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2 hours ago, Nantonoyama said:

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

As I have heard, Haru is the "cattle call" when new middle school grads hit the clay.  Those who enter at other times might be special cases (Univ. grads? Foreigners?).  For 2000 it seems there is a marked difference: 4/64 (6%) for Haru, 6/26 (23%) for the rest of the year.

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Pouring all rikishi having entered between 1986* and 1995** into one pot, we'll get:

Toriteki:   1,525
Sekitori:       107

That's a success rate of 6.5 %.

*debut of last man standing Hanakaze
**Yoshiazuma being the most ancient active Sekitori entered 1996

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We also have to bear in mind that the 90's were times in which the banzuke were incredibly crowded, which, I guess, is a factor in sekitori success rates

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18 hours ago, Nantonoyama said:

We also have to bear in mind that the 90's were times in which the banzuke were incredibly crowded, which, I guess, is a factor in sekitori success rates

Mostly all that matters is how many new entrants there are--there's always the same number of sekitori.  

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42 minutes ago, Ryoshishokunin said:

Mostly all that matters is how many new entrants there are--there's always the same number of sekitori.  

Not really. In the 90's, during the peak of entrants, there were only 66 sekitori (40 + 26)

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On 29/02/2020 at 18:40, Yubinhaad said:

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


Corrections, readings and extra bits of info to my earlier post on the Nishiiwa shindeshi.

Hiromu Tanaka, from Amagasaki city in Hyogo.
Hibiki Mitsuuchi, from Kochi city in Kochi.
Yuuta (ゆうた) Yahara is from Settsu city in Osaka.
Mizuki Oonehara (おおねはら) is from the Nerima ward in Tokyo.


Tanaka and Mitsuuchi visited the heya last summer to experience asageiko, and the shisho took them to the Kokugikan later.

Yahara told his father he wanted to enter ozumo after finishing junior high school, so his father contacted the heya and arranged a visit.

Onehara contacted the heya himself and asked to join.

 

Elsewhere, Futagoyama-oyakata posted a one-liner that Tsukioka (月岡) was among those taking the shindeshi-kensa, but I haven't seen any more info.

