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Kakuryu as Yokozuna

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Really?! I could not disagree more. For me Hakuho has the worst Doyho-iri of all last yokozunas. He look always unmotivated and blase to me. Akebono and the Hanada brothers showed much better and more dignified dohyo-iris.

Personally, I think Hakuho's appearance of unmotivation is his ever-reaching goal of becoming a "Wooden Rooster" like his hero. But to each their own.

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For my money, Hakuho has the best dohyo-iri I've ever seen.

I beg to differ. His shiko is rather substandard.

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Even with the errors and the restarting, you can already see that Kakuryu is developing real gravitas with his dohyo-iri. The attendants are also learning the ropes - I suppose that Ikioi was probably getting tired because the sword was wobbling around a bit.

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Musashimaru's shiko wasn't usually very high at all. And later on he seemed to do his dohyo-iri a tad slower, likely because of his bad knees.

Hakuho's dohyo-iri is fine, imo.

Last year I attended the Hatsu Basho and filmed the dohyo-iri of both Hakuho and Harumafuji. One of the highlights of my trip and utterly mesmerizing.

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Personally, I think Hakuho's appearance of unmotivation is his ever-reaching goal of becoming a "Wooden Rooster" like his hero. But to each their own.

Even given that this is apparently at his danpatsu-shiki, Futabayama's dohyo-iri was extremely slow-paced and impassive.

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Even given that this is apparently at his danpatsu-shiki, Futabayama's dohyo-iri was extremely slow-paced and impassive.

Looks slow and fluid. Like tai-chi.

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Even given that this is apparently at his danpatsu-shiki, Futabayama's dohyo-iri was extremely slow-paced and impassive.

Looks slow and fluid. Like tai-chi.

I agree. And I don't think Hakuho is quite there yet, if this is the effect he's going for. He approaches the pacing, but lacks the fluidity.
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Some more pictures from the events, starting with the messengers bringing confirmation of Kakuryu's promotion.

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Celebration.

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First press conference from the 71th Yokozuna.

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Posing for pictures, propped up by Kakutaiki, Naniwaryu and Hagane.

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On to the tsunauchi, attended by several sekitori from Tokitsukaze-ichimon. Tokitenku and Sokokurai in this one.

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Seiro, front left.

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Kakuryu chats to wakaimonogashira Fukunosato.

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Tokitenku and Homasho.

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Toyonoshima.

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Homasho, Sokokurai and Seiro observe as the Yokozuna is fitted with the tsuna for the first time.

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Takanohana-oyakata instructs Kakuryu on the dohyo-iri.

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Commemorative pictures with the sekitori.

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More titillating trivia: Kakuryuu's tsuna is the shortest and lightest ever. The length is 4 meters (like Asashouryuu's) and the weight is 6.2 kilos, lighter than Asashouryuu's 7 kilos. Even so, Kakuryuu admitted it was difficult for him to keep his balance at first. "Make it big, slowly..", coaxed Takanohana as they trained for the dohyo iri (Hey, this is a family forum so wipe that smile off your faces NOW!!). It took Kakuryuu 22 minutes to master the moves at the first practice session , as opposed to Harumafuji's 51. (Yes, someone actually timed this..)

In a short while we should be seeing the first photos from Kakuryuu's first dohyo-iri.

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Seems we need a special dohyo iri-thread.

My ranking of the Yokozuna whoose careers I watched:

1. Takanohana

2. Wakanohana

3. Harumafuji

4. Akebono

5. Asashoryu

6. Hakuho

7. Musashimaru

I expect Kakuryu to perform a very graceful, at least solid dohyo iri.

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very well done considering that this was his first ever public performance!

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Who will replace Juryo-bound Kagamio as tsuyu-harai?

Maybe fellow mongolian and Makuuchi-returnee Tokitenku?

Public choice would be another Makuuchi-returnee Homasho.

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The whole Meiji-jingu event was live on niconico: http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv173897356

I failed to make a time-shift reservation, but it can be viewed nonetheless (maybe only after login), till end of May.
Several jungyo events will be broadcast live on niconico in April.

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How does the manufacture of his sword go? I mean, hammering, folding, quenching, straightening, polishing, sharpening... after he got his 14th win and the right to tsuna on Sunday, how long do Japanese swordsmiths need till the sword is cooled, polished and fitted into the hilt and scabbard for the new yokozuna to wear and draw?

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How does the manufacture of his sword go? I mean, hammering, folding, quenching, straightening, polishing, sharpening... after he got his 14th win and the right to tsuna on Sunday, how long do Japanese swordsmiths need till the sword is cooled, polished and fitted into the hilt and scabbard for the new yokozuna to wear and draw?

What sword? I only see a scabbard which may very well be empty.

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I have to say, I think of the current Yokozuna, Kakuryu's dohyo-iri is now my favourite! Seemed very well done.

Although it's early days, I think I agree with you. Kakuryu has the perfect personality for a Yokozuna, together with the most perfect Buddha-like facial expression. His stomach may have been churning with nerves, but he didn't show it a bit. I think he will be a wooden rooster before Hakuho.
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The attendants are also learning the ropes -

Second best unintentional pun of the year..

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Takanohana lost a LOT of weight, I always assumed most rikishi kept a very large frame, he looks positively skinny in his old age.

I'm a newbie but Hakuho's dohyo-iri looks very serious, like he is affecting on purpose a serious face. I personally really liked Asashoryu's, he had a certain "Mongolian Attitude" that even pre-bout was visible in the way he cleaned the salt from his hands.

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Takanohana lost a LOT of weight, I always assumed most rikishi kept a very large frame, he looks positively skinny in his old age.

Old age? The guy has 41 years!

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