyo University, Tokyo East Sekiwake - Furukawa Haruki (古川 晴貴), Nihon University, Tokyo West Sekiwake - Terasawa Itsuki (寺沢 樹), Toyo University, Tokyo East Komusubi - Sato Takashi (佐藤 崇), Nippon Sport Science University, Tokyo West Komusubi - Shiroishi Masahito (白石 雅仁), Toyo University, Tokyo Comments So this is it, a month of banzukes have been leading up to this moment, when we reveal the most impressive East Yokozuna of all. SECOND YEAR Shiroyama Seira trumps all other college rikishi to claim the top spot, and this is in addition to his win at last year's Kokutai. Out of the 10 national tournaments during the past year, Shiroyama has reached the semi-finals and beyond 5 times, a truly extraordinary feat. He has already made his mark in the college sumo scene, and will continue to do so for two more years to come. Kizaki rounded off his final college year with a highly consistent performance to claim the West Yokozuna spot, including winning the Kariya Tournament. He has won at least one bout in all 10 tournaments, being the only college rikishi last year to do so. He has since joined Kise Beya, and has started his Ozumo career with a Jun-Yusho from Sandanme TD. Student Yokozuna Nakashima also had a strong year, but a couple of early exits meant that he finished some way behind his Nihon University team-mate Kizaki. Unlike Kizaki however, Nakashima has expressed that he doesn't want to turn pro, but instead would like to become a high school teacher. Other notable rikishi on the list include former Student Yokozuna Kurokawa Kojiro, former High School Yokozuna Yamaguchi Reo, and former Middle School Yokozuna Furukawa Haruki. Incidentally, Furukawa's opponent in that year's Middle School Championship final was none other than Toyo's Terasawa Itsuki, who has now joined Ozumo. It is no surprise that the most successful college sumo team of 2017 is Toyo University, who won 5 out of the 8 team competitions. Their closest challengers were Nihon University, which is appropriate as the 8 sanyaku rikishi include 4 from Toyo and 3 from Nihon. However, whilst Toyo still have Shiroyama, Nishino AND Shiroishi in their team this year (such is their strength and depth), Nihon's Kizaki, Nakashima and the Furukawa twins have all graduated. So can anyone stop Team Toyo this year? Kindai University may have a few things to say about that.
  2. Following on from the Middle School banzuke, here is the banzuke for High School rikishi, which is created by adding up their results in national competitions during the past 12 months. Most of them are third (final) year students in High School, but there are some who are still in their second year. Every banzuke will list the top 42 rikishi in each category. This banzuke takes into account the following tournaments: 101st High School Sumo Kanazawa Tournament 95th Inter-High 66th High School Sumo Towada Tournament 59th High School Sumo Usa Tournament 72nd Kokutai (Junior Division) But before that, here are the top 10 High Schools of the past year, based on their results in the team competitions: 1 - Saitama Sakae High School (埼玉栄高校), Saitama 2 - Adachi Shinden High School (足立新田高校), Tokyo 3 - Tottori Johoku High School (鳥取城北高校), Tottori 4 - Kanazawa Gakuin High School (金沢学院高校), Ishikawa 5 - Sanbongi Agriculture High School (三本木農業高校), Aomori 6 - Buntoku High School (文徳高校), Kumamoto 7 - Kaiyo High School (海洋高校), Niigata 8 - Mukainooka Technical High School (向の岡工業高校), Kanagawa 9 - Kanazawa Technical High School (金沢市立工業高校), Ishikawa 10 - Takushoku University Koryo High School (拓殖大学紅陵高校), Chiba East Yokozuna - Amarsanaa (アマルサナー), Tottori Johoku High School, Tottori West Yokozuna - Byambasuren (ビャンバスレン), Nittaidai Kashiwa High School, Chiba East Ozeki - Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介), Saitama Sakae High School, Saitama West Ozeki - Hoshiba Shinsuke (干場 伸介), Kanazawa Technical High School, Ishikawa East Sekiwake - Saito Daisuke (齋藤 大輔), Saitama Sakae High School, Saitama West Sekiwake - Ishioka Mikiya (石岡 弥輝也), Tottori Johoku High School, Tottori East Komusubi - Takahashi Yuta (高橋 優太), Kaiyo High School, Niigata West Komusubi - Ida Shota (井田 翔太), Minoshima High School, Wakayama East Maegashira 1 - Imazeki Shunsuke (今関 俊介), Adachi Shinden High School, Tokyo West Maegashira 1 - Toma Tsuguto (當眞 嗣斗), Tottori Johoku High School, Tottori East Maegashira 2 - Kanzaki Taiga (神﨑 大河), Kindai High School, Osaka West Maegashira 2 - Hatsuyama Sho (羽出山 将), Adachi Shinden High School, Tokyo East Maegashira 3 - Sumigi Genta (住木 厳太), Nomura High School, Ehime West Maegashira 3 - Umeki Ryujiro (梅木 竜治郎), Hita Rinko High School, Oita East Maegashira 4 - Nakanishi Yusei (中西 勇成), Buntoku High School, Kumamoto West Maegashira 4 - Kawazoe Keita (川副 圭太), Buntoku High School, Kumamoto East Maegashira 5 - Hanada Hidetora (花田 秀虎), Wakayama Commercial High School, Wakayama West Maegashira 5 - Daito Koki (大塔 昂貴), Meitoku Gijuku High School, Kochi East Maegashira 6 - Yamauchi Ko (山内 康), Sanbongi