Amamaniac

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  1. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Anyone else feel that Bushozan is the Takakeisho of the Juryo Division. Their body types and fighting styles seem rather similar, and sometimes (without my glasses on), I catch a Bushozan bout at the end of Juryo and panic that I missed most of the Top Division action, and it's down to the last few bouts there! Bushozan is 1-2 at J3w, He'll need to do a lot better if he hopes to get promoted into the Top Division in January!
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Mitakeumi put a nail in the coffin of Daieisho's (and Waka III's) hope of a yusho championship in Kyushu. Daieisho's sumo is actually quite good, and he gave Terunofuji a run for his money the day before (not to mention actually upsetting the Yokozuna in September). So for Mitakeumi to handle Daieisho with relative ease does say something about the Sekiwake's chances going forward. I know Mitakeumi has a track record of choking at critical moments, but he does have two Top Div championships to his name. I'd say he is overdue for another! At the risk of upsetting Takakeisho fans on the forum, if there is a non-Yokozuna champion this month, I would get a bigger kick out of Mitakeumi reminding us that he can get the job done every now and then. But, I'm definitely not ruling Takakeisho out (especially if he is back in form). Today he showed why he is so dangerous, sending upstart Kiribayama to the dirt with that strong left swipe of his! Absolutely deadly, that is!
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Life has a way of getting in the way of being able to bask in the joys of oozumo. Hope you find a way to get back in the swing of things, oozumo-wise. I can't believe that you mentioned a lack of "between basho" news! Of all between-bashes, this last one had to have the biggest news ever: Hakuho's sudden retirement. I know many of us were expecting it, but it is still the biggest news to hit oozumo in a long time. Oddly enough, it did not get as much attention as say Chiyonofuji's retirement (I've read that the whole nation stopped what it was doing to tune in to his retirement press announcement). Over on Abema TV's coverage, they are playing interviews with many of the salaried wrestlers giving their reaction to Hakuho's retirement. That is definitely one of the narratives here, although admittedly it doesn't spark much interest in the tournament at hand.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    It would appear that tickets are available for all the tamariseki in Kyushu. That is good for the "returning to normal" narrative. Upon closer examination, it would appear that there are extra-special seats/spots in the front sections designated by blue zabuton cushions that look a little thicker than the regular dusty mauve ones. I can't figure out for the life of me how they are arranged, since there doesn't seem to be any regular pattern. PP is not in one of the VIP spots. But interestingly enough, she seems to have access to two spots. She uses the spot on her left to place her handbag and coat. I can only assume that she has a ticket for that second spot. Talk about an expensive coat check! She should auction off that ticket, and give the no-doubt hefty proceeds to charity! At least she is not hemmed in quite as much as previously thought.
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    Bout-Length Kyushu 2021

    As do I yours.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    How's that for enthusiasm?!
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Since I am only an observer and don't know the woman personally, I can't give a definitive answer. But my best guess is that the woman was holding a black-and-white photo of her late husband, and held it so that he could watch the action on the ring (from up on high). I personally question whether the people (usually women) who do this actually believe that the spirit of their dead spouses can actually watch, or that they simply want to have a reminder of their spouses with them since the latter are sorely missed...
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    The Enho throw versus Azumaryu today is the equivalent of the Hoshoryu throw against Wakatakakage back in September (the most memorable technique of the tournament). The difference is that Enho is down in Juryo, whereas Hoshoryu is in the bright lights of Makuuchi. Collective memory only works if everyone sees it. Interestingly, the NSK has already clipped it and posted it on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BXohUmwvjo The kimarite ruling took a long time. Can't say that I've ever seen tottari executed over a wrestler's shoulder!
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    New kesho mawashi

    https://www.goodspeed.ne.jp/news/165776/ Asked and answered! That's what's great about this Forum. It's like a living resource where people with shared interests help one another. Many thanks #Kamitsuumi! And the hidden kanji is: 気 ki meaning "energy" or "force".
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    Bout-Length Kyushu 2021

    Day 2 07.8s M17w Shohozan (1-1) oshidashi J1e Tsurugisho (1-1) 17.9s M17e Sadanoumi (2-0) yorikiri M17e Kaisei (1-1) 01.8s M15e Chiyomaru (1-1) tsukiotoshi M16e Akua (0-2) 03.4s M15w Abi (2-0) tsukidashi M14w Chiyonokuni (1-1) 07.3s M14e Kagayaki (1-1) yorikiri M13e Yutakayama (1-1) 07.4s M12w Hokutofuji (2-0) oshidashi M11e Kotonowaka (1-1) 13.6s M11w Terutsuyoshi (1-1) tsuridashi M12e Ishiura (0-2) 07.5s M9e Aoiyama (2-0) okuridashi M9w Hidenoumi (0-2) 07.1s M8w Tobizaru (1-1) kotenage M10e Chiyotairyu (1-1) 07.8s M7e Ura (2-0) oshidashi M8e Kotoeko (0-2) 08.9s M7w Chiyoshoma (2-1) yorikiri M6e Shimanoumi (0-2) 16.4s M6w Tamawashi (1-1) yoritaoshi M5w Hoshoryu (1-1) 187.5s M5e Takayasu (2-0) shitatedashinage M4e Takarafuji (0-2) 03.1s M4w Endo (1-1) tsukiotoshi M3w Myogiryu (1-1) 03.6s M3e Okinoumi (1-1) yorikiri K1w Kiribayama (0-2) 12.4s S1e Mitakeumi (2-0) oshidashi M2w Takanosho (1-1) 08.9s M1w Wakatakakage (1-1) hatakikomi S1w Meisei (0-2) 04.0s O1e Shodai (1-1) yorikiri K1e Ichinojo (1-1) 03.9s O1w Takakeisho (2-0) tsukidashi M2e Onosho (0-2) 16.9s Y1e Terunofuji (2-0) sukuinage M1e Daieisho (1-1) Will Takayasu's cautious strategy pay off this tournament? He's off to a 2-0 start...
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    New kesho mawashi

