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Day 10:

Newcomer Tobizaru gets his kachikoshi, beating Ryuuden: "I'm able to go all out and do my own sumo. I didn't want to go chest to chest against him so I avoided that. I love it that I'm facing rikishi I have never faced before. Rather than feeling anxious, my feeling that I should go out there and give it my all is very strong!"

Takakeishou, remaining tied for the lead, beating Daieishou: " We both are tsuki-oshi guys so I didn't want to lose by state of mind."  He was injured last basho and left the basho after he got his kachikoshi. "I was using my body the wrong way, so I got injured. I went back to the fundamentals that i learned in elementary school. Yusho? I just want to concentrate on each bout as it comes.."

Newcomer Houshouryuu, 5-5: "I won and that's good. I'd like to concentrate on each bout from now on."

Ishiura, beating fellow battered Kotoshougiku: "He was a an excellent sekitori when I was growing up. I managed to give it my all and felt refreshed doing sumo!"

Sadanoumi, 500th Makuuchi bout today and winning: "My oyakata has always been telling me to take extra care of myself on even -numbered months. I think one of the reasons I've been able to persevere was the fact that we had to train during jungyo."

Shimanoumi, sixth loss: "I have to defend my flanks, otherwise it doesn't become my own sumo. I'd like to concentrate on hitting hard at the tachiai."

Kotoshouhuo, losing to Wakatakakage who is in great shape: "I let him attack me. I just want to do my original own sumo on a daily basis.  I want to concentrate on my bouts without any unnecessary thoughts.."

Mitakeumi, sixth win, beating Tochinoshin and aiming for double-digit wins: "I'll be seriously aiming for that, and hopefully will do it while keeping my fighting spirit high. I know my opponent well as we train a lot together so it was a bit awkward.."

Tochinoshin, sixth loss: "My tachiai wasn't that bad, but I was too high after that. My knee is not in a good way, but I'm mounting the dohyo so it's irrelevant. All I can do to continue is by firing myself up again!"

Ounoshou, tied for the lead as well, kachikoshi, coming off that 0-13 start last basho: " Last basho was painful, but i'm able to go all out and do good sumo. I won't be changing anything so hopefully the results will follow!"

Shoudai, remaining tied for the lead, beating his incessant opponent Terutsuyoshi by keeping him at bay: " I'm just one of the five guys with the best record.. For now, I got my kachikoshi and I'm happy. Next objective- double-digit wins!" Two more wins and Ozeki talk might be heard. "I just want to do my own sumo till the end and reach the last day.."

Kotonowaka dropping to Juryo 2 because of an injury this basho, gets kachikoshi: "It's a kachikoshi after a basho I was injured in, so I'm happy but subdued. I don't want to rest on my laurels now. Return to Makuuchi? I'm not thinking of that. I just want to get through the 15 days and hopefully that will lead to a promotion.."

Terunofuji, losing to Takanoshou: "Not good, right? As you saw, I was weak, that's all.."

Wakatakakage, tied for the lead: "I'm able to do my own sumo. I'm happy, but I'd like to continue this way without losing my concentration."

 

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24 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

I know my opponent well as we train a lot together so it was a bit awkward.."

Is that his excuse for losing to the joi repeatedly? Then the lack of degeiko should have fixed that, innit?

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Day 11:

Kitanofuji-san, the NHK commentator and ex- Yokozuna who was doing the in-house radio today, when asked by the announcer next to him what he thought of the Wakatakakage- Chiyotairyuu match:  "Hmm, I guess Wakatakakage did a good hikkake. I saw that and went to the toilet, truth be told.. " "We just had a bit of a toilet break by Mr. Kitanofuji.." announced Sawadaishi announcer.. Tomorrow, Wakatakakage faces Tobizaru with both tied for the lead. "It's going to be difficult- I don't know which of them to root for.." said Kitanofuji san.

Maegashira 1 Takanoshou continues to amaze and needs another win for kachikoshi: "I was able to attack from underneath so that was good. I've been able to beat some Sanyaku and higher rikishi. Yesterday I was also able to do good sumo against Terunofuji.  It's building up my confidence. My body isn't sluggish. I am able to be calm and my nervousness  is just at the right level. I think that's good.." His nickname is "Onigiri-kun" because of his smile that makes him look like an onigiri. "I think that's cool.." he summed.