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NSK data:
SHIKONA KANJI NAME HEYA HEIGHT WEIGHT DOB BIRTHPLACE
Ariuna アリューナー Davaaninj Ariunaa Miyagino 200 158 12 - November - 2001 Hokkaido
Ezura 江面 Ezura Ryuji Isegahama 167 95 14 - October - 2004 Ibaraki
Fukai 深井 Fukai Takuto Takasago 181 137 10 - September- 1997 Ishikawa
Fukasawa 深沢 Fukasawa Seiya Naruto 184 125 12 - May - 2001 Ishikawa
Hagiwara 萩原 Hagiwara Hikari Naruto 182 114 16 - June - 1997 Hokkaido
Higuchi 樋口 Higuchi Toranoshin Musashigawa 182 115 01 - March - 2005 Yamanashi
Ikeda 池田 Ikeda Koji Kataonami 185 107 11 - August - 2004 Tokyo
Ishii 石井 Ishii Kazuma Miyagino 192 114 20 - January - 2002 Yamanashi
Kakeno 掛野 Kakeno Seiya Otake 168 68 02 - April - 2004 Gifu
Kanazu 金津 Kanazu Keisuke Oitekaze 166 91 24 - April - 2004 Mie
Kato 加藤 Kato Takuma Shikihide 169 131 08 - March - 1995 Kanagawa
Komine 小嶺 Komine Shiryu Kokonoe 180 191 13 - April - 2001 Kumamoto
Machi Machi Atomu Shikoroyama 170 127 05 - October - 2004 Yamaguchi
Makio 牧尾 Makio Keigo Musashigawa 182 107 14 - March - 2002 Kagoshima
Matsugi 松木 Matsugi Kazuma Tagonoura 177 82 14 - March - 2005 Ehime
Matsui 松井 Matsui Ryoga Takadagawa 179 112 11 - June - 2004 Hiroshima
Matsumoto 松本 Matsumoto Kota Shikoroyama 170 130 24 - March - 2005 Yamaguchi
Mitsuuchi 光内 Mitsuuchi Hibiki Nishiiwa 173 95 15 - September- 2004 Kochi
Miyata 宮田 Miyata Tomoya Shikoroyama 170 124 04 - February - 2005 Ibaraki
Nagahara 長原 Nagahara Yuri Shibatayama 177 104 15 - April - 2001 Yamaguchi
Nakajima 中島 Nakajima Shuntaro Michinoku 176 75 08 - January - 2005 Toyama
Naya 納谷 Naya Takamori Otake 185 155 10 - January - 1998 Tokyo
Nishida 西田 Nishida Kenshin Oguruma 181 141 24 - October - 2004 Fukuoka
Noda 野田 Noda Reiji Takasago 170 99 23 - December - 2004 Aichi
Obora 大洞 Obora Reku Takasago 186 158 21 - June - 2004 Aichi
Onehara 大根原 Onehara Mizuki Nishiiwa 167 70 12 - June - 2003 Tokyo
Otsuka 大塚 Otsuka Oya Musashigawa 166 117 31 - March - 2005 Saitama
Sakamoto 坂本 Sakamoto Yoshitoki Onomatsu 170 116 14 - March - 2005 Hyogo
Sakashita 坂下 Sakashita Toi Isegahama 178 134 28 - August - 2004 Gifu
Shiraishi 白石 Shiraishi Haruto Shikihide 167 82 15 - March - 2005 Aichi
Takasu 高須 Takasu Rukia Tagonoura 174 136 04 - May - 2004 Ibaraki
Tanaka 田中 Tanaka Hiromu Nishiiwa 177 90 20 - January - 2005 Hyogo
Taniguchi 谷口 Taniguchi Ryuki Tagonoura 170 120 03 - September- 2004 Fukuoka
Tokai 東海 Tokai Yuma Sakaigawa 187 135 23 - June - 2004 Chiba
Tsukioka 月岡 Tsukioka Hinata Futagoyama 167 87 23 - January - 2005 Saitama
Tsuru つる Tsuru Haruku Takadagawa 168 125 02 - December - 2004 Fukuoka
Watanabe 渡邊 Watanabe Hinata Asakayama 181 75 17 - October - 2001 Tokyo
Yagi 八木 Yagi Kenshin Yamahibiki 176 146 26 - January - 2005 Hyogo
Yahara 箭原 Yahara Yuta Nishiiwa 168 89 09 - March - 2005 Osaka
Yamaguchi 山口 Yamaguchi Keita Sakaigawa 168 137 05 - January - 2005 Chiba
Yamakawa 山川 Yamakawa Toshio Tagonoura 197 145 27 - August - 2004 Hyogo
Yamamoto 山本 Yamamoto Ryoga Otake 179 140 10 - August - 2001 Mie
Yamashina 山科 Yamashina Shori Tatsunami 178 130 20 - November - 2001 Hyogo
Yoshino 吉野 Yoshino Keiji Sakaigawa 170 105 08 - July - 2004 Kumamoto
Yukino 雪野 Yukino Minoru Tatsunami 185 110 22 - November - 2001 Ibaraki

 

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Poor old Sakamoto now gets his correct heya
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I see Davaaninj got a Japanese shusshin, he won't have to wait for Hakuho's retirement after all.

And Sakamoto from unknown heya ? He's training on his own until he gets signed by a pro scout ;) ?

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The oldest recruit is Shikihide-beya's Kato, celebrating his 25th birthday today in fact. He's from the sumo club at Kokugakuin University in Tokyo's Shibuya district and apparently is the first to enter ozumo from that institution. He was on the team that reached the Class C final in the 96th (2017) East Japan University tournament, alas they lost to Rikkyo University.

Kato (left) will compete as Katozakura, while the heya's other recruit Shiraishi will be Shiraishizakura.

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Kato is the one holding the certificate in this group shot from the tournament I mentioned above.

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The youngest recruit this basho is one of three for Musashigawa-beya - Otsuka won't turn 15 until the end of the month. He has 8 years of sumo experience during his school years.

Higuchi has 11 years of karate and three of baseball behind him. The eldest of three brothers, he wants to reach Makuuchi and his ideal rikishi is fellow Yamanashi native Ryuden.

Makio brings 12 years of wadaiko drumming experience, with a year of martial arts for good measure. The middle of three brothers, he's a graduate of Kakusho High School in his hometown of Akune, Kagoshima. He's setting his sights high with a goal of becoming a Yokozuna, his ideal rikishi being the shisho.

All three will compete under their family names in maezumo. From left, Otsuka, Higuchi, Makio.

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Finally, Shikoroyama-beya's Machi started doing judo aged 5, but in his final year at Migita Elementary School in Hofu his skills caught the eye of someone acquainted with Tatsutagawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Homasho), who later arranged an experience visit to the heya in March 2017, shortly after Machi began junior high school. "The keiko was hard, but I could really feel the attraction of sumo," said Machi. On the anniversary of his mother's death he made up his mind to join the heya after graduating.

