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  1. I believe your intuition is correct; the only way to have many yusho winners is to somehow not have dominant Yokozuna in several basho. On that note: Yusho by rank 1952 - present Yokozuna 250 Ozeki 91 Sekiwake 19 Komosube 5 M1-15 20
  2. OK, I made up this list so one can check off Yusho winners when checking a basho:
  3. I remember commenting in another thread that Kotooshu's lone yusho (14-1) included wins over eight current or future Y/O, and I see he beat nine yusho winners. His only defeat ... Aminishiki!
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    University Banzuke 2017

    Just putting up a "Thanks" emoji seems inadequate for the prodigious amount of work you put into this series. But ... thanks!
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    Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    Behold, the macaron dohyo!
  6. Considering that there will only be a limited number of Yokozuna and Ozeki in a basho, it seems you'd need to have several hiramaku yusho winners around to run up the number.
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    Trivia bits

    Ah, yes, I forgot about that one. Named for that little fishing village where they make all those chopsticks
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    Former rikishi activities

    I didn't know whether to react with a "sad" or a "ha!ha!" emoji -- both, I guess. The heya part: yeah, he's gone since 2012, maybe Takanohana didn't have enough time to "raise him up right." Of course, if Saito-san was trying to get funds to join the koenkai, that's different.
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    Trivia bits

    Well, my point is that the rikishi's real name would have to seem "natural" to the Japanese language. If my first name were Ken, it wouldn't seem strange to have that name in Japan (though a person might say "Hmm, how did this foreigner get a Japanese given name?"). There don't seem to be any non-Asian surnames I can think of that would "pass" as an acceptable Japanese surname, let alone pass the test of sounding and looking "Sumo-like". To the first point: The DB is down now, but when I checked "Endo" and "Shodai", there were multiple predecessors, almost all with the family name "Endo" or "Shodai". I've only come up with single examples of "Baruto" ... or "Torakio". Postscript 1: My comments about the foreign Oyakata only suggests that they may "think outside the box" more when establishing their new heya. Of the first five uchi-deshi from the new Narutobeya, only one (Oshozan) seems to have a shikona relating to the Oyakata or the stable (though, of course, I may be wrong). Postscript 2: I don't remember receiving this information from the Forum, but I guess there is some oversight (at least unofficially) from the NSK on assigning shikona. So, no crazy ideas would ultimately get through? Postscript 3: I seem to be getting jumped on more often for my opinions lately. I take it as a badge of honor!
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    Trivia bits

    My guess is that this would have to start with an oyakata -- maybe a Mongolian like Tomozuna (ex-Kyokutenho) or other foreigner like Naruto (ex-Kotooshu). On the other hand, these may want to mollify the Committee by being sufficiently "conservative" about such practices. Isn't the major hurdle to using foreign shikona the fact that there are so few Japanese surnames that have homonyms in other languages (I know, you can think of dozens, but I can't). If they could use first names, there are several rikishi who would have pleasant-sounding shikona. Baruto Kaito's first name is actually Kaido! Unfortunately, his last name is Höövelson.
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    New recruits for Natsu 2018

    Tatsunami: I see a little of the dissipated look of Charlie Sheen.
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    New recruits for Natsu 2018

    Naruto: Left side, from front: Honma (Jd), Anzai (Mz), recruit, recruit Right side, from front: Torakio (Jd), Sumidagawa (Jd), Yobidashi recruit, Oshozan (Jd) Back: recruit
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    Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    Koenkai. How does this work for an individual rikishi, and what sort of support does a heya receive. Does a popular sumo retiree take along his support group when he takes over a new or existing stable? And does a heya support group look out for a veteran rikishi who might be facing retirement with few prospects?
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    Haru jungyo 2018

