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Kyushu kensho and full house

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The number of kensho this Kyushu basho is likely to surpass 800, last year it was 783. Day 1 may see about 70, 63 last year. At the Sumiyoshi shrine double dohyo-iri close to 4000 people watched, the effect of 2 yokozuna can be felt. Days 7,8,13,14,15 of the basho may see a man-in onrei banner (day 1 ?).

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Day 1 saw no full house, 4468 visitors in a hall for about 7500. Since the start of statistics on this in 1985 this is the first time for day 1 of a basho with a new yokozuna.

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Other than Nikkan, Tospo claims that there is no effect on the ticket sales of having a new yokozuna. So far no day is sold out, day 15 being close. Kyushu is the basho with the worst sales record, no Kaio effect any more. Kotoshogiku as the home ozeki, soon to have a wedding, would have to be involved in the yusho race till the end to invoke the interest of the crowd.

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Tospo has old data (9th). Zakzak reports that sales of the second half are 5 to 6 % up compared to last year.

But the 3000 people watching the new yokozuna at the Meiji shrine are not much compared to the 20000 who watched Takanohana. The TV ratings of 17.7 % at the senshuraku musubi-no ichiban last basho also did not reach the number of Kyokutenho's yusho 2 basho earlier, 20.4%.

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It doesn't help that NHK channel 1 is showing a bunch of politicians until 5pm EVERY DAY this week. BS has all the bouts, of course.

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Since day 2 it's barely above 3000 visitors. Day 5 had 3347, day 6 with a 2 ozeki bout had 3691, 16 less than last year - Matsugane vice head judge had commented about having that bout: The visitors also don't come.

Tomorrow has another one with Kakuryu-Kotoshogiku, that was hoped to be one full house day.

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It doesn't help that NHK channel 1 is showing a bunch of politicians until 5pm EVERY DAY this week. BS has all the bouts, of course.

Well, that's what happens when there are more general elections than honbasho per year :-)

Yeah, I remember to get into rant mode during my time in Japan when I tuned in to NHK (or later via Keyhole TV) just to see those old farts in those silly old chairs - same goes high school baseball championships...

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Day 7 had 5905 visitors, enough to call it a full house. Day 8 also had ooiri, big numbers in for a thanks for the full house, man-in onrei.

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Days 7,8,13,14,15 of the basho may see a man-in onrei banner.

And so they did. First time with at least five "sell-out" days in 15 years. (Seriously? Must be their very lax definition of "sell-out" these days...) Total number in attendance 68,558, up by 3623 over last year, although that was a massive lowlight fueled (unfueled?) by the yaocho scandal, so it would have been rather difficult to go even lower.

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I think they call it a full house because all the boxes are sold, not because the boxes are full. We bought box seats on a few of the days - we had been going to buy in advance, but the lady at the kokusai building office actually said we'd get better seats if we showed up on the day; they'd give us a four person box down front just charging for two of us. And there were boxes available right up until Saturday.

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The "4-seat box sold as a 2-seater" is an actual pricing level, however, and a certain number of masu boxes are held for that purpose. Though, from your description it sounds like they might be making additional boxes available on the day in order to shift them at all. Not the worst idea, if so, although I wonder how much walk-up potential there is for them.

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