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  1. Amamaniac

    Who Is This Woman?

    The mystery surrounding this well-mannered female sumo fan seems to have reached the point where Japanese netizens are becoming aware of the growing interest overseas (even Sumo Forum is appearing in Japanese blogs)... https://blog.goo.ne.jp/hatamasao_1942/e/3436217543d6af7f912602f2416d573a?fm=entry_awc
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Whatever you do, don't tell anyone!
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Thanks for sharing this very nice info sheet. As it turns out, NHK World commentators were spreading misinformation about the 9-way playoff on at least two of their broadcasts, while FB actually provides a factual and very useful resource. Also keep in mind that the winner of this Reiwa Era 9-way playoff had to fight more bouts than his opponent in the final. It's almost as though having to fight more bouts provides wrestlers with an edge in these elimination affairs...
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    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    Given that soon-to-be-former Tokitsukaze oyakata appeared in the cross-dressing calendar with Takanohana and the others, I guess I assumed he was in their camp. But you are right in pointing that out, since Tokitsukaze has always been its own Ichimon.
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    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    I can't claim to know Tokitsukaze, maybe he's a decent guy ... cough, cough. Aside from the trouble he got into last September and now this, it should be pointed out that he used to be IIRC a member sympathiser of the infamous Takanohana Ichimon. The members of (and people who supported) that rebel group seem to be getting weeded out one by one...
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    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    Brace yourself for a "special guest" spot on Takatoriki's YouTube channel...
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2021

