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The Morinaga-sho is the kensho chosen by the spectators who so far had to buy a Morinaga chocolate product and write their favorite torikumi on the package - it is only for the Tokyo basho. For the first time in 69 years it will be chosen on the web, as part of the Corona measures at the basho.

The digital Morinaga-sho, also for fans not in the hall: https://www.morinaga.co.jp/morinagashou/

Each day to chose from 8:30h till 14h JST. The result gets published in the evening on Twitter. You have to give an address in Japan, to have the Morinaga chocolate sent to if you are a winner.

You have check to the torikumi yourself, the form on the site apparently will show the rikishi in banzuke format and you have to chose the 2 for the torikumi you want the kensho go to. I guess they won't provide the possibility to select a juryo rikishi, so if one is involved in a bout with a low ranked makuuchi in the yusho lead, that torikumi could not be selected.

No mention if there still will be the hall announcement after the doyho-iri, which torikumi will get the kensho - the gyoji announcer also tells the winners of the chocolate packages, and for the digital Morinaga-sho, they won't be published.

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Just over 1200 kensho have been ordered so far, not much more than for the empty Osaka basho, which had 1068 in the end. Usually a Tokyo basho has around 2000, Hatsu had 1835. http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2020071700956&g=spo

New sponsor is kaiten-zushi chain Kura-sushi https://www.kurasushi.co.jp/topic/000763.html

They put 2 each day on Asanoyama bouts https://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20200718/sum20071805020001-n1.html

New banner from before the May basho - Ikeda Mohando pharmaceuticals that sells the anti-itch Muhi series

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Again the NSK publishes the daily kensho with the sponsor slogan the gyoji announcer reads, on the daily pdf torikumi sheet, kensho in the same line are comma separated http://www.sumo.or.jp/Watching/guide/Jul/schedule/600/

Day 1 http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_01.pdf

Terunofuji in the 1st bout of the day has 4 kensho! - same as Takayasu-Kotonowaka and Enho-Ryuden

 

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Day 1

14:    Asanoyama (M)
12:    Hakuho
11:    Takakeisho
10:    Endo
4:    Mitakeumi
4:    Ryuden
4:    Kotonowaka
4:    Terunofuji
3:    Shodai
3:    Hokutofuji

 

On 15/07/2020 at 12:26, Akinomaki said:

No mention if there still will be the hall announcement after the doyho-iri, which torikumi will get the kensho - the gyoji announcer also tells the winners of the chocolate packages, and for the digital Morinaga-sho, they won't be published.

The Morinaga-sho (M) was announced after the doyho-iri, the winners get announced the next day, when Morinaga has given them the information

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Day 2 - all planned kensho: http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_02.pdf - for what happened to those for Kakuryu-Daieisho, we need to listen carefully to the actual announcements or hope to have it reported. After 4 yesterday, none today for Terunofuji - and Kotowaka has no sponsor yet, all 4 yesterday were for Takayasu, who on a meager day 2 has 3 kensho - Tochinoshin and Enho had only 1, Kotoshogiku none - Kagayaki-Hokutofuji 2 (or a Kakuryu extra?).

Day 2

32:    Asanoyama (M)
21:    Hakuho
20:    Takakeisho
10:    Endo
8:    Mitakeumi
5:    Shodai
4:    Terunofuji
4:    Ryuden
4:    Kotonowaka
4:    Kagayaki
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Two straight wins for Kotoshogiku, and no kensho!  What happened to his sponsors?  He was averaging six kensho per bout prior to July!

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On 15/07/2020 at 12:26, Akinomaki said:

 For the first time in 69 years it will be chosen on the web

Given the long time this custom has been already around, I would have figured that had already happened once or twice - say, in 1957.

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Terunofuji had 2 against sponsor-less Chiyomaru - what was wrong about Kotoeko yesterday? Takayasu had again 3 - no ex-ozeki bout bonus - and Tochinoshin had none. Abi with Enho had 3. Hakuho with all last bouts from now on can overtake Asanoyama soon, and finish top if he stays in the basho - he against Endo was more liked by the fans than Asanoyama against his same-start rival Yutakayama and got Hakuho the Morinaga kensho. Day 3 full http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_03.pdf

Day 3

43:    Asanoyama
39:    Hakuho (M)
20:    Takakeisho
12:    Mitakeumi
12:    Okinoumi
10:    Endo
6:    Takayasu
6:    Hokutofuji
6:    Terunofuji
5:    Shodai
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Kotoshoho as the first kensho pack of his career got the 4 for Takayasu. Terunofuji only got the 1 fix on the last bout, Tochinoshin 1 for Nishikigi. Enho 2, one the fix from Seibu/Sogo, for which he is campaign character. Hakuho needs an opponent like Endo every day to overtake Asanoyama - last bout kensho are no longer what they used to be. Endo is the magnet for the Morinaga-sho, 3rd day in a row. Day 4 complete http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_04.pdf

