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  1. Rainoyama

    Takakeisho injury update

    The bruising already looks a bit better left picture is from two days ago, the right one from today. Takakeisho has less trouble moving his arm than before apparently.
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    Takakeisho injury update

    It looks quite bad indeed, despite that Takakeisho seems hopeful and would like to be there for Kyushu if ready... I don't know what to think, is he really stupid enough to think he'll heal in time or is the injury not as bad as it looks ? Anyways here's the story. Takakeisho was back to training today, as you can tell from the picture the injured area is quite swollen and the bruising is bad so he only did shiko and exercices for the lower body. "It's getting a bit better I think, I'm following the treatment seriously. The colour looks bad now but it was much worse before [...] the bleeding is getting better as the days goes by" he explained He confirmed the injury happened at the tachi ai and puts the blame on himself, saying his form was not the same as usual that day, his oshi was coming from the side and he thinks it was the cause. Despite that injury he still have a positive mindset "The injury is unfortunate but had it happened on day 8 I would'nt have returned to ozeki, even though I got injured I could fight for 15 days" On kyushu (he won the tournament last year) "This basho was the turning point for me. I won't force myself to enter if I'm not ready but if I am I'd like to enter" he said Same thing goes for the jungyo (starting in four days) apparently, he'll be kyujo at first but he wants to join if possible "If I'm ready enough I'd like to join the tour, tasting the athmosphere of the jungyo is important. I'll discuss it with my oyakata then decide" https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/201910010000395.html
  3. Rainoyama

    New Takanofuji Scandal

    Still don't agree with that generalization to Japan and Japanese people at all but l don't want to drift out of topic and list facts and numbers again. Concerning violence in sumo I think it'll take time but they'll get results eventually. Of course it'll never be perfect as you can't control what people do and people's character some people may cross the line (Harumafuji for instance never had any documented issues but became violent one time because like most Yokozuna he has a strong temper and was smashed that day) but the difference will be that it'll no longer be ok and there'll be consequences. Takanofuji as dumb as he is (well that was probably the lawyer) raised an interesting question though : he said the kyokai doesn't provide any alternative ways to maintain discipline. That right there is actually the main issue they'll have to overcome imo. I wouldn't be surprised if the tsukebito knowing that Takanofuji crossed the line once decided to skip their duties knowing he had no way to punish them and that he would be banned using violence again. He is a 22 years old dumb bully so he did and will fall because of it but making him an example is not enough.
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    I agree with everything you wrote except that last bit. Tradition is very important in Japan, it's true but one of Japan's most incredible strengths is to change and adapt. 1867 Japan is a feudal state in the midst of civil war between the shogunate and rebels warlords. The country is far from being unified, the written language is the same as the one from the 12th century therefore completely different from the spoken one, there's no standard japanese anyway. A few years back the country was forced to open its borders and sign unqual treaties. 1905 Japan is a constitutional empire, the country is fully unified, the law system is a modern one based on french and german law. The written language has been modernised and now includes translations for almost every Occidental modern concepts, the education system is the same in the country, standard japanese is forming. Japan is a modern and rich country in every single domain and its modern army just beat the Russian army. Japan also rebuild itself completely after WWII, all it took was a few decades to become the second richest country in the world (thanks to its ability to change and adapt once again). Yeah I understand that the sumo world could be better and that many things need to change, but on this particular issue at least they are trying. They are giving lectures about it, the compliance committee is new. It's slow and not perfect but at least things are starting to change and I think Takanofuji will be punished and expelled regardless of all that drama in the media. Everything is new and it's a first so it just takes a bit of time.
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    Chris Gould's translation and take on the press conference.
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    On the contrary ! I offer my translation but it's never perfect so it's always good if someone can correct my mistakes or add things I forgot to mention. There's actually no way to tell for sure apart from the context you're right ."Allow" makes way more sense so I still think it was my mistake but it probably was a poor choice of word from him if there's a debate about it. Well japanese is not my first language so maybe it's clear enough for japanese people ?
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    That's probably "to allow" in that case, it was my mistake.
  8. Rainoyama

