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Basho Preparations - 2014 Kyushu

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Preparations for the Kyushu basho are well underway at the Fukuoka Kokusai Centre, and the Kyokai has posted some pictures.

Main entrance.

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Scaffolding for the masu-seki seating areas being installed.

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Beneath the tsuriyane, a space is cleared for the dohyo material to arrive.

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Sanyaku yobidashi Jiro checks on the quality of the soil for the dohyo.

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Outside, a truck delivers the salt which will be thrown by sekitori during the basho - 25 bags weighing 25kg each, for a total of 625kg.

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Back in the arena, the yobidashi carry in the tools which they will use to construct the dohyo.

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Removing excess soil and shaping the sides.

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Using a kotako to compact the sides of the dohyo.

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Using an otako to compact the top of the dohyo.

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And using tataki to make the surface uniform and smooth.

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Post-hammering dohyo.

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Yobidashi Mikio carves the groove for the shobudawara, the bales of the main ring.

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Dohyo with all shobudawara grooves carved.

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Second day of dohyo construction - a set of temporary tawara are being produced.

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Juryo yobidashi Rikinojo makes a tawara.

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Outside, NHK trucks arrive to set up their gear.

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Back in the arena, shobudawara are placed into the groove. These tawara will only be used for the pre-basho zenyasai event, so the younger yobidashi get to use this as valuable dohyo-making practice for the future. These tawara will be removed after the zenyasai and replaced with those for the actual basho.

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More hammering.

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Tsurutaro shapes one of the steps.

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And the completed dohyo ready for the zenyasai.

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Finally, I think this one was taken during the jungyo last month, but anyway - here's tate yobidashi Hideo with the poster for the basho, which will be the final basho of his career.

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I'm quite impressed that they can manage to change a pile of what looks like dirt into a solid surface just by compacting it. Ok, it's some special clay, but I'm always concerned that suddenly the dohyo might just crumble. The traditional way of creating it clearly has its merits.

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Some pictures from the pre-basho zenyasai event the other day.

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Opening speech from Matsugane-oyakata (former Ozeki Wakashimazu), who heads the Kyushu basho team.

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Furedaiko parade around the dohyo - Kohei is the drummer, Hiromasa and Kaito the carriers.

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A special dohyo-iri for sekitori born on the island of Kyushu, plus neighbouring Yamaguchi prefecture. Officiating it is newly-promoted Juryo gyoji Kimura Kankuro, who hails from Kumamoto prefecture on the island.

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Having reached Juryo rank, Kimura Kankuro gets his own akeni.

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New Juryo Kotoeko, from Miyazaki prefecture.

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Shohozan, from Fukuoka prefecture.

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From left: Chiyootori, Yoshikaze, Toyohibiki, Kotoshogiku and Sadanoumi.

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Sadanoumi, from Kumamoto prefecture.

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Kotoshogiku, from Fukuoka prefecture.

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Yokozuna Hakuho's dohyo-iri. Tachimochi is Toyonoshima, tsuyuharai is Tamawashi.

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Yokozuna Kakuryu's dohyo-iri. Tachimochi is Ikioi, tsuyuharai is Sokokurai.

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Yokozuna Harumafuji's dohyo-iri. Tachimochi is Aminishiki, tsuyuharai is Takarafuji.

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Shinohara and Wakayama put on the shokkiri display, assisted by gyoji Kimura Ryosuke.

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Jinku performance from Notozakura, Daishokaku and Kotoninsei.

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Brothers Chiyootori and Chiyomaru, from Kagoshima prefecture, gave an interview on the dohyo.

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Taiko performance by yobidashi Goro, from Saga prefecture.

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Shohozan, Sadanofuji and Kotoshogiku take on some fellow Kyushu rikishi.

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The event was brought to a close with some sekitori singing, featuring Sadanoumi, Kotoyuki, Yoshikaze and Ikioi.

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Following the zenyasai, the yobidashi removed the temporary tawara from the dohyo and placed the proper ones for the basho. Also in the box are some pictures from the dohyo matsuri which took place today.

Removing the zenyasai tawara.

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Digging the groove to the correct honbasho dimensions.

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Placing the shobudawara.

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And the kadodawara.

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The completed dohyo ahead of the dohyo matsuri.

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The three Yokozuna in attendance, along with the Ozeki and the other sanyaku rikishi.

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Ikioi, Ichinojo and Goeido.

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The senior gyoji participating this time was Shikimori Inosuke.

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Kimura Yonosuke - my favourite gyoji, incidentally.

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Tate yobidashi Hideo removes the mats from the dohyo, and leads the furedaiko parade around the arena for the last time.

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The rest of the suited-and-booted gyoji depart following the end of the ceremony. Kimura Konosuke and Kimura Haruhiko facing the camera in this one.

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Furedaiko parade in Fukuoka's Hakata ward, this group featuring Keisuke, Soichi, Shigeo, Mamoru, Satoru and Rikinojo.

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And in this group, Fujio, Yuto and Hideo announce the opening day's torikumi.

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I wonder if there's any reason for using two different types of tawara...

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Perhaps the first set were smaller in thickness and easier to make in a short time before that event? First time I've seen it mentioned in these great dohyo preparation threads.

Thanks for the photos! Extra informative this time.

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First time I've seen it mentioned in these great dohyo preparation threads.

Dito. That's why I'm wondering.

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