November Banzuke

We are less than two weeks away from the last honbasho of 2020! Taking place in Tokyo instead of the usual Fukuoka Kokusai Center, spectator capacity in the Ryogoku Kokugikan will be increased to around 5000 seats, double the previous tournament. Aside from bold moves by the sumo association, the newly released rankings chart promisesContinue reading “November Banzuke”

Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November

Following Shodai’s successful Aki Basho and promotion, three Ozeki sit atop the rankings chart, just below the waning Yokozuna. It will be one year in November since three Ozeki — Takakeisho, Takayasu, and Goeido — competed together. Of those three, only the 24 year old Takakeisho remains at the rank. A little over a weekContinue reading “Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November”

Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations

On the 30th, the Japan Sumo Association held their extraordinary board meeting, and a meeting of the rank-deciding committee. The hottest topic on the table was the promotion of first time champion Shodai to Ozeki. Mostly a formality as the arrangements had essentially been made beforehand, a unanimous stamp of approval was given. Between DirectorContinue reading “Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations”

Shodai Prepares for Ozeki Promotion

Aki Basho’s top division champion Shodai has finally reached his long sought-after milestone of sumo’s second highest rank. In preparation for his Ozeki promotion acceptance speech, he has selected a special “four character idiom” which is customary for this situation. The one he chose is meant to express his desired way of life from nowContinue reading “Shodai Prepares for Ozeki Promotion”

19 Tamanoi Wrestlers Infected

Tamanoi-beya has become the latest epicenter of coronavirus within the professional sumo world. 19 total infections have been reported out of Tamanoi as of Thursday, including Juryo #14 Fujiazuma, and the September 5th case which prompted a full examination of said stable. All except for Fujiazuma are at Makushita or lower. 12 of the infectedContinue reading “19 Tamanoi Wrestlers Infected”

Onosho Aims for Sanyaku Return

Returning to the top ranks after over two years, West Maegashira 2 Onosho of Onomatsu-beya is applying laser focus to his fundamental skills in hopes of a re-promotion to sanyaku. On the 12th he spoke about his current progress in training, relaying the information through the JSA as is protocol lately. “Right now I’m focusingContinue reading “Onosho Aims for Sanyaku Return”

Takanosho Preparing to Fight Yokozuna

This past Haru Basho marked 10 years of professional sumo for 25 year old Takanosho of Chiganoura-beya. It was only his fifth tournament in the top division, but scoring 12 wins earned him his first fighting spirit prize, co-runner-up with Kakuryu, and a career high of East Maegashira 2 on the current rankings chart. TakanoshoContinue reading “Takanosho Preparing to Fight Yokozuna”

COVID Cases in Sumo Not the Reason for Cancellation says Shibatayama

April 4th was a big day in sumo news media, with 18 articles in the Grand Sumo section of Nikkan Sports alone. Public relations director Shibatayama offered a bit of insight into the Japan Sumo Association’s decisions to cancel Natsu Basho and to move the July tournament from Nagoya to Tokyo, and popular rikishi gaveContinue reading “COVID Cases in Sumo Not the Reason for Cancellation says Shibatayama”

A Former Gyoji’s Calligraphy Contribution

Former top ranking gyoji Kimura Shonosuke (real name Yamazaki Toshihiro) offered reminders and encouragement in the fight against COVID-19 in the form of calligraphy. At the request of Nikkan Sports, nine phrases were written and made available for use by the general public. They are reminders such as, “Let’s stay home,” and words of encouragementContinue reading “A Former Gyoji’s Calligraphy Contribution”

Hakuho’s Renewed Motivation, Terunofuji’s Return, Kotoshogiku’s Records, and more on the Natsu Banzuke

AKA “Everything you could ever want to know about the upcoming tournament,” that is, minus whether or not it will actually be held or cancelled. Even though PR director Shibatayama has said outright that the JSA’s intention was to hold the tournament despite the virus’ recent infiltration into Takadagawa-beya and possibly beyond, the decision hasContinue reading “Hakuho’s Renewed Motivation, Terunofuji’s Return, Kotoshogiku’s Records, and more on the Natsu Banzuke”