Amamaniac

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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    This comes a little late, but I had a Czech friend over and the tradition of presenting Czech crystal as a wedding gift came up. That made me think of the Czech crystal trophy in oozumo. The thing is that I watched and rewatched the trophy ceremony carefully, and oddly enough, no Czech crystal trophy was presented in September 2020... I wonder why that was. The pandemic did not seem to prevent the Hungarians, Mongolians, French, Mexicans, and Saudis from presenting their trophies.
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    Kensho Aki 2020

    Not to tout other websites unnecessarily, but there is an interesting approach to summarising the kenshokin wins over on tachiai.org: https://tachiai.org/2020/09/29/aki-kensho-summary/#more-37540
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    Bout-Length Aki 2020

    Sorry, I finished all the sake on Day 14!
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    Bout-Length Aki 2020

    Let's complete the picture for the sake of the Forum! Day 15 28.9s M17e Ichinojo (8-7) uwatenage J6e Chiyonoo (9-6) 17.5s M15w Shohozan (5-10) hikkake J1e Ikioi (3-12) 04.9s M16w Hoshoryu (8-7) yorikiri M10e Sadanoumi (7-8) 09.4s M8w Wakatakakage (11.4) yorikiri M15e Shimanoumi (6-9) 03.9s M8e Tokushoryu (7-8) yorikiri M9w Onosho (10-5) 06.6s M13w Ishiura (4-4-7) shitatedashinage M7e Ryuden (6-9) 17.9s M6w Kagayaki (8-7) sukuiunage M12w Kaisei (7-8) 04.7s M6e Takayasu (10-5) tsukidashi M13e Meisei (9-6) 51.8s M10w Kotoeko (8-7) yorikiri M5w Takarafuji (7-8) 05.0s M3w Terutsuyoshi (5-10) yorikiri M11w Kotoshogiku (2-10) 03.9s M9e Enho (6-9) shitatenage M3e Myogiryu (6-9) 05.0s M12e Kotoshoho (10-5) tsukidashi M2w Tamawashi (5-10) 07.0s M2e Hokutofuji (6-9) oshidashi M4w Tochinoshin (6-9) 04.9s M1w Takanosho (10-5) oshidashi M7w Aoiyama (7-8) 03.8s S2e Daieisho (5-10) tsukiotoshi K1e Okinoumi (4-11) 22.7s M5e Kiribayama (9-4) yorikiri S1w Mitakeumi (8-7) 08.7s S1e Shodai (13-2) tsukiotoshi M14e Tobizaru (11-4) 10.5s O1w Takakeisho (12-3) oshitaoshi O1e Asanoyama (10-5)
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    Bout-Length Aki 2020

    Day 14 13.4s M15w Shohozan (4-10) hatakikomi J1w Nishikigi (5-9) 37.7s M13w Ishiura (3-4) shitatedashinage J1e Ikioi (3-11) 07.3s M10e Sadanoumi (7-7) yorikiri M17e Ichinojo (7-7) 12.8s M10w Kotoeko (7-7) oshidashi M15e Shimanoumi (6-8) 09.4s M12e Kotoshoho (9-5) oshidashi M8e Tokushoryu (6-8) 04.9s M7e Ryuden (6-8) uwatenage M11w Kotoshogiku (2-9) 08.1s M12w Kaisei (7-7) oshidashi M7w Aoiyama (7-7) 11.8s M16w Hoshoryu (7-7) kakenage M6w Kagayaki (7-7) 04.1s M13e Meisei (9-5) tsukiotoshi M3e Myogiryu (6-8) 04.6s M9e Enho (5-9) okuridashi M3w Terutsuyoshi (4-10) 04.4s M6e Takayasu (9-5) hatakikomi M2e Hokutofuji (5-9) 15.0s M4w Tochinoshin (6-8) yorikiri M2w Tamawashi (5-9) 10.1s M1w Takanosho (9-5) hatakikomi M9w Onosho (10-4) 03.6s M5e Kiribayama (8-4) yorikiri K1e Okinoumi (4-10) 12.0s M5w Takarafuji (7-7) oshidashi S2e Daeisho (4-10 12.5s S1w Mitakeumi (8-6) shitatenage M8w Watatakakage (10-4) 04.7s S1e Shodai (12-2) oshitaoshi O1e Asanoyama (10-4) 10.1s O1w Takakeisho (11-3) hatakikomi M14e Tobizaru (11-3)
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    Ozeki Shodai pics overview

