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Yokozuna Ozeki Preparations Natsu 2014

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Did I miss the thread or is there none? Anyhow..

Kisenosato trained with Harumafuji at the Nishonoseki rengo keiko today at Kataonami beya. Kisenosato, Kotoshougiku, and Yoshikaze from the Ichimon, plus out of towners Yokozuna Harumafuji and young hope Terunofuji - 13 sekitoris in all. The two Ozeki and the Yokozuna had a three-way moshi-ai going. Kisenosato and Harumafuji were 5-5. "My ankle is much better. I'm doing keiko until just before I feel it's the limit- no reason to be unreasonable.." said Harumafuji. "I'm not 100 percent, but finally my body is moving well. Not too shabby.." added Kisenosato. Kotoshougiku did sumo for the first time since Haru basho today. He was 3-11. "I've still got a lot to deal with and a lot of problems. It's really hard, but I have no choice but to deal with it all with a lot of patience.." he said. The Ichimon rengo keiko will continue till the 6th.

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Yokozuna Hakuhou had 30 bouts today at home with Makushita and under rikishi, winning them all. "Sumo is immediate- if you think too much about it you can't move. The body has to work on instinct, otherwise, no good.." he said.

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Yokozuna Hakuhou had 30 bouts today at home with Makushita and under rikishi, winning them all. "Sumo is immediate- if you think too much about it you can't move. The body has to work on instinct, otherwise, no good.." he said.

That's what Kisenosato needs to learn. He thinks to much. That's why he blinks. Blinking equals thinking.

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"I don't remember when I last trained with sekitori.. It's a bit scary but that's that.." added Kotoshougiku.

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"I don't remember when I last trained with sekitori.. It's a bit scary but that's that.." added Kotoshougiku.

I'm worried about that guy. Out of all the rikishi I have met, Kotoshogiku was by far the friendliest. Ganbare!

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"I don't remember when I last trained with sekitori.. It's a bit scary but that's that.." added Kotoshougiku.

I'm worried about that guy. Out of all the rikishi I have met, Kotoshogiku was by far the friendliest. Ganbare!

And yet he’s the guy who beat both yokozuna last basho…

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Yokozuna Hakuhou had 30 bouts today at home with Makushita and under rikishi, winning them all. "Sumo is immediate- if you think too much about it you can't move. The body has to work on instinct, otherwise, no good.." he said.

That's what Kisenosato needs to learn. He thinks to much. That's why he blinks. Blinking equals thinking.

nope - medical issue.

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"I don't remember when I last trained with sekitori.. It's a bit scary but that's that.." added Kotoshougiku.

I'm worried about that guy. Out of all the rikishi I have met, Kotoshogiku was by far the friendliest. Ganbare!
And yet he’s the guy who beat both yokozuna last basho…

I was there and I was jumping up and down and screaming when he beat Hakuho.

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Some pictures from the first day of the Nishonoseki rengo keiko, held at Kataonami-beya.

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As Kintamayama reported, sekitori from Isegahama-beya joined in the session. Here, visiting Homarefuji prepares for a bout with Kataonami's own Tamawashi.

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Some of the ichimon oyakata watching the session. From the far end we have Oguruma, Tagonoura, Matsugane, Kataonami, Takadagawa and Sadogatake. On his own behind them is Hanakago.

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Also watching the session were Shibatayama, Hanaregoma and Nishonoseki. The latter two are both affiliated with Kataonami-beya.

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Juryo returnee Sakigake and Tamaasuka prepare for a bout. Nearest the camera, Kisenosato does some shiko.

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New Komusubi Yoshikaze forces Takarafuji out of the ring.

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Kisenosato continuing his warm-up outside the ring.

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From left, Shohozan, Takarafuji, Terunofuji, Sakigake and Yoshikaze.

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Arawashi and Tamaasuka.

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Juryo returnee Takanoyama and Takarafuji.

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The two Ozeki enter the ring now, Kotoshogiku and Kisenosato.

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Kisenosato and Harumafuji.

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And now Kotoshogiku with Harumafuji. The Ozeki and Yokozuna three-man moshiai session went on for about half an hour.

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Terunofuji and Kisenosato do some butsugari-keiko.

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Kisenosato offers a sip of water to his fellow Ozeki.

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The Yokozuna lends his chest to Tamaasuka.

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Kisenosato warming down with the basics.

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The rikishi pay their respects to the shrine in the keikoba, and the session comes to an end.

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In the entrance of Kataonami-beya is a yusho portrait of the 51st Yokozuna Tamanoumi, from the 1970 Aki basho.

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Harumafuji talks to reporters following the session.

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Takarafuji wipes the sand from stablemate Homarefuji.

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This is "Golden Week" in Japan, covering the period from April 29th to May 5th, which includes several public holidays. Tatsu and Tamawashi spell out GW, but unlike many in Japan the rikishi don't get time off from keiko.

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And now to the second day of the rengo, held at Oguruma-beya. Harumafuji did not join his stablemates this time, while new Yokozuna Kakuryu was present.

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Takayasu and Homarefuji in the ring for a practice bout.

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Takanoyama.

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Practice bout against Yoshikaze.