Day 4

55:    Asanoyama
49:    Hakuho
36:    Takakeisho (M)
15:    Mitakeumi
13:    Okinoumi
10:    Endo
8:    Hokutofuji
8:    Shodai
7:    Terunofuji
6:    Abi
6:    Takayasu
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On 21/07/2020 at 13:03, Akinomaki said:

Hakuho with all last bouts from now on can overtake Asanoyama soon, and finish top if he stays in the basho

Normally that would be very true.  But given the number of sponsors who have pulled out, there remains precious few kensho to go around.  By my count, Asanoyama took home 11 kensho on day 5, compared to Hakuho's (last bout) 10.  If both men keep winning, it will be interesting indeed to see who finishes on top.  It may go down to the final two days, especially day 14 when Asanoyama will face off against Hakuho...

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1 hour ago, Amamaniac said:

It may go down to the final two days, especially day 14 when Asanoyama will face off against Hakuho

That may turn out to be the play-off bout for the no.1 kensho winner of the basho

On 17/07/2020 at 13:35, Akinomaki said:

New sponsor is kaiten-zushi chain Kura-sushi https://www.kurasushi.co.jp/topic/000763.html

Each day other rikishi apparently, not just Asanoyama, Takakeisho and Enho as reported o - day 2 on Hakuho-Yutakayama - redistributed from the last bout of Kakuryu-Daieisho

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Unfortunately the pdf is an image, not text, else one could search in it for a certain kensho - day 5 it's on Takakeisho http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_05.pdf

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8 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

Unfortunately the pdf is an image, not text, else one could search in it for a certain kensho - day 5 http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_05.pdf

(With a little eye strain, one can see that) On day 5, Kurazushi sponsored a banner for the Takakeisho versus Takarafuji bout.  They steered clear of Asanoyama and Enho.

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Takayasu-Terunofuji had 5 - Tochinoshin none, like Kotoshokigu - even Kotoyuki has 1 fix, from a tax consultant office. Hokutofuji 4 from Enho. Endo keeps to be the Morinaga-sho magnet without getting it himself - for his day 1 win against Kakuryu it was on Asanoyama-Takanosho. Takakeisho is catching up.

Day 5

66:    Asanoyama
59:    Hakuho
50:    Takakeisho
26:    Mitakeumi (M)
13:    Okinoumi
12:    Hokutofuji
11:    Takayasu
10:    Endo
9:    Shodai
8:    Abi
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30 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

(With a little eye strain, one can see that) On day 5, Kurazushi sponsored a banner for the Takakeisho versus Takarafuji bout.  They steered clear of Asanoyama and Enho.

So far they only put it on the last 2 bouts, now with only 1 yokozuna, the last ozeki bout can get it - tomorrow it's Asanoyama's turn to have it on his bout http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_06.pdf

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Another variable kensho is the ChunichiShimbun-sha-sho - the Nagoya kensho from the Chubu region based paper. They haven't canceled it for the reason that it is in Tokyo and it pops up on the July basho kensho lists. The paper lists the torikumi they give that kensho to under "Today's good bout(s)" in the sports corner https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/懸賞_(相撲)#企業による懸賞

Tomorrow it's the only kensho on Terunofuji-Kotoshoho  http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_06.pdf

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Once again, Shin Ozeki Asanoyama took home more kensho than Yokozuna Hakuho (i.e., 14 vs 10), even though Hakuho was fighting in the final bout.  I wonder if that fact weighs on Hakuho's mind.  He has to realise that his heyday is pretty much over, and the new star on the dohyo is attracting more support/sponsors...

There were even more kensho (i.e., 11) for the third to last bout featuring Takakeisho than for Hakuho.

The writing is on the wall ring.

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4 minutes ago, Amamaniac said:

Once again, Shin Ozeki Asanoyama took home more kensho than Yokozuna Hakuho (i.e., 14 vs 10), even though Hakuho was fighting in the final bout.  I wonder if that fact weighs on Hakuho's mind.  He has to realise that his heyday is pretty much over, and the new star on the dohyo is attracting more support/sponsors...

There were even more kensho (i.e., 11) for the third to last bout featuring Takakeisho than for Hakuho.

The writing is on the wall ring.

This has been going on for awhile. Ozeki Kisenosato would regularly get more kensho placed on his matches compared to Hakuho, Harumafuji and Kakuryu. It was even more the case when Kisenosato became a Yokozuna. 