Unfortunately due to travel restrictions he wasn't able to return to Hofu to take part in his graduation ceremony yesterday, but he has received encouragement both from his schoolmates and fellow Yamaguchi native Matsumoto, who also joined Shikoroyama-beya this basho.

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16 hours ago, Oortael said:

I see Davaaninj got a Japanese shusshin, he won't have to wait for Hakuho's retirement after all.

And Sakamoto from unknown heya ? He's training on his own until he gets signed by a pro scout ;) ?

Sakamoto now gets his correct heya. Thanks for spotting that!

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Before I forget, some bits of shikona news for this basho's maezumo. From Tatsunami-beya, Yamashina is competing under his given name Shori (渉利,  しょうり). Yukino is now Tsukubayama (筑波山), honouring his home city of Tsukuba.

From Takasago-beya, Noda is now Asashorei (朝勝令,  あさしょうれい), while Obora gets the more usual Asafamilyname treatment, Asaobora (あさおおぼら).

From Otake-beya, Naya takes a kanji from his illustrious grandfather and is now Hozan (鵬山,  ほうざん). Yamamoto is now Kotetsu (虎徹).

Irumagawa-beya's Sokolovsky is now Shishi (獅司).


Wakaseido and Goketsuyama are returning from banzuke-gai.

Newcomer Watanabe is absent having had the opposite problem to Machi - he managed to get back to Tokyo after the shindeshi-kensa to attend his graduation ceremony, but was then unable to return to Osaka. We'll see him in maezumo in May according to Asakayama-beya.

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Onomatsu-beya recruit Sakamoto, who turns 15 on Day 7, has the shikona Aishoryu (逢松龍,  あいしょうりゅう).

Dawaaninji has taken the shikona Hokuseiho (北青鵬,  ほくせいほう).


Setonoumi looks like a decent prospect, he competed in last year's national junior high school championships.

Ishii (the other Miyagino tower) has judo experience from Kofu Technical High School in Yamanashi prefecture.

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In preparation for catching up on the maezumo results, the 47 registered rikishi grouped by active days and assigned side. I've included absent Watanabe in the Group A East side, for a split of 12/12/12/11 which would be in line with how they usually do it. He doesn't have any stablemates in here, so there's no other indication to draw upon.
 

Maezumo Haru 2020, Group A (even-numbered days)
Rank Name Heya Born Height Weight Shikona Shi-k
East side
Mz1 Wakaseido Asahiyama 1998     (returnee)  
Mz12 Noda Reiji Takasago 2004 170 cm 99 kg Asashōrei 朝勝令
Mz13 Obora Reku Takasago 2004 186 cm 158 kg Asaōbora 朝大洞
Mz16 Kato Takuma Shikihide 1995 169 cm 131 kg Katōzakura 加藤桜
Mz18 Shiraishi Haruto Shikihide 2005 167 cm 82 kg Shiraishizakura 白石桜
Mz21 Higuchi Toranoshin Musashigawa 2005 182 cm 115 kg    
Mz22 Otsuka Oya Musashigawa 2005 166 cm 117 kg    
Mz23 Makio Keigo Musashigawa 2002 182 cm 107 kg    
Mz31 Yagi Kenshin Yamahibiki 2005 176 cm 146 kg    
Mz42 Watanabe Hinata Asakayama 2001 181 cm 75 kg Kaihiryū 魁陽龍
Mz43 Ishii Kazuma Miyagino 2002 192 cm 114 kg    
Mz44 Ariunaa Davaaninj Miyagino 2001 200 cm 158 kg Hokuseihō 北青鵬
West side
Mz6 Sakashita Toi Isegahama 2004 178 cm 134 kg    
Mz7 Ezura Ryuji Isegahama 2004 167 cm 95 kg    
Mz15 Matsui Ryoga Takadagawa 2004 179 cm 112 kg Setonoumi 瀬戸の海
Mz19 Tsuru Haruku Takadagawa 2004 168 cm 125 kg Haruku 春空
Mz24 Matsugi Kazuma Tagonoura 2005 177 cm 82 kg    
Mz25 Takasu Rukia Tagonoura 2004 174 cm 136 kg    
Mz26 Taniguchi Ryuki Tagonoura 2004 170 cm 120 kg    
Mz33 Miyata Tomoya Shikoroyama 2005 170 cm 124 kg    
Mz34 Matsumoto Kota Shikoroyama 2005 170 cm 130 kg    
Mz40 Komine Shiryu Kokonoe 2001 180 cm 191 kg    
Mz41 Machi Atomu Shikoroyama 2004 170 cm 127 kg    
Mz46 Yamakawa Toshio Tagonoura 2004 197 cm 145 kg    

