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  1. Harumafuji scandal thread- part 2

    While I don't have any inside information, I would say that Harumafuji will indeed have a traditional danpatsu shiki retirement ceremony. Even Asashoryu was given that honour. His ceremony was held over nine months after his scandal hit the news, and resulted in a forced retirement. In the photo provided by Akinomaki above, Harumafuji is still sporting his mage which suggests that he is sticking to the expectations of the Kyokai and the sumo world: a wrestler's ties to the sport are cut with a snip (or multiple ones) of the hair. And I will be surprised if Asashoryu does not attend that event when it occurs.
  2. Will the "out-of-court settlement" save Inosuke's career? Tategyoji automatically submit their resignations whenever their calls are overturned by the judges, and those resignations are, to the best of my knowledge, never accepted. Not sure, what the NSK will do come May. In my mind, Kandayu did not make a great debut trying to fill in as the tategyoji...
  3. Asasekiryu intai-zumo pics overview

    It's good to see Kakuryu without any bandages on his right hand/fingers following that nasty fall on day 15 of the hatsubasho.
  4. Setsubun 2018 rikishi and oyakata action

    What exactly is Harumafuji's status given that he appeared at Izumo Taisha with the non-disgraced Isegahama sekitori? I seem to recall that when Asashoryu was forced to retire, his Setsubun appearance was cancelled.
  5. Elections January 2018

    Looks like Takanohana's plan (if he had one) backfired...
  6. Guess a rikishi - win a tegata

    I'm not on Facebook etc, but my guess is Tochinoshin.
  7. Day 1 pics Hatsu 2018

    Did Kandayu have to submit his resignation after the sushi-chigae, even though he is not technically the tate-gyoji? I'm assuming that not all referees who make calls overturned by the judges have to submit resignations.
  8. Day 5 pics Hatsu Basho 2018

    Liked the presentation. But I think you meant to write "Ryuden"...
  9. Top 10 Sumo Records Hatsu 2018 Edition

    As Morty pointed out, not sure whether Aminishiki will be able to capture another kinboshi before he retires, but I wouldn't be surprised if Yoshikaze does. And that would place him on the Top 10 all time list. Yoshikaze picked up two kinboshi in this tournament, but with his 4-11 record, he may not get the opportunity to go up against any Yokozuna in the next tournament...
  10. John Gunning offers yet another great feature on Tochinoshin:
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    There are probably plenty of Forum users that understand Japanese much better than I, but I thought I'd try to help you out to the best of my limited ability. There were laughs and/or chuckles after the following statements by Tochinoshin in his NHK interview: 1) "On Day 10, my heart went a little bit pitter patter..." 2) " I want to thank everyone from my oyakata, okamisan, everyone at the Kasugano Stable, everyone in the fan association, everyone who is Japanese (sic, subtitles on Sunday Sports program corrected it to 'everyone in Japan') ... 3) Going forward "I will practice hard, listen to my oyakata's instructions..." If I've made any mistakes, I welcome friendly corrections...
  12. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    The way things happened on the last day of this tournament deserves notice. Aoiyama fought in the first bout of the Top Division featured bouts. If he had won, he would have been in a three-way playoff for the Juryo championship. Had he gone on and won the playoff, he would have brought the total number of championships won by the Kasugano Stable this tournament to three (3), along with Tochinoshin in the Top Division and Tsukahara in the Jonokuchi Division. That would have made for one big post-tournament celebration for all concerned!!! It was also interesting to see the Top Division action stopped as soon as the first Top Division bout was over, and then four separate playoff bouts were held, followed immediately by the award ceremonies for each winner. Only then did the Top Division action return. I understand why it has to be this way, but it can in my opinion be a bit of a disruption...
  13. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    It's official that Tochinoshin will face Endo on the senshuraku. There was plenty of speculation in the last three to four days of the tournament concerning whom Tochinoshin would face on the final day. Endo's name entered the mix on day 13, but before that he was not under consideration (by NHK's sources). I'm sure that Tochinoshin is happy about the choice. Most of his wins this tournament netted him relatively small purses (with a few exceptions). Endo is good for at about 10 kensho. But given that Tochinoshin is the tournament's champion, I wouldn't be surprised if the total goes as high as 15. That will make for good motivation for both wrestlers to give it their all. A highlight after that will be the bout between Kotoshogiku and Takarafuji. Both men have 7-7 records, and there should be a decent purse for the winner, not to mention the KK. The yusho race might be over, but there is still plenty to watch.
  14. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    You may be right, but keep in mind that Kyokutenho is at the top of that list with his first Top Division championship coming on his 121st career basho... The list that appeared on NHK's broadcast: Number of Top Division Tournaments before first championship (counting cancelled 2011 spring tournament) Kyokutenho. (86) Kisenosato (73) Kotoshogiku (66) Takatoriki & Tochinoshin (58)
  15. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    In his yusho interview, Tochinoshin makes a point of thanking his oyakata (and even okamisan) multiple times. I can't remember the details of Kyokutenho's yusho interview, although he only had the ringside NHK interview, but I don't seem to recall championship winners even mentioning their oyakatas. Of course, it makes sense to do so, especially for a first-time win. But I couldn't help but feel he was doing his part to help Kasugano oyakata while he is beset with the Yahagi scandal...