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SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 7

We’ve reached the middle weekend of the Hatsu Basho and just like that the leaderboard has just a pair of names sitting alone at the top. Yokozuna Hakuho and M6 Onosho are the only remaining undefeated rikishi. Trailing them with 5–1 records are komusubi Mitakeumi, M5 Aoiyama, M8 Kaisei, M13 Yago, and M15 Chiyonokuni. NOW […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 6

It’s Day 6 of the Hatsu Basho and as we head into the middle weekend we finally have something of a leaderboard forming. Four rikishi remain undefeated—yokozuna Hakuho, komusubi Mitakeumi, M6 Onosho, and M8 Kaisei. A half-dozen rikishi are immediately trailing them with 4–1 records—sekiwake Takakeisho, M1 Ichinojo, M2 Nishikigi, M5 Aoiyama, M13 Yago, M15 […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 5

It’s Day 5 of the Hatsu Basho, and while the whole sumo world is still buzzing about the announcement of Kisenosato’s retirement, the tournament rolls on. The two remaining yokozuna won their matches yesterday, but the ozeki continue to struggle. For the second day in a row, yokozuna Hakuho had a tough time of it. […]

SUMO: Kisenosato Resigns

It’s always big news in sumo when a yokozuna finally decides that it’s time to retire, but today’s news that Kisenosato is withdrawing from the Hatsu Basho and hanging up his mawashi permanently is an extra-big story. If you just started watching sumo in the last two years, you could be forgiven for underestimating Kisenosato, […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 4

Holy cats! What kind of topsy-turvy tournament are seeing?! It’s Day 4 of the Hatsu Basho and the three yokozuna are collectively 4–5 while the three ozeki are 1–8! That’s a combined total of 5–13 for the “champion” class rikishi! What is going on here?! Of the bunch, ONLY yokozuna Hakuho won on Day 3, […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 3

It’s Day 3 of the Hatsu Basho and chaos reigns at the top of the banzuke [ranking sheet]. Two ozeki and one yokozuna remain WINLESS in their first two matches. And only yokozuna Hakuho is undefeated among the top-rankers—and he had quite a scare on Tuesday. Hakuho may have beaten M1 Tochiozan yesterday, but it […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 2

Well, Day 1 of the Hatsu Basho gave us a few surprises. The biggest one being that all three ozeki LOST their opening day matches! Tochinoshin was the one that was the most disappointing to me because it seems like his right thigh isn’t nearly as healed as we’d been led to believe. About ten […]

SUMO: 2019 Hatsu Basho—Day 1

It’s a new year, sumo fans, and time for the first honbasho [Grand Tournament] of 2019—the Hatsu Basho, taking place in Tokyo for the next fifteen days. Interestingly enough, we begin the tournament with ALL the rikishi active and vying for the Emperor’s Cup. That’s right, even with all the bruises, aches, and lingering conditions […]

The Overeager Snowflake

The start of a soon-to-be-classic holiday tale … and you saw it here first!

DINOvember: Dino Claus

It’s the final day of DINOvember, so Dino Claus is packing up his sleigh and heading for the North Pole to prepare for the year end holidays.