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Rikishi Talk the Senshuraku May 2011

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Kaisei (10-5) losing to Asasekiryu by yorikiri, 48.4 second

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(Making his Makuuchi debut, finishing with a double digit win record and getting Kanto-sho award)

"I never imagined I could have won this many. But I am acutely aware that I still lack speed at tachiai to win consistently at a high ranking level. I will put the award money in my saving account."

Kiseonosato (8-7) over Takekaze by oshidashi, 3.9 second

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(Getting kachikoshi on the Senshuraku)

"The basho was really tough. From the first half I could get going and not able to start anything. I guess I still have not gained enough strength yet."

Takekaze (7-8) losing to Kisenosato

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(Losing at 7-7)

"I never had a feel of getting kachikoshi. I will have to get back and will need to gradually build up a little by little as if I have to start all over again."

Goeido (11-4) over Tosayutaka by yorikiri, 6.2 second

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(Certain to return to Sanyaku next basho)

"I feel a good amount of satisfaction over being able to leave with a good record while facing top rank rikishi. I am especially gratified to know that I have been acknowledged for Gino-sho award."

Tochinoshin (12-3) losing to Harumafuji by yorikiri, 12.6 second

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(Won Kanto-sho but not satisfied with the result)

"I am not happy at all. I really wanted to get the last win to go into a yusho kettei-sen. It was a foolish loss. I was so tense. I can only feel nothing except regret now. I really want to aim for Sanyaku next basho."

Kotoshogiku (10-5) over Baruto by yorikiri, 8.8 second

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(Beating Baruto to get his 10th, following his 11 win record from the Hatsu Basho, keeping ozeki promotion hope alive after the next basho.)

"I felt so good, fulfilled. I am very happy. I will come back strong after resetting my mind."

Takanohana oyakata, Director of Judging

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(On Kotoshogiku)

"Obviously his record will be closely watched next basho. Many tend to get stuck with a certain number of wins but we are more interested in quality of his sumo. We all look forward to him displaying good competitive sumo."

Okinoumi (7-8) losing to Kakuryu by yorikiri, 12.5 second

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(Ranked at high Makuuchi for the first time and beat three ozeki but ending up with Makekoshi)

"Without getting a kachikoshi really means nothing. I am just weak, that's all."

Kakuryu (12-3) over Okinoumi

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"I screwed up my tachiai but I was able to remain calm. I was able to move forward and that contribute to my win today."

(Winning 12 bouts and his sixth Gino-sho)

"Rather than merely overjoyed with the result, I would like to continue to focus more on my sumo in the future."

Kaio (9-6) over Hakuho by yorikiri, 21.7 second

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(Exerted everything he had to win by yori using his favorite Migi-uwate)

"I wanted to come back with no regret especially thinking about everyone who came over here under the circumstance we were in."

(Now only one more win to tie the historic most win record by Chiyonofuji)

"There are some thing you can never do anything about regardless of how hard you think about."

(On Nagoya Basho)

"Not knowing whether we have a basho or not isn't easy at all. But I will try to do all my best not losing motivation to work harder."

Hakuho (13-2) losing to Kaio

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(On Tochonoshin bout)

"Actually I was trying not to look at it."

(Winning his seventh consecutive yusho equaling the record held by Asashoryu)

"I am happy to be able to reach the level of the 68th yokozuna, one senior of myself. But you know right now we've just completed the basho without an incident. So you can understand I feel no ambition of eight consecutive at the moment. I felt the basho to be really long. I was able to achieve what is considered to be a feat, seven consecutive basho yusho but more than anything else I am pleased to know I was able to leave the basho with a good result. I could not really understand what it meant by an ability judging basho initially but I am happy with what I have been able to accomplish. I am convinced that hard training we do day in and day out is what we are all about."

(Asking if he was beaten by Kaio's more determined spirit)

"I guess if you want to describe it in one word, that will be it. It means my opponent was stronger today."

"We all should remember winning is not simply what the Sumo-doh is all about."

(No awarding of the Yusho trophy but this time he did not shed any tears over it.)

"Yeah, I did not cry this time. You know I was really convinced that it would never happen again but it did. But I believe going through such an experience made me more mentally disciplined and tougher. I had some concerns prior to the basho but I wanted to show more than any other basho that in this basho the strongest would prevail."

"By visiting the victims of earthquake prior to bacho made me feel we all have to work together and do all our best to recover from tough times."

"It's true that losing so many whom we have shared our meal together got us all down. But now I believe we were able to restore some level of credibility overall. There is no other way but for what we have lost on the dohyo, we can only try to regain back on the dohyo."

Hanaregoma oyakata, Kyokai chairman

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(On two yusho race rikishi losing today)

"I guess (jokingly) it means Kaio is the strongest."

"Relatively speaking I feel everyone competed with pretty good sumo throughout. But once again throughout the whole basho, Hakuho was the one who had contributed most in solidifying the basho. He has done a tremendous job for us. We have had so many people coming by so I am sure that made all rikishi more motivated to display good sumo."

Takanohana oyakata, Director of Judging

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"We had quite a few good thrilling bouts this basho, especially those bouts between Makushita high ranking rikishi were really exciting. Today we had excellent bouts in the last half of Makuuchi and involving Sanyaku rikishi."

