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Dohyo-iri Evolution

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I went back through the videos,"National Art of Sumo", and found out that the dohyo-iri has REALLY changed over the years. From Umegatani Totaro II and Hitachiyama (Special style) to Hakuho and Kakuryu, the dohyo-iri really changed. Many different yokozuna have had really different styles, from Graceful Futabayama to I HATE THIS RITUAL JUST GET IT OVER WITH Kitanoumi, to Hakuho's dohyo-iri, which has really changed since 2007. What do you guys think would be a cause for a change of the ritual?

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Wajima's looked like he just reviewed the steps the night before. It was probably a very early in his yokozuna career.

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For those who may be interested. Here are the timestamps, numbers, and names of each Yokozuna, followed by the japanese era and the western calender year.
(Dohyo-iri compilation begins 40 minutes in)

40:11 - 17th Konishiki I (Meiji 33 / 1900)
40:38 - 19th Hitachiyama (Meiji 40 / 1907)
41:17 - 20th Umegatani II (Meiji 40 / 1907)
41:37 - 34th Minanogawa (Showa 15 / 1940)
41:56 - 35th Futabayama (Showa 21 / 1946, Nov 19th)
43:15 - 36th Haguroyama (Showa 17 / 1942)
44:22 - 37th Akinoumi (Showa 18 / 1943)
44:47 - 38th Terukuni (Showa 28 / 1953)
45:30 - 39th Maedayama (Showa 24 / 1949)
45:56 - 40th Azumafuji (Showa 25 / 1950)
46:22 - 41st Chiyonoyama (Showa 31 / 1956)
47:13 - 42nd Kagamisato (Showa 33 / 1958)
47:56 - 43rd Yoshibayama (Showa 33 / 1958)
49:10 - 44th Tochinishiki (Showa 34 / 1959)
50:10 - 45th Wakanohana I (Showa 33 / 1958)
51:13 - 46th Asashio III (Showa 35 / 1960)
51:51 - 47th Kashiwado (Showa 41 / 1966)
52:57 - 48th Taihou (Showa 40 / 1965)
54:15 - 49th Tochinoumi (Showa 40 / 1965)
55:05 - 50th Sadanoyama (Showa 42 / 1967)
56:12 - 51st Tamanoumi (Showa 45 / 1970)
57:13 - 52nd Kitanofuji (Showa 45 / 1970)

(cont...)

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(Color footage begins here)
58:08 - 53rd Kotozakura (Showa 48 / 1973)
58:39 - 54th Wajima (Showa 48 / 1973)
59:32 - 55th Kitanoumi (Showa 58 / 1983)
1:00:21 - 56th Wakanohana II (Showa 57 / 1982)
1:01:05 - 57th Mienoumi (Showa 55 / 1980)
1:01:49 - 58th Chiyonofuji (Heisei 2 / 1990)
1:02:37 - 59th Takanosato (Showa 58 / 1983)
1:03:33 - 60th Futahaguro (Showa 62 / 1987)
1:04:40 - 61st Hokutoumi (Heisei 3 / 1991)
1:05:37 - 62nd Ounokuni (Heisei 3 / 1991)
1:06:40 - 63rd Asahifuji (Heisei 4 / 1992)
1:07:29 - 64th Akebono (Heisei 12 / 2000)
1:08:12 - 65th Takanohana (Heisei 12 / 2000)
1:09:03 - 66th Wakanohana III (Heisei 12 / 2000)
1:09:56 - 67th Musashimaru (Heisei 12 / 2000)
1:10:49 - 68th Asashouryuu (Heisei 17 / 2005)
1:11:46 - 69th Hakuhou (Heisei 19 / 2007)

(If I made any mistakes, let me know and I'll edit)

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1 hour ago, yohcun said:

Wajima's looked like he just reviewed the steps the night before. It was probably a very early in his yokozuna career.

You are correct! It was Wajima's first tournament as a Yokozuna.
And apologies for the previous long posts. This is one of my favorite videos on sumo. Such a fascinating trip through time.

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One thing I've been wondering, does the crowd say anything specific on dohyo-iri shiko impact, or just a general exclamation?

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@Houmanumi I believe they say "yoisho", which is just a form of expression, much like "dosukoi". Think of it like the sumo equivalent of "heave-ho".

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2 hours ago, Houmanumi said:

One thing I've been wondering, does the crowd say anything specific on dohyo-iri shiko impact, or just a general exclamation?

As Taikoubana said, the "yoisho" is just a general exclamation by many in unison to accompany the action. You may also hear single voices of "Nippon-ichi" - "No.1 in Japan", near the end of the dohyo-iri. Especially that is an expression to appreciate the one as a worthy yokozuna.

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I really love the National Art of Sumo videos. Wish they were available in the States as a dvd set!

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5 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

As Taikoubana said, the "yoisho" is just a general exclamation by many in unison to accompany the action. You may also hear single voices of "Nippon-ichi" - "No.1 in Japan", near the end of the dohyo-iri. Especially that is an expression to appreciate the one as a worthy yokozuna.

 

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