Takakeishou had a right shoulder spasm at the end of his match today: "It's an everyday occurrence.. I'm OK. "

Terunofuji, kachikoshi and a certain return to sanyaku after three years: "Well, I think I'll be able to be back in sanyaku so that's good. It's not over yet so I would like to gambarize for the days remaining."

Tobizaru, ties for the lead and aiming to become the first Makuuchi newbie to get a yusho in 106 years: "I was thinking of moving ever forward without running away. " He tried a leg trip that was his downfall on day 6, but he has learned from that. "I tried it for a second but abandoned it quickly. I haven't been aware of the yusho race at all. I just want to concentrate on one bout at a time.."

Shouhouzan beating injured Kotoshougiku  and getting his third straight win after eight straight losses: "Injuries are scary. When I faced Giku-zeki last basho he was a different person.."

Kotoshougiku, injured calf, 4th straight loss after rejoining the basho: " In times like these (with an injury) the parts of my body I don't use become conspicuous."

Shimanoumi,  losing at the last minute to Enhou: "He's the type of opponent who makes it hard for you when he gets inside, so I went out solidly. I lost moving forward, so at least that's good.."

Chiyotairyuu, losing to Wakatakakage, sixth straight loss after five straight wins: "I though he was going to shift at the tachiai, so I pushed my hand out too late. That was my worst sumo this basho."

Tokushouryuu, 34 years old and beating the 21 year old Houshouryuu: "When you're on the dohyo age means diddley squat. I also still feel young!"

Kotoshouhou, getting his 7th win after three consecutive losses: "During my losing streak I was in too much of a hurry and all over the place. I decided to do a reset and went out feeling that way."

Mitakeumi, demolishing Kagayaki "If I only could have done this kind of sumo from day 1.."

Asanoyama, eighth straight win: "My body is moving extremely well. Solid sumo is my kind of sumo. I was in shock after the first three days (lost all bouts). I was contemplating going kyujo. Then I thought if I'm in the doldrums, all I can do is get out there and do it.  Since day 4, I've been telling myself to  concentrate on the bout at hand. It goes without saying that an Ozeki should get kachikoshi.." There has never been anyone who got the yusho after starting off the basho with two straight losses (let alone three) since the advent of the 15 day basho in 1949. He still has to face both Shoudai and Takakeishou, so he still has a chance to yusho. " I have three losses. I am not thinking of what happened before and am concentrating on doing my own sumo. Today is today, tomorrow is tomorrow, and that is how I'll face each day!"

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10 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

Takakeishou had a right shoulder spasm at the end of his match today: "It's an everyday occurrence.. I'm OK. "

Great news. Would've been a shame if his yusho (and maybe even tsuna?) dreams were destroyed by an injury this late in the basho. 

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1 minute ago, Hakuryuho said:

Great news. Would've been a shame if his yusho (and maybe even tsuna?) dreams were destroyed by an injury this late in the basho. 

Well, that is the template that ALL guys that go kyujo the next day use, so let's see what happens tomorrow..

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38 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

Tokushouryuu, 34 years old and beating the 21 year old Houshouryuu: "When you're on the dohyo age means diddley squat. I also still feel young!"

I have got to wonder what diddley squat translates to/from in Japanese.

39 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

Mitakeumi, demolishing Kagayaki "If I only could have done this kind of sumo from day 1.."

Yes, Mitakeumi, if only you did, you'd have been ozeki by now, if not yokozuna.

39 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

I have three losses. I am not thinking of what happened before and am concentrating on doing my own sumo. Today is today, tomorrow is tomorrow, and that is how I'll face each day!"

Oddly enough this might be more honest than most. Arguably, thinking way too ahead got Asanoyama into a pickle at the start of this basho.

27 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:
29 minutes ago, Hakuryuho said:

Great news. Would've been a shame if his yusho (and maybe even tsuna?) dreams were destroyed by an injury this late in the basho. 

Well, that is the template that ALL guys that go kyujo the next day use, so let's see what happens tomorrow..

I call bull on it being an everyday occurrence. But that said props really has to go to Takakeisho. If it really is everyday, the fella basically is fighting his own body - maybe not to the same extent as Masunoyama, but still - to get up on the dohyo, still make ozeki, and bag a yusho on the way. But if it's not every day, as someone pointed out in the main thread, he'd better not rupture another muscle trying to stay in the race. At least Chiganoura seems to have his head screwed on more firmly than Tagonoura when it comes to dealing with injuries.