    Yoshikaze and Chiyomaru: their smiling faces couldn't look more different, but you can't help but love both of them.
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    Agree (except that if Terunofuji had 13 wins instead of 20, I believe he would be facing intai). That was my point (so I guess it wasn't pointless). If Terunofuji's problem is diabetes, there are sometimes dietary and hormonal treatments that can manage the symptoms and return the "energy" of patients. If Kisenasato's problem is un-healable and he were not shielded by his status, he would probably be in Makushita by now with a 13-20-57 record; anyone with his impressive resume (and age) would retire rather than face life outside of sekitori. I probably misunderstand the whole thing, but I'd rather retire as a Yokozuna than as an ex-Ozeki Ms12. Sorry I didn't stick to my promise and move on, but I deeply respect your opinions and know that you have always tried to be fair in your judgements. So, I wanted to give it one more shot.
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    I'll try to state my point once more, then move on. If you imagine Kisenosato's record from 2017.05 to now if he weren't a Yokozuna, he'd probably be intai already: he's won 13 bouts in 6 tournaments (Terunofuji has won 20). I think both rikishi have career-threatening issues, but if Terunofuji's problem is diabetes only, there is a chance he can manage it over the short-to-medium range. You may say, "that's not fair; Kise had two 0-0-15's, while Terunofuji had none." But Kisenosato fell not even a half-rank from it. And he left the other basho early, as prescribed by tradition. No coming back on Day 11 for a Yokozuna (and I don't disagree with that.) The ranking system in Sumo is tough and unrelenting -- win and advance, lose and fall back. At the same time, the idea of the Yokozuna is the ideal of a heroic figure in the Greek sense -- larger than life in victory, and poignantly tragic in decline. In my opinion, the breeding and training of larger, stronger wrestlers makes the occurrence of injuries almost inevitable; but that means short careers as Yokozuna, as we see in other sports (NFL Football comes to mind). To guarantee at least reasonable length to a Yokozuna career, the YDC/NSK has to give all the benefit of the doubt to an injured Yokozuna [Hakuho is a bit of a freak of nature, though he has also skipped tournaments]. I'm not against this policy; I'm just saying it exists.
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    OK, here's the example: Basho Kisenosato Terunofuji 2017.03 13-2 Y2e 13-2 O1w 2017.05 6-5-4 Y1e 12-3 O1e 2017.07 2-4-9 Y2e 1-5-9 O1e 2017.09 0-0-15 Y2e 1-5-9 O2e 2017.11 4-6-5 Y2e 0-5-10 S2e 2018.01 1-5-9 Y1w 0-8-7 M10e 2018.03 0-0-15 Y2e 6-9 J5w Kisenosato was shut down 4 times after his injury, because it isn't fitting to watch a Yokozuna struggle. Terunofuji came back to the dohyo on Day 11 with the impossible hope that he could pick up even one win and stop the slide down the banzuke; he lost all five. All I'm saying is that Yokozunae do have the pressure that comes when there is no lower rank to drop to -- but the YDC goes out of their way to keep them active if there's any chance they can regain their powers.
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    Tanaka Toranosuke to join Ozumo

    Which heya?
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    See posts of 12/25/2017.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    OK, you inspired me: Higgledy Piggledy Kisenosatomus Winces and grimaces, “Oh, woe is me! If I go through Natsu like A hippopotamus August will be my Dan patsu-shiki”
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    From the way the data was presented, could you tell that #1 became a Yokozuna during the 26-basho run, and #2 didn't?
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    Well, Terao. I haven't been around long, so don't remember any maegashira from the "old days", but if I had to choose a rikishi who at least looked like a Yokozuna, I'd say Gojoro.
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    Has that changed recently? If Terunofuji had broken through to Yokozuna before his recent ills, wouldn't the YDC be now saying that "Yokozuna Terunofuji should heal himself, and prepare to contend for a basho when he is ready"? Instead, he's trying to stave off a trip to Makushitaville.
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    Well, that landed with a thud! Since nobody commented on my above post, I will reveal that Rikishi #1 was Kakuryu and Rikishi #2 was Kaiou.
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    Sumo Superstitions

    Hope it's OK to dredge up an old thread ... I just saw a Youtube video from Nagoya 2012 showing Kisenosato during pre-bout activities; he sprinkled salt on each shoulder, then some into the ring. I had not seen that behavior before.