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SUMO: 2018 Hatsu Basho (Day 5)

Day 5 of the Hatsu Basho brings us our first big twist—yokozuna Hakuho has joined the kyujo [absent due to injury] list. He jammed his left big toe in yesterday’s loss to M2 Yoshikaze and photos from the locker room afterward showed that it was already swelling and deeply bruised. This goes along with the […]

SUMO: 2018 Hatsu Basho (Day 4)

Day 4 of the Hatsu Basho dawns with some interesting complications. First of all, TWO yokozuna lost yesterday. In the upset of the day, Hakuho gave up a kinboshi by losing [gold star award] to M1 Hokutofuji. Since Hakuho was (as he usually is) the presumptive favorite to win the yusho [tournament championship], this knocks […]

SUMO: 2018 Hatsu Basho (Day 3)

It’s Day 3 of the Hatsu Basho, and things are looking good. Just about everyone in the top half of the banzuke has done strong sumo on the first couple of days . . . with the exception of yokozuna Kisenosato. He DID manage to win his Day 2 match against M1 Hokutofuji, but he […]

SUMO: 2018 Hatsu Basho (Day 2)

It’s Day 2 of the Hatsu Basho, and the 2018 sumo “season” is off to a good start. The only real upset to speak of was yokozuna Kisenosato’s loss to komusubi Takakeisho, and that’s a good lead-in to discussing the current status of things in the sanyaku ranks (most notably, among the yokozuna). As you […]

SUMO: 2018 Hatsu Basho (Day 1)

Wow, two months have FLOWN by . . . and now it’s time for another honbasho [sumo grand tournament], the first one of the new year! As with every New Year’s Tournament, this one is being held at the Ryogoku Kokugikan (the national sumo arena in the Ryogoku Ward of Tokyo. A lot has happened […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho, Senshuraku [The Final Day] (Day 15)

Well, those fifteen days went really quickly! It’s senshuraku [the final day] of the 2017 Kyushu Basho! With his explosive win over M9 Endo and the losses of both M4 Hokutofuji and M12 Okinoumi, yokozuna Hakuho has secured the yusho [tournament championship]—the 4oth of his illustrious career. He still has to fight ozeki Goeido today, […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 14)

Well, we’ve made it to the final weekend of the 2017 Kyushu Basho. Day 14 dawns with yokozuna Hakuho still alone atop the leaderboard with a 12–1 record, and just two rikishi trailing him at 11–2 (M3 Hokutofuji and M12 Okinoumi). Also we have our ninth (!) kyujo [absence due to injury] of the basho […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyusho Basho (Day 13)

It’s Day 13 of the Kyushu Basho, and it seems like there’s more news about what’s going on OFF the dohyo than about the matches themselves. That said, let’s make ourselves keep the tournament itself front and center, at least for the moment.  Yokozuna Hakuho’s win over sekiwake Mitakeumi keeps him alone atop the leaderboard […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 12)

It’s Day 12 of the Kyushu Basho, and Thanksgiving here in the U.S. One of the things I’m thankful for today is that Hakuho made such a bizarre error yesterday and as a result the yusho [tournament championship] race is back to being at least nominally competitive! If you haven’t watched yesterday’s final match, you […]

SUMO: 2017 Kyushu Basho (Day 11)

It’s Day 11 of the Kyushu Basho and yokozuna Hakuho maintains a two-win lead over his nearest competition. Hakuho is 10–0, while the number of 8–2 rikishi has dropped to two—M3 Hokutofuji and M12 Okinoumi. The tournament isn’t quite at the point where Hakuho’s victory is assured, but we have arrived at the juncture where […]