Agriculture High School, Aomori West Maegashira 6 - Tebakari Toshiki (手計 富士紀), Saitama Sakae High School, Saitama East Maegashira 7 - Shiroma Ryusei (城間 瑠正), Central Norin High School, Okinawa West Maegashira 7 - Kudo Koya (工藤 光矢), Hirosaki Jitsugyo High School, Aomori East Maegashira 8 - Odkhuu (オドフー), Meitoku Gijuku High School, Kochi West Maegashira 8 - Nakamura Taiki (中村 泰輝), Kaiyo High School, Niigata East Maegashira 9 - Matsumura Shogo (松村 将伍), Mukainooka Technical High School, Kanagawa West Maegashira 9 - Tanahashi Ryota (棚橋 亮太), Gifu Norin High School, Gifu East Maegashira 10 - Tsushida Amu (津志田 亜睦), Tairadate High School, Iwate West Maegashira 10 - Iso Koki (磯 晃城), Shonan High School, Kagoshima East Maegashira 11 - Kamiyama Ryuichi (神山 龍一), Saitama Sakae High School, Saitama West Maegashira 11 - Akiba Taku (秋葉 拓), Sakata Koryo High School, Yamagata East Maegashira 12 - Satoyama Yuki (里山 雄樹), Kanazawa Gakuin High School, Ishikawa West Maegashira 12 - Suzuki Yuto (鈴木 優斗), Hiryu High School, Shizuoka East Maegashira 13 - Kayo Yoshimune (嘉陽 快宗), Kaiyo High School, Niigata West Maegashira 13 - Kominato Kaio (小湊 海王), Mukainooka Technical High School, Kanagawa East Maegashira 14 - Saito Yoshihide (斉藤 善英), Nakatsuhigashi High School, Oita West Maegashira 14 - Saito Makoto (斉藤 誠), Sanbongi Agriculture High School, Aomori East Maegashira 15 - Arikawa Masaki (有川 真生), Tsurukojokan High School, Yamanashi West Maegashira 15 - Kasai Towa (葛西 永遠), Goshogawara Norin High School, Aomori East Maegashira 16 - Tanioka Iori (谷岡 伊織), Kindai High School, Osaka West Maegashira 16 - Akashiba Tatsuhiro (赤芝 龍洋), Kanazawa Technical High School, Ishikawa East Maegashira 17 - Maeda Yuto (前田 悠翔), Kanazawa Gakuin High School, Ishikawa West Maegashira 17 - Yoshida Rion (吉田 利恩), Takaoka Koryo High School, Toyama Sanyaku Photos East Yokozuna - Amarsanaa (アマルサナー), Tottori Johoku High School, Tottori West Yokozuna - Byambasuren (ビャンバスレン), Nittaidai Kashiwa High School, Chiba East Ozeki - Naya Konosuke (納谷 幸之介), Saitama Sakae High School, Saitama West Ozeki - Hoshiba Shinsuke (干場 伸介), Kanazawa Technical High School, Ishikawa East Sekiwake - Saito Daisuke (齋藤 大輔), Saitama Sakae High School, Saitama West Sekiwake - Ishioka Mikiya (石岡 弥輝也), Tottori Johoku High School, Tottori East Komusubi - Takahashi Yuta (高橋 優太), Kaiyo High School, Niigata West Komusubi - Ida Shota (井田 翔太), Minoshima High School, Wakayama Comments Last year saw the first ever Mongolian High School Yokozuna in history. During the same period, the 2 most successful High School rikishi are both Mongolian. Seems fitting doesn't it? The Inter-High was actually Amarsanaa's only tournament victory last year, but he did enough in the other tournaments to win the race with Byambasuren by only 1 point. With Tottori Johoku claiming 2 of the sanyaku spots (Amarsanaa and Ishioka), new team captain Toma and his team-mates certainly have some big shoes to fill. West Yokozuna Byambasuren has shown all the skills and quickness of a Mongolian wrestler, and like his uncle Asashoryu, a talent for sumo. His best result last year was coming second in the Inter-High, which would have equalled the best finishing for a Mongolian rikishi, if not for the winner being his compatriot. Byambasuren is now a pro sumotori, wrestling under the shikona Hoshoryu, and has started off his sumo career with a 6-1, with his only loss being to Naya Konosuke, who won the Jonokuchi Yusho last month. Speaking of, Kokutai winner Naya only missed out on a Yokozuna spot by 1 point (it was an extremely tight race for the top 3). He is the grandson of the late Yokozuna Taiho, and has been steadily improving over the past few years, partly thanks to a change in diet. A lot of spotlight is on him now that Naya has joined Ozumo (even more than back when Kotokamatani, son of Sadogatake-oyakata, turned pro), especially now after he has started off his career with a Yusho. @Katooshu has said that he's been very impressed with what he's seen of Saitama Sakae's Saito Daisuke, and results-wise, this has certainly been justified. Saito is the only rikishi in the sanyaku spots to not be in his final year at high school, which effectively means that he starts off 2018 as the best rikishi in high school, at least on paper. Even more impressive is that he's already won a tournament at high school level (last year's Usa Tournament). Amongst the other rikishi on this list are the thin but extremely strong Imazeki Shunsuke, the now-turned-pro Tebakari Toshiki, former Middle School Yokozuna Kamiyama Ryuichi, and the Future Monster duo, Toma Tsuguto and Satoyama Yuki. Team tournament-wise, Saitama Sakae obliterated the competition by winning 2 team competitions out of a possible 4, and when they didn't win, they would still reach the semi-finals. Their strength and depth have been head and shoulders above all other high schools in Japan, and with Saito Daisuke remaining in their team this year, will be difficult to overthrow.