 

Maezumo Haru 2020, Group B (odd-numbered days)
Rank Name Heya Born Height Weight Shikona Shi-k
East side
Mz2 Goketsuyama Shibatayama 2000     (returnee)  
Mz4 Kanazu Keisuke Oitekaze 2004 166 cm 91 kg Daishōkō 大翔洸
Mz8 Tsukioka Hinata Futagoyama 2005 167 cm 87 kg    
Mz9 Naya Takamori Otake 1998 185 cm 155 kg Hōzan 鵬山
Mz10 Kakeno Seiya Otake 2004 168 cm 68 kg    
Mz11 Yamamoto Ryoga Otake 2001 179 cm 140 kg Kotetsu 虎徹
Mz20 Ikeda Koji Kataonami 2004 185 cm 107 kg    
Mz27 Nagahara Yuri Shibatayama 2001 177 cm 104 kg    
Mz36 Onehara Mizuki Nishiiwa 2003 167 cm 70 kg Wakaōnehara 若大根原
Mz37 Mitsuuchi Hibiki Nishiiwa 2004 173 cm 95 kg Wakakaneko 若金子
Mz38 Tanaka Hiromu Nishiiwa 2005 177 cm 90 kg Wakatanaka 若田中
Mz45 Yahara Yuta Nishiiwa 2005 168 cm 89 kg Wakayahara 若箭原
West side
Mz3 Sokolovskyi Serhii Irumagawa 1997 191 cm 162 kg Shishi 獅司
Mz5 Nakajima Shuntaro Michinoku 2005 176 cm 75 kg Kirinohana 霧乃華
Mz14 Yamashina Shori Tatsunami 2001 178 cm 130 kg Shōri 渉利
Mz17 Sakamoto Yoshitoki Onomatsu 2005 170 cm 116 kg Aishōryū 逢松龍
Mz28 Tokai Yuma Sakaigawa 2004 187 cm 135 kg    
Mz29 Yamaguchi Keita Sakaigawa 2005 168 cm 137 kg    
Mz30 Yoshino Keiji Sakaigawa 2004 170 cm 105 kg    
Mz32 Fukasawa Seiya Naruto 2001 184 cm 125 kg    
Mz35 Yukino Minoru Tatsunami 2001 185 cm 110 kg Tsukubayama 筑波山
Mz39 Nishida Kenshin Oguruma 2004 181 cm 141 kg    
Mz47 Hagiwara Hikari Naruto 1997 182 cm 114 kg    


Even with Yubinhaad's ever welcome assist there are a handful of shikona yet to be confirmed in Group B. A bit surprising that ex-Wakanosato has deviated from his usual Wakasurname for Mitsuuchi, but at least I'm kind of sure that it's Wakakaneko. I'm much less certain about Oitekaze-beya's shikona for Kanazu, and with Onomatsu's Sakamoto I'm entirely clueless. Any further help is appreciated.

Sandanme tsukedashi Fukai, while also part of the shindeshi examinations for the basho, is of course not included in these lists as he's been entered straight into the regular basho competition.

On a pair of sidenotes: Tsuru's surname is given in Hiragana on the Kyokai site for some reason, and Hokuseiho's shikona has inexplicably been misspelled as Hakuseiho on the romaji side (it's got the correct reading in Japanese).


Edit: Various corrections and updates.

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Day 2 / Group A

Very lizardish video quality this basho, I'm afraid.
 


Results:

Mz1   Wakaseido (1-0)         Mz6   Sakashita (0-1)
Mz12  Asashorei (0-1)         Mz7   Ezura (1-0)
Mz13  Asaobora (0-1)          Mz15  Setonoumi (1-0)
Mz16  Katozakura (1-0)        Mz19  Haruku (0-1)
Mz18  Shiraishizakura (0-1)   Mz24  Matsugi (1-0)
Mz21  Higuchi (1-0)           Mz25  Takasu (0-1)
Mz22  Otsuka (1-0)            Mz26  Taniguchi (0-1)
Mz23  Makio (0-1)             Mz33  Miyata (1-0)
Mz31  Yagi (1-0)              Mz34  Matsumoto (0-1)
Mz43  Ishii (1-0)             Mz40  Komine (0-1)
Mz44  Hokuseiho (1-0)         Mz41  Machi (0-1)
Mz46  Yamakawa (1-0)          Mz6   Sakashita (0-2)

Dominant victories by Setonoumi, Miyata and of course Hokuseiho, and a whole lot of rather iffy sumo elsewhere.
 

