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Pictures from the Kyokai - 2013 Haru

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Hello. I'll be posting the pictures from the Kyokai's Twitter account this basho, and they were certainly snap-happy on shonichi. Here we go...

The opening day's Jonokuchi action, the first five bouts of the basho. Ninth consecutive loss for Shikinokawa (pic #1), and a notable win for Ishiura (#4) with a nice shitatehineri (and not, as I kept yelling at the screen, an izori).

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Hefty veteran Kainowaka lost to Daiyushi, while Tosayutaka won the first bout of his comeback from injury, against Fujiarashi.

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Chiyoshuho throws Morigaki, and Kiryu wins with a neat kakenage against Tsugaruumi.

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Announcer gyoji Kimura Shoji and Kimura Kichijiro.

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Aozora defeats Iwasaki, Osunaarashi pushes out Yamatofuji, and Makushita Tsukedashi Endo starts his career with a win against Sakaguchi.

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Shin-Juryo Tochihiryu takes part in his first dohyo-iri; then the West side.

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Tochihiryu opens his sekitori account with a win against Hochiyama.

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Miyabiyama sends Takanoyama down and out. The gyoji is Kimura Kenjiro.

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Three consecutive mono-ii in Juryo here. First, Tamaasuka narrowly beats Tenkaiho when the latter's leg touches the tawara before Tamaasuka's hand touches out. Second, Tokushoryu throws Takanoiwa. Third, Chiyootori flattens Homarefuji while his own foot stays delicately balanced on the tokudawara. The gyoji got it right in all three bouts. (I am not worthy...)

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Makuuchi dohyo-iri pictures. Shin-Nyumaku Oiwato / East and West / Sanyaku close-ups / Yokozuna.

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Harumafuji returns the Emperor's Cup, handing it over to his shisho Isegahama-oyakata. Then the Rijicho's address. And a full house, supposedly.

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Shin-Nyumaku Sotairyu throws the salt. Both of the new Makuuchi lost their opening bouts today.

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Popularity Survey Results:

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Masunoyama / Kisenosato / Wakanosato

Juryo 1-2-3: Miyabiyama / Satoyama / Kitaharima (from Makushita, beating Sensho)

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A few pictures of yesterday's Makuuchi action finally appeared last night.

Jokoryu - with an oicho-mage for the first time in a honbasho - sends Takekaze flying out, while Baruto slams Ikioi down.

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Hakuho vs. Aminishiki.

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Harumafuji vs. Tochiozan.

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And it was a welcome return for the long-absent Kimura Tamamitsu.

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On to Day 2, but only a handful so far.

A view from outside the Bodymaker Colosseum (still can't make myself like that name).

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Yobidashi Setsuo calls up the first two mae-zumo participants, Hara and Ito. Hara is returning from a two-basho stint off the banzuke, while Ito is a newcomer for Isegahama-beya.

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Takanohana doing his meet-and-greet in the foyer, in front of the trophy cabinet. Also a pause in memory of the victims of the earthquake/tsunami, two years ago today.

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Today is also Hakuho's 28th birthday; a larger version of his Kyokai profile pic.

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 2

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Masunoyama / Shohozan / Myogiryu

Juryo 1-2-3: Wakakoyu / Tenkaiho / Sensho

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Only a handful of pics again today.

Ice cream. You scream. Only 350 yen. Sumo wrestler sold separately.

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Plush toys on sale at the Haru basho gift shop.

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The banzuke board, on display at the front entrance.

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To mark today's bout between the two Sekiwake, the Kyokai helpfully posted a picture of their encounter in the Hatsu basho.

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Chiyotairyu is riding a two-win streak against Ozeki, and faces a Yokozuna for the first time tomorrow...

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And Myogiryu faces Hakuho tomorrow, hoping to repeat last basho's kinboshi win seen in this pic...

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 3

Makuuchi 1-2-3-3: Takayasu / Myogiryu / Chiyotairyu & Shohozan (tied for third place)

Juryo 1-2-3: Nionoumi / Takanoyama / Tochihiryu

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Again only a few pictures from the Kyokai today.

One stand at the Bodymaker Colosseum is selling produce from Amami Oshima, one of the islands in Japan's southernmost extension, the Ryukyu chain.

