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18 hours ago, Yubinhaad said:

Joining Tatsunami-beya is 18-year-old Watari? Yamashina (山科 渉利) ...

This year's likely winner in the "shindeshi who don't look their age at all" category. Pretty sure there are oyakata who are looking more youthful than him...

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On 12/02/2020 at 14:25, Akinomaki said:

Little brother Kenshin (?) Yagi (15, 176cm, 145kg) from Ie Island, Himeji-city

I have fond memories of Ie-shima.  Spent many days either jumping out of aircraft over the island or boating about the coast while other did.  

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18 minutes ago, Yangnomazuma said:

I have fond memories of Ie-shima.  Spent many days either jumping out of aircraft over the island or boating about the coast while other did.  

Are you perhaps thinking about Okinawa?

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8 hours ago, Otokonoyama said:

Are you perhaps thinking about Okinawa?

LOL, no.  Ie-shima is located a nice ferry boat ride NW of Okinawa.  Yes, I was stationed on Okinawa, but the airborne operations did, in fact, happen on Ie-shima.  Right about here:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ie,+Kunigami+District,+Okinawa+905-0505,+Japan/@26.7290256,127.7571173,3077m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x34e50dc0bdd56d15:0x48b841bb24b2ea4f!2sAwase,+Okinawa,+904-2172,+Japan!3b1!8m2!3d26.3188891!4d127.8326572!3m4!1s0x34e4e5a9fba0ff29:0x6ac89f11c9e11b38!8m2!3d26.7317311!4d127.7636253

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Turkish father and Japanese mother. Hagiwara (22, joining Naruto). Plays the piano, Chopin and all. 4th year from Takushoku. He has a yusho in the under 100 kilo category in the East Japan students championships two years ago. "I want to become a sekitori in two years," he said.

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46 had originally applied to take the shindeshi-kensa, 45 turned up.


Three new recruits for Otake-beya. We already knew about Takamori Naya (on the right), who was recorded at 185cm, 155kg today. Joining him are 18-year-old Ryoga Yamamoto (山本 亮我, left) from Mie prefecture, 179cm and 140kg, and 15-year-old Seiya Kakeno (掛野 聖也, centre) from Gifu prefecture, 168cm and 68kg.

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Similar story over at Shikoroyama-beya, we met Kota Matsumoto (on the left) earlier, and he is joined by Atomu Machi (町 亜斗夢, centre) from Hofu, Yamaguchi prefecture, and Tomoya Miyata (宮 田友哉, right) from Tsukuba, Ibaraki prefecture, the hometown of the 34th Yokozuna Minanogawa.

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Two new recruits for Takadagawa-beya, both reported as junior high school graduates so 15 or 16 years old. On the left is Ryoga? Matsui (松井 涼雅) from Hiroshima, his shikona will be Setonoumi (瀬戸の海) after the Seto inland sea which gives Hiroshima its southern coastline. On the right is Haruku ? (靏 春空) from Fukuoka, he will take his given name as his shikona.

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More to follow later.

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Looming over everyone at the examinations were two new recruits for Miyagino-beya, nicknamed the Twin Towers in one article. 192cm Ishii (石井) on the left, 200cm Mongolian Aryuunaa Dawaaninji (アリューナー ダワーニンジ) on the right. Is he going to hang around as banzuke-gai until Hakuho retires?

Dawaaninji came to Uryu, Hokkaido at age 5 when his parents moved there for work. He's been drinking a litre of milk every day since and shot up from 170cm to 190cm across his final two years of junior high school. As a six-year-old he bumped into Hakuho by chance at a Korean airport and asked for a picture. Hakuho suggested he give sumo a try which he did upon returning to Hokkaido. The connection was maintained over the years and at the Yokozuna's recommendation he later went to Tottori Ritsunishi junior high school and then Tottori Johoku high school.

Annoyingly, Ishii doesn't receive the same respect, not even his given name gets so much as a mention.

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Joining Oguruma-beya is 15-year-old Kenshin Nishida (西田 健心) from Chikujo town, Fukuoka prefecture. He's been active in the town's sumo club during his school years and competed at the Kokugikan a couple of years ago. Nakamura-oyakata (former Sekiwake Yoshikaze) visited the mayor's office to announce him. He'll be the fourth from the town to enter ozumo, among the others are former Juryo Kotoyutaka and current Maegashira Shohozan. "I'll do my best to become a sekitori quickly!" said Nishida, who was recorded at 181cm, 141kg today.

Seeing her son about to leave for Osaka after the meeting, Nishida's mother was quite emotional. Nakamura advised: "When you have difficulties, remember your mother's tears and do your best. It's a serious responsibility, and I want to bring you up patiently to become a long-lasting sekitori."

With Nakamura-oyakata.

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With Mayor Hisami Arakawa.

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And a commemorative picture.

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Four new recruits at Nishiiwa-beya, from left with the shisho:

? Tanaka (田中 優霧), 15, Hyogo
Hibiki? Kouchi (光内 響), 15, Kochi
Yuta Yahara (箭原 祐太), 14, Osaka
Mizuki Onehara (大根原 瑞規), 16, Tokyo

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Tatsunami has a second recruit besides Yamashina, but they didn't post any details with the picture. Mystery guy being measured.