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37 minutes ago, Kintamayama said:

Well, that is the template that ALL guys that go kyujo the next day use, so let's see what happens tomorrow..

damn

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1 hour ago, Kintamayama said:

Takakeishou had a right shoulder spasm at the end of his match today: "It's an everyday occurrence.. I'm OK. "

1 hour ago, Hakuryuho said:

Great news. Would've been a shame if his yusho (and maybe even tsuna?) dreams were destroyed by an injury this late in the basho. 

 

I am sorry Takakeishou, but if your shoulder spasm daily I would think you are, in fact, not OK.

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Day 12:

Wakatakakage, losing in the two-loss rikishi confrontation against Tobizaru: " My tachiai was half-hearted. My weak side emerged.."

Tobizaru, tied for the lead, asked about the yusho and his nerves: "I'm not nervous and not thinking about it.. I want to win the next three bouts, then  I'll  think about it.. Today I was able to attack without pulling." Today, he got the Morinaga Seika kensho for the most interesting bout. "I never got that before so I am very happy. I'm not very popular yet..  I really am not nervous. It's much scarier to be nervous." "Hey, there's no yusho parade this time, so why don't you win it??" said his Oitekaze Oyakata. Tobizaru was stuck in Juryo for three years. "Those were difficult times for him. He is a hard trainer. Things have changed these last two years," added his Oyakata.

Daieishou, makekoshi as shin-Sekiwake: "I'm still not good enough. No use being sad. I want to gambarize till the end.."

Ounoshou, beating Terunofuji in a three-loss rikishi confrontation: "I calmly denied him my mawashi and was able to do sumo, and that was good. I'm not changing anything I'm doing , so if I will be able to face my opponents one by one and go all out it will be good."

Mitakeumi, losing to Takayasu for his fifth loss, getting further away from double-digit wins: "I'm still full of willpower. I want to win solidly and get those double digits.."

Former Makuuchi and one-time great hope Joukouryuu got his kachikoshi (after losing his first three bouts) at Makushita 1, almost certain to return to Juryo next basho: "I gave up at some point  but my shisho told me not to and the people around me were very supportive. After I lost my first three bouts my family bought me a good luck charm. I put it inside my mawashi and won four straight.  I usually watch the Makuuchi bouts on TV at home. My 2-year old daughter asks me where I am. It makes me a bit sad, but now I'm feeling like 'just wait and see..' I  have been encouraged by many people throughout my injuries and all I can do is thank them.. It's taken me some time, but I want to gambarize and aim upwards!""

Takanoshou kachikoshi, probably in Sanyaku next basho: "I don't know if my sanyaku promotion will happen so all I had in mind was to get that kachikoshi.. Tomorrow it's Tobizaru. As for helping out my heyamate Takakeishou get the yusho, I'm not thinking of that- I would like to think only of my own sumo."

Takakeishou, getting a freebie due to Endou's kyujo; " I heard about it this morning after training. I did not change anything in my daily routine. A fusensho doesn't mean it's a day off. I did today what I do every day. Shoudai tomorrow? Every day is important. There is nothing to change ahead of tomorrow.."

Shoudai tied for the lead and winning his tenth after beating Takarafuji: "I didn't imagine that I would have double digit wins so quickly. I think the flow is good. We still have three days to go. I'll do everything in order not to lose my concentration. I'm not thinking about the yusho, I'm just feeling great.  Since day 1 I have asked not to be told who I'm facing the next day, and it seems to be working well.. I just want to concentrate on doing my own sumo to its fullest."

Asanoyama, one win behind the leaders: "I'm not thinking of the past- I will try to exert all my power and give it my all. If I do my own sumo, the results will follow. My body is moving well. I can only face the bouts with my own body!"

 

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1 hour ago, Kintamayama said:

Tobizaru, tied for the lead, asked about the yusho and his nerves: "I'm not nervous and not thinking about it.. I want to win the next three bouts, then  I'll  think about it.. T

Okay, okay, I get it - Tobizaru is trying hard pretending to be unorthodox, but that has taken it way too far!! (Laughing...)

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1 hour ago, Kintamayama said:

After I lost my first three bouts my family bought me a good luck charm. I put it inside my mawashi and won four straight.

Did they find a rabbit bone on eBay ?

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1 hour ago, Akinomaki said:
3 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

After I lost my first three bouts my family bought me a good luck charm. I put it inside my mawashi and won four straight.

Did they find a rabbit bone on eBay ?

Maybe he misspoke and he meant his family bought him a good-luck mawashi...