    That Day 13 loss to Nishikifuji was mighty costly to Shohoryu! Would Nishikifuji have been promoted back to Juryo if he had lost that bout and ended the tournament with a 5-2 record? Or would Shohoryu have taken that spot with a 7-0 record and a championship under his mawashi? Could he have also have bumped Nishikifuji out of Juryo promotion if he had won the playoff? It seems that he had his fate in his own hands ... twice! Despite the disappointment he must have felt, I believe that he is capable of securing promotion to the salaried ranks in March if he can continue putting up the numbers he has in the last two or three tournaments.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Thank you for pointing out that at first sight, the Makushita playoff could be misconstrued as having a 9/5/3 bracket structure. Hence, my initial confusion. At least I only feel like half an idiot now. According to the database, the last time there was a 9-way playoff (in Makushita at least) was in the 1996 Nagoya Tournament.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Actually, reviewing the list of participants, the selection of the two opponents in the "pre-elimination bout" may not have been "randomly decided" after all. Sakigake was fourth from the top of the list by ranking, and his opponent, Hamayutaka was fourth from the bottom of the list. It's starting to make more sense now. Thanks!
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Obviously, I hadn't considered that. Nevertheless, when I see the words "randomly decided", I hear "some kind of lottery".
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    If there were no byes, then I can't explain what I've outlined above. They were dealing with an uneven number of wrestlers, and so it was inevitable that one of them got a bye in the first two rounds. And as I tried to point out, the guys that sat out were random, and, based on your initial post, it seemed unfair. So the question remains, how did they decide who got byes? I suspect that lot drawing was involved, but as Asashosakari points out, there probably were COVID and time considerations involved. Therefore, I suspect lots may have been drawn off camera (either in advance for the first round; or by officials on the spot rather than the wrestlers themselves in the second round).
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Ms56e Kototsubasa didn't fight in the first round, and in the second round he fought his first bout against Sakigake who had won his first round bout. That is to say, when Kototsubasa was fighting his first bout in the playoffs, Sakigake was fighting his second. Then Ms60w Fukamiyama, after winning his first-round bout, sat out the second round only to go up against Sakigake who had won his second-round bout. That is to say, when Fukamiyama fought his second bout, Sakigake was already on his third. While I missed it on the broadcast, I'm assuming they drew lots to determine who got the byes. Please tell me if I got that wrong.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    I was pondering something similar, inspired by what happens in US sports and the FA Cup in England. In the NFL, the best team in each conference gets a bye for the first round of the playoffs. The other divisional champions get home advantage. Wild cards get the hardest route to the Super Bowl, needing to win every game away from home. In the FA Cup, teams join in different rounds depending on league position. Premier League and Championship sides don’t join until round three, while amateur teams begin months earlier in the qualifying rounds. Top teams only need to win six games to win the trophy; amateur teams need to win twice as many. In both systems, the rewards are graded on a scale. The better you are/higher up you are, the greater the advantages. Sumo could do something similar based on rank. There are several models they could try. One would be yours, with the two lowest rankers facing off in a qualifying bout. The eight survivors would then be matched up based on rank, so the highest ranked would face the lowest ranked, second highest would face second lowest, and so on. It could be a straightforward elimination tournament then. Another model could be to have the two lowest rankers fight and the winner of that then fight the next lowest ranked guy, and so on, until eventually the highest ranked guy faces whoever survived to that point. The lowest ranked could have to fight several playoff bouts to win the yusho, while the highest ranked would only need to win one. I guess this system is a bit unfair as everyone had the same record, but then again, lower rankers get an easier schedule in theory, so perhaps demanding more of them to earn the yusho isn’t so harsh? Alternative playoff systems seems like an idea for a new thread. If we approach this question based on logic and non-Japanese examples, then yes, probably everyone would agree that there are better, more-fair ways of handling tomoesen playoffs. As fate would have it, in the recent Makushita playoff, the second lowest-ranked participant got the bye in the first round, and then the lowest-ranked wrestler got the bye in the second round. That does indeed not seem fair. Should there be reforms in oozumo? Certain ones wouldn't hurt, and certain ones are painfully obvious (n.b., that was meant as punny reference concussion protocols). But here is what I think stands in the way of many calls for reform. Yes oozumo is very much about hierarchy, but it is also about other things like fate and tradition. While the right body-technique-mind will win bouts 80% of the time (in Hakuho's prime perhaps 98%), there is still a significant amount of fate and the unexpected. Partly because of that, sumo wrestlers have all kinds of superstitions (e.g., yusho winner, Daieisho's shikona change). Drawing lots ties in to this mindset of fate. And then there is the trump card: tradition. Drawing lots is how things have been done since ... whenever. I recently watched a YouTube video which seems to me may shed some light on what's what. In his farewell to Japan, Connor Sullivan points out things that frustrated him about his time in the country that he so enjoyed. At the corporate level (let's include the NSK), Japan survives and thrives on domestic demand, "so they don't understand how to make international-style content". Despite the shrinking domestic market, Japan is extremely slow to change. Here's the part that speaks to the topic broached by Jakusotsu: "I cannot tell you how many meetings I've been in where I see they clearly agree with our (i.e., Western) proposal to help them communicate with international style, but they don't want to be the ones to decide a new style of communication, or even to work with a new company, instead of the same Japanese advertising agency that they've worked with for the last 50 years, even though they know the results they're getting are terrible..." I guess my point is that no matter what we see as a better way of doing things, and no matter if sumo rijikai members agreed with our proposals, the NHK will still be reluctant to do things differently than they've been doing since ... whenever.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    I am sure others are aware of the rather off-colour attention she seems to be getting in streaming chatrooms. Fortunately, the mods censor all the distasteful remarks. No human being would want that kind of attention! Frankly it is the bane of social media that so many people misuse it. That said, there are plenty of breaks in the action on the dohyo for fans to examine who is in the "stands". Having had the great good fortune to attend a couple of days at the oozumo Mecca (including the dreaded 5am line up for advanced tickets), I have always been interested in knowing who manages to get the "good seats". As Akinomaki pointed out earlier in this thread, those ringside seats are reserved for ijiin and tamarikai members. But that doesn't really provide a picture of who these privileged people are. I'm just a little curious (and super envious!).
  15. Amamaniac

    Who Is This Woman?

    Those are exactly the photos I was referring to! (Don't forget to credit the amazing job that @Akinomaki does for us each and every tournament.). I am 100% convinced that the variously named "princess/lady/fairy" is pictured on the far left. Of course, the current mask protocol makes positive ID somewhat difficult. I wanted to post or link them, but I have no clue how to attach images that exceed the maximum or links to other threads on this forum. Sigh. But thanks for going to the trouble. Seems as though we are getting closer to unraveling the mystery.