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And even more mysterious in a mask, with stablemate Yamashina on the right.

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Joining Sakaigawa-beya is 22-year-old Takumi Kadoshima (門島 琢海) from Imizu, Toyama prefecture. He seems to come from a wrestling background, searching around I've found his name in freestyle and Greco-Roman results competing for Takaoka Koryo high school and then Fukuoka University.

One other recruit also comes from Toyama prefecture, 15-year-old Shuntaro Nakajima (中島 駿太朗) from Takaoka city who joins Michinoku-beya. No other info on him yet.

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The long and the short of it - the Kyokai posted a shot of recruits measuring 200cm (must be Dawaaninji), and 168cm.

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58 minutes ago, Yubinhaad said:

two new recruits for Miyagino-beya, nicknamed the Twin Towers in one article.

Naming sumo wrestlers after something famous for falling down seems inauspicious.

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15 minutes ago, Onibushou said:

Naming sumo wrestlers after something famous for falling down seems inauspicious.

The University of Kentucky had two tall players on their 1978 NCAA championship team: Rick Robey (211 cm) and Mike Phillips (208 cm), both husky.  They were called the "Twin Towers" to point out their tremendous height.  Seven years later, U of K had another pair of "Twin Towers": 211 cm Melvin Turpin and 216 cm Sam Bowie.  All of this well before 9/11/2001.

Strangely, very few college or pro teams have two players this size nowadays; they're usually too slow for the modern game.

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Why not name them after the two towers of Orthanc and Baradur?

Wait, I think one of those fell down too.

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9 hours ago, Yubinhaad said:

(...) 200cm Mongolian Aryuunaa Dawaaninji (アリューナー ダワーニンジ) on the right. Is he going to hang around as banzuke-gai until Hakuho retires?

Dawaaninji came to Uryu, Hokkaido at age 5 when his parents moved there for work. (...)

Maybe he's able to claim a Japanese shusshin?

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1 hour ago, Asashosakari said:

Maybe he's able to claim a Japanese shusshin?

He won't have to. Hakuho is Japanese now so Miyagino can admit a foreigner.

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48 minutes ago, Tigerboy1966 said:

He won't have to. Hakuho is Japanese now so Miyagino can admit a foreigner.

No, that used to be a loophole, but they closed it.

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23 minutes ago, Asashosakari said:

Almost exactly 10 years ago, as it happens.

So the clampdown on foreigners happened just after Asashoryu "resigned". Coincidence?

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You could just read the linked thread to find the reasons, you know.

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Dawaaninji's backstory has finally confirmed that he really is a Mongolian kid who grew up in Hokkaido. The amasumo crew did suspect as much.

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20 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

The University of Kentucky had two tall players on their 1978 NCAA championship team: Rick Robey (211 cm) and Mike Phillips (208 cm), both husky.  They were called the "Twin Towers" to point out their tremendous height.  Seven years later, U of K had another pair of "Twin Towers": 211 cm Melvin Turpin and 216 cm Sam Bowie.  All of this well before 9/11/2001.

 

Olajuwan and Sampson were the more famous  Twin Towers for the Rockets in 1984.

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2 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

Olajuwan and Sampson were the more famous  Twin Towers for the Rockets in 1984.

You are correct, Sir.  Hakeem Olajuwan (a mere shrimp at 211 cm) and Ralph Sampson (224 cm) were thought to be the beginning of a decade-long dynasty for the NBA Houston Rockets.  Unfortunately, knees have trouble holding even light athletes of Sampson's height, and he was gone much sooner.  Especially since Ralph played at U. of Virginia (not Kentucky), college BB snobs think of the Rockets duo as "copy cats."

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On 29/02/2020 at 03:44, Kintamayama said:

Turkish father and Japanese mother. Hagiwara (22, joining Naruto). Plays the piano, Chopin and all. 4th year from Takushoku. He has a yusho in the under 100 kilo category in the East Japan students championships two years ago. "I want to become a sekitori in two years," he said.

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Stupidly, I was gonna ask if he was related to Kisenosato, but then I realized the Turkish father thing would have come up now and again in interviews(Inastateofconfusion...)

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Posted (edited)

Hagiwara henkas in nearly every match

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2 hours ago, Katooshu said:

Hagiwara henkas in nearly every match

do you have video evidence?

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11 hours ago, mt fuji said:

do you have video evidence?

2 henka, 2 different outcomes. Check out that air time he got vs Motobayashi

I watched 5 matches he had from this tournament, and 4 were henka--either straight up leaps like the first one, or slightly more subtle HNH-ish ones

 

 

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Does anyone know the (rough) odd of a shindeshi becoming a sekitori?   100 to 1?   200 to 1?

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9 minutes ago, robnplunder said:

Does anyone know the (rough) odd of a shindeshi becoming a sekitori?   100 to 1?   200 to 1?

Let's take a random year, far enough in time.

I picked 2000, let's have a look at the shin-deshi for each basho

Basho sekitori/non-sekitori

Hatsu 2/7
Haru 4/64
Natsu 1/9
Nagoya 1/5
Aki 0/1
Kyushu 2/4

2000 10/90

So that's 10%. You can do it on several years to have an idea of the variability

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