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67th All Japan championships

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Kurokawa Kojiro (23, Takudai teacher) is amateur yokozuna, beating Toyodai's Shigematsu (3rd year) in the final. Only 2 students in the best 8th - Toyodai's Shiraishi lost in the best 8.

NHK news page with video of the final http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20181202/k10011732041000.html

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with his older brother (2nd in 2014&15, 3rd in 2016)

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http://sumorenmei.moo.jp/category/平成30年度/第67回天皇杯全日本相撲選手権大会/

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黒川(拓大職員) ○(寄切)● 重松(東洋大)

沢田(和歌山県庁) ●(押出)○ 黒川(拓大職員)
西郷(鳥取県庁) ●(突落)○ 重松(東洋大)
 
五十嵐(盛岡市役所) ●(突落)○ 沢田(和歌山県庁)
白石(東洋大) ●(押出)○ 黒川(拓大職員)
西郷(鳥取県庁) ○(寄切)● 宮下(福井県)
村山(新潟県) ●(突落)○ 重松(東洋大)

 

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So Kurokawa Kojiro has now managed to add the Amateur Yokozuna title to the Corporate Yokozuna title he won earlier this year and the Student Yokozuna title he won 3 years ago. Congratulations to him. On one hand, he has finally brought home this tournament for their family, considering that his older brother Soichiro was twice a runner-up and a semi-finalist another time; on the other hand, their sibling rivalry seems to be getting more and more one-sided......

It's nice to see Sawada Hideo of the Wakayama Prefectural Office getting to the semi-final this year. He is a former Wanpaku Yokozuna, but more importantly, Sawada was a member of Tachikawa Renseikan Sumo Dojo back in his younger days, so I'm very happy to see him doing well.

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The double high school champion Saito (interhigh and kokutai) had only one win in the preliminaries and didn't make it to the final. Several oyakata would like to have him, esp. same pref. Sadogatake, but (now) he wants to proceed to university.  http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2018120200208&g=spo

Last year's champion Saigo lost in the sf to Shigematsu http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20181202/spo18120220540017-n1.html

Shiraishi, the only 4th year with a sdTD qualification here, has not told if he will use it: "If I go to corporate sumo, next year there is again this tournament, if I turn pro it's sandanme - both should be a good direction to go." So far he has not been approached by a heya. http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/news/201812020000674.html

the final

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the winner

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the brother with the cup he couldn't get

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Here's a video of the final bout between Kurokawa and Shigematsu. Looks like Shigematsu's kotenage attempt ended up giving away a moro-zashi, and there's not much that could be done after that:

 

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high school yokozuna Saito  (left) in the prelims

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right

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sf Shigematsu-Saigo

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winner Kurokawa

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Waseda's Hashimoto - he made it to the best 32

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On 02/12/2018 at 12:48, mikawa said:

It's nice to see Sawada Hideo of the Wakayama Prefectural Office getting to the semi-final this year. He is a former Wanpaku Yokozuna, but more importantly, Sawada was a member of Tachikawa Renseikan Sumo Dojo back in his younger days, so I'm very happy to see him doing well.

Today NHK Kansai had a "Going for it this year" 6min video special about Sawada: after his best result at the All Japan so far last year, he wants the amateur's Emperor's cup this year. He also talks about why he did chose corporate sumo and an ordinary career: http://www3.nhk.or.jp/kansai-news/20190110/0011434.html

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I'd appreciate if anyone could translate what he said about why he decided to take a day job and do corporate sumo instead of turning pro. I notice Kojiro Kurokawa there too; does he speak about the same topic?

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@Katooshu He said something along the lines of

"I felt that a life where sumo was the only thing I did wouldn't suit me. Instead, I could work hard at the prefectural office and practise sumo during my spare time. Some of the training we do are even tougher than what the pros do, so I felt that I could also get good training this way. That's why I chose this path."

He also mentioned that to him, the feeling of winning the Emperor's Cup would be better than the feeling of becoming a sekitori.

Kurokawa Kojiro said that he wants to defend his title, and will be using that as his motivation going into this year's matches.

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Full coverage of the 67th All Japans - with athlete data on screen

Prelim round 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4excHUpfMAY

round 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzY3NFSzLr0

round 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_pFgSSNOZ8

final tournament https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI4nj1x-JPE

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Masa comes through again! I do worry about his coverage a bit now that his son has graduated though....

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