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  1. NSK Instagram Post confirming the promotion officially. Translation via Deepl: "Today, 31 January, a banzuke organisation meeting and a special board meeting for the March tournament was held, at which the promotion of Kotonowaka to ozeki was decided. The ozeki promotion ceremony will take place later."
  2. Godango

    Natsu 2024 discussion (results)

    News articles and our own Kyujo thread reporting that Takayasu is out, but nothing on NSK's site at time of writing this comment. Literally my internal monologue last night. "Wow this might actually be the stars aligning... no, shut up Godango, you know what happens when you get your hopes up". For real. I should disembark the Takayasu train but I simply can not.
  3. Communication breakdown, I think we're saying the same thing. Seihakuho will be fine, the Isegahama Mongolian-in-waiting may be impacted.
  4. I believe @Bunbukuchagama was stating that in order to have a new foreign rikishi join, a stable would need to have zero foreign rikishi, regardless of whether existing foreign rikishi were inherited or started with the stable. For example, after Tochinoshin's retirement, Aoiyama is now the only foreign rikishi in Kasugano-beya. Kasugano-beya can not add a new foreign rikishi, despite the fact that Aoiyama joined via merger (hence why he and Tochinoshin could be there at the same time). This is what is relevant to Isegahama-beya's Mongolian prospect. But yes, theoretically there is no limit to how many foreign rikishi a heya could inherit via merger.
  5. While we await Natsu, I thought it might be fun for us forum members to embark on a journey to create our very own individual Mount Rushmore of Ozumo. Now, for those unfamiliar with the concept, Mount Rushmore is a monumental sculpture in the United States featuring the heads of four U.S. presidents, symbolising the nation's growth and development. Similarly, our Mount Rushmores of Ozumo will honour four figures who have left an indelible mark on the world of sumo wrestling. Before we delve into our selections, let's establish some ground rules. This isn't a competition to determine the greatest sumo wrestler of all time. Instead, it's an opportunity for each of us to share the names of four individuals whom we hold in special reverence, whether it's for their remarkable performances on the dohyo, their contributions off the dohyo, or even their impact as gyoji, administrators etc. Remember, this is entirely subjective. Your choices are yours alone, and there's no right or wrong answer. This thread is a space for shared appreciation and celebration of sumo's legends. So, who would you choose to carve onto your Mount Rushmore of Ozumo, and why? Take a moment to reflect on the individuals who have left an enduring legacy in the world of sumo, and let's honour their contributions together.
  6. Part of why I left it out
  7. Agreed, and I'm loving it. My intention when starting this thread was to see how different people interpret the question, and what different people value and I'm getting that in abundance. I think it's brilliant that people have brought in influential sumo commentators (including those on this forum), historians, etc. I was close to including the Kokugikan in my original Mt Rushmore.
  8. I'm only limiting your quote to its final sentence to save padding this comment, but I want to sincerely thank you for the entirety of your post. That was exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to see, and it's brilliant getting an insight into another fans perspective and appreciation on the sport. Fantastic stuff.
  9. Ha, not gonna lie, this is making me feel a lot less self-conscious about my selections!
  10. Any particular reasons why they hold special significance to you?
  11. Ha! But also, re-reading my post I absolutely made it sound like we would be creating a collective Mount Rushmore, but the intention was we would each post our own.
  12. As for my own Mount Rushmore -- I'm actually finding this very difficult which is why I thought it could be a fun topic. But here's where I am currently at; and I will acknowledge/disclaim that I am going to allow myself to come back and revise/be influenced by others. So on to it (in no particular order) Hakuho With his record-breaking success, longevity and and dominance, I think it's impossible to exclude Hakuho. While his oyakata career is off to a shaky start, his rikishi days were extraordinary, not to mention his ambassadorship and impact to future generations via the Hakuho Cup. Akebono The first foreign-born Yokozuna is quite possibly why a lot of foreigners, including many of us on this forum, became fans in the first-place. He broke cultural barriers and paved the way for the rise in foreign participation and success that we see continue to this day. Raiden That unrivalled win ratio and the mystique surrounding Raiden represent that almost mythological side to sumo (particularly its history) that captured my imagination as a child and continue to this day. Taiho What seals the deal with Taiho for me is his cultural impact in Japan during the period post-WWII. Obviously his career achievements speak for themselves, and his legacy continues to this day via Oho and his other grandsons. I need to elaborate and think longer on this. I will likely revise it. But I wanted to pst something since I introduced the topic.
  13. They held the technical examination tournament at the Kokugikan as usual, but there was no charge for admission, no Emperor's Cup on the line, and no cash prizes. The bouts still counted towards the wrestlers' lifetime records and as stated the tournament was used to decide the rankings for the following basho.
  14. Gotta be honest, I was ignorant that there were that many open slots for foreigners. Colour me surprised.
  15. The other side of the coin is that he's guaranteed a sought-after foreigner slot under a former yokozuna. I can see that being worth waiting for.
  16. Godango

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    This fascinates me.
  17. Godango

    Haru 2024 Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Talk

    I was thinking M4 ish. M5 does seem at first glance but then the justification makes sense. All this to say I'm one of the great terrible GTB players.
  18. Godango

    New recruits Aki 2022

    He did not stay healthy, but he did fairly well.
  19. Godango

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I'm more interested in whether Onosato will make Yokozuna before any of the existing Ozeki.
  20. Godango

    Haru 2024 Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Talk

    Tokushoryu's 14-1 got him from M17 got to M2. You'd have to imagine M3 at best then.
  21. Godango

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Taking bets.... My immediate thought was Atamifuji, but Nishikifuji and Takarafuji have the Aomori connection.
  22. Godango

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Seems a nice lad.
  23. Godango

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    English commentary from NHK said Isegahama gave more detail after the match. Badly stretched ligaments in the ankle (ankle sprain). Takerufuji couldn't walk on it yesterday. Isegahama planned to submit the kyujo, but Takarafuji woke him up at night to say he wanted to compete, so they loaded him up on painkillers. Basically, he wasn't in condition to compete but he wouldn't take no for an answer. I do hope he has done no additional harm, but I'm glad it worked out for him.
  24. Godango

    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Spectacular. This is delightful.