Standings:

Mz1   Wakaseido   Asahiyama    1-0 E   |   Mz6   Sakashita        Isegahama    0-2 W
Mz7   Ezura       Isegahama    1-0 W   |   Mz12  Asashorei        Takasago     0-1 E
Mz15  Setonoumi   Takadagawa   1-0 W   |   Mz13  Asaobora         Takasago     0-1 E
Mz16  Katozakura  Shikihide    1-0 E   |   Mz18  Shiraishizakura  Shikihide    0-1 E
Mz21  Higuchi     Musashigawa  1-0 E   |   Mz19  Haruku           Takadagawa   0-1 W
Mz22  Otsuka      Musashigawa  1-0 E   |   Mz23  Makio            Musashigawa  0-1 E
Mz24  Matsugi     Tagonoura    1-0 W   |   Mz25  Takasu           Tagonoura    0-1 W
Mz31  Yagi        Yamahibiki   1-0 E   |   Mz26  Taniguchi        Tagonoura    0-1 W
Mz33  Miyata      Shikoroyama  1-0 W   |   Mz34  Matsumoto        Shikoroyama  0-1 W
Mz43  Ishii       Miyagino     1-0 E   |   Mz40  Komine           Kokonoe      0-1 W
Mz44  Hokuseiho   Miyagino     1-0 E   |   Mz41  Machi            Shikoroyama  0-1 W
Mz46  Yamakawa    Tagonoura    1-0 W   |   Mz42  Watanabe         Asakayama    0-0-1 E

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Day 3 / Group B

This is Goketsuyama's second time returning from banzuke-gai status; he previously rejoined the rankings exactly two years ago.
 


Results:

Mz2   Goketsuyama (0-1)       Mz3   Shishi (1-0)
Mz4   Daishoko (0-1)          Mz5   Nakajima (1-0)
Mz8   Tsukioka (0-1)          Mz14  Shori (1-0)
Mz9   Hozan (1-0)             Mz17  Aishoryu (0-1)
Mz10  Kakeno (1-0)            Mz28  Tokai (0-1)
Mz11  Kotetsu (1-0)           Mz29  Yamaguchi (0-1)
Mz20  Ikeda (0-1)             Mz30  Yoshino (1-0)
Mz27  Nagahara (0-1)          Mz32  Fukasawa (1-0)
Mz36  Wakaonehara (0-1)       Mz35  Tsukubayama (1-0)
Mz37  Wakakaneko (0-1)        Mz39  Nishida (1-0)
Mz38  Wakatanaka (0-1)        Mz47  Hagiwara (1-0)
Mz2   Goketsuyama (1-1)       Mz45  Wakayahara (0-1)

Emphatic start for the Ukrainian rookie in the first match of the session, as well as for Shori, Hozan and Hagiwara later on.

Nakajima might be one to watch for fans of skinny rikishi, very tenacious sumo for a good win there.
 

Standings:

Mz2   Goketsuyama  Shibatayama  1-1 E   |   Mz4   Daishoko      Oitekaze     0-1 E
Mz3   Shishi       Irumagawa    1-0 W   |   Mz8   Tsukioka      Futagoyama   0-1 E
Mz5   Nakajima     Michinoku    1-0 W   |   Mz17  Aishoryu      Onomatsu     0-1 W
Mz9   Hozan        Otake        1-0 E   |   Mz20  Ikeda         Kataonami    0-1 E
Mz10  Kakeno       Otake        1-0 E   |   Mz27  Nagahara      Shibatayama  0-1 E
Mz11  Kotetsu      Otake        1-0 E   |   Mz28  Tokai         Sakaigawa    0-1 W
Mz14  Shori        Tatsunami    1-0 W   |   Mz29  Yamaguchi     Sakaigawa    0-1 W
Mz30  Yoshino      Sakaigawa    1-0 W   |   Mz36  Wakaonehara   Nishiiwa     0-1 E
Mz32  Fukasawa     Naruto       1-0 W   |   Mz37  Wakakaneko    Nishiiwa     0-1 E
Mz35  Tsukubayama  Tatsunami    1-0 W   |   Mz38  Wakatanaka    Nishiiwa     0-1 E
Mz39  Nishida      Oguruma      1-0 W   |   Mz45  Wakayahara    Nishiiwa     0-1 E
Mz47  Hagiwara     Naruto       1-0 W

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1 hour ago, Asashosakari said:

A bit surprising that ex-Wakanosato has deviated from his usual Wakasurname for Mitsuuchi, but at least I'm kind of sure that it's Wakakaneko. I'm much less certain about Oitekaze-beya's shikona for Kanazu, and with Onomatsu's Sakamoto I'm entirely clueless. Any further help is appreciated.

