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  1. rokudenashi

    Haru 2022

    During the section at their father's restaurant the only direct reference to Wakatakamoto (aside from him being in various photos of them as kids) was at the end where it said "this year, they aim to be the first 3 brothers in the salaried divisions at the same time". Here's my translation of the bit after that which you were referring to... Presenter Hamada Masatoshi: Wow, you 3 brothers are awesome! Regarding what your father said about you fighting all the time, is it true? Wakatakakage & Wakamotoharu: Yes. WTK: It was constant. WMH: It's true, we did fight like that back then, and sometimes we still do. Hamada: But now you get along? WTK & WMH: (with some hesitation) ...Yes. Hamada: Don't you both think so? WMH: After we both got married, our wives becoming friends improved our own relationship. Hamada: Come on, you're brothers, you have to get along! (cuts to Wakanohana, looking pensive in response to the above) Hamada: (Looking at Wakanohana) Brothers must get along! Wakanohana: Yes, that's indeed the case. Hamada: Look who's talking!
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    Rikishi Status - 2022 Haru

    Hopefully he's not out the whole 7 days; I'm not quite convinced he's ready to challenge for a salary yet but was looking forward to seeing how he performed at this rank. Would bet he was even more motivated to perform given his heyagashira's Ōzeki promotion. Assuming this is the result of persisting injuries to both coupled with Naruto-oyakata's readiness to bench his guys when they're not 100%. Ōshōumi seems very injury prone which concerns me since he has shown signs of being able to develop into a very good rikishi. Hagiwara has been out since Day 3 of Kyushu 2021. He was making good progress up the banzuke although at a slower pace than Ōshōumi. Wish the best for both!
  3. I was watching footage of the 1947 June tournament last night and noticed something interesting (to me, at least) - the top rikishi at the time all made their entrances into the venue in western-style clothing, wearing their hair in a very loose mage, if you can even call it that. The footage is behind the NSK's paywall so I have provided a few screenshots below. It makes sense for them to be dressing this way given the political situation of the time, but nonetheless quite jarring to see. Does anyone have more information about this, and perhaps any similar practices that were imposed upon Ōzumō during the occupation? Thanks in advance. Futabayama (Tokitsukaze-oyakata at this point): Azumafuji: Maedayama: Haguroyama: Chiyonoyama:
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Exciting first 3 days particularly in jūryō with 4 prospects leading the race at this early stage. Kotoshōhō of course already has makuuchi experience, and I expect we'll see the other 3 there too in the future (Kaishō, Asanowaka, Kitanowaka). Hope they can keep it up as a battle between those guys would make for the most interesting jūryō championship since the 3-way Tatsunami playoff back in July 2020. As for makushita, if Kinbōzan continues his winning ways, a match against Ryūden and/or Atamifuji would be fantastic - I am unsure what to make of his current level, but he looks to have all the tools; certainly more well-rounded than Hokuseihō, who he might also bump into along the way. Anyway, it's too early to make any useful speculation, I'm just getting overeager...
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    Old kimarite

    Either that or simply a thrust-out using the head (to the chest, torso area) - these days I expect tsukidashi would be used to describe such a technique
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    Retired after March 2021

    He has been quite active on the channel recently, starting a series of videos where he challenges random fellas to a bout, and if they win, he'll give them the equivalent of $860 USD, or £640 GBP. The entertainment is laid on thick and probably not for sumō purists, but I found it quite entertaining. Here's the latest video, where he takes on actor Ryōma Morimoto, rugby player Shinsuke Nakamura (not the pro wrestler!), and former Kindai sumo club member Kenta Kawai: As an aside, here's Kawai competing against a much smaller Ura at the 2014 All Japan Student Championships. Looking at both guys now, it is as if they have swapped physiques.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    Atamifuji's day trip up to jūryō went about as well as it possibly could, with a complete steamrolling of Yago. He is so exciting to watch right now.
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    Banzuke for Hatsu 2022

    To get it out of the way before the holidays
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    Happy Birthday Asojima!

    Happy birthday
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    New recruits Haru 2022

    He has some good size and a fitting background, I will be keeping an eye on him. I wonder where his mum's from.
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    First post

    Welcome to the forum - and thanks to you, I learned that there is a bird called a sea cat in Japanese! Hope you enjoy your time here!
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    Takaryu intai

    Interesting, I recall that he had lost some weight leading up to his retirement; since that sometimes happens with rikishi on their way out I half expected him to have dropped a bit more by now. He must still be on the chanko. Edit: trying to identify the rikishi behind him in that photo, anyone know?
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    Sumo obituaries