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2 hours ago, Kishinoyama said:

This has been going on for awhile. Ozeki Kisenosato would regularly get more kensho placed on his matches compared to Hakuho, Harumafuji and Kakuryu. It was even more the case when Kisenosato became a Yokozuna. 

I don't mean to be unnecessarily contrary, but I actually keep records of that sort of thing.  B-)

As a quick sample, I have looked at the 2016 New Year tournament, 2016 Kyushu Tournament, and even the 2017 New Year tournament (which he won and was the start of his Yokozuna run).  If you compare the number of kensho on each of "Ozeki Kisenosato"'s bouts with the number of kensho placed on the final Yokozuna bout of the day, he never saw more kensho than "the Yokozuna appearing in the final bout".

On day 12 of November 2016, he only saw 5 kensho versus 30 on offer for the final bout (i.e., Hakuho vs Terunofuji).  In the aforementioned sample, the closest he came was on day 14 of January 2017, where there were 31 kensho on his bout versus 39 on offer for the final bout (i.e., Hakuho vs Takanoiwa).

Of course, you are right to say that there were plenty of times when Kisenosato's bouts attracted more kensho than his Yokozuna rivals in the before-last bout slots.  But here in the "July Tournament", Hakuho is appearing in the last bout every day (except day 2, although...).  

So I maintain my claim that what we are seeing is something rather unusual.  Corona/recession is partly to blame.  But clearly, the two young Ozeki – Asanoyama (and Takakeisho) – are getting more love than the still-impressive yet ageing Hakuho.  Furthermore, interest in the final bouts in this tournament appears to be less strong than usual.

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Tochinoshin-Kotoshogiku with 1 kensho, like Terunofuji. Takayasu 4 - his usual 3 and the one from Kotoyuki. Enho only his 1 fix. The Morinaga-sho is back to Asanoyama. Endo still attracts plenty of kensho, but he needs to win again to stay in the ranking. http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_06.pdf Kiribayama had 2 kensho from his other win, Okinoumi has 1 kensho fix and 2 other wins besides the Takakeisho one.

Day 6

80:    Asanoyama (M)
69:    Hakuho
50:    Takakeisho
29:    Mitakeumi
18:    Shodai
15:    Takayasu
13:    Kiribayama
13:    Okinoumi
12:    Hokutofuji
10:    Endo
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Kurazushi placed one of its kensho banners on the Enho/Tamawashi bout today (d7).  Enho deserves all the kaitenzushi that ¥30,000 can buy!  (Hope he holds off on dining out, unlike Abi!) ;-)

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Even with the Morinaga-sho and the Chunichi-sho, Hakuho had 1 less than Asanoyama and Takakeisho. 2 for Terunofuji, 1 for Kotoshogiku, against Nishikigi - Tochinoshin had won also 1 from Nishikigi, but none today. The 4 from Takayasu didn't bring Myogiryu into the rankings - his regular sponsor isn't among the kensho givers this basho. Enho had only his Sogo one apart from that by Kura-sushi. Day 7 all - but we don't know if some from the Abi-Mitakeumi pack were redistributed:  http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_07.pdf

Day 7

94:    Asanoyama
82:    Hakuho (M)
64:    Takakeisho
29:    Mitakeumi
21:    Shodai
16:    Endo
15:    Takayasu
13:    Kiribayama
13:    Okinoumi
12:    Hokutofuji
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Nakabi, but only 12 on Takakeisho and 13 on Asanoyama - yesterday both had 14: Hakuho today with 14 is gaining pace, the Morinaga-sho on Mitakeumi-Shodai, but Hakuho had Chunichi and Kura-sushi. Terunofuji only had the 1 fix for the first bout, Kotonowaka-Tochinoshin had 1 planned.  Kotoeko got 4 from Takayasu, Kiribayama 3 with Enho. Day 8 full http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_08.pdf

Day 8

107:    Asanoyama
96:    Hakuho
64:    Takakeisho
29:    Mitakeumi
28:    Shodai (M)
24:    Hokutofuji
20:    Okinoumi
16:    Kiribayama
16:    Endo
15:    Takayasu
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First time this tournament that Hakuho received more kensho than Asanoyama.  But before anyone decides to be shocked, it was only one kensho more... (Kenshoparade...)

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Takakeisho-Enho was the torikumi of the day - 14 kensho with Morinaga-sho, Hakuho (Kura-sushi) and Asanoyama had 12. Takayasu 3, Terunofuji 2 from the Nagatanien bulk. Day 9 full http://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/honbasho/kansen/torikumi/2007_09.pdf

Day 9

119:    Asanoyama
108:    Hakuho
78:    Takakeisho (M)
30:    Shodai
29:    Mitakeumi
25:    Hokutofuji
22:    Endo
20:    Kiribayama
20:    Okinoumi
18:    Takayasu
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