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Meet the oyakata - Onogawa (former Bushuyama) and Sekinoto (former Iwakiyama) are manning the charity goods stand near the main entrance, every day from 1pm-4pm.

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Takanohana continues his daily 2pm meet-and-greet with spectators.

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Distant view of the dohyo during Tochinoshin and Kotooshu's bout today.

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 4

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Chiyotairyu / Masunoyama / Goeido

Juryo 1-1-3: Azumaryu & Tochihiryu (tied) / Nionoumi

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I'm afraid we're still on a go-slow with pictures from the Kyokai. Anyway, Hiyonoyama has been conspicuous by his absence this basho, but it seems he even has his own brand of cookies. (Eating...)

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Ichiban shussehiro picture, the video of which can be seen here courtesy of Asashosakari. The gyoji is Shikimori Ichinosuke.

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Ahead of today's bouts, a shot of last basho's encounter between Hakuho and Tochiozan, and the side-by-side profile pictures for Kisenosato vs. Chiyotairyu.

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 5:

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Masunoyama / Ikioi / Shohozan

Juryo 1-2-3: Tochihiryu / Takanoiwa / Azumaryu

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Back to the Amami Oshima stand today, visited by Shikihide-oyakata (former Kitazakura). He also helped out at the charity goods stand near the main entrance, imploring visitors to buy stuff with a megaphone.

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For the hungry, there's a restaurant called The Bull at the Haru basho venue.

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Rikishi arriving at the Bodymaker Colosseum (on Shonichi, I think) - Tamawashi, Tochinoshin and Harumafuji.

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Nice seat if you can get it - ringside for Daido vs. Yoshikaze.

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Today's highlight bouts - Hakuho vs. Chiyotairyu and Baruto vs. Kisenosato (picture of last basho's bout).

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And tomorrow's highlight bouts - Harumafuji vs. Ikioi and Tochiozan vs. Goeido (picture of last basho's bout).

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 6

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Goeido / Harumafuji / Kitataiki

Juryo 1-2-3: Nionoumi / Takanoyama / Azumaryu

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These aren't from the Kyokai, but in the interest of adding a bit more actual sumo content I'll post them here - Chiganoura-beya's shots of their rikishi who were in action on Day 5:

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I'm afraid we're still on a go-slow with pictures from the Kyokai. Anyway, Hiyonoyama has been conspicuous by his absence this basho, but it seems he even has his own brand of cookies. (Eating...)

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The box itself looks good enough to eat, it's a pity i can't eat with my eyes. :)

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This is more like it! (Clapping wildly...) So I guess weekend means more pictures, which is fair enough. Here we go...

Main entrance; spectators waiting for the doors to open at 8:30am; ticket office.

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The two youngest gyoji, Kimura Ichinosuke and Shikimori Kazuto, wait for maezumo to start. The shinpan arrive (only two for maezumo in this basho), and Shikimori Kinosuke oversees the first bout between Daishozen and Kawai.

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Announcer gyoji - Kimuras Satoshi, Ryosuke, Shoji and Kichijiro.

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The Jonokuchi action begins with Umetsu beating Morimune, while Ishiura stays on course for the yusho with a win against Jonidan-ranked Rikiyushi.

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Oshio outfoxes Sadaisamu to get his first win of the basho; at 60kg he is the lightest active rikishi.

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Two uwatenage - Yoshinofuji beats Tomiyama, while Tokutaiho remains unbeaten with a win against Kawashita.

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Breakdancing on the dohyo? Juban beats Oisato.

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Driven back to the edge, Nakazono turns things around to beat Amamidake with a kakenage. The gyoji is Kimura Kazuma.

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Tamao gets his 11th consecutive win, defeating Hakunoryu with a kirikaeshi. And Tosayutaka beats Daishodo to secure his first kachi-koshi since 2011 Kyushu!

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Tsurunoumi slaps down Enshunada, and Orora pushes down Shibahara.

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Uno vs. Kainokura - they fell together in the first attempt, but Kainokura got the win in the torinaoshi.

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Sasanoyama flattens Aonosho, and Fujinoumi pushes out Tenichi. Officiating these bouts is Kimura Shoji, one of the announcer gyoji shown above.

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Win some, lose some for Sadogatake-beya. Kotoeko beats Tochimaru, but Aozora beats Kotokobai.