    In Buddhist tradition there are memorial services held on the 49th and 100th days following a person's death (reference: this article). Perhaps it was the family's choice to delay the announcement.
  14. To me this is the real big issue... more tournament days might even out the number of bouts fought but economically it would be a major step backwards. As you have suggested, you would lose one regional market and one tournament in Tōkyō, which I'd imagine would damage Kokugikan profits somewhat, external leases notwithstanding. Competitively speaking I see where you're coming from (although I fear for the health of the rikishi in the last few days) but considering the bottom line I can't see it working. One tournament every other month is a reasonable frequency for profits and for the rikishi - it has worked for 60+ years after all.
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    New Juryo for Hatsu 2022

    Interesting reading for Shiba's new shikona - second kanji 雷 is usually read as "rai" in this context, but I assume it's taking the reading for 電 instead... For what it's worth, historical Ōzeki Raiden's shikona was written as 雷電. Also, there's a female pro wrestler by the name of Io Shirai, whose surname takes the same reading as aratamete-Shiden. Maybe they were trying to avoid that connection.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    To briefly return to the subject of Takanoshō's questionable eligibility for a shukunshō - to his credit he has beaten 3 san'yaku in this tournament (Shōdai, Meisei, Kiribayama), whereas Daieishō only managed one other san'yaku victory (Meisei) outside of his kinboshi. Of course the kinboshi comes with far more significance than beating an Ōzeki. Time to go check the historical precedents... and having done so, based on the past few years, every hiramaku shukunshō recipient did indeed defeat a yokozuna, which Takanoshō has not accomplished. So I'm now inclined to believe he won't get it, even with an 11-4. Indeed. He has fought fiercely this basho, which rather conveniently matches the description of the prize (敢然と闘う), doesn't it!
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    Ridiculous Predictions Kyushu 2021

    So no nimaikansatsu allowed?
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Thank you for mentioning that, I had forgotten about the kinboshi. How about both getting the kantoshō then, if Takanoshō wins? I can't see Abi not picking up a prize at this stage.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Perhaps Abi is already a shoe-in (shō-in?) for the kantōshō and Takanoshō for the shukunshō. Last bashō, Daieishō won the shukunshō from a similar position with a 10-5. Edit: In before "Are you shō about that?"
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

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    Promotion & Demotion & Yusho Kyushu 2021

    During the broadcast yesterday I think, it was mentioned that Chiyoarashi's 5-2 from ms4e was enough for promotion, which I guess would work in the following scenario: Hokuseihō, Kyokutaisei, Kyokushūhō go down, with an extra salaried space vacated by Hakuhō Kotoyūshō, Shiba, Kitanowaka, Chiyoarashi go up Relevant bouts tomorrow are Kitanowaka vs Kyokushūhō, and Yago vs Kotoyūshō, but considering the above, neither bout will have an impact on promotion/demotion, just on which position each competitor ends up on the next banzuke. However if Yago finishes 4-11 from j10e, surely he'd be eligible for demotion. In which case, the next best candidate for promotion would be 4w Fukai if he wins tomorrow, or 6e Shimazuumi, but a 4-3 from all the way down there seems like a reach, so maybe Yago would be safe.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    I often think that Kaisei is too nice for his own good! Good win for him today though.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    The way he locked onto, then maintained the grip on Kitanowaka's belt was terrifying. Few can match his intensity out there. For this reason I'd love to see him against Chiyonokuni or Daieishō in the near future.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Ryūden vs Chiyonoumi for the makushita yūshō. Atamifuji goes 5-1 with another formidable performance. Imagine Shiba needs to win his final bout now to confirm promotion, along with Kitanowaka and Kotoyūshō. All 3 lost today and are 4-2. Not to forget salary yo-yo'ing stalwart Jōkōryū who will be back up provided he can defeat Tōhakuryū tomorrow. It's pretty clogged down at the bottom of jūryō with the only surefire demotees being Hokuseihō, and Kyokutaisei if he keeps up his current form. Kyokushūhō is a possibility if he drops 2 more.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Ōshōumi and Ōtsuji really went for it today, favourite match of the day despite the repeated clashing of heads. Pulling for an Ōshōumi KK. Ishizaki also keeps his KK hopes alive, outmuscling the unpolished bruiser Ten'nōzan to reach 2-3. Atamifuji is my personal #1 makushita prospect. Great frame, wrestles beyond his years, and today, calmly dispatched of jōi mainstay Tochimaru. Only 19 too. Say he wins his next 2 and finishes 6-1 from 14w, the promotion battle in Hatsu becomes very interesting. Fujiseiun, while undoubtedly very skilled, could do with a few more tournaments at this level. Tsukahara showed the extra few tournaments' experience he has by manoeuvring the smaller man down to the clay. Ōshōma vs Kan'no was a bit of a disappointment, but sure it won't be the last time we see them face one another. I am beginning to see Shishi more as the next Aoiyama than the next Baruto. He does ugly, nasty sumo (I mean that positively). Today was no different.