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4 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

Okay, okay, I get it - Tobizaru is trying hard pretending to be unorthodox, but that has taken it way too far!! (Laughing...)

Joked Tobizaru, said the reporter.

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25 minutes ago, hakutorizakura said:

No kind encouragement from dear uncle after losing that easily to the smallest man on the banzuke? Hmmm...

Patience. The reanimation squad is still working on him.

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Day 13, part 1

Takayasu, second straight kachikoshi after 4 straight makekoshi: "Compared to the near past, my body and soul are perfect."

Wakatakakage, getting his 10th win via a freebie, looking at a yusho or sansho chance: "I heard about the kyujo after asageiko. I did everything as usual. Strange feeling.. Two more bouts to go, all I can do is do sumo, giving it my all! "

Takakeishou, losing to Shoudai and getting his third loss, at a loss for words: "I couldn't do my own attack. Tomorrow, I'd like to concentrate and do what I usually do."

Kiribayama, returning from kyujo because of a shoulder injury and winning his 7th: "I thought I wanted to gambarize till the end. I want to exert power and get my kachikoshi!"

Terasawa, Asanoyama's tsukebito, clinches the Makushita yusho: "I was planning on acquiring a right hand inside grip and pulling him towards me, but he got his first step in. I was over-eager.." He won eventually, turning the tables at the edge. His mawashi was stolen before last basho and it shook him up. "That was before last basho and is over with. I managed to refresh my feelings." Upon entering sumo in May 2018 he injured his lower back and went kyujo, subsequently undergoing surgery for hernia and dropping to banzuke-gai. He rehabilitated seriously."I did a lot of fundamental training and gambarized." He is said to have done more than 500 shikos a day. Asanoyama congratulated him today. "Great -  yusho, huh.." "If the ozeki were to yusho as well that would make me very happy.."

Ex-Takanoiwa also has a nephew in sumo- Hokutenkai, who is doing well so far. He clinched the Sandanme yusho today. "I went out there promising myself I would not pull at all (he did pull at the end..) I was conscious of the yusho race. I was nervous but I won so that's good. I want to add some weight and need to train well and get stronger for Makushita. I won't get any easy wins there. I need to make my slow and light tachiai stronger.."

Ex-Asahouryuu on Asanoyama: "My 40th birthday is on senshuraku! My junior should be winning the yusho!!

Kotoshougiku, 8th loss, coupled with the three kyujo losses, 11 losses total, ranked at M11-serious danger of demotion: "The loss has nothing to do with my injury. The reason for my loss is that I was late in attacking."

Shoudai, beating Takakeishou and remaining tied for the lead: "I think my tachiai was good. I was aware that I had to hit hard. I think I was able to do the sumo I had imagined. I had time to think about my sumo when the May basho was canceled. I had to improve my first step at the tachiai and  strengthen my horsepower. It's showing now. The keiko has come alive.." His tachiai does not come from a low position with his head- he raises his head and hits with his chest. "You can't improve bad habits in a short time. I was thinking if I added physical strength my first step will be stronger as well." He had 13 wins in January and 11 wins last basho and was involved in the yusho race till the end in both. "It's a great mystery to me, but I can't bring myself to be conscious of the yusho. I have prior experience with this, but I  have no anxiety or impatience like I had in January. I'm able to go about it as usual at this point." There has never been a yusho winner from Kumamoto . "I want to gambarize for the sake of all the people that enjoy my sumo. I want the next two days to be injury-free. It would be great to return to the heya with a smile.."

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Day 13, part 2

Asanoyama, still with three losses, beating Mitakeumi: "My body responded. My first step was good and I managed to get an outside grip. The rest went as planned. If I do all my moves one by one and with all my might, it will affect my opponent..  The three losses at the beginning woke me up  and from day 4 onwards  I was feeling at ease, which caused me to be able to do my own sumo." Yusho chances, perhaps? "I am not thinking about anything. I'm concentrating on the bout at hand."

Ounoshou, 10th win: ""I'm not especially conscious of double digit wins. I lost a lot last basho (13 losses..)and faced this basho planning on making up for that, but I just did my sumo a bout at a time without thinking too much. The same goes for the yusho race-I'm just going out there day by day.."

Hokuseihou, Hakuhou's two meter tall prodigy, winning the Jonidan yusho after winning the Jonokuchi yusho last basho: "I entered sumo feeling I could win the yusho in all the lower divisions." This morning at the keiko-ba, Hakuhou told him to go out there and do his best. "I'm able to slowly meet all my objectives.. I want to gambarize in sandanme as well!"