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Osunaarashi pushes out Tatsu, while the seated gyoji prepares to take evasive action. And Dewahayate pushes out former Maegashira Kimikaze.

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Dohyo-iri: Juryo East and West, Makuuchi East and West, Yokozuna.

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Full house today!

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 7

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Takayasu / Toyonoshima / Wakanosato

Juryo 1-2-3: Nionoumi / Tochihiryu / Azumaryu

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Tomorrow's highlight bouts - Ikioi vs. Hakuho and Kisenosato vs. Goeido.

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That's a great shot of Baruto and Takayasu, looks like Taka had his spinach :)

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Sekitori bout pictures for Day 7 appeared last night.

In Juryo, the battle of the struggling mountains saw Miyabiyama defeat Hochiyama, and Azumaryu sent Asahisho out to remain unbeaten.

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Takayasu launches Baruto, Goeido ended his run of three straight losses against Tochiozan, and Toyonoshima easily shoved out Ozeki Kakuryu.

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Hakuho cruised to victory against Tokitenku in a bout with a jikan-mae start.

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Ikioi throws the salt - it was his arm on the Hatsu basho poster, by the way - but couldn't do the same to Harumafuji.

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Now on to Nakabi - ticket sales information board.

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Shikimori Tomokazu waits for the opening mae-zumo bout, while Takane and Masaya treat us to a highly entertaining bout to end proceedings, overseen by Shikimori Ichinosuke.

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Pictures of all of today's Jonokuchi bouts, sadly beginning with a 12th consecutive loss for poor Shikinokawa. :-(

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Itako vs. Matsuki - it looked like Itako stepped out (isamiashi) in their first attempt, but the shinpan ordered a torinaoshi, which was won by Matsuki.

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Yoshimura gets his first win of the basho at last! (Applauding...)

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Former Juryo Hitenryu walks out big Kainowaka, and Kotomatsuo defeats Daitenyu with a watashikomi leg grab.

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This one went to a mono-ii after a close call at the edge, but as you can see Sadanosato's foot is out so Kyokuryuo gets the win by utchari.

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Aragyoshi goes for a ride as Torinzan wins by tsuridashi, and Chiyokiryu throws Mitohikari with a nice uwatenage.

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Masutoo remains unbeaten and on course for the Sandanme yusho; Amuru's comeback winning streak ends at 10.

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Bungonishiki throws Kosei with an uwatenage (he leads their head-to-head 4-0), and Hamaeiko pushes out Daijo.

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How about a couple of leg trips? First, Terutsuyoshi borrows a move from the Tokitenku manual, taking down Asabenkei with a ketaguri. And then we see the aftermath of a chongake - wily Kyokutaisei beating Irie.

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Nankairiki throws Aisaka with one of the least spectacular kainahineri I've ever seen, while Wakamisho beats heavy Maeta to remain undefeated so far.

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Takatoshi pushes Shoketsu down and out, and Masunosho gets his first win of the basho, sending Byakko to make-koshi.

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Kazafuzan throws down Fukugoriki, and fast-rising Hamaguchi throws former Juryo Masakaze.

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Hey, Shoho didn't try a henka in this one! Kamei remains undefeated with the uwatedashinage win.

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Dohyo-iri: Juryo East and West, Makuuchi East and West, Yokozuna.

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Full house again today, the third of the basho so far.

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 8

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Goeido / Toyonoshima / Sotairyu

Juryo 1-2-3: Nionoumi / Homarefuji / Chiyootori

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Bungonishiki!

My first thought at seeing that shikona was "a hobbit lion", (Bungo being the father of Bilbo Baggins).

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Some nice shots of Day 8's sekitori bouts were posted last night.

Close call, but Homarefuji brought Azumaryu's winning streak to an end. Oiwato dispatches Daikiho back to Juryo, and Tamawashi hits the deck against Sotairyu.

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These were surprisingly one-sided - Okinoumi forces out Jokoryu and Shohozan flattens Myogiryu.

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Goeido beats Kisenosato, Harumafuji gives up his third kinboshi of the basho to Toyonoshima, but Hakuho stays in control against Ikioi.

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And just a few from Day 9.

Cardboard cutouts.

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A few photos from today's niban shussehiro (video here thanks to Asashosakari].

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Full house again today.

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Today's highlight bouts (pictures from the Hatsu basho): Hakuho vs. Toyonoshima, Kotoshogiku vs. Kakuryu.