  3. Middle School Banzuke 2017

    That is indeed Mukainagano, who appears to have joined Tottori Johoku. He is two years younger than Toma.
  4. Following on from the Grade 6 banzuke, here is the banzuke for Middle School rikishi, which is created by adding up their results in national competitions during the past 12 months. Most of them are third (final) year students in Middle School, but there are some who are still in their second year. The places listed are not necessarily their home prefectures, but rather where they attended Middle School. Every banzuke will list the top 42 rikishi in each category. This banzuke takes into account the following tournaments: 28th National Middle School Student Championships 47th National Middle School Championships 8th Hakuho Cup East Yokozuna - Mukainagano Shingo (向中野 真豪), Tottori West Yokozuna - Ezure Haruki (江連 春樹), Ibaraki East Ozeki - Takei Sakutaro (武井 朔太郎), Shizuoka West Ozeki - Ochiai Tetsuya (落合 哲也), Tottori East Sekiwake - Narumi Shoma (鳴海 匠馬), Aomori West Sekiwake - Yamamoto Takeru (山本 剛瑠), Mie East Komusubi - Urayama Shusei (浦山 秀誠), Toyama West Komusubi - Ito Yasuki (伊藤 寧), Chiba East Maegashira 1 - Shirakami Reiji (白神 嶺治), Ishikawa West Maegashira 1 - Hanaoka Masaki (花岡 真生), Hanaoka East Maegashira 2 - Sakamoto Hirokazu (坂本 博一), Chiba West Maegashira 2 - Yoshii Ko (吉井 虹), Shizuoka East Maegashira 3 - Shinkawa Taira (新川 大楽), Oita West Maegashira 3 - Kume Kiyoshi (粂 貞), Yamagata East Maegashira 4 - Fujita Kazuto (藤田 一翔), Chiba West Maegashira 4 - Goshima Masaharu (五島 雅治), Wakayama East Maegashira 5 - Nobehara Toma (延原 闘真), Osaka West Maegashira 5 - Kawazoe Fuma (川副 楓馬), Kumamoto East Maegashira 6 - Yada Shota (矢田 翔大), Oita West Maegashira 6 - Kubo Kaishi (久保 海心), Ehime East Maegashira 7 - Sato Kazuki (佐藤 架月), Nagasaki West Maegashira 7 - Tatsunokuchi Naohiro (竜口 尚大), Fukuoka East Maegashira 8 - Lee Bill Christopher (リ・ビル・クリストファー), Kanagawa West Maegashira 8 - Sato Soya (佐藤 綜哉), Miyagi East Maegashira 9 - Kitano Soma (北野 颯馬), Tochigi West Maegashira 9 - Sakaigawa Keisuke (境川 圭佑), Aichi East Maegashira 10 - Omura Akihiro (大村 晃央), Shizuoka West Maegashira 10 - Kawakami Ryusho (川上 竜昌), Kumamoto East Maegashira 11 - Tebakari Taiki (手計 太希), Saitama West Maegashira 11 - Eda Motoki (江田 基騎), Oita East Maegashira 12 - Kiyota Junpei (清田 純平), Fukushima West Maegashira 12 - Soma Kento (相馬 健人), Tochigi East Maegashira 13 - Ishikawa Tsuyoshi (石川 剛), Kochi West Maegashira 13 - Nakajima Daisuke (中島 大輔), Nara East Maegashira 14 - Nakamura Takumi (中村 巧), Yamaguchi West Maegashira 14 - Nakata Daiki (中田 大樹), Saga East Maegashira 15 - Nakazato Tomotaka (仲里 智隆), Okinawa West Maegashira 15 - Ihara Daiki (伊原 大輝), Tokushima East Maegashira 16 - Sato Takanori (佐藤 貴規), Akita West Maegashira 16 - Sato Kazato (佐藤 風翔), Aomori East Maegashira 17 - Kodama Ryo (児玉 亮), Hiroshima West Maegashira 17 - Kodama Yuto (児玉 優翔), Akita Sanyaku Photos East Yokozuna - Mukainagano Shingo (向中野 真豪), Tottori West Yokozuna - Ezure Haruki (江連 春樹), Ibaraki East Ozeki - Takei Sakutaro (武井 朔太郎), Shizuoka West Ozeki - Ochiai Tetsuya (落合 哲也), Tottori East Sekiwake - Narumi Shoma (鳴海 匠馬), Aomori West Sekiwake - Yamamoto Takeru (山本 剛瑠), Mie East Komusubi - Urayama Shusei (浦山 秀誠), Toyama West Komusubi - Ito Yasuki (伊藤 寧), Chiba Comments The very big and poweful Mukainagano Shingo has won every bout thrown his way during the past year bar one. This meant that he won both the Middle School Student Championships and the Hakuho Cup with convincing performances, and is unequivocally the best middle school rikishi last year. The only dent in his otherwise perfect performance was his semi-final loss to Urayama Shusei in the Middle School Championships, the result of a henka I might add. Two championship victories, but no Yokozuna title. West Yokozuna Ezure Haruki had a very consistent year, as he always does. Although he's not as big as some of the others, Ezure is a very skilled rikishi, and knows exactly when to make a move, as was the case in the Hakuho Cup during his road to the final. He'll definitely be one of the names to watch out for in 2-3 years' time in the high school tournaments. Of all the sanyaku rikishi on this list, 7 of the 8 were in their final year of