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Having the option to sit out a tournament surely has helped him during recent years. It can be a curse, look at Kisenosato who got injured in his first tournament as Yokozuna and when it showed that he'd never get back to the same level, he was forced to end his career. At Ozeki, it is rare to restart far down the Banzuke, but it is possible. Yokozuna grants loads of benefits, but the psychological pressure and always being underneath a microscope can be very exhausting I'd imagine. 

Edit: it is way more accurate to use the phrasing "felt forced" in regards to Kisenosato. He was not forced by the governing bodies or anything, which could also happen. 

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There is not enough love here for Ishiura breaking out a fucking mitokorozeme in this basho to put down Nishikigi. 

I'm old and have been following Sumo ever since I worked in the private sector for a Japan based multimodal logistics company fifteen years ago and I haven't seen a rikishi use that technique since the late 80's.

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 You're absolutely right, here is the video to go with this monumental use of the kimarite. I think the best bet could be the kimarite department store Mainoumi. 

 

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On 11/14/2019 at 5:00 PM, ReiseReise said:

Read about this before. It deviates a little from what Sumo is about judging by the Information I read, but it will probably be quite a lot of fun. Looking forward to hearing how you liked it. 

Hakuho is still amazing. He hasn't been as much of an escape artist during the last few tournaments, but he is still top notch. He is definitifely the strongest candidate to raise the Cup in the end. 

 

In a word, it was amazing.  The set up was a 4 man exhibition, with 3 sections:  First, a basic explainer of the rules of sumo and a demo of how a 400+ lb. guy can do a full split. Second, a round robin mini-tournament.  And last, 6 lucky people (who paid a lot extra) got to step in the ring with the 4 big boys.  

The food was alright, but the main event was obviously the show.  

The 4 sumo were retired from active competition, but still very much in sumo shape and put on a great show.   They were:

Kumago ("Kuma") - He sang a sumo song for us. At a previous show he sang "I Want It That Way" for the crowd.

Bungo Nishiki - A very good athlete.  Was easily the most flexible of the big guys.

Musahikuni ("Musa") - The American.  Also the youngest, at 24.  The crowd was into him.  Looks like he pulled a muscle during his match with Kuma (the other three were noticeably annoyed with Kuma afterwards)

Tououyama - The ham among them.  Won the mini-tournament.  The crowd adored him.

And the MC was Konishiki.  He was great at explaining the different techniques of sumo and what was happening in ring.

The price for the show and food was $100, and it was money well spent. There was another tier where you could have a meet & greet with the sumo also, but a friend of mine snuck in. 🙂 

Definitely would recommend, and I definitely want to learn more about sumo. 

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Konishiki, how cool is that! 

Sounds like you had a blast, happy to hear that. Quick look around Sumo DB indicates that the wrestlers you saw in action had their career highs in Makushita, which is pretty respectable. Konishiki as a former Ozeki at the Event is amazing of course. 

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Day 11 had come and gone, Hakuho remains the sole leader with a 10-1 score followed by Asanoyama with 9-2. Both man are performing quite well, Hakuho seems determined to get his first title in the Reiwa era. 

Mitakeumis Ozeki hopes are dashed. He picked up a sixth loss today and with Asanoyama and Hakuho left to fight, there is a distinct possibility for him to drop out of sanyaku for the first time in 17 or so basho. It would be a shame, but he simply doesn't sèem to be at his best. 

Takakeisho picked up win number 8 today, putting him out of risk regarding a possible kadoban status in January. He seems to have shaken off the rust and is looking good. Maybe he can spoil Hakuho's party a little? 

We had the ultra rare mitokorozeme a few days ago. Not as rare but still not an everyday occurance was Shodai's utchari he used today to get his eight's win over a game Sadanoumi. See below:

https://youtu.be/OcyS7bdDsr0

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Hakuho managed to extend his record of top division Bashos won to 43, capturing the very last tournament of (t)his decade with a 14-1 scoreline. 

Mitakeumi will very likely fall out of sanyaku for the first time in almost 3 years, ending a run of 18 Basho in the upper echolon of the banzuke after a 6-9. We will very likely loose Hokutofuji and Endo aswell. Asanoyama and Abi make good cases for Sekiwake promotions, Abi should get the nod should they only be willing to promote one of the two. 

Enho made Kachikoshi with an 8-7 score, securing his needed 8th win on senshuraku, the final day. He will face top tier guys in his next campaign, although he'll be lucky enough. 

Asanoyama with another Double digit win while beating top competition, yet not on an official Ozeki run. 

A huge return to salaried ranks awaits us aswell: Terunofuji, former Ozeki and Makuuchi Yusho winner, also known as the heel who prevented Kotoshogiku from getting back to Ozeki with a blatant henka, won the Makushita Yusho with a clean 7-0 from Makushita #10. He had dropped as far down the rankings as the second lowest division after bad injury luck. It is not likely that he will reach former heights, but as the first ever Ozeki to even try to get back into the paid ranks after dropping out I felt praise is in order. It will be interesting to see how he will deal with fighting every day. 