Tsuru's surname is given in Hiragana on the Kyokai site for some reason


Mitsuuchi - agreed, the kanji are 若金子. The videos I had seen had poor audio so I wasn't totally sure, but now it's clear.

Sakamoto - I picked that up in an article after his loss to Hozan, he's now Aishoryu (逢松龍,  あいしょうりゅう).

Tsuru - I believe it's the undisplayable 靏 kanji, as in Tsurubayashi for example.

 

On ‎01‎/‎03‎/‎2020 at 04:32, Asashosakari said:
On ‎29‎/‎02‎/‎2020 at 18:40, Yubinhaad said:

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

Maybe he's able to claim a Japanese shusshin?


You were of course right about that, and I should have remembered since it happened just last basho with Kirameki.  (Sigh...)

 

On ‎06‎/‎01‎/‎2020 at 08:31, Akinomaki said:

Because he lives in Japan since age 6 (=for over 10 years and eligible for permanent residence) he is treated for the shindeshi exam like a Japanese and starts in maezumo this basho

 

Big thanks for the coverage as always!

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18 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

Day 3 / Group B

Results:

Mz10  Kakeno (1-0)            Mz28  Tokai (0-1)

Nakajima might be one to watch for fans of skinny rikishi, very tenacious sumo for a good win there.
 

Kakeno-has a lot of nerve coming in at Maezumo, banging his mawashi five times  like a big-leaguer, weighs 68 kilos and is 1.68 meters tall. A new Enhou. Watch that bout..

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Day 4 / Group A

Yagi joined Watanabe on the sidelines for this session.
 


Results:

Mz1   Wakaseido (2-0)         Mz7   Ezura (1-1)
Mz16  Katozakura (1-1)        Mz15  Setonoumi (2-0)
Mz21  Higuchi (2-0)           Mz24  Matsugi (1-1)
Mz22  Otsuka (1-1)            Mz33  Miyata (2-0)
Mz43  Ishii (2-0)             Mz46  Yamakawa (1-1)
Mz44  Hokuseiho (2-0)         Mz6   Sakashita (0-3)
Mz12  Asashorei (1-1)         Mz19  Haruku (0-2)
Mz13  Asaobora (1-1)          Mz25  Takasu (0-2)
Mz18  Shiraishizakura (0-2)   Mz26  Taniguchi (1-1)
Mz23  Makio (1-1)             Mz34  Matsumoto (0-2)
Mz40  Komine (1-1)            Mz41  Machi (0-2)

Mz16  Katozakura (2-1)        Mz7   Ezura (1-2)
Mz22  Otsuka (2-1)            Mz24  Matsugi (1-2)
Mz46  Yamakawa (1-2)          Mz6   Sakashita (1-3)

Another emphatic victory for 15-year-old Setonoumi, in this case over an opponent nearly 10 years older with (admittedly low-level) collegiate experience. Will bear watching how far he can go before the wall beckons.

Some pretty nice sumo all around this time, far improved from this group's first round two days earlier, with the Otsuka-Miyata matchup the standout performance. After the hard-fought loss it wasn't too surprising that Otsuka ended up earning an early finish in the bonus matches later on as well.

Ishii-Yamakawa was quite an unusual sight - I doubt there have been that many maezumo matches in which both aite were over 190 cm tall. And I was happy to see Sakashita win the last matchup of the day which also involved Yamakawa; 0-4 would have been rather unjustified for his efforts. Yamakawa will need a lot of coaching at Tagonoura to actually be able to make use of his nearly 200 cm frame.