    New Takanofuji Scandal

    He is a 22 years old dumb kid, the lawyer is the one who writes the script for him.
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    Akinomaki summed it up already on the post above, but more details and quotes from the press conference. "I deeply regret using violence and I'm reflecting on my actions. I couldn't guide my juniors with words and raised my hand instead which I should'nt have done. If it's even possible to be forgotten, I'd like to apologize to the tsukebito. I respect my Oyakata and the Kyokai and I am truly sorry to have caused such an embarassement." "The punishment is too harsh I can't accept it. I've entered the sumo world since I was in middle school, to me there's only sumo. My wish is to reflect deeply on my foolish acts and come back to the dohyo to devote myself to sumo" "If the kyokai forgives me I'd like to go to the tsukebito's home to apologize to them. No only for the violence but for the discriminative remarks. I am truly sorry." He also admited the whole chicken nickname thing and apologized for that too. As reported by Akinomaki above he criticized the kyokai for not giving any alternative to violence "the lectures on not using violence didn't work because the Kyokai didn't gave us any other alternative to discipline"
  10. Rainoyama

    New Takanofuji Scandal

    I'm not a specialist but I think ざあすis like あざす or ありざす it's a contracted and casual form of ありがとうございます。
  11. Rainoyama

    Takakeisho injury update

    It's not just Chris Gould, That's what the oyakata told the press. Takakeisho had the MRI and according to the oyakaya he was told that 6 weeks of treatment are needed. There's no need for him to compete in November so that gives him until January to heal and get back to shape which if the diagnosis is correct seems doable. Even if he is not ready then he'll probably wait until March to come back now that he knows he can get the ten wins.
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    The young generation (japanese rikishi only)

    Thank you so much for your input, I edited the post to add Hatakikomi to Tomokaze's style. I use the official website info to fill that section as the post takes so long to write but yeah it's not the best source to use aha (They list Aoiyama as a migi yotsu specialist...)
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    Takakeisho injury update

    Very worrying indeed. Let's pray they are not making the same stupid mistake and that the injury is not as serious than Kisenosato's. What comforts me a bit is that Takakeisho is younger so his body may heal better. Also Kisenosato was screaming in pain when his injury happened whereas Takakeisho was clearly in pain but it seemed more bearable hopefully it means the tear is not as severe.
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    Takakeisho injury update

    For those who can't read japanese: this is bad. The injury is as bad as we feared. The MRI revealed Takakeisho tore his left pectoral muscle. According to the Oyakata there will be mo surgery. 6 weeks to heal. He won't be at the jungyo for sure and will probably be out for Kyushu to be safe.
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    The young generation (japanese rikishi only)