Tobizaru's brother Hidenoumi got his kachikoshi at Juryo 9 today. About his brother's success "He has been seriously preparing himself for this and now I think his flower is blooming. He's facing difficult opponents but he has gained strength. His lower body is stable. He used to be pushed around and he pulled a lot but he has built himself a formidable lower back. I want to gambarize and make it back to Makuuchi quickly!"

 

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Thank you Kinta-san, it's always very nice to read these rikishi talks. I like to imagine their expressions while talking, being out of their usual stoic sumo faces.

(I'm out of reacts  (Kenshoparade...))

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Day 14:

Wakatakakage, losing to his college senpai Mitakeumi and out of the race, facing his first sanyaku opponent : "I didn't feel any pressure. I wasn't that nervous. I intended to attack with all I have, but it was half-hearted.. All i can do is concentrate on tomorrow's bout."

Mitakeumi, beating Wakatakakage and finally  getting his kachikoshi: "There are things that are not good enough,  but I got my kachikoshi so that'd good. I will be doing my own sumo all the way till the end!"

Ounoshou, 4th loss and out of the race, but feeling good: 'I was one step behind. I wasn't aware of the yusho race. There is still one bout left. I want to concentrate on my own sumo till the end."

Shimanoumi, makekoshi for the second straight basho: "All I can do is face the last bout doing my own sumo and with no regrets."

Kotoshouhou, 9th win and doing better than last basho: "My legs followed well. Double digit wins? I will be concentrating without losing focus.."

Meisei, back in Makuuchi and has nine wins: "I was thinking how to attack and that's how I went. I've been facing the bouts with the same feeling I've had since opening day so there is nothing to change about my state of mind.."

Takayasu, needs one more win to have two consecutive bashos with double-digit wins: "I was able to push my opponent back at the tachiai. I suffered three straight losses but managed to come back. I'm able to fight with my hips low.."

Naya , Taiho's grandson at Makushita 5, getting his 5th win (against a Juryo opponent today) and closer to Juryo: "It was different. I got a bit baffled when I was offered the power water, but after that it was business as usual." He had an oicho topknot today for the very first time. "I'm really happy. I thought it would be heavy but I was surprised it was lighter than what I'm used to.." His promotion depends on others' records. "I know the promotion depends on how others ranked around me do and on a bit of luck so I can't comment on that, but there's a limit to what I can do.. If it were up to me, I can win."

Naya's first oicho:

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Chiyonokuni, third Juryo yusho and a chance for Makuuchi promotion: "I was surprised by my opponent's henka attempt, but it ended well. I was a bit nervous but I was able to concentrate. I'm able to take it slowly and concentrate day by day. My only thought is that there is one more day left.."

Shoudai, beating Asanoyama and now the sole leader: "I'm thrilled. I was able to execute my best tachiai. I lost my last two bouts against him so I went out with all I had. I just went forward without stopping. Conscious of a first yusho? Not yet, I guess. I'll probably think about it when I get back to the heya.. I still don't know who I'm facing tomorrow but it's the last bout of the basho, so I hope whatever the result,  I won't do sumo I might regret. "

Asanoyama, losing to Shoudai and out of the yusho race: "Shoudai-zeki was stronger. He was skillful. Tomorrow (against Takakeishou who still has a chance for the yusho) I want to do my own brand of sumo and end the basho without injury."

Takakeishou, beating Tobizaru today: "I went about it as usual without changing anything. I trusted my body's response and did it. " He has not lost to anyone under 1.80 meters for the last two years, and with the win today over Tobizaru he has beaten these opponents 15 straight times. Tomorrow, if he wins and Tobizaru beats Shoudai, he will be a part of a three- man playoff. "I'm just going to use the power that I have and use it to its full extent. "

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More Day 14:

Tobizaru, third loss but in high spirits: "The atmosphere in Makuuchi is totally different.. I'm enjoying myself, and there's nothing I could do about the loss. Takakeishou was strong.. I really didn't know how to cope with an Ozeki so I just went with all I had. My keiko is still insufficient. I'm not thinking of the yusho.  All I can do is go all out tomorrow. " Oitekaze Oyakata: "Call it luck or whatever, he's riding the wave. The results are following so he's showing greater ability than usual. If he can ride this wave tomorrow in a favorable way, it will be good.."