(Takanohana oyakata will be considering a unprecedented banzuke making for the next basho as no Juryo rikishi likely fall down to Makushita and up to 13 Makushita rikishi headed to Juryo next basho. Even a makekoshi rikishi in Makushita may be promoted as there are only 11 Makushita kachikoshi rikishi within ten Makushita rankings, with a likely possibility of Makushita West Lead 1 Kakizoe with 3-4 record to be promoted back to Juryo.)

"You must realize that banzuke is an organically growing entity so there will be many cross interactions."

(Certain to be promoted to Juryo for the first time are, Aoiyama, Takanoyama, Kaonishiki, Minami, Chiyonokuni and Mochimaru while to be back in Juryo are Kakizoe, Kanbayashi, Matsutani,

Sotairyu, Miyogyiryu and Hamanishiki. The last remaining spot will likely be taken either by East Makushita 3 Arawashi with 3-4 or Makushita East 12 Kyokushuho with 4-3 record, both from Mongolia and aiming for the first Juryo promotion. )

Kakizoe

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(Suffering consecttive makekoshi since the Hatsu basho last year resulting him tumbling down from Makuuchi to Makushita, barely beating Juryo Masuarami on the Senshuraku by hatakikomi,)

"Winning and losing this bout would have made a huge difference, I went with everything I had. The rest is up to those oyakata in Judging."

Sansho Award Selection Committee held their regular basho meeting and awarded Kanto-sho to Kaisei who won nine consecutive bouts from the opening day and Tochinoshin who battled Hakuho for the yusho till the Senshuraku. Kakuryu and Goeido were the Gino-sho winners but there was no Shukun-sho winner.

o Shunkun-sho: none

o Kanto-sho: Tochinoshin(3), Kaisei(first)

o Gino-sho: Kakuryu(6), Goeido(2)

Makuuchi Yusho

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Hakuho, East Yokozuna (13-2)

Real name: M

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Hey Joe, where ya goin' with that gun in your hand(tadatadaataaaa..)

Thanks for your efforts-these are great. (Bye, bye...) (Sign of approval...)

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Takanohana oyakata, Director of Judging

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"We had quite a few good thrilling bouts this basho, especially those bouts between Makushita high ranking rikishi were really exciting. Today we had excellent bouts in the last half of Makuuchi and involving Sanyaku rikishi."

That part is quote.

(Takanohana oyakata will be considering a unprecedented banzuke making for the next basho as no Juryo rikishi likely fall down to Makushita

Quote or speculation?

Tsurugidake, J14W, is 6:9. Needs demotion, no such post in Nagoya, and that means makushita.

and up to 13 Makushita rikishi headed to Juryo next basho.

Say "more than 13"

Even a makekoshi rikishi in Makushita may be promoted as there are only 11 Makushita kachikoshi rikishi within ten Makushita rankings, with a likely possibility of Makushita West Lead 1 Kakizoe with 3-4 record to be promoted back to Juryo.)

In the next 10 ranks, 11 to 20, there are 9 kachikoshis, starting with E-Ms12 Kyokushuho, but also including 4 with 5:2 record:

E-Ms16 Oniarashi

E-Ms17 Chiyoarashi

W-Ms18 Kitazono

W-Ms20 Satoyama

"You must realize that banzuke is an organically growing entity so there will be many cross interactions."

(Certain to be promoted to Juryo for the first time are, Aoiyama, Takanoyama, Kaonishiki, Minami, Chiyonokuni and Mochimaru while to be back in Juryo are Kakizoe, Kanbayashi, Matsutani,

Sotairyu, Miyogyiryu and Hamanishiki. The last remaining spot will likely be taken either by East Makushita 3 Arawashi with 3-4 or Makushita East 12 Kyokushuho with 4-3 record, both from Mongolia and aiming for the first Juryo promotion. )

So how about Oniarashi?

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Tsurugidake, J14W, is 6:9. Needs demotion, no such post in Nagoya, and that means makushita.

Please stop asserting that fact X must mean consequence Y. It's a recurring theme with your posts, but that's just not how things work with the banzuke, no matter how much you'd apparently like to raise mere guidelines to the status of immutable laws.

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Many thanks for the extra-large Rikishi Talk, Joe! (Sign of approval...)

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Thank you very much for these posts. They add interesting colour to the basho.

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Thank you very much for the translation, i am new to Sumo, have only been watching for 3 months now but i find it very interesting and exciting, this 2 week tournament was the first time i have seen Sumo live, (watched on live stream from the nihon sumo kyokai site) and i have had a wonderful time experiencing the culture and tradition of Sumo, your translation adds much perspective as the one thing i have had a problem with is i cannot speak Japanese and have often wondered what is being said, but i have learned some words and hope to learn more.

Thanks again (Sign of approval...)

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While almost all of reserved seats were distributed by one day prior to the basho day and all of the same day tickets were distributed by early morning every day, the fact that there were so many empty seats visible was that many of the ticket holders did not bother to show up.

An alternative explanation is that the scalpers failed to to sell all the tickets they had obtained.

(I am not worthy...)

Orion

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Then do we have any actual quotes as to which guidelines they shall concede this time, which ones they would keep?

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