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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 […]

SUMO: 2018 Kyushu Basho Senshuraku [Final Day] (Day 15)

It’s senshuraku [the final day] of the Kyushu Basho, and we have a tie atop the leaderboard. Both ozeki Takayasu and komusubi Takakeisho are 12–2 and the winner of the yusho [tournament championship] will be decided today. The two leaders fought head-to-head yesterday, with Takayasu narrowly eking out a win. The ozeki made what could […]

SUMO: 2018 Kyushu Basho (Day 14)

We’ve arrived at Day 14 of the Kyushu Basho, and the yusho [tournament championship] is still very much up in the air. Komusubi Takakeisho continues to have sole possession of the lead with a 13–1 record, but ozeki Takayasu is just one win behind him, and the two of them go head-to-head today! Takakeisho won […]

SUMO: 2018 Kyushu Basho (Day 13)

We’ve reached Friday the thirteenth day of the tournament (it just so happens that Day 13 of every basho lands on a Friday). Komusubi Takakeisho still has only one loss and is atop the leaderboard, but two of the rikishi trailing him—M9 Daieisho and M12 Aoiyama—lost on Thursday, leaving only ozeki Takayasu in second place. […]

SUMO: 2018 Kyushu Basho (Day 12)

Day 12 of this basho ALSO happens to be Thanksgiving here in the States, and I have a lot of food prep work to do before our feast, so this will be a very short commentary. Luckily, though, not much has changed since yesterday. Komusubi Takakeisho is still alone atop the leaderboard with a 10–1 […]

SUMO: 2018 Kyushu Basho (Day 11)

As we hit Day 11 of the Kyushu Basho, the tournament is now two-thirds in the books and our leader is still komusubi Takakeisho. One loss behind him remain the same four rikishi—ozeki Takayasu, M9 Daieisho, M12 Aoiyama, and M13 Onosho.  As I predicted a few days ago, Aoiyama and Onosho continue to have an […]

SUMO: 2018 Kyushu Basho (Day 10)

It’s Day 10 of the Kyushu Basho, and komusubi Takakeisho remains alone atop the leaderboard with an 8–1 record. The number of rikishi one loss him has been reduced down to four—ozeki Takayasu, M9 Daieisho, M12 Aoiyama, and M13 Onosho. Takakeisho pulled out all the stops yesterday in his match against ozeki Tochinoshin, who he […]

SUMO: 2018 Kyushu Basho (Day 9)

Week 2 of the Kyushu basho kicks off with komusubi Takakeisho having reclaimed sole possession of the top of the leaderboard. He’s 7–1 and immediately followed by a half-dozen rikishi at 6–2—ozeki Takayasu, M2 Tochiozan, M7 Abi, M9 Daieisho, M12 Aoiyama, and M13 Onosho. Takakeisho continued to look strong and calm as he beat M1 […]

SUMO: 2018 Kyushu Basho Nakabi [Middle Day] (Day 8)

It’s nakabi [the middle day] of the Kyushu Basho, and we’ve had a big change on the leaderboard. komusubi Takakeisho suffered his first loss yesterday, dropping him back into the mix with a half-dozen one-loss rikishi. However, four of the rikishi who began the day at 5–1 lost, so there are only three competitors tied […]