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Hakuho managed to extend his record of top division Bashos won to 43, capturing the very last tournament of (t)his decade with a 14-1 scoreline. 

Mitakeumi will very likely fall out of sanyaku for the first time in almost 3 years, ending a run of 18 Basho in the upper echolon of the banzuke after a 6-9. We will very likely loose Hokutofuji and Endo aswell. Asanoyama and Abi make good cases for Sekiwake promotions, Abi should get the nod should they only be willing to promote one of the two. 

Enho made Kachikoshi with an 8-7 score, securing his needed 8th win on senshuraku, the final day. He will face top tier guys in his next campaign, although he'll be lucky enough. 

Asanoyama with another Double digit win while beating top competition, yet not on an official Ozeki run. 

A huge return to salaried ranks awaits us aswell: Terunofuji, former Ozeki and Makuuchi Yusho winner, also known as the heel who prevented Kotoshogiku from getting back to Ozeki with a blatant henka, won the Makushita Yusho with a clean 7-0 from Makushita #10. He had dropped as far down the rankings as the second lowest division after bad injury luck. It is not likely that he will reach former heights, but as the first ever Ozeki to even try to get back into the paid ranks after dropping out I felt praise is in order. It will be interesting to see how he will deal with fighting every day. 

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On 11/20/2019 at 11:33 AM, ReiseReise said:

We had the ultra rare mitokorozeme a few days ago. Not as rare but still not an everyday occurance was Shodai's utchari he used today to get his eight's win over a game Sadanoumi. See below:

https://youtu.be/OcyS7bdDsr0

That was pretty awesome.  Not sure why, but competitors seem to be pulling out all the stops during this basho.   The things each man is doing to secure a win makes this contest feel very important.

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Banzuke for January got published, not a merry Christmas for Abi who got denied a Sekiwake promotion once more. Takayasu has a chance to regain Ozeki with ten wins in January. Ikioi back in Makuuchi, presumeably healthy. 

Makuuchi

Hakuho        Y    Kakuryu
Takakeisho    O    Goeido
Asanoyama     S    Takayasu
Abi           K    Daieisho

Endo          M1   Myogiryu
Hokutofuji    M2   Mitakeumi
Tamawashi     M3   Kotoyuki
Okinoumi      M4   Shodai
Meisei        M5   Enho
Takarafuji    M6   Tochinoshin
Shohozan      M7   Onosho
Aoiyama       M8   Ryuden
Takanosho     M9   Yutakayama
Sadanoumi     M10  Ishiura
Chiyotairyu   M11  Kagayaki
Tsurugisho    M12  Chiyomaru
Kotoshogiku   M13  Kotoeko
Terutsuyoshi  M14  Shimanoumi
Azumaryu      M15  Ikioi
Tochiozan     M16  Kaisei
Kiribayama    M17  Tokushoryu

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Who does Abi need to murder to make sekiwake? This is ludicrous.

I have an irrational dislike of Goeido, so I hope he goes down this time. Takayasu is a surly hairy bastard, so I hope he goes back up.

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I'm with you on the Abi situation. It is weird. Maybe that social media scandal played a role. 

Goeido has been on the brink of demotion a lot. But he sure seems on borrowed time. 

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Ishiura got away with a violent outburst against junior stable member Hokaho. After a few heated Training bouts, both Rikishi exchanged fisticuffs for a bit. It happened in front of press and in the wake of quite a few forced retirements during the last few months because of violence scandal. Instead of being a minor interna affair, the incident became a pretty big public problem for Hakuho's student. 

The verdict is a month of 20% pay reduction for Ishiura, three months of 20% pay reduction for stable head Miyagino-oyakata. Both Ishiura and the junior Hokaho received stern warnings. 

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Two days in Hatsu 2020 and both Yokozuna have already lost to Endo. Hakuho's loss being the more spectacular one. I love this Sport! 

Edit: Madness continued with Kakuryu and Hakuho both dropping matches against Myogiryu and Hokotufuji. Hakuho has already dropped out of the tournament, not a good start to what he pronounced to be the final year of his career...

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After four days, both Yokozuna are out of the tournament once more. It might be the beginning of the end for Kakuryu, who will be under a lot of pressure come March. 

Goeido is facing a serious danger of demotion, after a 1-3 start. Since he was 0-3 at first, he might draw some much needed confidence from yesterday's beautifully executed kubinage. 

Spotless 4-0 records: Hokotufuji, Shodai, Kagayaki and Terutsuyoshi. Hokotufuji got a fusensho (default win) because of Hakuho's withdrawal, but he also beat Kakuryu aswell as both Ozeki, Takakeisho and Goeido, in actual matches. Those 11 days are going to be very interesting. 

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