middle school, but not Ochiai Tetsuya. Ochiai was still in his second year, and yet he was already able to hold his own against older opponents. He is strong and hardworking, and will be an invaluable captain for Team Tottori this year, especially as he will be backed up by Narita Rikido. Ochiai once met Hakuho during a Jungyo, who commented that Ochiai had a "good body" for sumo. Both sekiwake can be considered as "小兵力士" (a category of rikishi that Ura and Ishiura are holding the torch high for). They have small bodies for sumo, but underestimate them at your peril. Narumi Shoma is one of the strongest rikishi on the list, and that certainly helped him (along with a bit of luck) on his way to the Middle School Yokozuna title. Yamamoto Takeru, on the other hand, is not as strong, but he certainly knows his way around the dohyo. West Maegashira 1, Sakamoto Hirokazu, is the eldest son of Tokitsukaze-oyakata. He and his brother Sakamoto Shoma are both big names on the amateur sumo circuit, but Hirokazu is definitely the better all-round rikishi. He was integral to Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club's journey to becoming national champions last year, and has looked very good individually as well. Other notable rikishi on the list include Nobehara Toma and Kawazoe Fuma, who were both pitted against Takatoriki on this TV program; Kume Kiyoshi, who has now entered Ozumo; Kitano Soma, who was the club captain of Komatsuryu Dojo last year; and Tebakari Taiki, whose older brother Toshiki joined Sadogatake Beya at the start of 2018.
  5. Tanaka Toranosuke to join Ozumo

    Not revealed yet, but possibly Tatsunami Beya, the same as his grandfather, ex-Sekiwake Kurohimeyama
  6. Just seen news that Tanaka Toranosuke, winner of the 27th Middle School Student Championships 2 years ago, will be turning pro, most likely during the Natsu basho. He is best known for being featured in Begin Japanology's episode on sumo, whom Peter Barakan referred to as "a boy who is devoted to sumo training day in and day out":
  7. Following on from the Grade 5 banzuke, here is the banzuke for Grade 6 rikishi, which is created by adding up their results in national competitions during the past 12 months. Every banzuke will list the top 42 rikishi in each category. This banzuke takes into account the following tournaments: 33rd Wanpaku National Championships 30th National Primary School Championships 8th Hakuho Cup East Yokozuna - Tasaki Masami (田崎 正美), Osaka West Yokozuna - Aino Shogo (相野 祥吾), Chiba East Ozeki - Yamashita Shosuke (山下 昇介), Kagoshima West Ozeki - Ote Kira (大手 希星), Kumamoto East Sekiwake - Ichikizaki Daisuke (市来崎 大祐), Kagoshima West Sekiwake - Munakata Seiren (棟方 聖蓮), Aomori East Komusubi - Suzuki Masane (鈴木 真実), Shizuoka West Komusubi - Uno Iori (宇野 伊央里), Ehime East Maegashira 1 - Nakagawa Kyutaro (中川 球大郎), Osaka West Maegashira 1 - Kunitsugu Kosuke (國次 晃輔), Okayama East Maegashira 2 - Matsuda Ten (松田 天), Tottori West Maegashira 2 - Igarashi Sho (五十嵐 翔), Toyama East Maegashira 3 - Yokoyama Tsukasa (横山 司), Tokyo West Maegashira 3 - Takeguchi Hiroto (竹口 広徳), Ishikawa East Maegashira 4 - Kurosaki Seiru (黒﨑 碧琉), Niigata West Maegashira 4 - E Javkhlantugus, Mongolia East Maegashira 5 - Tsubakihara Masatsugu (椿原 将嗣), Osaka West Maegashira 5 - Ikemoto Soma (池本 颯茉), Gifu East Maegashira 6 - Ito Kota (伊藤 航太), Miyagi West Maegashira 6 - Kitayama Keigo (北山 慶悟), Fukui East Maegashira 7 - Kudo Keita (工藤 佳太), Iwate West Maegashira 7 - Hayashi Yuta (林 悠太), Nagasaki East Maegashira 8 - Masuya Ryosuke (桝屋 良輔), Nagasaki West Maegashira 8 - Yokoo Haruto (横尾 悠翔), Hokkaido East Maegashira 9 - Iga Chikanosuke (伊賀 慎之助), Kagawa West Maegashira 9 - Kohiga Enzo (小比賀 円蔵), Ibaraki East Maegashira 10 - Obata Reo (小畑 玲央), Akita West Maegashira 10 - Hoshi Ryuki (星 龍希), Chiba East Maegashira 11 - Matsunaga Akane (松永 聖鐘), Hyogo West Maegashira 11 - Ishii Fumiya (石井 郁也), Saitama East Maegashira 12 - Takebayashi Kenshin (竹林 顕信), Aichi West Maegashira 12 - Wakayama Shogo (若山 将吾), Aichi East Maegashira 13 - Taniguchi Yusa (谷口 優冴), Hyogo West Maegashira 13 - Suzuki Nozomi (鈴木 希), Shizuoka East Maegashira 14 - Osanai Fudo (長内 風道), Aomori West Maegashira 14 - Abe Yuma (阿部 佑磨), Fukushima East