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Dohyo-side for Takarafuji vs. Toyohibiki and Goeido vs. Takayasu (not great quality though).

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 9

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Takayasu / Chiyonokuni / Okinoumi

Juryo 1-2-3: Chiyootori / Nionoumi / Tamaasuka

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Today is Yoshikaze's 31st birthday, and he celebrated with a win against Oiwato.

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Today's highlight bouts. Toyonoshima vs. Kotoshogiku and Hakuho vs. Baruto (pics from last basho).

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Another full house.

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At the end of the day's sumo, the dohyo is covered and Kyokai personnel arrive to guard it. The guy in the sharp suit is Tanigawa-oyakata (former Hokutoriki); I think the two on the right are Onogawa and Furiwake (former Bushuyama and Takamisakari). Robocop stays there all night, waiting, alert, ready to pounce, not noticing that everyone else has left. When all the spectators have cleared out, a bell is rung to signal the cleaning crew to get to work.

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Tomorrow's highlight bouts. Okinoumi vs. Chiyonokuni has only happened once before (2012 Haru, shown in the picture), and Chiyonokuni won that with a last-ditch tsukiotoshi at the edge. Can Okinoumi stay in the yusho race? Meanwhile, Hakuho and Kotoshogiku have met 36 times and the Yokozuna dominates with 33 wins, including the last seven in a row. Can he stay on course for another zensho yusho?

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 10

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Baruto / Hakuho / Toyonoshima

Juryo 1-2-3: Azumaryu / Oniarashi / Daikiho

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Looking at those painted lines that denote the front row seats on the floor i imagine the rikishi must look absolutely huge from there, with your neck craning upwards two huge figures battle it out under blazing lights above, their tachi-ai like thunder! Their grappling like an earthquake and then silence as a giant figure soars above you in slow motion, his shadow blocking out the first five rows, you're about to enter the realm of two-dimensionality!

Sumo is the only sport where i wouldn't want front row seats.

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Spectators queueing to buy tickets today, and waiting for the doors to open. In the first picture, the man in the blue Kyokai jacket is former Maegashira Tochisakae, now Kiyomigata-oyakata.

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Today's four Jonokuchi bouts.

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After 12 consecutive losses, it's now 2 consecutive wins for Shikinokawa! (Clapping wildly...)

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Ichiki forces out Azumahikari, and Baraki gets his fifth win with a tsuridashi against Komatsu.

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Rookie Onosho shoves Hakubizan out, and Kotofubuki flattens Rikiyushi.

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Matsuki vs. Setonishiki double bill. The first attempt ended in a draw, and Matsuki narrowly edged the win in the torinaoshi.

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Yusho contender Tokutaiho moves to 6-0 with a win over Ako. Kotomatsuo was awarded the win (and reached kachi-koshi) because Daiyushi pulled his hair.

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Itadaki gets his kachi-koshi after a close win against Kumao, while Tomonofuji sent Kasugaiwa to make-koshi.

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Tamao's comeback winning streak ends at 12; today he was beaten by Kinunonami, who is also returning from injury with six consecutive wins.

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Former Maegashira Tosayutaka extended his own comeback winning streak to 6, beating Higonoryu today. And his co-leaders in Sandanme joined him on 6-0, with Wakarikido forcing out Hungarian Masutoo and Goshi hurling Daikamikaze down with kotenage.

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The heaviest active rikishi, Orora, reached his kachi-koshi today with a yorikiri win against Ryuozan.

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Osunaarashi overwhelmed Musashiumi with a kachiage and his usual thrusting attack, while Hokaho took down Byakko with a nice sotogake.

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Two rikishi now share the lead in Makushita - Takakiho and Kamei both moved to 6-0 with wins over Higoarashi and Terutsuyoshi respectively.

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Kitaharima secures his kachi-koshi and return to Juryo, beating fellow promotion-seeker Kotokuni today.

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Another full house today, the sixth of the basho.

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Dohyo-iri: Makuuchi East and West, Yokozuna.

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Shoho is back on yumitori-shiki duty this basho.

