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  1. Yamanashi

    COVID-delayed oyakata danpatsu-shiki

    Tokyo Marathon next year!
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    Hakuho retires

    Torikumi was maybe decided over time -- Azumaryu is in both the Juryo and Makuuchi list? Edit: I see it has been fixed; by who?
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    New juryo Haru 2023 pics overview

    That made me think about another difference between Ozumo and every other pro sport. A pro baseball or (soccer) football or basketball player with that history would be called a "journeyman", as if he had a say in where he played. In Sumo, you just join a heya with an old or unstable Oyakata, and who knows where you'll end up!
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    Kimarite Statistics - 2023 Kyushu

    I remember two of them immediately. And while obvious fouls, at least they were obvious: not some ticky-tack one minute mono-ii to decipher the video -- they (inadvertently) grabbed a big chunk of mage and pulled their opponent down with it.
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    Trainee graduation/entry (pics)

    If you didn't know the context, it wouldn't sound so good; sort of like reporting "the eighteen-year-old, who will enter the fourth grade in the Fall ... "
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    It's not even cold, Yet I've got the "winter blues"; Come, Haru Basho !!
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    New juryo Haru 2023 pics overview

    Tamashoho: what a great story! He's been firmly in Makushita for nine years; lately climbing into the joi like Sisyphus and falling back down with 2-5 records. He finally found a work-around in November with a 7-0 Yusho from Ms23 to Ms1. Then all it took was a final day win over Terutsuyoshi to punch his ticket to Juryo. In the photos he looks a little dazed. I wonder how much of his late success can be attributed to the influence of Tamawashi?
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    Ochiai’s future shikona

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    YDC Post Hatsu 2023

    True, but not really his fault. He was 1-1 against Terunofuji in 2022, and hasn't met him since July.
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    New Juryo for Haru

    Helifino. Some of the Amasumo posters like @mikawa and @Katooshu might be able to enlighten us both.
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    Narutobeya happenings

    I follow Narutobeya on Twitter and Instagram, so I'm creating this topic to record my news and views (sometimes incorrect/lamebrain; that's why I've cordoned it off in its own topic!)
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    Narutobeya happenings

    Strange trivia: Oshoumi (finally) gets his 5th win against former sekitori Kitaharima. Last May, Oshoma captured the Makushita Yusho 7-0 to win a spot in Juryo, defeating the same Kitaharima to clinch it.
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    Retirements after Hatsu 2023

    Meiko (Onoebeya) fought under his own name (Nakao Ryota) for eight years, ping-ponging between Jonidan and Sandanme (literally so -- he changed divisions 20 times in 54 basho). Last Spring he changed his shikona to Meiko Ryota, with absolutely no effect; it looks like he finally saw the light.
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    New Juryo for Haru

    Or it could be the rikishi. Some on the Forum were unsure if Oshoma (Delgerbayar) had the right style (reactive and patient) for Makuuchi, his Ms15TD ranking notwithstanding. Ochiai seems to be a much more aggressive fighter, and has gotten out of the gate fast.
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    Hakuho retires

    It must be tough getting the right blend of essences -- fermented mare's milk and yak sweat.
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    YDC Post Hatsu 2023

    From your lips to the ears of the many gods of Shinto.
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    YDC Post Hatsu 2023

    Can't he? He'll get yelled at by the YDC, but the years 2017-2021 showed me that Yokozuna are magic. Let's look at those basho under the Yokozuna lens: The first 8-7 (3/2022) came after his 1-3-11 basho; he lost the last four bouts after building up an 8-3 record. Yokozuna Takakeisho would have gone kyujo after the loss to Takayasu and finished 8-5-2 with some convenient and probably accurate excuse; the YDC would mildly reprimand both him and Terunofuji (3-3-9) and so on. The next basho (5/2022), after losses on day 9 and 10, he's kyujo at 5-5-5; the YDC scolds him and says, "He should make sure he's ready for the next basho! It's not do-or-die, but you know what we mean!!" Then he gets an 11-4 J in July 2022 and he and Terunofuji (also 11-4 J) are in the clear. See how magic Yokozuna are?
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    YDC Post Hatsu 2023