Maegashira 15 - Saito Shintaro (齋藤 芯太郎), Hiroshima West Maegashira 15 - Kamijima Kosei (上島 晃成), Kyoto East Maegashira 16 - Uemura Kotaro (上村 光太郎), Kumamoto West Maegashira 16 - Uezato Ryuki (上里 琉希), Okinawa East Maegashira 17 - Sasaki Kaito (佐々木 快都), Miyagi West Maegashira 17 - Hyodo Kotaro (兵頭 虎大郎), Ehime Sanyaku Photos East Yokozuna - Tasaki Masami (田崎 正美), Osaka West Yokozuna - Aino Shogo (相野 祥吾), Chiba East Ozeki - Yamashita Shosuke (山下 昇介), Kagoshima West Ozeki - Ote Kira (大手 希星), Kumamoto East Sekiwake - Ichikizaki Daisuke (市来崎 大祐), Kagoshima West Sekiwake - Munakata Seiren (棟方 聖蓮), Aomori East Komusubi - Suzuki Masane (鈴木 真実), Shizuoka West Komusubi - Uno Iori (宇野 伊央里), Ehime Comments East Yokozuna for Grade 6, Tasaki Masami, has had the exact same year as East Yokozuna for Grade 5, Fukuhara Joichiro. Both of them won the Wanpaku Tournament and the Hakuho Cup, and both of them reached the second round of the Primary School Championships. Tasaki's incredible strength and power has always been his greatest weapon, and it has proven to be more and more useful as of late. His only loss this past year was to Aino Shogo, who also does power sumo. Speaking of, the equally as strong Aino Shogo fully deserves his West Yokozuna spot. Although Aino has not won any national tournaments yet, his performances last year have been exceptional, and I still believe that he would have won the Primary School Championships if he hadn't had to face Tasaki, Ote AND Yamashita on his way to the final. Beating any one of them would have been a very impressive feat. Beating all 3? That's Yokozuna level. It has been a relatively unsuccessful year for Yamashita Shosuke, but that's only because of how successful he has been in Grades 4 and 5, winning four championships out of six. Yamashita is not as strong as the 2 Yokozuna, but he has very good ring sense and a bigger build. However, this is no longer as effective as it used to be, so Yamashita needs to expand his arsenal if he wants to keep up with Tasaki and Aino's progress. It has been a mixed year for Kumamoto's Ote Kira. On one hand, he was able to reach the final of the Hakuho Cup; but on the other hand, he was only able to reach the last 32 at last year's Wanpaku. There's no doubt that his results over the past 3 years have been very good, even winning the Hakuho Cup in Grade 5, but Ote's simply not been as consistent as the top 3. Hailing from the legendary Uto Junior Sumo Club, Ote Kira has carried on the success of his club-mates, and that's saying something. In the position of West Sekiwake is a certain Munakata Seiren. As you may recall, Munakata only started sumo when Kinboshi Sumo Club invited him to join them two years ago. In two years' time, Munakata has risen to become the sixth best rikishi in his entire year group. One can only imagine how much hard work he must have put in to improve this much. Over to you, Kanazawa Towa. Yokoyama Tsukasa, whom you can see in the background of Uno Iori's photo, was featured in Inside Sport: Japan's episode on last year's Wanpaku Tournament. He has done very well during the past two years, but Yamashita Shosuke proves to be an obstacle that he doesn't have an answer for, at least not yet. West Maegashira 9's called Kohiga Enzo, he's quick.
  8. Well, there are many girls who practice sumo in clubs / dojos across Japan, and they actively participate in all sorts of tournaments (like the girl in the Japan Times photo), some of them are actually really good. Surely doing keiko with the pros is far safer compared to the bouts they have during practice and in competitions?