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 11

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Masunoyama / Okinoumi / Kitataiki

Juryo 1-2-3: Nionoumi / Azumaryu / Kagamio

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First, some sekitori bout pics from Day 11:

In Juryo, one of the smallest sekitori, Nionoumi, secured his kachi-koshi by pushing out one of the biggest, Tokushinho. Azumaryu kept hold of the lead in Juryo with a close win against sekitori debutant Tochihiryu. And Chiyootori eventually managed to get hold of Takanoyama and forced him out.

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Okinoumi stayed two wins off the lead with a win over Chiyonokuni, while Myogiryu beat spirited but struggling Ikioi.

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Toyohibiki beats Kyokutenho to even their head-to-head record at 7-7; Takekaze does the same thing (2-2) with a win over Kaisei. And Ozeki Kisenosato pushes out Toyonoshima, making their head-to-head score a slightly less even 25-7.

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Hakuho remained unbeaten with a win against Ozeki Kotoshogiku.

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Just a handful of images from Day 12. Once again, in advance of today's highlight bouts we got pictures of the same encounters from the Hatsu basho. Okinoumi vs. Aoiyama and Hakuho vs. Kisenosato.

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Some shots of the trophy cabinet. These goodies are what all the rikishi are trying to get their hands on.

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Full house #7 today. Didn't Takanohana want a nice round ten for the basho? Still three days left...

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 12

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Okinoumi / Wakanosato / Myogiryu

Juryo 1-2-3: Satoyama / Daikiho / Chiyoarashi (from Makushita, beating Sensho)

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So much going on today! I'm going to split this lot into two posts, this one with the pre-action stuff and the lower division bouts. Here we go...

An unexpected and interesting diversion from the basho pictures - Kimura Motoki (in the blue Kyokai jacket) and Kimura Shotaro (with the greying hair) giving instructions to two new gyoji, who I guess we'll be seeing in the Natsu basho.

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Ticket booth, sales information board again, and a chaya near the main entrance.

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A yobidashi gets his vocal chords warmed up before the day's action begins.

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The announcer gyoji holds these flash card type things while making his announcements - they show the shikona (and reading), hometown and heya. The one shown in the picture is for Tamanoi-beya's Ryuozan.

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Jonokuchi bouts. Kimishima and Majima get their kachi-koshi, at the expense of Tamaseiryo and Umetsu who fall to make-koshi. And late-entering Ryokizan returns from injury to win against the hapless Okino, who finishes zenpai for the fourth time in his short career - he is half-way to matching Shikinokawa's record.

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Bumped up to Jonidan for the day, debutants Baraki and Onosho finish their strong basho with wins against Mihamaumi and Takasaito respectively. Baraki finishes 6-1, Onosho 5-2. Elsewhere, Taguchi also finishes 5-2, beating Tsubomi today.

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Ishiura throws down Tokutaiho to seal the Jonidan yusho with a 7-0 record. (Yusho winner...)

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Tokkoriki gets his kachi-koshi with a sukuinage against veteran Kyokuhikari. The gyoji gave the win to Kyokuhikari, but the shinpan correctly overturned the decision. Sadly, Kyokuhikari suffered a left leg injury at the end of the bout (he is obscured in the video so I don't know if it's knee, ankle or what. :-(

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Tosayutaka completes a successful return from injury with a 7-0, beating Kinunonami today. He will now take part in a play-off for the Sandanme yusho with Wakarikido, who also moved to 7-0 with a win against Goshi.

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Orora works Okuma over the edge to win by yorikiri. Tomisakae clinches his kachi-koshi by shoving Okoryu out, and Tokushuzan does the same by pushing down Aiyama.

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In Makushita, Kaidonami gets a fifth win as Kotoeko takes a dive over the edge. Osunaarashi continues his rise up the ranks, finishing 6-1 with a win against veteran Nishikikaze. And Irie finishes kachi-koshi, pulling down former Maegashira Kimikaze.

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Kamei throws down Takakiho, sealing a 7-0 Makushita yusho and guaranteeing himself promotion to Juryo. (Yusho winner...)

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Now on to the sekitori action...

Juryo dohyo-iri, East and West.

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Azumaryu throws down Asasekiryu, while Kyokushuho slaps down Nionoumi. Azumaryu and Kyokushuho remain tied for the lead in Juryo.

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Makuuchi dohyo-iri (West only) and then the two Yokozuna.

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Yoshikaze gets his kachi-koshi with a yorikiri win against Chiyonokuni. His heyamate Takekaze isn't so lucky, as Aoiyama shoves him out to secure his own kachi-koshi.

