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  1. The article says that Nakamura joined ex-Kisenosato because he was excited at the prospect of working at the innovative heya that Nishonoseki aspired to create, but had grown disillusioned due to a difference in direction as to how the heya should operate. Given the recent Onosato/hazing issue, reading between the lines, I wonder if, like his nemesis Hakuho, Kisenosato has also been less focused and attentive as a shisho than he should have been--prompting Nakamura's desire to strike out on his own.
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    Banzuke for Natsu 2024

    Just got done watching a news segment about this. Following Otani highlights, they introduced the newest SHOWTIME--from the world of sumo. The rikishi said he didn't expect his shikona to attract so much attention, and now feels the pressure to live up to it.
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    In case it wasn't obvious, this is the case in Japanese.
  4. Which heya will ex-Kisenosato & Co. be sent to for "training in how to become a proper oyakata?"
  5. Starting to hear whispers, unconfirmed yet as factual, that Onosato, among others, was involved in bullying the youngest of the recruits, which included making them drink alcohol in the bath. If true, it puts the incident in a different light, with a more serious set of consequences. Really hoping it's all just a rumor, but as we've seen many times in the sumo world, where there's smoke there tends to be fire.
  6. It's minor stuff when previously there were no blemishes on their record. But if incidents continue to pile up, this picture could quickly change.
  7. The article said 幕下以下力士 so it could be a younger rikishi ranked below makushita. Don't know how old the youngest rikishi in the heya is, but if it was a 15- or 16-year old, that could be cause for reasonable concern from Nishonoseki's standpoint.
  8. Not to be outdone on the bad behavior front by his geneki rival Hakuho, the heretofore squeaky clean ex-Kisenosato Nishonoseki Oyakata, along with his star deshi Onosato, have been given a stern reprimand by the Kyokai for drinking at the heya with a younger rikishi last September. Story in Japanese
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    Akebono dead at 54

    Was Yokozuna at first basho I ever attended in Ryogoku. Along with Musashimaru he jump-started my interest in sumo and that time remains my favorite sumo era. R.I.P.
  10. This is what I've been trying to grasp, and what you and others are confirming, though no one seems to know for sure. I think what I'm having a hard time coming to grips with is that notwithstanding the aforementioned duty & obligation (which I fully understand is an essential thing here in Japan), when it comes to such a significant addition like this one in terms of numbers & one very dominant personality, which could easily upset the balance of what has been an extremely successful heya, it is still befuddling to me that Isegahama would acquiesce. But maybe it really is as simple as Duty & Obligation, and there's no reason to read more into it than that. And so with that--I won't.
  11. I"m genuinely asking out of curiosity. If that is the case, thank you for the answer.
  12. Why not? On who's higher authority is Isegahama obligated to accept the entire lot of Miyagino rikishi, along with Miyagino himself?
  13. I mean it's his own stable. I assume he had the option of saying no, just as ex-Kaio ultimately did, after initially being rumored to be the one who would accept Miyagino & Co. But whether he was heavily pressured by the Kyokai and/or monies exchanged hands under the table in order for this to happen is a separate question I don't have answers to.
  14. Watching the latest Takatoriki Channel video, in which he claims that Takanohana confided to him that Hakuho was the real "mastermind" behind the whole Harumafuji debacle, and the Kyokai chose to ax Harumafuji and save Hakuho, when in fact both were guilty. But the most interesting tidbit as related to this thread was that Terunofuji detests Hakuho. If that's really the case, it's interesting that Isegahama Oyakata would even accept Miyagino & Co. into the fold in the first place, and in any case it will certainly be interesting to watch this dynamic play out over the coming months.
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    Mount Rushmore of Ozumo: Celebrating Legends

    My real list, based only on the sumo I have personally watched over the years. Takanohana Along with brother, ushered in the Waka/Taka boom that reignited sumo’s popularity, as well as my own interest in sumo. Akebono/Musashimaru Combine them into one. Memorial to the brief but exciting Hawaiian rikishi era. Kotoshogiku Broke through for the first win by Japanese-born rikishi following 10 years of Mongolian/foreign/Hakuho dominance, paving the way for others to follow. Kisenosato Broke through as first Japanese-born Yokozuna in over a decade. Honorable mention: Hakuho (GOAT); Asashoryu (first great Mongolian); Harumafuji (personal favorite).