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Day 15 will be done only tomorrow, as Yom Kippur starts in an hour and I couldn't do it in time.No TV, no internet, no cars on the streets. It's a day when we ask for forgiveness and apologize. Some of us pray, others just be. So I apologize to anyone I offended on purpose or not. We start a new slate tomorrow. It's also a fast so no food or drink for the next 25 hours. Not even fast food, although it's a fast.  Sorry also for the bad jokes. . 

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Day 15. I fasted, I live.

Ura, on his way back to sekitorihood? Six wins at Makushita  5: "I'm happy. I went into the bout fully thinking if I win it I may be promoted to Juryo. It was really good. There are many supporting people around me, so I was able to come this far without losing willpower. I would like to get through the 15 days next basho showing healthy and mobile sumo."

Tobizaru, missing out on the yusho in his Makushita debut basho: "I wasn't thinking too much about the yusho. First, I just wanted to win that bout. I moved forward but I couldn't get it done. I am very frustrated. No, I wasn't crying, but I guess my frustration showed on my face. I managed to reach my objects of getting a sansho and getting double-digit wins, and I'm happy for that." He faced joi opponents with good results. "I can't win if the sumo becomes my opponents' style. I almost got injured on day 5. I planned on doing forward moving. non-pulling sumo." He will get a healthy boost up the banzuke. "I don't want people to think that it was a fluke, so I will train even harder!"

Shoudai, yusho and Ozeki: "I cried. My tsukebito got all watery, and right behind him stood Izutsu oyakata (ex-Toyonoshima). I couldn't stop the flow of tears.. I faced Tobizaru for the first time - I had that on my mind and felt how hard it was. I think I was never this nervous in my whole career. " He went to sleep at midnight the night before but couldn't fall asleep till 5 AM. "Every time I closed my eyes sumo stuff came floating by.. I was nervous till the last shikiri. I could hear my heart thumping. I wasn't sure if I was alive." He was pushed around and seemed to have lost balance at some point. " I didn't give up till the end, and that was good." Last basho he was in the race but fell back on the last days. "I lost to the pressure." Ozeki promotion? "It's a status I have been yearning for. It comes with responsibilities. I still can't believe it. I also want to apologize to Kintamayama-zeki for taking so long and making him look like a fool. I hope he is vindicated now!" He does not intend to change his shikona. "I don't intend to change my shikona." He will be the fifth Ozeki to use his real name.

Asanoyama, ending the basho with a loss: "In the end, I was not able to do my own sumo. Even if I did have six consecutive double digit bashos, this record was worse than last basho's so that is bad. Shoudai? A great incentive for me. That's one guy I don't want to lose to .."

Takakeishou, beating Asanoyama in the last bout of the basho: "I'm frustrated. I'm still not showing my true strength. When I will, I will get the yusho. When senshuraku came around, I was one step behind the leader. I hate that.. In order to yusho, I should have gotten  better results, is what I was thinking.  When you're an Ozeki, the only thing that matters is the yusho, so that is regrettable. As for myself, I have been able to give my all this basho."

The three rikishi who some thought deserved special prizes as well:

Takanoshou, ten wins: "I was able to do my own sumo. I'd like to gambarize in this condition. "

Wakatakakage, 11 wins, excellent basho:  "This has boosted my confidence. I was able to attack from a low position."

Ounoshou, ten wins, turning his nightmare basho in July (2-13) to a better one in Aki : "I'm thankful to be able to mount the dohyo.."

Veteran 36 years old Kotoshougiku, sure to fall to Juryo: "I feel like the 15 days are over. I did all  I could.   I will be seriously thinking how to proceed from here. I 'd like  to look to the future and gambarize"

Hakkaku rijicho on Shoudai: " This basho he was doing forward-moving sumo from day 1 and the content was good. He must be thrilled, but I think that the people of Kumamoto are thrilled as well."

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The translations you provide of sekitori statements to the press each day provide a unique colour to the tournament action.  They are invaluable for members of this forum, just as they are invaluable for sumo fans in Japan who read the sports papers.  So many thanks.

One thing I noticed this tournament is that there were very few (2?) statements from Enho.  Just curious if you think that was because the press weren't as interested in following his progress in what was a forgettable tournament for him, or because Enho himself did not make himself easily available to the press.  He still remains one of the more popular wrestlers on the replay app, win or lose.

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That comment from Kotoshogiku is pretty pessimistic. He has certainly earned his retirement and he went out fighting. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to show much after the injury, but he did give as much as he could. 

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