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Myogiryu and Shohozan both moved just one win away from kachi-koshi today, getting wins against Kitataiki and Fujiazuma respectively.

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Three bouts where the winner got their kachi-koshi. Tochiozan did it by giving Okinoumi the bum's rush. Baruto did it with a kimetaoshi against Toyonoshima. And Kisenosato did it (eventually) with a katasukashi against fellow Ozeki Kotoshogiku.

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Yokozuna Hakuho wraps up Makuuchi yusho #24 with a nice uwatenage win against Goeido. (Yusho winner...)

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And finally, in the musubi-no-ichiban Kakuryu also sealed his kachi-koshi with a hard-fought win against Yokozuna Harumafuji.

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Full house once again today.

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 13

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Kisenosato / Tochiozan / Myogiryu

Juryo 1-2-2: Tokushinho / Kotoyuki & Takanoyama (tied)

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Penultimate day of the basho, lots of lower division bout pictures again today, and plenty of them kachi-koshi/make-koshi deciders.

Main entrance and ticket office.

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In Jonokuchi, Shimada got his kachi-koshi at the expense of fellow newbie Hamagami. Injury-returnee Tanahashi was too powerful for Morimune, and Kaiho finished with five wins, today beating Hamaminato who is also coming back from a two-basho absence.

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In Jonidan, Azumahikari got the second kachi-koshi of his career with a win against Kotouruga, who finished with his sixth consecutive make-koshi. Rikiyushi matched that with a loss against Kidai in the next bout.

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Ginseizan got his third win with a speedy win against Higohikari. (Clapping wildly...) Daikoyama got his fifth win against Miyake, in a bout where both rikishi already had their kachi-koshi.

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Mixed fortunes for Sadogatake-beya - Kotoomura fell to make-koshi against Kitasatsuma, but Kotonoshima reached kachi-koshi against Mimanishiki thanks to the shinpan, who overturned the gyoji's original decision and gave Kotonoshima the win.

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Kaishun gets his kachi-koshi by thrusting down Hisatsukasa, while veteran Daigonishiki eventually got the better of a spirited Yoshinofuji, getting his fifth win with a kimedashi.

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Mixed fortunes again for Sadogatake-beya - Kotozensho eventually ran out of space and was pushed out to make-koshi by Yamamoto. Two bouts later, Kototora got his kachi-koshi with a win against Kitanomine.

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Asaryuho got his kachi-koshi with a turnaround shitatenage, so Wakatoohashi just misses out on getting back-to-back kachi-koshi for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, Toseima put the Daishohama down in a bout between two rikishi who've had a rather poor tournament.

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Teraofuji and Daiyushi both sealed their kachi-koshi today, defeating Hibikiryu and Sasano respectively.

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Kotomatsuo got a hard-earned fifth win, withstanding a pull-down attempt and a tsuppari barrage from Hatakeyama. And Hazukiyama made short work of Tosa, getting kachi-koshi with a hatakikomi.

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As Vikanohara mentioned, this one had an odd ending. Nakashima seemed to stun himself when he charged into Sato, and then stumbled backwards and out of the dohyo. Sato gets his kachi-koshi; Nakashima gets a headache, probably.

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Rounding off the Jonidan pics, Tamatoryo finished 3-4 with a nice sukuinage against Nakazono. After a couple of false starts Wakakoki got his kachi-koshi by sending Tamakaizan into the expensive seats. And Sumanoumi got the same result with a yoritaoshi win over Kanryu.

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Into Sandanme, and we start with another kachi-koshi clinching yoritaoshi win, this time for Ebisumaru against Mitani. Raomaru also sealed his kachi-koshi at the expense of Oh, No! Joe!

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Tosahikari got his kachi-koshi thanks to the shinpan, who overturned the gyoji's original decision that Barikimaru had won. Kasugashima got his kachi-koshi in a more straightforward manner, forcing Asakoki out with yorikiri.

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Veteran Hienriki got his fifth win, and improved his head-to-head record against Isshinryu to 3-0. Kotodairyu sent Kawaraumi out in a bout between two already-make-koshi men.

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Mixed fortunes for Kasugano-beya this time. Tochinosato goes out while Daishoiwa stays balanced on the tawara (but both had kachi-koshi already). And Tochinoshima clinched his kachi-koshi by pushing out Kasugaryu.