  9. Following on from the Grade 4 banzuke, here is the banzuke for Grade 5 rikishi, which is created by adding up their results in national competitions during the past 12 months. Every banzuke will list the top 42 rikishi in each category. This banzuke takes into account the following tournaments: 33rd Wanpaku National Championships 30th National Primary School Championships 8th Hakuho Cup East Yokozuna - Fukuhara Joichiro (福原 丈一朗), Ehime West Yokozuna - Nishijima Yura (西島 悠来), Chiba East Ozeki - Ueno Kyosuke (上野 響哉), Tokyo West Ozeki - Nakanishi Kaishin (中西 海心), Wakayama East Sekiwake - Usuda Tetsuro (臼田 哲朗), Aichi West Sekiwake - Nishide Daiki (西出 大毅), Wakayama East Komusubi - Yamamoto Juzo (山本 十蔵), Kyoto West Komusubi - Takei Ginji (武井 銀士), Shizuoka East Maegashira 1 - Jo Koki (城 皓貴), Osaka West Maegashira 1 - Sugimoto Chitose (杉本 智斗勢), Wakayama East Maegashira 2 - Mizusawa Tomonori (水澤 知紀), Niigata West Maegashira 2 - Fukuzaki Maaru (福崎 真逢輝), Kagoshima East Maegashira 3 - Shino Soma (篠 宗磨), Niigata West Maegashira 3 - Tani Towa (谷 音和), Kagawa East Maegashira 4 - Nakano Kanato (仲野 奏人), Fukui West Maegashira 4 - Maeda Yuki (前田 優希), Yamaguchi East Maegashira 5 - Yabugasaki Akihito (藪ケ崎 晃仁), Hyogo West Maegashira 5 - Uehara Koki (上原 煌貴), Ishikawa East Maegashira 6 - Nakada Riku (中田 李空), Chiba West Maegashira 6 - Kato Aito (加藤 哀翔), Aichi East Maegashira 7 - Okamoto Jurian (岡本 樹梨按), Hyogo West Maegashira 7 - Kono Shujiro (河野 修志郎), Hokkaido East Maegashira 8 - Tamura Sota (田村 蒼汰), Yamagata West Maegashira 8 - Kasuda Rio (粕田 理生), Akita East Maegashira 9 - Mita Yoshiki (三田 慶希), Miyagi West Maegashira 9 - Tanji Jun (丹治 純), Fukushima East Maegashira 10 - Ito Jun (伊東 潤), Shizuoka West Maegashira 10 - Sato Hiro (佐藤 尋), Fukushima East Maegashira 11 - Ajioka Hiroto (味岡 大斗), Shizuoka West Maegashira 11 - Kokubun Natsu (國分 夏), Fukushima East Maegashira 12 - Ogura Mirato (小倉 未来翔), Aichi West Maegashira 12 - Hirano Tomonari (平野 智成), Chiba East Maegashira 13 - Hattori Koyo (服部 公洋), Gifu West Maegashira 13 - Matsuda Daiki (松田 大輝), Kumamoto East Maegashira 14 - Matsuno Shota (松野 将太), Aomori West Maegashira 14 - Hayashi Rei (林 玲), Nagano East Maegashira 15 - Hayashi Ryu (林 琉), Nagano West Maegashira 15 - Kawamura Kanata (河村 奏太), Toyama East Maegashira 16 - Yoneda Mizuki (米田 海輝), Kanagawa West Maegashira 16 - Fujimoto Daito (藤元 大斗), Kumamoto East Maegashira 17 - Endo Shota (遠藤 正太), Yamagata West Maegashira 17 - Takashima Kazuto (高島 一人), Toyama Sanyaku Photos East Yokozuna - Fukuhara Joichiro (福原 丈一朗), Ehime West Yokozuna - Nishijima Yura (西島 悠来), Chiba East Ozeki - Ueno Kyosuke (上野 響哉), Tokyo West Ozeki - Nakanishi Kaishin (中西 海心), Wakayama East Sekiwake - Usuda Tetsuro (臼田 哲朗), Aichi West Sekiwake - Nishide Daiki (西出 大毅), Wakayama East Komusubi - Yamamoto Juzo (山本 十蔵), Kyoto West Komusubi - Takei Ginji (武井 銀士), Shizuoka Comments A stunning Wanpaku title defense followed up with a first Hakuho Cup victory was enough for Fukuhara Joichiro to top the banzuke, despite a second-round exit to Usuda Tetsuro in the Primary School Championships. Fukuhara has very strong arms, and can nearly always take full advantage of this in his bouts. His not-so-big stature may become a hindrance in the future, but he has been getting better and better over the past couple of years. Fukuhara thoroughly deserves to be East Yokozuna. Coming a close second is Nishijima Yura, the current Primary School Yokozuna who hails from Kashiwa Junior Sumo Club. He has won 4 Hakuho Cups in a row, that is, until Nishide Daiki got the better of him 2 months ago. Nishijima's quest for the Wanpaku title has twice been thwarted by Fukuhara Joichiro and a morozashi grip, so he will be hoping for a better result this summer. The results have not been so kind to Nishide Daiki this past year, as he was twice a runner-up, and failed to qualify for the Wanpaku Tournament (that's because there's only one qualifying spot for him and Nakanishi Kaishin, it's one or the other). However, he is still one of the best rikishi in this year group, so expect him to do well this year. It's been a tight battle between the pair of Komusubi, Yamamoto Juzo from Kyoto and Takei Ginji from Shizuoka. Both of them have been consistent with their results, and are no strangers to the latter stages of tournaments, they're just not quite as good as the top tier rikishi. Last year, Yamamoto was a whisker more successful than Takei, but who will it be this year? The big Ueno Kyosuke announced himself onto the scene last year with strong performances all round, while Aichi's Usuda Tetsuro has the honour of being the only rikishi to get the better of Fukuhara Joichiro during the past 12 months. There's a bit of sibling rivalry going on between the Hayashi twins from Nagano, and believe it or not, there's actually an Endo Shota on the list (正太 as opposed to 聖大).
