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Kaikitsune Makoto

Kimaritestats in 2002

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These are the kimarite statistics of year 2002. In parenthesis are the

differences compared to year 2001. The frequencies and data in general

should be largely correct but some minor (-1...0..+1) distortions from

true numbers might remain due to quite tedious handling of the massive



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Kasugao has already won 3 times by uchigake in juryo in addition to numerous different mage.

Thanks for this posting. I had a lot fun reading it, especially the part about the different hairstyles of Kasugao.  (Laughing...)

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Thanks a lot for that very interesting post, Kaikitsune-zeki !

Well, very happy to watch Oshi-zumo on top, in front of traditional wins by yorikiri as a heavy weights and Oshi-zumo huge fan as I am !!!  (Laughing...)

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About Sumo and statistics, the following stats are very ... cruel for the rikishi :

"only one in 336 sumo entrants make it to yokozuna and one in 141 make it to ozeki"

I take it from a very interesting article made by Philbert Ono you can watch here.

Other interesting things to be noticed, from this article, which is mainly a tribute to Akebono :

"The increase in foreign sumoists can be attributed to the following factors:

More foreign sumo aspirants want to use their big, strong bodies to earn lots of money. (Upon entering sumo, Akebono said he wanted to give his parents a new house. He now has plans to build his parents a $2 million two-story home complete with a sumo ring to teach sumo to local kids.)

Since Japanese society values higher education, fewer Japanese have been entering sumo right after junior high school graduation. Sumo scouts have therefore turned abroad for new recruits.

Sumo life and customs are not as rough as before.

The success of Konishiki. (When Akebono entered sumo in 1988 and Musashimaru in 1989, Konishiki was already an ozeki.)"

... And would you believe this :

"On March 12, Akebono's name was engraved in stone at the Yokozuna Rikishi Monument within the grounds of the Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine in Tokyo's Koto Ward."


"This monument is engraved with the names of all 64 yokozunas. It took three hours to engrave Heisei Go-nen Ichi-gatsu 64-dai Hawai Akebono Taro in Japanese. This monument was built in 1895 by Jinmaku Kyugoro, the 12th yokozuna. During the Edo Period, the shrine hosted annual sumo performances before they were transferred to Ryogoku."


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