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Finally, Torugawa secured his sixth promotion back to Makushita with a win today against Nishiuchi.

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In Makushita, we start with a couple of shitatenage. Meisei toppled Ikinoshima at the edge, but both men are make-koshi and should be Sandanme in Mei May. And Chiyoshoma secured his kachi-koshi against Akinoyama, who is more than twice his weight.

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Daigofuji and Musashiumi both finished with a fifth win, against Nogami and Hokkairyu respectively.

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Iwasaki pushes out Buseizan, while Takageppo gets his kachi-koshi with a shitatehineri win against Tatsu.

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Fukugoriki gets kachi-koshi with a quick oshidashi win against Masunosho, while Kitaharima adds an extra boost to his Juryo return with a fifth win against Sakaguchi.

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Just a handful from the sekitori divisions today.

Dohyo-iri - Juryo East and West.

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Satoyama did a neat spin and won against Kyokushuho. (Applauding...) I really want to see Satoyama back in Makuuchi. Meanwhile, Azumaryu survived a mono-ii about a possible hair pull to beat Kotoyuki, and move into the sole lead of Juryo.

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Dohyo-iri - Makuuchi East and West, Yokozuna.

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Full house number nine.

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 14

Makuuchi 1-2-2: Kisenosato / Ikioi & Masunoyama (tied)

Juryo 1-2-3: Nionoumi / Satoyama / Azumaryu

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Pictures of every Makuuchi bout on Day 14 just came through, so here they are. :-)

The Sotairyu-Homarefuji jitterbug contest ends with kachi-koshi for Homarefuji, and Chiyonokuni made sure of his place in the top flight next basho, beating Daikiho. (Sign of approval...)

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Takarafuji forces out Daido (while Fujiazuma looks like he's about to cry), and Jokoryu eventually gained control of Yoshikaze for a ninth win.

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Aoiyama shoves Fujiazuma out, and the grand old man Kyokutenho erased any doubt about Oiwato's demotion back to Juryo.

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Masunoyama slaps down Toyohibiki in an unremarkable bout, while Gagamaru had no trouble with Wakanosato (hidden behind Gaga's ample frame)

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Sadanofuji beats Henkaran, and Shotenro borrows a move from the Kotoshogiku playbook to force out Kaisei.

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Takekaze clinches his kachi-koshi by pushing Toyonoshima out (and to 7-7). Tokitenku eventually gets the better of his compatriot Tamawashi.

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Myogiryu gets his kachi-koshi with a win over Takayasu, but Tochinoshin falls to make-koshi after touching down before Ikioi.

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The impressive Kitataiki hits the deck as Tochiozan gets his ninth win (of the basho, and against Kitataiki). And Goeido forces out Okinoumi.

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Aminishiki triumphs over Baruto at the Battle of Wounded Knee (© Kintaro, probably). And Kotoshogiku drives out his unseen opponent, Shohozan.

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Kisenosato vs. Harumafuji.

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Hakuho vs. Kakuryu.

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Final day of the basho, and once again we have lots of lower division pictures to begin with. :-)

The nobori outside the Haru basho venue, and the big trophy.

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Third consecutive win for Shikinokawa!! (Clapping wildly...) And in the only other Jonokuchi bout today, Ogata beats Miyamoto.

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Takachihonomine gets a close win as Nishihata just touches down first, and Nakano hurls little Oshio down.

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Hokutonami throws Matsuki, Masunoumi shoves out Kotomanabe.

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Shuho beats Issei, and Kirizakura watches Okinoiwa go sailing by.

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Daika forces Itadaki over the edge, and Amamidake pushes down Ishihara, who entered the basho late and finishes 2-2-3.

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Hamamiryu pushes out Kosenho, and hefty Oseumi triumphs against diminutive Kozan.

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Chiyoshuho's tawara balancing act proves vital as Fukushima steps out first to lose by isamiashi, while Hasugeyama uses kimedashi to force out Zendaisho.

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Minatosho twists down Shinzan with kainahineri, Tochikasuga slaps down Tsurunoumi, and Tochinoshima spins Burinosato at the edge with makiotoshi.

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Akatsuki gets his sixth win by forcing Enshunada out, Kabutoiwa also gets his sixth win as Hakuyozan steps out at the edge.