  10. The yumitori-shiki perhaps?
  11. Over the course of this month, I will be publishing the banzuke for amateur rikishi from the past academic year (which, in Japan, lasts from April to March). The banzukes will cover rikishi from primary school all the way up to university, and are created by adding up their results in national competitions during the past 12 months. Every banzuke will list the top 42 rikishi in each category. This particular banzuke takes into account the following tournaments: 33rd Wanpaku National Championships 30th National Primary School Championships 8th Hakuho Cup East Yokozuna - Kodama Hayato (児玉 颯飛), Tokyo West Yokozuna - Yamashita Masakiyo (山下 正清), Kagoshima East Ozeki - Kuraoka Yuta (倉岡 優太), Kumamoto West Ozeki - Furukawa Daiki (古川 大喜), Aichi East Sekiwake - Okazaki Ryotaro (岡崎 良太郎), Aomori West Sekiwake - Hashimoto Taisei (橋本 泰成), Kumamoto East Komusubi - Negami Kohei (根上 航平), Shizuoka West Komusubi - Otani Natsuki (大谷 夏希), Okayama East Maegashira 1 - Kobayashi Umeta (小林 梅太), Kumamoto West Maegashira 1 - Ito Hirohide (伊藤 博英), Kumamoto East Maegashira 2 - Niizeki Shion (新関 梓桜), Yamagata West Maegashira 2 - Handa Shosei (半田 翔誠), Ishikawa East Maegashira 3 - Urayama Shoei (浦山 将瑛), Toyama West Maegashira 3 - O. Baasandoruji (O・バーサンドルジ), Mongolia East Maegashira 4 - Sasaki Kaichi (佐々木 開地), Miyagi West Maegashira 4 - Sato Shunri (佐藤 駿吏), Tochigi East Maegashira 5 - Yamanouchi Daitoku (山之内 大徳), Shizuoka West Maegashira 5 - Shimajiri Taishi (島尻 大詩), Gifu East Maegashira 6 - Eguchi Shunta (江口 秀太), Gunma West Maegashira 6 - Tanaka Shosei (田中 翔盛), Oita East Maegashira 7 - Ishizuka Keito (石塚 慶虎), Ibaraki West Maegashira 7 - Shibayama Teppei (芝山 哲平), Ehime East Maegashira 8 - Nishimura Kazuma (西村 和真), Kyoto West Maegashira 8 - Maro Kosho (マロー 高尚), Aomori East Maegashira 9 - Nakazawa Musashi (中澤 睦士), Tokyo West Maegashira 9 - Nakatani Kenshu (中谷 拳州), Tokyo East Maegashira 10 - Ino Hibiki (井野 響稀), Aichi West Maegashira 10 - Kitamura Yuma (北村 有真), Wakayama East Maegashira 11 - Furukawa Yu (古川 裕), Saga West Maegashira 11 - Yoshioka Ryudai (吉岡 竜大), Chiba East Maegashira 12 - Yoshida Naoki (吉田 直輝), Wakayama West Maegashira 12 - Okuda Soma (奥田 蒼真), Osaka East Maegashira 13 - Yamashiro Manatsu (山城 真捺), Okinawa West Maegashira 13 - Iwamoto Jin (岩本 仁), Osaka East Maegashira 14 - Takemika Yusuke (武甕 悠介), Kyoto West Maegashira 14 - Kawata Naoto (河田 直人), Osaka East Maegashira 15 - Horanai Kensuke (洞内 健輔), Hokkaido West Maegashira 15 - Shibutani Taiyo (渋谷 太陽), Aomori East Maegashira 16 - Taguchi Yamato (田口 大和), Akita West Maegashira 16 - Kikuta Ryuga (菊田 流雅), Ibaraki East Maegashira 17 - Tani Mirai (谷 望来), Kagawa West Maegashira 17 - Kaneko Riku (金子 利玖), Yamaguchi Sanyaku Photos East Yokozuna - Kodama Hayato (児玉 颯飛), Tokyo West Yokozuna - Yamashita Masakiyo (山下 正清), Kagoshima East Ozeki - Kuraoka Yuta (倉岡 優太), Kumamoto West Ozeki - Furukawa Daiki (古川 大喜), Aichi East Sekiwake - Okazaki Ryotaro (岡崎 良太郎), Aomori West Sekiwake - Hashimoto Taisei (橋本 泰成), Kumamoto East Komusubi - Negami Kohei (根上 航平), Shizuoka West Komusubi - Otani Natsuki (大谷 夏希), Okayama Comments No surprise at the top, as the spirited Kodama Hayato has been the most successful rikishi in Grade 4 by far, winning the Wanpaku Tournament and the Hakuho Cup, and coming second in the Primary School Championships. I've been hyping him up for two years now, and so far, he's been living up to everyone's expectations, and then some. In some ways, Kodama Hayato is following in the footsteps of Narita Rikido, only he's winning these tournaments three years later. While there's a 5-point gap between the two Yokozuna, there's only a 1-point difference between Yamashita Masakiyo, younger brother of 2-time Wanpaku Yokozuna Yamashita Shosuke, and the current Primary School Yokozuna, Kuraoka Yuta. Kuraoka could easily have come second in the banzuke, if he didn't have to face Kodama Hayato so early (second bout) in last year's Wanpaku Tournament. Saying that, both of them have been steadily improving, so expect to see a tighter battle between the top 3 this year. According to his mum, West Maegashira 8 Maro Kosho was actually born in the UK to an English dad, but they have moved to Japan now. He spent a few weeks last summer training with Kodama Hayato at Mitaka Sumo Club, and has gained valuable experience from it. Two of the rikishi on this list, Nakazawa Musashi and Yoshioka Ryudai, are members of Komatsuryu Dojo, John Gunning's club. It would be interesting to see whether their club-mate Mashiko Takuya can make the banzuke this year, as he was one of only 2 rikishi to beat Kodama Hayato in 2017.
