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Day 8:

1. Hakuho 171

2. Kotoshogiku 87

3. Kakuryu 80

4. Harumafuji 75

5. Kisenosato 65

6. Yoshikaze 53

7. Terunofuji 33

8. Endo 26

8. Ichinojo 26

10 Ikioi 22

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The new Nagatanien Endo-hug-doll banners with their hilarious announcement.

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No wonder the poor lad is too embarrassed to win these days.

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It's always (for all kensho) the company name and a product slogan. In this case:

永谷園から
Nagatanien kara
From Nagatanien

遠藤はだっこちゃんです
Endo ha dakko-chan desu
Endo is a...

Don't really know how to translate dakko. Dakko means 'a child's hug' or carrying a baby or pet in your arms. Chan is a diminutive suffix used for example for young kids. So something like "Endo is a cute litte pet to hug".

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It's the Nagatanien CM campaign in pieces.

Usually for kensho it's a short slogan and the name of the sponsor, but in this case for the whole set they have it turned into a long Nagatanien CM.

Starting as always "For this bout there is/are ..." to announce the kensho and then something like

"And now the Nagatanien campaign announcement:" "It's the Endo-hug doll"

"In the Nagantanien campaign you can get" "the hug-doll"

"All have been waiting for" "the hug-doll"

"10 000 can get one" "the hug doll"

Like Torquato wrote, the first one "Endo-zeki dakko-chan desu" sounds a bit odd on its own, like by a kid saying "Endo, (he is a) hug-doll"

Dakko-chan apparently has been a popular type of doll for quite some time, it's basically formed to hug you.

You can see the doll with Endo in the post where I announced the new hype rikishi goods

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Thanks for the explanations. I just wish that he would do better, and get some of his own kensho. Can't be much fun to fall off the dohyo each time, with the risk of injury on top of all that.

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Endo-zeki dakko-chan rag-doll hug-doll is also very popular among Makuuchi rikishi.

They love to hug and squeeze him and push him out of the dohyo and then get a nice stash of kensho envelopes for it.

6 of 8 have already taken this opportunity during the current Kyushu basho... B-)

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Day 9:

1. Hakuho 186
2. Harumafuji 90
3. Kotoshogiku 87
4. Kisenosato 83
5. Kakuryu 80
6. Yoshikaze 55
7. Endo 39
8. Terunofuji 33
9. Ichinojo 29
10 Ikioi 22

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Day 10:

1. Hakuho 195
2. Harumafuji 109
3. Kotoshogiku 87
4. Kisenosato 83
5. Kakuryu 80
6. Yoshikaze 55
7. Terunofuji 40
8. Endo 39
9. Goeido 37
10 Kaisei 31
10 Ichinojo 31

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Day 11:

1. Hakuho 228
2. Harumafuji 115
3. Kakuryu 102
4. Kotoshogiku 87
5. Kisenosato 83
6. Yoshikaze 55
7. Terunofuji 50
8. Endo 39
9. Goeido 37
10 Ichinojo 34

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Nice to see Harumafuji getting more than a few kensho at last.

Kakuryu is still doing a lot better on average, which is a bit surprising to me.

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Day 12:

1. Hakuho 251

2. Harumafuji 133

3. Kakuryu 118

4. Kotoshogiku 87

5. Kisenosato 83

6. Yoshikaze 58

7. Terunofuji 50

8. Endo 39

9. Toyonoshima 37

9. Goeido 37

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Day 13:

1. Hakuho 251

2. Harumafuji 153

3. Kakuryu 118

4. Kotoshogiku 97

5. Kisenosato 83

6. Terunofuji 77

7. Yoshikaze 58

8. Goeido 50

9. Endo 39

10 Toyonoshima 37

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Day 14:

1. Hakuho 251

2. Harumafuji 171

3. Terunofuji 126

4. Kakuryu 118

5. Kotoshogiku 97

6. Kisenosato 83

7. Yoshikaze 78

8. Goeido 50

9. Endo 39

10 Toyonoshima 37

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Last day, final standing:

1. Hakuho 251
2. Harumafuji 171
3. Kakuryu 169
4. Terunofuji 144
5. Kisenosato 108
6. Kotoshogiku 97
7. Yoshikaze 78
8. Goeido 55
9. Endo 51
10 Toyonoshima 37

Thanks for reading. See you next basho.

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Endo 9th with 4 wins. Harumafuji with only 2 more than Kakuryu who had 4 less wins. Ugh.

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Endo 9th with 4 wins.

He had about 12/13 Kensho in each of his bouts. That means he gave away about 130 to 140 kensho this basho. Quite generous of him. I wonder If his sponsoring will go on like this with such records.

Harumafuji with only 2 more than Kakuryu who had 4 less wins.

Harumafuji for sure attracts less money than Kakuryu, but in the yoks case it's also a matter if they lose/win the last bout of the day or an earlier one and which day of the tournament that is. Harumafujis win against Hakuho in the penultimate bout of day 13 gave him just 20 kensho. The final bout on senshuraku had the old maximum limit of 51 kensho, which definitely also would have been there when the Kakuryu and Harumafuji bouts against Hakuho would have been scheduled the other way. In this case (reasonably assuming the same amount of kensho) Kakuryu would have finished with 138 and Harumafuji with 202 kensho. With just one change in scheduling it could have looked much different.

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He had about 12/13 Kensho in each of his bouts. That means he gave away about 130 to 140 kensho this basho. Quite generous of him. I wonder If his sponsoring will go on like this with such records.

Why wouldn't it? It's the same cost and benefit to the sponsor no matter who wins, if they wanted all the money to go to Endo personally they'd have used some other arrangement (larger CM deal, etc.) from the start. IIRC Takamisakari's deal with Nagatanien went on unchanged until he dropped out of makuuchi. There was talk that it would probably resume at a lower level if he made it back, but he never did so it was moot. Edited by Asashosakari
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The reason to put sponsorship money into the match is simply to get your company's name out there. If you put it out on a very popular rikishi, people take notice of your banner. Seems like capitalistic marketing to me.

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