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Komanokuni pushes down Wakaaoba, and the aftermath of a sotogake as Daikamikaze trips Aoimaru.

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Bungonishiki flattens Takamisato to get his sixth win, and Toyononami brings the Sandanme action to an end by pulling down Kisenoyama.

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Migikataagari will rise up the ranks with a 6-1 record, finished off with a yorikiri win against Sasanoyama. Terutsuyoshi throws Kansei at the edge. Dewaotori gets his fifth win by pushing down veteran Tenichi.

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Hokuo flips Sasakiyama with a neat kubinage, and Ryuonami throws Wakamisho. Magaki-beya signs off with a loss.

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Sakigake forces out Higoarashi - both men will be at new career-high ranks for the Natsu basho. Wakanoshima pushes Tokachiumi out just before hitting the deck, and Arawashi throws Kairyu in a close call for the final Makushita bout.

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Hopefully we'll get some more Makuuchi bout pictures tonight/tomorrow. For now here's the remaining shots from senshuraku.

Kinunonami forces out former Juryo Hitenryu to bring an end to the epic Jonidan yusho kettei-sen. And Tosayutaka completes a perfect return from injury, winning the Sandanme yusho kettei-sen against Wakarikido.

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Dohyo-iri - Juryo East and West.

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Former Ozeki Miyabiyama goes out with a win against Oniarashi. (Clapping wildly...)

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Chiyootori makes certain of his Makuuchi promotion with a win against newcomer Tochihiryu, who ends with an 8-7 kachi-koshi in a solid Juryo debut. Nionoumi brings down Asahisho, perhaps ending the latter's hopes of a return to Makuuchi. And Daikiho gets a ninth win and likely a Makuuchi promotion, beating Asasekiryu.

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Kyokushuho throws compatriot Azumaryu, levelling their scores at 12-3, and then wins again in the kettei-sen to take the Juryo yusho.

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The five lower division yusho winners wait for their certificates, from left: Kyokushuho (Juryo), Kamei (Makushita), Tosayutaka (Sandanme), Kinunonami (Jonidan), Ishiura (Jonokuchi). And one shot of Kyokushuho receiving his certificate.

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Rijicho's closing address.

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Dohyo-iri - Makuuchi East and West, Yokozuna.

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Tenth full house to close the basho.

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Popularity Poll Results for Day 15

Makuuchi 1-2-3: Okinoumi / Wakanosato / Hakuho

Juryo 1-2-3: Miyabiyama / Kyokushuho / Chiyoo (from Makushita, beating Yoshiazuma)

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As I hoped, pictures of senshuraku's Makuuchi bouts were posted last night. :-)

Homarefuji seals his Makuuchi promotion by pushing out Oiwato, who will drop back to Juryo. Sadanofuji gets a ninth win by pushing out Chiyonokuni.

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Masunoyama sidesteps to a quick 'n' easy win against Kotoyuki - Olympic Ojisan looks surprised. Meanwhile, Wakanosato wins one for the old guys against Jokoryu.

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Double win for Oguruma-beya - Takekaze shoves out Sotairyu, Yoshikaze throws Tamawashi.

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Takarafuji ends his superb basho with 11 wins, beating Fujiazuma on senshuraku. Kitataiki also put in a great performance, beating Aoiyama to finish with 10 wins.

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Daido beats Aran for the first time and secures his kachi-koshi in the process, and Ikioi cushions his fall a little more with a fourth win against Kyokutenho.

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Shotenro secures kachi-koshi by pushing down compatriot Tokitenku, and Okinoumi gets his 11th win and the Kanto-sho by beating Myogiryu.

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Tochinoshin goes sideways to beat Toyohibiki, and forward momentum earns Takayasu a win against Gagamaru.

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Aminishiki has little trouble beating struggling Kaisei, and Toyonoshima says hello to the floor and goodbye to a Shukun-sho.

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Goeido denies Shohozan his kachi-koshi with a quick pull-down, and Baruto slings down Ozeki Kotoshogiku.

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Kisenosato pushes out fellow Ozeki Kakuryu, and Hakuho stays perfect with a hard-earned win against Harumafuji.

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And for completion's sake, a shot of today's post-basho meeting of the Yokozuna Deliberation Committee.

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