  12. Carrying On a Tradition Location - Funabashi Martial Arts Center (船橋市武道センター), Funabashi, Chiba Keiko - Sundays (9am - 11am) About 15 minutes' walk north of Daijingushita Station, Funabashi Star Sumo Club (船橋市スター相撲団) is located on the second floor of the Funabashi Martial Arts Center. They are represented by Murai Takao (村井 隆夫), and are coached by Fukazawa Eiji (深澤 英治). They are a relatively new sumo club, having been founded in April 2002, and currently have 19 members. Funabashi Star Sumo Club are so named because their original team captain wanted club members to "become a shining person through the training of their body and heart through sumo". Their best results have come in the biennial National Chinju-no-mori Kids Sumo Tournament, though one of their members, Komatsu Kaito (小松 海斗), has gone one step further by finishing in the top 16 at the Wanpaku Tournament two years ago, losing to the Mongolian phenom Sosorufu. Komatsu is probably better known for his appearance at the Hakuho Cup, where he faced Kinboshi Sumo Club's Yasuda Hikaru in the second round. However, Funabashi Star Sumo Club are probably best known for their involvement in the annual Funabashi Shrine Ceremonial Sumo Tournament, which is held over a weekend in October (usually around the 20th), with the adults tournament on Friday, and the kids tournament on Saturday. The tournament is always held at the Funabashi Shrine, which is in the vicinity of Daijingushita Station, and is a major tradition in Funabashi. Legend has it that back in 1590, whilst on his way to hunting animals in Togane, Tokugawa Ieyasu stayed for a bit at Funabashi Palace. In order to entertain the warlord, the people of Funabashi arranged for some fisherman's children to sumo wrestle in his presence, and so this tradition was started. Videos of the event can be found on YouTube. Below are some photos I took whilst visiting Funabashi last summer. They were taken at the Martial Arts Center and at the Funabashi Shrine.
  13. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    That was Yokozuna sumo today from Kakuryu, Ichinojo got both hands on his belt in the bout but it didn't matter. A poor basho so far for Mitakeumi though. I do hope that Sokokurai recovers soon, same with Takakeisho.
  14. The third year students take their final exams in January, are off school in February and have their graduation in March, so this is a good time for high schools to figure out what their best teams would be for the new academic year.
  15. 第69回全国高校相撲高知大会 This is a national high school sumo tournament for First and Second Year pupils, as March is the final month in the Japanese academic year. The individual competition features 3 different weight classes - 80 kg, 100 kg, and Open Weight. Individual Competition (Open Weight) Winner - Hanada Hidetora (花田 秀虎), Wakayama Commercial High School (Wakayama) Runner-Up - Suzuki Yuto (鈴木 優斗), Hiryu High School (Shizuoka) Semi-Finals - Kamiyama Ryuichi (神山 龍一), Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Semi-Finals - Daraibaatoru (ダライバートル), Asahigaoka High School (Kanagawa) Team Competition Winner - Hiryu High School (Shizuoka) Runner-Up - Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) Videos Open Weight Quarter-Final #1 - Ishizaki Ryoma (石崎 涼馬) vs Hanada Hidetora (花田 秀虎) Open Weight Quarter-Final #2 - Kamiyama Ryuichi (神山 龍一) vs Tsuzawa Taichi (津澤 太一) Open Weight Quarter-Final #3 - Suzuki Yuto (鈴木 優斗) vs Sato (佐藤) Open Weight Quarter-Final #4 - Daraibaatoru (ダライバートル) vs Isa (伊佐) Open Weight Semi-Final #1 - Hanada Hidetora (花田 秀虎) vs Kamiyama Ryuichi (神山 龍一) Open Weight Semi-Final #2 - Suzuki Yuto (鈴木 優斗) vs Daraibaatoru (ダライバートル) Open Weight Final - Hanada Hidetora (花田 秀虎) vs Suzuki Yuto (鈴木 優斗) Team Final - Saitama Sakae High School (Saitama) vs Hiryu High School (Shizuoka) Comments Hanada Hidetora was a runner-up in the Middle School Championships two years ago. He has good skills, and really knows his way around the dohyo. This came in handy in his semi-final, where he outmanoeuvred the former Middle School Yokozuna Kamiyama Ryuichi, and in the final, where he skilfully rounded the oshi-specialist Suzuki Yuto. Suzuki then tried to use an Uchigake (inside leg trip) as Hanada gained the better position at that time, but Hanada cleverly countered with a Shitatenage (underarm throw), throwing Suzuki to the dirt. You can see Suzuki's disappointment at the end, as he felt that he should have finished off the bout with his oshi-attack when he had the chance. Hanada Hidetora is about to enter his second year at High School, and will be a name to watch out for in the High School sumo scene for the next couple of years. Three years ago, Iruma Junior Sumo Club from Saitama became National Club Champions when then defeated Fuji Wanpaku Sumo Club from Shizuoka, at a time when talented rikishi began to emerge from the two prefectures. It comes as no surprise then that the team final last weekend was contested by teams from Saitama and Shizuoka, which even featured Iruma Junior Sumo Club's captain back then, Kamiyama Ryuichi. The strong Saito Daisuke of Saitama Sakae was very impressive in the opening bout of the team final, as his opponent struggled to deal with his pushes. However, Saito was perhaps a bit over-eager to end the bout, as he lost his balance following a dodge from his opponent, 1-0 to Shizuoka. Suzuki Yuto then turned his opponent around at the last minute to make it 2-0 to Shizuoka, before Kamiyama Ryuichi made it 2-1 by throwing out Tsuchiya Kazuya, salvaging some pride for Saitama Sakae, the best high school sumo team in the country. This was an impressive win by Hiryu High School, who now have a strong enough roster to challenge for titles. As a side note, whilst I was checking the year in which Kamiyama Ryuichi became Middle School Yokozuna, this video showed up in the search results. It is from a kids sumo tournament organised by a TV show called PIRAMEKINO, featuring young rikishi from various clubs from around the Kanto region, and held at Tachikawa Renseikan Sumo Dojo. Kamiyama won the Yusho.