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  1. A "drastic" generational shift may be at hand. See how Miki-san sees things:
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    Kisenosato intai

    I presume you mean: we all hope that the photo gets leaked!
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    So a Juryo-ranked gyoji officiated the retirement ceremony of a former Maegashira wrestler. Is that standard practice? Was there not a higher-ranked gyoji from the Nishonoseki Ichimon available for the job, or does Ichimon have nothing to do with the choice? (Is it just coincidence that Tagonoura and Chiganoura belong to the same Ichimon?) Just curious why Kimura Takao got the nod...
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    According to a less than official source (, approximately 370 people (slightly below the 400 limit) participated in the mage-snipping ceremony. So perhaps Takanoiwa had a windfall of ¥11 million. Certain photos of the event made it clear that the boxed seats surrounding the dohyo were eerily empty, in stark contrast to Harumafuji's retirement ceremony. While that is not surprising, I wonder if Harumafuji's presence helped boost attendance... Can anyone ID the attending referee featured in Otonokoyama's post above?
  5. Here is a review of last year's year in sumo along with a forecast for 2019: Not sure whether Daniel Austin is a Forum member. Perhaps not.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    A review of Tamawashi's kimarite in the latest tournament shows that none of his win decisions were based on yotsu-sumo. Nine wins involved oshi-sumo techniques, and the other four, shove-down techniques. Yes, that is not surprising given that he is primarily a pusher-thruster, and he had become a darn good one at that. But certainly he did not display as well-rounded a kimarite mix as one usually sees in elite wrestlers like Hakuho. The other interesting thing to recall is that although Tamawashi won the championship, he did lose to Takakeisho and Mitakeumi. I always withhold a teensy amount of respect for yusho winners, when they have lost their bout against the jun-yusho winner, which was the case here. While Takakeisho definitely blew his Ozeki-promotion chances by losing on day 15, had he won that bout, I think the fact that he had defeated the eventual tournament champion would have definitely boosted a positive outcome in the final decision.
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    Hatsu 2019 Sansho

    I apologise, Fukurou, for my part in taking this thread (Hatsu 2019 Sansho) off topic. Perhaps the discussion about Takakeisho's promotion chances etc could revert to Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Discussion or be part of a completely new thread. Just a thought.
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    Hatsu 2019 Sansho

    My takeaway is that fusen wins don't count, and not being Sekiwake in all three tournaments is cause to hold off promotion barring exceptional performances. But of course, it is quite a bit more complicated than that. And to think that Kisenosato secured his Ozeki promotion with just 32 wins (but he was ranked Sekiwake throughout the timeframe and had no fusensho) ...
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    Hatsu 2019 Sansho

    Yes indeed, 11 wins would definitely cinch the deal, and the more impressive the wins (opponent wise) the more convincing the case for promotion. But I still feel that 10 wins should be enough. His win total in three successive tournaments will be 34 at that point, and it would be more difficult to refuse promotion. Apparently, the standard 33 wins still carries considerable wiggle room. I'm not so sure the same can be said about 34 wins. It would be interesting if there were a case in history where a wrestler with 34 wins and double digits in each of three successive tournaments was refused promotion. Somehow I doubt there is. My impression is that Takakeisho getting passed over this time was, at a basic level, due to the fact that he had a single-digit record in September. Consistent double-digit-win records are what is expected for Ozekis, and a 10 should be enough. Let's see how Takakeisho does in Osaka first.
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    Hatsu 2019 Sansho

    I share your high opinion of Hakuho, and agree that more than almost any other sumo wrestler (in history, I dare say), he knows his opponents usually better than they know themselves. But Hakuho didn't do what Mitakeumi and Goeido did: i.e., get inside (trying to get inside doesn't count - every yotsu opponent tries to get inside). Frankly, I think Takakeisho played it super smart at the soken just prior to the tournament. He fought Hakuho on the mawashi, and needless to say, Hakuho won every bout. He never allowed Hakuho to deal/familiarize himself with Takakeisho's brand of sumo, so not only did Hakuho not get a taste of what was to come, he was also overconfident after beating the Sekiwake repeatedly IMHO. We can point to possible injury, but I think Hakuho just did not have enough time to prepare for the tournament after his surgery. And for Hakuho, preparation means not only peaking physically, but also doing plenty of degeiko to feel out his potential rivals.
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    The Wall - Never Makekoshi Rikishi

    For context, which wrestler holds the record for the most KKs before hitting the wall? Jokoryu had 8 before he hit the wall, and that wall was his first tournament in Makuuchi. Despite having 10 KKs to his name, Tomokaze has yet to reach the Top Division, but maybe he will get there in March of this year, and then the question will be whether he hits or smashes the wall.
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    Hatsu 2019 Sansho

    He certainly would have been more motivated to win against Goeido had Tamawashi lost against Endo. The chance to force a play-off and possibly steal the championship would have been a major inspiration. But that potential motivation turned into a big distraction when it failed to materialise. But I think Takakeisho should be able to get at least 10 wins in Osaka, and the promotion door will finally open. The NSK can then pat themselves on the back and say they made the right decision.
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    Hatsu 2019 Sansho

    Don't get me wrong, because I agree with your assessment. But I found it mildly amusing that the English commentator on day 15 made more or less the same observation about Takakeisho prior to the bout with Goeido. What happened? Goeido charged like he's never charged before, and before Takakeisho knew it, he was backing out of the ring rather than the repeatedly touted "he always moves forward ... never backs up". Both Mitakeumi and Goeido were able to exploit Takakeisho's weaknesses in this tournament, and get inside so that his thrusts are ineffective. I only wonder why Hakuho didn't figure out that that is the best way to deal with the Sekiwake.
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    From this evening: Ounomatsu: "The basho is still ongoing. I won't say anything until it's over." The feeling among some oyakatas is that his first 9 win basho is not a good enough foundation for a promotion, says the article, without naming names. "Now, if he had back to back yushos, we might have something to talk about," said Fujishima Oyakata. I promised to get back to you, and so here is the source for my earlier comments about Takakeisho's Ozeki promotion being uncertain: an interview with Onomatsu-oyakata in the Nikkei-shinbun (i.e., probably the same statements that you quoted). Better late than never.