    Omedetai!
  7. Day 9 of the 2019 Nagoya Tournament was the day (one of two in his career) that Ichinojo defeated Hakuho and Enho won his bout against Takagenji. The other time Ichonojo upset Hakuho was Day 1 of the 2015 Summer Tournament, ... but Enho had not even started Maezumo yet. My money's on Day 9 of the 2019 Nagoya Tourney... Hope you had decent seats.
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    Bout-Length Aki 2020

    Day 13 21.6s M15e Shimanoumi (6-7) kimedashi M15w Shohozan (3-10) 05.2s M16w Hoshoryu (6-7) uwatenage M13w Ishiura (2-4-7) 02.0s M17e Ichinojo (7-6) okuridashi M11w Kotoshogiku (2-8-3) 03.2s M10e Sadanoumi (6-7) tsukiotoshi M12w Kaisei (6-7) 08.6s M13e Meisei (6-7) hatakikomi M9e Enho (4-9) -----s M8e Tokushoryu (6-7) fusensho M11e Chiyotairyu (5-8) 12.5s M10w Kotoeko (6-7) yorikiri M7w Aoiyama (7-6) 04.5s M6e Takayasu (8-5) tsukite M12e Kotoshoho (8-5) 02.4s M9w Onosho (10-3) yorikiri M5w Takarafuji (6-7) 05.6s M6w Kagayaki (7-6) oshidashi M4w Tochinoshin (5-8) 12.7s M3e Myogiryu (6-7) abisetaoshi M2w Tamawashi (5-8) 01.9s M3w Terutsuyoshi (4-9) okuridashi M2e Hokutofuji (5-8) 02.7s M14e Tobizaru (11-2) okuridashi M1w Takanosho (8-5) -----s M8w Wakatakakage (10-3) fusensho M1e Terunofuji (8-5) 21.2s M7e Ryuden (5-8) yorikiri K1e Okinoumi (4-9) 04.8s M5e Kiribayama (7-4) oshidashi S2e Daieisho (4-9) 08.0s S1e Shodai (11-2) tsukiotoshi O1w Takakeisho (10-3) 03.3s O1e Asanoyama (10-3) uwatenage S1w Mitakeumi (7-6)
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    Bout-Length Aki 2020

    Day 12 01.6s M12e Kotoshoho (8-4) tjsukidashi M13w Ishiura (2-3-7) 06.1s M12w Kaisei (6-6) oshitaoshi M15w Shohozan (3-9) 02.2s M13e Meisei (7-5) tsukiotoshi M11e Chiyotairyu (5-7) 18.2s M15e Shimanoumi (5-7) tsukiotoshi M11w Kotoshogiku (2-7) 04.4s M9e Enho (4-8) hikiotoshi M16w Hoshoryu (5-7) 03.4s M8e Tokushoryu (5-7) yorikiri M17e Ichinojo (6-6) 08.4s M14e Tobizaru (10-2) hatakikomi M8w Wakatakakage (9-3) 05.9s M7w Aoiyama (7-5) tsukidashi M10e Sadanoumi (5-7) 02.3s M3e Myogiryu (5-7) oshidashi M10w Kotoeko (5-7) 05.2s M7e Ryuden (4-8) uwatedashinage M3w Terutsuyoshi (3-9) 05.4s M2e Hokutofuji (5-7) oshidashi M2w Tamawashi (5-7) 07.2s M9w Onosho (9-3) yoritaoshi M1e Terunofuji (8-4) 03.1s M1w Takanosho (8-4) oshidashi M6w Kagayaki (6-6) 05.0s K1e Okinoumi (4-8) yorikiri M4w Tochinoshin (5-7) 09.4s M6e Takayasu (7-5) katasukashi S1w Mitakeumi (7-5) 03.4s S1e Shodai (10-2) yorikiri M5w Takarafuji (6-6) 08.6s O1e Asanoyama (9-3) oshitaoshi S2e Daieisho (4-8) -----s O1w Takakeisho (10-2) fusensho M9e Endo (3-9)
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    Bout-Length Aki 2020