    Hmm. He often gets banged up -- in his 22 basho since reaching Ozeki, he's left early six times, and limped home a couple of others. While the Ozeki rank has the well-known insurance policy of getting a free MK before demotion, he's been nicked up a lot, and hasn't had much time to recover. As a Yokozuna, he'd get a basho off if needed, instead of facing kadoban. At 26 he's a mature athlete, so the only thing that would ruin his career is to play injured. He's more likely to do that as an Ozeki.
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    YDC Post Hatsu 2023

    That's strictly nostalgia now, like your Dad raking leaves in his Cardigan and a "middle eight" in Pop tunes. I hardly ever see gravitas out there, let alone hinkaku. However, seeing Takakeisho load up a five-foot long sweeping sukuinage gave me some hope that he wants to step up to the plate, Yokozuna-wise.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Takakeisho wins; As "stand-by Yokozuna" He does his job.
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    Narutobeya happenings

    Group photo after the Hatsu basho. Best-guess roster: First row: Tokoyama ?, Oshoryu, Marusho, Oyamada, Oshozan, Murayama, Hoshuzan, Honma Second row: Kawamura, Hokuozan, Sakurai, Oshoumi, Kanazawa, Oshoma, Oyakata Naruto, Okamisan, Mishima, Anzai, Yamane, Mukaida, Yobidashi Kenta N/A Gyoji Komei
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    Promotion /Demotion and Yūshō Discussion Hatsu 2023

    Other than a patch in the 1990's, J2e with 9-6 goes to Makuuchi (22/23 since 2000). Also, 23/25 from J3w since 2000. @Suwihuto has specified a Juryo slot in the second basho, so of course it yields the 31 (out of 156) times the rikishi wasn't promoted. But only three out of 48 since 2000, when we might expect that the rules are similar to today's.
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    Narutobeya happenings

    Possible rankings for the Haru 2023 basho: Oshoma J3w 7-8 J4 Oshoumi Ms45w 5-2 Ms30 Oshoryu Ms57w 0-0-7 Sd37 Hoshuzan Sd5e 5-2 Ms43 Marusho Sd5w 1-6 Sd39 Kawamura Sd22e 3-4 Sd37 Anzai Sd25e 4-3 Sd12 Murayama Sd42e 4-3 Sd25 Mukaida Sd50w 4-3 Sd28 Mishima Sd70w 0-0-7 Jd32 Honma Sd73e 4-3 Sd54 Kanazawa Sd84w 4-3 Sd66* Oshozan Sd85w 4-3 Sd67 Oyamada Sd87w 5-2 Sd51* Sakurai Jd15w 0-0-7 Jd85 So we should see 1 Juryo, 2 Makushita, 10 Sandanme, and 2 Jonidan (Mishima and Sakurai, both kyujo). Hokuozan and Yamane still in Bg ("The Hell of the Thousand keiko without a bout"). Congratulations to highest-rank Kanazawa and Oyamada. Most worrying, now five rikishi kyujo out of seventeen. *Highest rank
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    Hatsu 2023 discussion (results)

    Takakeisho may make it in under the Kisenosato protocol: a "body of work" that shows dominance or near-dominance -- or maybe not-dominance. Kisenosato's last two basho were 12-3 J and 14-1 Y, with 48/60 over the previous 4 basho and 3 Jun-Yusho. The 12-3 J isn't as good as it looks, because Kakuryu scored 14-1 Y. Takakeisho would have 12-3 D and 12-3 Y, with a D versus a J and a decidedly less impressive Yusho. His previous four basho were 37/60 with one J (nice Ozeki sumo, but only in the last two years does that look impressive). EDIT: I finished this just after the above post confirming that Takakeisho won't make it.
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    Ozumo "Ranfurly Shield" for 2023

    The shield was named after Uchter Knox, 5th Earl of Ranfurly, who was the Governor-General of New Zealand 1897-1904. There is still an Earl of Ranfurly, the 8th, who lives near Nayland, Suffolk. Although the title is in the Peerage of Ireland, the Knox family came from Scotland.