    Terunofuji is sporting a new keshomawashi set this tournament (Kyushu 2021). The apron worn by Terutsuyoshi features a castle (Himeji?) and that of Takarafuji an eagle(?). Can anyone [#akinomaki ] identify the kanji that appears on Terunofuji's apron? Just curious. The sponsor is another mystery. "GOOD SPEED" is the American version of "Godspeed". Seems more like a wish than the name of a sponsor.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    I wonder if he had a flashback to what happened the previous day, and he wanted to avoid another dangerous "bowling-for-gyoji" incident...
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    At last, Enho shows fans what they want to see! Small-man wins are so exciting because (a) they are unexpected, and (b) they often come out of difficult situations as in this case against Azumaryu...
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    OMG, Hokuseiho has withdrawn after losing the first day bout in his much anticipated Juryo debut. Talk about anticlimax!!! Hope he bounces back in 2022!
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    Kensho Kyushu 2021

    Either Tochinoshin or Yutakayama would have been on this list since there were 2 kensho prizes slated for their Day 1 bout. Presumably that money got redirected, but the bottom line is that due to Tochinoshin's last-minute withdrawal, Yutakayama was deprived of the chance to line his pockets...
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    The sole monoii in the Top Division today was that for the match between Takayasu and Endo. The torinaoshi redo sort of (?) made sense since Endo managed to defy gravity and stay off the ground long enough to see Takayasu step out first ... furthermore, there was plenty to time on the clock for the judges to play with. Granted, Takayasu was in the process of executing a tsukiotoshi thrust down, and Endo was technically already in the air falling, but Endo deserved credit for resisting the urge to let his forearm drop. And Takayasu won the rematch, so ... no harm, no foul (?) The monoii decision down in Juryo, however, is anyone's guess!
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    All in all, not a good day for the Miyagino Stable boys. All three (including Ishiura) lost their bouts, and all Hakuho could do was sit and watch from the sidelines. I guess Hakuho's "I'll retire if you don't win your bouts" threat is off the table at this point...
  18. Amamaniac

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Agreed. But at the same time, the Terunofuji victory bodes well for a Terunofuji yusho/championship. Once again, Terunofuji showed good patience, and despite his opponent's valiant efforts, he still had the presence of mind to use a follow-up komatasukui technique when his nage throw didn't work... And Waka III may just have dug himself another "hole" by predicting a Daieisho championship in Fukuoka. Two Daieisho championships in 2021?!! Unlikely IMHO. At least not on Terunofuji's watch!
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    Who Is This Woman?

    Things are a little different this month. Compared with July (Nagoya), infection rates seem to have fallen and perhaps fans are feeling more optimistic this month (i.e., November). Note too that social distancing in the tamariseki section is no longer a priority (further sign of optimism). PP was looking a little hemmed in by other fans around her. At least everyone was wearing a mask...
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    Who Is This Woman?

    It's day 1 of the 2021 Kyushu Tournament and the woman who has intrigued many of us is "in da house"! She is back to the right of centre in the tamariseki section. Let's see if her attendance in Kyushu is more consistent than it was in September.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    So then here's a spoiler:
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    This was one of the best video coverages of the dohyomatsuri that I've seen. The resolution seemed higher and the camera angles were really quite good. For those Forum members who were desperate enough to watch the whole thing, it appeared to me that when Shikimori Inosuke was pouring sake on the West tokudawara (jump to 20:35), several of the oyakata in the front row on the West side were fast asleep (shades of Biden and Johnson at COP26!).
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    Ridiculous Predictions Kyushu 2021

    A yellow mawashi gets delivered to Taganoura Stable in Fukuoka. Takayasu decides to wear the mysterious shimekomi on Day 1, and wins his opening day bout. Amazed by the sudden improvement in his strength and technique, Takayasu decides to continue wearing it, and ... continues winning. He ends up facing Terunofuji on Day 15, both men with 14-0 records. Takayasu charges out of the tachiai, and railroads the Yokozuna out of the ring, sending him flying down off the dohyo narrowly missing the East side judge. At the awards ceremony, Chairman Hakkaku hands Takayasu the Emperor's Cup, steps back, bows, and à la Mission Impossible, tears off his mask revealing that he is actually Araiso Oyakata (former stablemate and training partner, Kisenosato).
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Notice too the large glass doors/windows which will allow crowds to gather and watch morning practices. If I were a sumo wrestler, I would find that distracting (although it replicates the presence of fans during tournaments). I know that there is at least one stable in Tokyo that allows spectators to watch asageiko from outside. Frankly, I prefer the private setting, where guests who obtain permission are allowed to sit inside. But that is impossible now with KoRoNa!
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    Hakuho retires

    That bout was actually one of the more critical bouts in the 2012 Nagoya Tournament. Harumafuji had secured 14-0 two bouts earlier, and Hakuho had to win against Kisenosato to stay tied for a big Senshuraku winner-takes-all showdown. I'd argue that the henka against an Ozeki opponent at that stage had a degree or "harm and foul". But that's sumo. The way Hakuho put Kisenosato in his place was actually admirable IMHO. I missed that tournament since I was in the middle of an international relocation, so I really appreciate @Koorifuu and @Kamitsuumi for shedding light on it.