    Day 11 09.8s M12w Kaisei (5-6) oshidashi M13w Ishiura (2-2) 04.8s M15w Shohozan (3-8) yorikiri M11w Kotoshogiku (2-6-3) 02.0s M17e Ichinojo (6-5) oshikdashi M10w Kotoeko (5-6) 06.2s M13e Meisei (6-5) oshidashi M10e Sadanoumi (5-6) 10.7s M14e Tobizaru (9-2) hatakikomi M9w Onosho (8-3) 09.8s M9e Enho (3-8) hikiotoshi M15e Shimanoumi (4-7) 05.3s M8w Wakatakakage (9-2) oshidashi M11e Chiyotairyu (5-6) 03.7s M8e Tokushoryu (4-7) oshidashi M16w Hoshoryu (5-6) 04.9s M12e Kotoshoho (7-4) hikiotoshi M7w Aoiyama (6-5) 00.8s M2e Hokutofuji (4-7) hatakikomi M7e Ryuden (3-8) 02.6s M1w Takanosho (7-4) oshidashi M2w Tamawashi (5-6) 05.9s M1e Terunofuji (8-3) yorikiri M3e Myogiryu (4-7) 04.6s M4w Tochinoshin (5-6) hatakikomi M9e Endo (3-8) 09.0s S1e Shodai (9-2) oshitaoshi M6e Takayasu (6-5) 04.0s S2e Daieisho (4-7) oshidashi M3w Terutsuyoshi (3-8) 03.0s S1w Mitakeumi (7-4) yorikiri M6w Kagayaki (6-5) 03.9s O1w Takakeisho (9-2) oshidashi M5w Takarafuji (6-5) 03.2s O1e Asanoyama (8-3) uwatenage K1e Okinoumi (3-8)
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I've been rewatching NHK's broadcasts of the Autumn Tournament, and have noticed that more than a few times, yobidashi can be seen pouring power water on the dohyo for rikishi to dampen their feet. Still not exactly sure what the real purpose is, but I suspect it has something to do with traction (counterintuitive to my mind). It has come up in the past (say, year or two regarding Hakuho's apparent "toe dipping"), but now I am wondering if this is a relatively new phenomenon. Perhaps some of the members who have been following sumo longer than I have can chime in if they noticed it back in ... Chiyonofuji's days (or even was it a thing in Takanohana's days?).
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    Bout-Length Aki 2020