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Yoshikaze stays on for a bout with Tamawashi.

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The Isegahama trio try to catch the winner's attention, in order to become the next opponent.

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Takanoyama and Yoshikaze chat.

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Terunofuji.

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Takarafuji.

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The two Ozeki back in the ring.

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Kisenosato throws down Kotoshogiku.

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Kotoshogiku forces Yokozuna Kakuryu out of the ring. Once again, the two Ozeki and the Yokozuna did about half an hour of energetic sanbangeiko.

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Oyakata watching the session again.

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Kakuryu and Kisenosato prepare for a bout.

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Kisenosato wins this one with yorikiri.

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And Kakuryu wins this one with a throw.

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Like yesterday, Kisenosato finished his involvement by borrowing the chest of Terunofuji.

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Warming down on the sidelines.

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Juryo returnee Sakigake offers some water to the new Yokozuna.

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Shiko and sonkyo conclude the session.

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The sekitori are in a relaxed mood following keiko.

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Arawashi and Shohozan sign autographs for a young fan.

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Yokozuna Hakuhou had 30 bouts today at home with Makushita and under rikishi, winning them all. "Sumo is immediate- if you think too much about it you can't move. The body has to work on instinct, otherwise, no good.." he said.

That's what Kisenosato needs to learn. He thinks to much. That's why he blinks. Blinking equals thinking.

nope - medical issue.

Yep.

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Pictures from the Kyokai of the third day of the Nishonoseki rengo keiko, held at Takadagawa-beya. Kakuryu and Kisenosato were present again, while Kotoshogiku sat this one out.

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From left: Nogami, Komanokuni, Kotofukuju and Kotohayato wait for their turn in the ring.

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Wakanoshima and Tatsu during a practice bout. Wakanoshima is a kachi-koshi away from a Juryo debut, while Tatsu is at his highest career rank following a run of five consecutive kachi-koshi.

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Tatsu, Daikamikaze, Wakaryusei and former Juryo Dairaido get some instructions from one of the watching oyakata.

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Tatsu and Takanoyama.

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Arawashi and Shohozan get into a hidari-yotsu battle during this bout.

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New Komusubi Yoshikaze with Takanoyama.

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Takayasu and Shohozan.

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Ozeki Kisenosato.

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Yokozuna Kakuryu.

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In the ring for their first bout of this session.

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The Yokozuna starts off with nodo-wa out of the tachi-ai.

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And wins this bout with yorikiri.

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The Ozeki wins this later bout with oshidashi.

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Cooling down after the bouts.

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Kakuryu gets some words of advice from his shisho, former Sekiwake Sakahoko.

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The session concludes with sonkyo.

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The rikishi of Takadagawa-beya have written out their goals for the year and stuck them on the wall somewhere in the heya, as a kind of motivational booster.

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While Harumafuji and Kakuryu joined in the Nishonoseki rengo keiko, the senior Yokozuna did his own thing at home and also went for degeiko at Kokonoe-beya.

Greeting Kokonoe-oyakata and warming up on the teppo pole.

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New Komusubi Chiyootori was on the receiving end of a hard workout - to the satisfaction of his shisho, hopefully - during this session.

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I was wondering, looking at the pics from Kokonoe beya, where the wealth disparity between heyas come from?

Probably suited for another topic. But how come some heyas are like modern buidlings and others are like flashbacks to Taisho era?

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I was wondering, looking at the pics from Kokonoe beya, where the wealth disparity between heyas come from?

Probably suited for another topic. But how come some heyas are like modern buidlings and others are like flashbacks to Taisho era?

Dunno any details, but all that comes to mind when I see the Kokonoe lodgings, especially this tremendous table, is:

This was the good old "bubble" era in Japan

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NHK basho preview time - first the news9 sports corner at 3:14 about Kakuryu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSel-LU58k

Demon-kakka in Ohayo Nippon put the focus on Goeido - as longest sekiwake in a row (tied) an ozeki possibility with even 12 wins; a bit on Kakuryu, but he has no expectations for him to win. Endo was mentioned on the NSK Twitter but was left out.

14:05-55 Mainoumi's basho preview, 23:20-30 Sports+ (usually Kitanofuji)

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Hakuho visited Isegahama-beya today and fought 18 bouts against fellow Yokozuna Harumafuji, quite unusual this close to the start of a basho. Harumafuji won 10 of the 18 bouts.

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After that, Hakuho gave Terutsuyoshi a little help with his matawari...

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The Yokozuna needed no such help with his own matawari.

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Harumafuji heads for the bath.

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Hakuho then helped the rest of the heya with the depth of their suriashi train.

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Ikioi will continue as Kakuryu's tachimochi this basho, while Homasho takes over the tsuyuharai role from Kagamio, who did it during the spring jungyo but was demoted to Juryo for this basho.

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It’s good to see Hakuhō getting some real training, at least. Even though he technically lost.

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Sorry these are so late, I saved them to the wrong folder. Kakuryu's pre-basho visit to the Nomi no sukune shrine on May 9th.

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The chief priest of the shrine reading out the norito sojo.

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The new Yokozuna showing off his addition to the Yokozuna monument at the shrine.

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Commemorative picture with the priests of the shrine.

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