Standings:

2-win target achieved:
#01  Mz1   Wakaseido   Asahiyama    2-0
#03  Mz15  Setonoumi   Takadagawa   2-0
#05  Mz21  Higuchi     Musashigawa  2-0
#07  Mz33  Miyata      Shikoroyama  2-0
#09  Mz43  Ishii       Miyagino     2-0
#11  Mz44  Hokuseiho   Miyagino     2-0
#13  Mz16  Katozakura  Shikihide    2-1
#15  Mz22  Otsuka      Musashigawa  2-1

Still active:
     Mz6   Sakashita   Isegahama    1-3 W   |   Mz18  Shiraishizakura  Shikihide    0-2 E
     Mz7   Ezura       Isegahama    1-2 W   |   Mz19  Haruku           Takadagawa   0-2 W
     Mz12  Asashorei   Takasago     1-1 E   |   Mz25  Takasu           Tagonoura    0-2 W
     Mz13  Asaobora    Takasago     1-1 E   |   Mz34  Matsumoto        Shikoroyama  0-2 W
     Mz23  Makio       Musashigawa  1-1 E   |   Mz41  Machi            Shikoroyama  0-2 W
     Mz24  Matsugi     Tagonoura    1-2 W   |   Mz42  Watanabe         Asakayama    0-0-2 E
     Mz26  Taniguchi   Tagonoura    1-1 W
     Mz31  Yagi        Yamahibiki   1-0-1 E
     Mz40  Komine      Kokonoe      1-1 W
     Mz46  Yamakawa    Tagonoura    1-2 W

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Day 5 / Group B

A case of a rikishi absence here as well with Nakajima.

The very early (scheduled) start to the session seemingly caught Abema off guard and they barely made it through their opening intro montage in time, which resulted in their title song bleeding into the start of the video here.
 


Results:

Mz2   Goketsuyama (1-2)       Mz14  Shori (2-0)
Mz3   Shishi (2-0)            Mz30  Yoshino (1-1)
Mz9   Hozan (1-1)             Mz32  Fukasawa (2-0)
Mz10  Kakeno (2-0)            Mz35  Tsukubayama (1-1)
Mz11  Kotetsu (1-1)           Mz39  Nishida (2-0)
Mz4   Daishoko (0-2)          Mz47  Hagiwara (2-0)
Mz8   Tsukioka (0-2)          Mz17  Aishoryu (1-1)
Mz36  Wakaonehara (1-1)       Mz28  Tokai (0-2)
Mz37  Wakakaneko (1-1)        Mz29  Yamaguchi (0-2)
Mz38  Wakatanaka (0-2)        Mz20  Ikeda (1-1)
Mz45  Wakayahara (0-2)        Mz27  Nagahara (1-1)

Mz2   Goketsuyama (2-2)       Mz30  Yoshino (1-2)
Mz9   Hozan (2-1)             Mz35  Tsukubayama (1-2)

Some rather puzzling match-making here: First by having Ikeda and Nagahara - moved from the East side to the West to balance the numbers - fighting after Tokai and Yamaguchi contrary to their normal "rank" order, and then again by giving an extra match to only 4 of the 5 one-win losers from earlier. No idea why they didn't just have Kotetsu face Daishoko, same as how Sakashita filled in twice in the other group.

No trouble again for Shori, Shishi and Hagiwara, but Hozan fell to a spirited Fukasawa in a nice little match. I hesitate to call it an upset given the less than favourable reports about this Naya's skills on the first page of this thread. At least he did make it through the second chance bouts later. Straight qualification for Kinta's new favourite Kakeno, on the other hand. ;-) His opponent Tsukubayama may have been a first for me in all these years of watching low-rank sumo - I've seen confused rikishi walk to the wrong tokudawara after the match has ended, but to two wrong ones?

I think I've already developed a dislike for Hagiwara after two matches based on his apparently complete disregard for his opponents the moment the bout has ended.


Standings:

2-win target achieved:
#02  Mz14  Shori        Tatsunami    2-0
#04  Mz3   Shishi       Irumagawa    2-0
#06  Mz32  Fukasawa     Naruto       2-0
#08  Mz10  Kakeno       Otake        2-0
#10  Mz39  Nishida      Oguruma      2-0
#12  Mz47  Hagiwara     Naruto       2-0
#14  Mz2   Goketsuyama  Shibatayama  2-2
#16  Mz9   Hozan        Otake        2-1

Still active:
     Mz5   Nakajima     Michinoku    1-0-1 W |   Mz4   Daishoko    Oitekaze    0-2 E
     Mz11  Kotetsu      Otake        1-1 E   |   Mz8   Tsukioka    Futagoyama  0-2 E
     Mz17  Aishoryu     Onomatsu     1-1 W   |   Mz28  Tokai       Sakaigawa   0-2 W
     Mz20  Ikeda        Kataonami    1-1 E   |   Mz29  Yamaguchi   Sakaigawa   0-2 W
     Mz27  Nagahara     Shibatayama  1-1 E   |   Mz38  Wakatanaka  Nishiiwa    0-2 E
     Mz30  Yoshino      Sakaigawa    1-2 W   |   Mz45  Wakayahara  Nishiiwa    0-2 E
     Mz35  Tsukubayama  Tatsunami    1-2 W
     Mz36  Wakaonehara  Nishiiwa     1-1 E
     Mz37  Wakakaneko   Nishiiwa     1-1 E

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And the Day 5 presentation of the first 16 finishers, minus returned Wakaseido and Goketsuyama as is customary. Decidedly not customary: the single bow only to the shomen side, as announced before the basho for all presentations that ordinarily address all four sides of the arena audience.
 