    POST AKI 2019 UPDATE Second update of the original post, this basho was a good and eventful one for the young guys so there's a lot to say. Just like I did last time, I'm adding the new information in red so you guys can easily spot the changes. YUSHO WINNERS Takakeisho Mitsunobu (23) - Chiganoura beya Highest rank : Ozeki 1 Yusho, 3 Jun Yusho , 8 special prizes (3 Gino-sho, 3 Shukun-sho , 2 Kanto-sho) 3 kinboshi 175 cm 169 kg Favourite style : Tsuki-Oshi Record this basho : S1W 12-3 The now 23 years old Takakeisho found himself back to Sekiwake as a result of sitting out completely last basho. The Sekiwake spell won't last long though as he was able to get the 10 wins needed as early as day 12 therefore garanteeing his return to Ozeki next basho. Not only that but he actually went on and won two more to finish 12-3. Cherry on top, he even had a chance to win the yusho had he won the play off against rival Mitakeumi. Yes he didn't win it, but given Takakeisho's lack of training prior to the basho it was a magnificent perfomance from him. His decision to start actual training only a few days before the basho to get more time to heal raised concerns at the time but it's now fair to say it was the call to make. Takakeisho surprised everyone by starting 5-0 which put him in a very good position right away and his confidence and sumo only improved from there. From his first bout against Daieisho on day 1, we could tell he was moving well and healthy but he looked a bit rusty. He looked better and more confident as the days went by and even had very dominant wins in the second half. Looking at his losses: he lost that bout to Endo by slipping on the gyoji's slipper, and was pushed down by Chiyotairyu and Goeido the only two times his leg movement didn't follow his upper body at the tachi ai. No doubt he is a special talent and even though he missed on his second yusho this time I wouldn't be surprised to see him get it soon enough. Mitakeumi Hisashi (26) - Dewanoumi-beya Highest rank: Sekiwake 2 Yusho, 8 Special prizes (2 Gino-sho, 5 Shukun-sho ,1 Kanto-sho) 2 kinboshi 180 cm, 177 kg (+2) Favourite style : Tsuki-Oshi Record this basho S1E 12-3 Y The basho didn't start well from Mitakeumi who lost to Asanoyama on day one and was up two kilos despite stating he wanted to lose weight. For one moment I thought this basho would be another 9-6 for him. I was wrong. Mitakeumi relied on a very good tachi-ai and turned things around. He was KK as early as day 10 securing his place in Sanyaku for the 17th straight basho and completely avoided consecutive losses which he only managed once before: Nagoya last year- his first yusho. Every time he was questionned about the race Mitakeumi answered the same thing : "my goal is to get to 10 wins", his first goal this basho was to finaly manage to get double digits to start another ozeki run, 12 wins+ yusho is a nice start, I expect him to aim for double digits again for the next two basho but a yusho or even a jun yusho next basho should be enough to get him to ozeki to start 2021. One thing his certain Mitakeumi, just like Takakeisho, is a special talent and his first yusho was not a fluke. He now has as many yusho as all three current ozeki combined. Asanoyama Hideki (25)- Takasago-beya Highest Rank: M1E 1 Yusho 5 special prizes ( 2 Shukun-Sho, 3 Kanto-sho) 1 kinboshi 188 cm (+1) 171 kg (-6) Favourite style : Migi yotsu-yori Record this basho M2W 10-5 For just his second basho in the joi-i ranks after his 7-8 showing last basho Asanoyama showed great signs of improvement, getting double digit wins including his first kinboshi and the scalps of the two ozeki. He reminded me a bit of prime Kisenosato at times with his great defense at the edge and his powerful yotsu attack. Well deserved Shukun-sho for Asanoyama (his second). Despite getting a double digit record as a M2 Asanoyama may have to wait again for his sanyaku debut though unless the banzuke committee somehow decides to add extra slots for him and Hokutofuji... Interesting prospects Abi Masatora (25)- Shikoroyama beya Highest rank: Komusubi 2 kanto-sho 2 kinboshi 185 cm (-2) 152 kg (+2) favourite style : Tsuki/oshi Record this basho: K1E 9-6 Another solid basho for Abi who secured his place in sanyaku for the second straight basho (one of his wins is a fusen and another one a hairpul hansoku against Tochinoshin though) That loss to Myogiryu on senshuraku was a tough one as Abi looked like he injured his ankle and was denied a 10th win that could have started a run. Hokutofuji Daiki (27) Hakkaku-Beya Highest rank : Komusubi 1 Jun-Yusho 1 Gino-sho 6 kinboshi 183cm (-1) 161 kg (-1) favourite style : Oshi Record this Basho M1W 9-6 Everything started well for Hokutofuji who beat Yokozuna Hakuho on day 1 to get his 6th career kinboshi (!) but the ideal start turned into a nightmare first week as Hokutofuji