    Day 11 09.8s M12w Kaisei (5-6) oshidashi M13w Ishiura (2-2) 04.8s M15w Shohozan (3-8) yorikiri M11w Kotoshogiku (2-6-3) 02.0s M17e Ichinojo (6-5) oshikdashi M10w Kotoeko (5-6) 06.2s M13e Meisei (6-5) oshidashi M10e Sadanoumi (5-6) 10.7s M14e Tobizaru (9-2) hatakikomi M9w Onosho (8-3) 09.8s M9e Enho (3-8) hikiotoshi M15e Shimanoumi (4-7) 05.3s M8w Wakatakakage (9-2) oshidashi M11e Chiyotairyu (5-6) 03.7s M8e Tokushoryu (4-7) oshidashi M16w Hoshoryu (5-6) 04.9s M12e Kotoshoho (7-4) hikiotoshi M7w Aoiyama (6-5) 00.8s M2e Hokutofuji (4-7) hatakikomi M7e Ryuden (3-8) 02.6s M1w Takanosho (7-4) oshidashi M2w Tamawashi (5-6) 05.9s M1e Terunofuji (8-3) yorikiri M3e Myogiryu (4-7) 04.6s M4w Tochinoshin (5-6) hatakikomi M9e Endo (3-8) 09.0s S1e Shodai (9-2) oshitaoshi M6e Takayasu (6-5) 04.0s S2e Daieisho (4-7) oshidashi M3w Terutsuyoshi (3-8) 03.0s S1w Mitakeumi (7-4) yorikiri M6w Kagayaki (6-5) 03.9s O1w Takakeisho (9-2) oshidashi M5w Takarafuji (6-5) 03.2s O1e Asanoyama (8-3) uwatenage K1e Okinoumi (3-8)
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    A few observations about Kotoshogiku in this tournament: 1) He decided to enter the ring without his usual knee taping etc. (Was he trying to cheat fate? It certainly backfired when he got injured on day 2 against Meisei, albeit not an injury directly involving his knee) 2) He wisely did away with the experimental bum-up tachiai position. (What was he thinking to begin with?) 3) While various sekitori had dropped weight, Kotoshogiku actually put on weight going from 178kg to 186kg. (Not quite Covid-"19"kgs, but...) 4) Kotoshogiku decided to return to the ring after going kyujo, and despite beating Enho (whom he'd never beaten before) on day 7, he ended the tournament with 8 straight losses. (Was it worth it? Definitely not worth the effort compared with Ishiura who broke even with 4-4 after his return from kyujo, and with Kiribayama who came back and won three straight.) 5) He was M11w. Will his 2-10-3 (i.e., 2-13) record send his down to Juryo? It might be close.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    If Kakuryu did in fact seek to renounce his Mongolian citizenship back in January 2018 (rather than November 2019 as suggested in the Mongolian report posted above by Seiyasu), then the fact that we have not had any confirmation in the Japanese press that he has applied for Japanese citizenship suggests that something is fishy. Is the Mongolian President purposely delaying his approval in the hopes that Kakuryu will decide to retire before the approval is granted and then having Japanese citizenship will no longer make a difference? That's just nasty. It further begs the question, how much longer can we expect Kakuryu to remain active (i.e., on the banzuke)? And it also creates an interesting race between Kakuryu (~35yr 2mon) and Hakuho (~35yr 7mon) to see who will break Chiyonofuji's record for oldest Yokozuna yusho (~35yr 6mon)...
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Maybe he could arrange to go to France for surgery, à la Takanohana (7 straight Yokozuna tournament withdrawals).
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Five or six guaranteed votes during rijikai elections is actually quite significant (admittedly not decisive), and from what I've heard, Hakuho does have his supporters among some of the Japanese oyakata as well.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    According to the article, his request to forsake his Mongolian nationality was being "considered" by the President. Do other nationals require their heads of state to approve the forsaking of nationality? If that decision is still on ice, I'd say blame it on the pandemic, but stats out of Mongolia suggest that things there are near as bad as elsewhere in the world. Nevertheless, perhaps the reason the Japanese press is not picking up the story is that Kakuryu has yet to receive the Mongolian President's approval, and thus has yet to apply for Japanese citizenship. That presents another interesting quandary: will Kakuryu remain active (on the banzuke, at least) until he gets his Japanese citizenship – assuming his Mongolian citizenship is duly revoked, or will he retire and wait for the Japanese citizenship to be approved? It is uncertain how long this whole process will last, especially in the current global situation. So Kakuryu may not hang up his tsuna for another two or three tournaments, if not more.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Thanks for digging up the Mongolian news source. But it seems odd to me that there hasn't been as much attention given to it in the Japanese press. Frankly, seeing what Kakuryu has done with Kiribayama, I am quite confident that he will make a pretty darn good oyakata. But I wonder what the real feelings of other oyakata on the JSA are seeing the significant increase in the number of Mongolian stable masters. Of course, on paper they would welcome any contribution to the promotion and preservation of oozumo (and after all, former Yokokzunas have the most knowledge to pass down), but I can't help but believe there are some feelings of unease... And that may not be blatantly racist, but rather a concern that non-Japanese may not be as willing to defend the honoured hinkaku value. And to put it bluntly, a fear that a non-Japanese (Hakuho, cough, cough) may end up as Rijicho, essentially in control of Japan's so-called national sport...
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    fyi, kabu or toshiyori kabu are essentially coaching licenses. There are a limited number, and only available to retired wrestlers who have had a distinguished career (i.e., significant stay in the Top Division ranks and preferably achieving Sanyaku status). They have to be purchased, so it makes sense that the higher-paid Sanyaku boys can afford them. It's the primary if not only way to be part of the Japan Sumo Association after retirement (intai).
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    That theoretical ability depends largely on whether Kakuryu obtains Japanese citizenship. I still haven't heard anything regarding him even applying. When Hakuho decided to obtain citizenship (after his father was no longer around to object), the papers announced his move well before citizenship was granted. Kakuryu's post-retirement plans remain a mystery.
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    Aki talkie