Sanspo ichiban shusse article

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Fukasawa is an under-the-radar newcomer to keep an eye on over the longer run. He wasn't particularly accomplished in individual high school competition (although neither was Kotoshoho), with a top 8 being his best national result, but he was excellent in team bouts and overall won a large majority of his matches in national competition. He is strong, has a good body on which to build, and does fundamentally solid yotsu sumo. 

 

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5 hours ago, Katooshu said:

Fukasawa is an under-the-radar newcomer to keep an eye on over the longer run. He wasn't particularly accomplished in individual high school competition (although neither was Kotoshoho), with a top 8 being his best national result, but he was excellent in team bouts and overall won a large majority of his matches in national competition. He is strong, has a good body on which to build, and does fundamentally solid yotsu sumo. 

 

His day 3 yorikiri win looked so much like Kotoosho!

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7 hours ago, Asashosakari said:

Day 5 / Group B

Straiight qualification for Kinta's new favourite Kakeno, on the other hand. ;-) 

Oh, he looks like the real deal. And that belt-slapping cockiness..

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Nakajima received a shikona at the niban shussehiro, he is now Kirinohana (霧乃華).

NHK and the press articles include absent Watanabe with the shikona Kaihiryu (魁陽龍,  かいひりゅう), the middle kanji is the first from his given name.

 

On ‎14‎/‎03‎/‎2020 at 22:03, Asashosakari said:

I'm much less certain about Oitekaze-beya's shikona for Kanazu


That turns out to be Daishoko (大翔洸,  だいしょうこう), it was a bit clearer in the Day 5 video I thought.

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Day 6 / Group A

Yagi remains absent, and Ezura has now also dropped out.
 


Results:

Mz18  Shiraishizakura (0-3)   Mz19  Haruku (1-2)
Mz34  Matsumoto (1-2)         Mz25  Takasu (0-3)
Mz12  Asashorei (2-1)         Mz6   Sakashita (1-4)
Mz13  Asaobora (2-1)          Mz24  Matsugi (1-3)
Mz23  Makio (2-1)             Mz26  Taniguchi (1-2)
Mz40  Komine (2-1)            Mz46  Yamakawa (1-3)
Mz18  Shiraishizakura (0-4)   Mz41  Machi (1-2)

Great little slapfest between Makio and Taniguchi. And I think Shikihide-oyakata may have found his next jonokuchi regular...
 

Standings:

2-win target achieved:
#01  Mz1   Wakaseido   Asahiyama    2-0
#03  Mz15  Setonoumi   Takadagawa   2-0
#05  Mz21  Higuchi     Musashigawa  2-0
#07  Mz33  Miyata      Shikoroyama  2-0
#09  Mz43  Ishii       Miyagino     2-0
#11  Mz44  Hokuseiho   Miyagino     2-0
#13  Mz16  Katozakura  Shikihide    2-1
#15  Mz22  Otsuka      Musashigawa  2-1
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#17  Mz12  Asashorei   Takasago     2-1
#19  Mz13  Asaobora    Takasago     2-1
#21  Mz23  Makio       Musashigawa  2-1
#23  Mz40  Komine      Kokonoe      2-1

Still active:
     Mz6   Sakashita   Isegahama    1-4 W   |   Mz18  Shiraishizakura  Shikihide    0-4 E
     Mz7   Ezura       Isegahama    1-2-1 W |   Mz25  Takasu           Tagonoura    0-3 W
     Mz19  Haruku      Takadagawa   1-2 W   |   Mz42  Watanabe         Asakayama    0-0-3 E
     Mz24  Matsugi     Tagonoura    1-3 W
     Mz26  Taniguchi   Tagonoura    1-2 W
     Mz31  Yagi        Yamahibiki   1-0-2 E
     Mz34  Matsumoto   Shikoroyama  1-2 W
     Mz41  Machi       Shikoroyama  1-2 W
     Mz46  Yamakawa    Tagonoura    1-3 W

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