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Yumitori-shiki rikishi news

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A task for lower ranked rikishi is the yumitori-shiki. 2 are in charge of it, in case something happens. Usually rikishi from the heya of a yokozuna do this, since the dance was originally that of a winning yokozuna.
The main performer now is Satonofuji, from Harumafuji's heya, who did it for 3 years so far.
New to the task since the Fujisawa jungyo on the 9th is Kasugaryu, not from the heya but a tsukebito of Hakuho. He replaces heya-mate Mizuguchi.
All parts of the ceremony have a meaning: holding the bow in the middle and cutting through the air to purify the air, the gesture to dig into the dohyo to purify the soil from evil spirits. The shiko stamping in the end to solidify the dohyo again, that had been digged up.
Satonofuji about the movements, laughingly: "It's simple" - but actually it seems it's not, especially not for someone new to it: Kasugaryu was nervous, there was some confusion as he appeared in the hana-michi too early and other things: "I made a mistake!".
He had a try also in Kawasaki and Machida and: "I want to practice it also at the next jungyo"
http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/column/sumo/news/1635357.html
training on the asphalt outside
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video of his 2nd try

On 14.4.2016 at 19:10, Akinomaki said:

Kawasaki
local Kasugayama-beya's Kasugaryu did the yumitori-shiki

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There was a curse about the yumitori: the rikishi who does yumitori would never be promoted to sekitori. This curse was broken some years ago.

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Tomoefuji is an earlier and more successful example

The list of all about 40-50(double entries, without Kasugaryu yet), with 8 who made it to sekitori: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%BC%93%E5%8F%96%E5%BC%8F#.E5.BC.93.E5.8F.96.E3.82.8A.E5.8A.9B.E5.A3.AB

quite a good percentage

The curse thus is: a yumi-tori rikishi won't make it to ozeki - or if you see a big rank difference towards komusubi: to sekiwake

and: doing the yumitori-shiki doesn't really improve the chance of getting to sekitori

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Tomoefuji is an earlier and more successful example

The list of all about 40-50(double entries, without Kasugaryu yet), with 8 who made it to sekitori: https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%BC%93%E5%8F%96%E5%BC%8F#.E5.BC.93.E5.8F.96.E3.82.8A.E5.8A.9B.E5.A3.AB

quite a good percentage

The curse thus is: a yumi-tori rikishi won't make it to ozeki - or if you see a big rank difference towards komusubi: to sekiwake

and: doing the yumitori-shiki doesn't really improve the chance of getting to sekitori

And of course (did anybody mention this?) the yumitori-shiki man waits in the middle at the back until the final winner is declared, then he goes around to that side and gets up on the winner's side.

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There was a curse about the yumitori: the rikishi who does yumitori would never be promoted to sekitori. This curse was broken some years ago.

If I remeember well, the rikishi who broke the curse was Oga

http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=247

Sure. Newspapers reported his promotion and claimed that he broke the curse "yumitorishiki man unable reaching jurio".

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And of course (did anybody mention this?) the yumitori-shiki man waits in the middle at the back until the final winner is declared, then he goes around to that side and gets up on the winner's side.

Orion

THIS is why I love this Forum... I've been an avid fan of sumo for over 40 years and I still find myself learning something new almost weekly! (I am not worthy...)

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Kasugaryu was nervous, there was some confusion as he appeared in the hana-michi too early and other things: "I made a mistake!".

Instead of waiting who'd be declared the winner, he surely was already standing ready on Hakuho's side.

If that were to happen at a honbasho, one who knows the rule might say "The bout was fixed".

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Kasugaryu was nervous, there was some confusion as he appeared in the hana-michi too early and other things: "I made a mistake!".

Instead of waiting who'd be declared the winner, he surely was already standing ready on Hakuho's side.

If that were to happen at a honbasho, one who knows the rule might say "The bout was fixed".

That is going to happen anyway. ;-)

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Satonofuji did judo from 4th grade to high school. The father of a classmate introduced him to (not yet) Isegahama-oyakata (Asahifuji) and he entered the then Ajigawa-beya as Asatofuji. Small, but with his excellent counter-sumo (6 utchari, 14! izori, 7 tasukizori, 2 ippon-zeoi) he made it to makushita for one basho. Later he dropped the leading Ajigawa A from his shikona and inserted a katakana "no" to meet the new Isegahama format. With the yokozuna promotion of Harumafuji 4 years ago, the oyakata sent him to do the yumitori-shiki. Though usually rikishi change after 1-3 years, he's still THE bow performer at the main basho, and at his home jungyo basho in Takasaki (he's from adjacent Yoshioka-town) he got quite some oh!s from the spectators for his twirling.

Satonofuji turned 40 at this his home jungyo and in recent years has lost stamina and muscle power, having him drop to jonidan frequently. But he wants to continue this task: "The bow-twirling ceremony comes with the responsibility to conclude the day. I want to continue to do it and also want to fight at the torikumi with all my power to avoid losing to the young rikishi." http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASK4K73TQK4KUHNB00S.html

On 16.4.2017 at 13:36, Akinomaki said:

o the intai of Hokutoryu made him the 6th oldest active rikishi. http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2017/04/16/kiji/20170416s00005000077000c.html

On 22.4.2016 at 13:56, Akinomaki said:

New to the task since the Fujisawa jungyo on the 9th is Kasugaryu, not from the heya but a tsukebito of Hakuho. He replaces heya-mate Mizuguchi.

Satonofuji about the movements, laughingly: "It's simple"

Soon there should be one from Tagonoura (or another from Kisenosato's side) joining the yumitori team - I don't remember any mentioned for Kakuryu.

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1 hour ago, Akinomaki said:

Soon there should be one from Tagonoura (or another from Kisenosato's side) joining the yumitori team


In Kashiwa yesterday it was performed by Sadogatake-beya's Kotootori, from the same ichimon, seen here rehearsing:

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