went on to lose 6 in a row after that. To counter the bad luck he switched back to his blue mawashi for the second week and came back as a completely different man winning 8 straight and looking unstopable. Unfortunately even with a 9-6 record as M1E Hokutofuji will probably be denied a return to sanyaku for the second straight time unless the committee somehow decides to add a spot for him. Tomokaze Yuta (24 ) Oguruma beya Highest rank M3W 1 Shukun-Sho 2 Kinboshi 185 cm (+2) 181 kg (+1) Style : Tsuki oshi/ Hatakikomi Record this basho M3W 7-8 Tomokaze's KK streak finaly came to an end this basho after he finished with a 7-8 losing record for the first time of his career. Despite that he did quite well for his first basho in the jo-i ranks beating Ozeki Goeido but more importantly beating Yokozuna Kakuryu for the second basho in a row (therefore getting his 2nd Kinboshi) and dedicating the win to his recently friend and mentor Yoshikaze. 6 of his seven wins were via Hatakikomi and the stat is even worse if we start last basho. With such a big body Tomokaze would be way more dangerous by mixing things up and going forward more. Right now his opponents are expecting him to pull and taking advantage Daieisho Hayato (25) Oitekaze-beya Highest rank M2E 1 kinboshi 182 cm (+1) 160 Kg Style : Oshi-tsuki This basho : M3E 8-7 Another solid basho from the underappreciated Daieisho in the joi rank, getting his first kinboshi as well as Tochinoshin's scalp while producing solid sumo even when losing. Intriguing prospects Meisei Chikara (23) Tatsunami beya Highest rank M4E 179 cm (-1) 147 kg (-3) Style: Hidari yotsu-yori Record this basho: M10E 10-5 As expected Meisei did very well at that low rank after a rough first jo-i experience last basho. He'll be back to the top next time and will be looking to do better. Enho Akira (24) Miyagino beya Highest rank M11W 1 Gino-sho 168 cm 98 (-1) kg Style : Acrobatic ninja ( hidari yotsu, shitatenage...) Record this basho M11 W 9-6 Second straight 9-6 record for the little guy at his highest rank. Enho is a joy to watch every day but it'll be interesting to see how he'll do in the upper half of makuuchi. He faced a lot of bottom half guys again this basho (only faced 4 guys ranked above M10 but finished 3-1) Onosho Fumiya (23) Oonomatsu- Beya Highest rank : Komusubi 3 Kanto-sho 1 kinboshi 177cm 159 kg (-1) Style : Tsuki oshi M11E 9-6 Onosho finished with a 9-6 record at M11 which is not bad but with his level of talent it still feels a bit dissapointing. He looked much better in the second half though winning his last 6. Terutsuyoshi Shoki (24 ) Isegahama Highest rank M9 E 1Jun yusho 1 Kanto-Sho 169 cm 116 kg Style : acrobatic ninja ( migi-maemitsu/nage ) Record this basho M9 4-11 Nightmare basho at his highest ever rank for the little guy. Probably climbed the ranks too high and too fast after his stellar performance last basho. Takagenji Satoshi (22) Chiganoura Beya Highest rank M10W 191cm 172kg Style Tsuki-Oshi M17 4-11 Second straight nightmare basho for Takagenji who will be back to juryo next time. Didn't look healthy and was probably confused by all the noise surrounding his twin brother. Nice win on day 14 against Terutsuyoshi but that about the only positive thing I can find to say about him this basho Disappointing prospects Shodai Naoya (27) Tokitsukaze-beya Highest rank: Sekiwake 2 Kanto-sho 1 Kinboshi 183 cm (-1) 167 kg (+2) Style : Migi Yotsu yori Record this basho M4W 3-12 Pathetic performance from Shodai, probably his worst basho in Makuuchi. He'll fall down in the lower half for the first time in ages. He should do well there so hopefully he'll get a confidence boost from it Kakuryu potentially joining the stable may be a good thing for him. He is training with him a lot already but I expect the yokozuna to give him more advice if they become heya mates. Kyushu is his home basho so he'll get the homecrowd support as well. Yutakayama Ryota (26) Tokitsukaze Beya Highest rank M2E 1 Jun Yusho, 1 Kanto-sho 184 cm (-1) 177 kg (+2 New wife's food...) Style: Tsuki oshi M16 10-5 Good performance from Yutakayama at the bottom of Makuuchi, married life seems to affect him in a positive way so far. His style is still messy and relies on power more than accuracy but he's shown some cool moves here and there like his kotenage against Tochiozan on day 1 or his Hikkake win against Chiyoshoma. Turned 26 on senshuraku. Kagayaki Taishi (24 )Takadagawa Highest rank M4w M13 6-9 MK Another basho, another mediocre result for Kagayaki. Probably shouldn't even make the list but he is young and Makuuchi regular... Yago Takanori (24 ) Oguruma beya Highest rank M10w 187cm 183 kg (+5) style : Hidari yotsu-yori J4 8-7 Another average basho for Yago down in juryo. He managed to get a KK but that won't be enough for him to return to makuuchi. Probably shouldn't make the list either...