    The translations you provide of sekitori statements to the press each day provide a unique colour to the tournament action. They are invaluable for members of this forum, just as they are invaluable for sumo fans in Japan who read the sports papers. So many thanks. One thing I noticed this tournament is that there were very few (2?) statements from Enho. Just curious if you think that was because the press weren't as interested in following his progress in what was a forgettable tournament for him, or because Enho himself did not make himself easily available to the press. He still remains one of the more popular wrestlers on the replay app, win or lose.
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    Bout-Length Aki 2020

    Seems as though Mitahiro is still MIA... Here goes (sorry about the formatting): Day 10 11.2s Wakamotoharu (5-5) yorikiri M17e Ichinojo (5-5) 01.9s M16w Hoshoryu (5-5) okuridashi M11e Chiyotairyu (5-5) 05.3s M13w Ishiura (2-1-7) shitatenage M11w Kotoshogiku (2-5-3) 26.4s M10e Sadanouymi (5-5) yorikiri M15e Shimanoumi (4-6) 02.5s M15w Shohozan (2-8) oshitaoshi M9e Enho (2-8) 09.8s M8e Tokushoryu (3-7) yorikiri M12w Kaisei (4-6) 17.4s M8w Wakatakakage (8-2) yoritaoshi M12e Kotoshoho (6-4) 29.8s M14e Tobizaru (8-2) shitatenage M7e Ryuden (3-7) 20.1s M7w Aoiyama (6-4) kotenage M13e Meisei (5-5) 04.8s M9w Onosho (8-2) hatakikomi M6e Takayasu (6-4) 02.1s M6w Kagayaki (6-4) tsukidashi M10w Kotoeko (5-5) 07.1s M3e Myogiryu (4-6) katasukashi M2e Hokutofuji (3-7) 06.6s M1w Takanosho (6-4) yorikiri M1e Terunofuji (7-3) 06.7s M5w Takarafuji (6-4) tsukiotoshi K1e Okinoumi (3-7) 04.8s M2w Tamawashi (5-5) okuritaoshi M9e Endo (3-7) 09.6s S1w Mitakeumi (6-4) yorikiri M4w Tochinoshin (4-6) 04.7s S1e Shodai (8-2) yorikiri M3w Terutsuyoshi (3-7) -----s O1e Asanoyama (7-3) fusensho M5e Kiribayama (6-4) 06.6s O1w Takakeisho (8-2) oshidashi S2e Daieisho (3-7)
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    Kensho Aki 2020

    By my tally, that left Enho with a total of 27 kensho, just one behind Takanosho, who was 10th in the Top 10. That's pretty good for the wrestler who only had 6 wins this tournament. However, if he had won all his scheduled bouts, he would have taken home at least 69 kensho.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Did Shodai get the Ozeki nod yet? How long does the process take. IIRC there are usually plenty of hints coming out of the meeting room. The suspense is killing me.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    I hope he will not surprise me more than 6 times a basho . I certainly hope he will surprise me with incredible wins more than 8 times a basho. After all, I am happier when Enho gets a kachikoshi.