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SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 5)

Well, well, well . . . what a difference a day makes, eh? Because Day 5 at the Nagoya Basho looks NOTHING like Day 4 did! At the start of the day yesterday there were a bunch of undefeated rikishi (including most of the top-rankers). Now with Hakuho having gone kyujo [absent due to injury], […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 4)

It’s Day 4 of the Nagoya Basho and things are really heating up—literally. Nagoya is the most physically demanding of all the hon-basho because it takes place during midsummer in a city where you can count on the temperature being over 90F and the humidity being around 90% (or higher if a typhoon happens to […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 3)

It’s Day 3 of the Nagoya Basho, and the most notable thing about yesterday’s bouts is that ALL of the top-ranked rikishi won. Granted, this is how it is SUPPOSED to be, particularly this early in the tournament, but based on recent experience, we know that it rarely seems to go that way. Still, there […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 2)

The Nagoya Basho is off to a terrific start, and we’re ready for action here on Day 2. There was only one major upset on Day 1, and that was ozeki Goeido losing his opening match to M1 Shodai. Goeido is kadoban [threatened with ozeki demotion] this tournament, so he NEEDS to reach kachi-koshi [majority […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 1)

Greetings, sumo fans! We survived the long eight-week drought and made it to the big summer tournament in central Japan—the Nagoya Basho is here! Fifteen days of sumo begins here and now, and I for one can’t wait! To refresh everyone on the results of May’s Natsu Basho, yokozuna Kakuryu won his second yusho [tournament […]

SUMO: Ozeki Tochinoshin

From the beginning of the Natsu Basho, I was talking about the fact that sekiwake Tochinoshin was on a run to get a promotion to ozeki. And from the beginning we all knew pretty much what he needed to do to get it. He needed 11 or more wins with preferably at least one win […]

SUMO: 2018 Natsu Basho Wrap-Up—A Tale of Two Yokozuna

Well, the Natsu Basho is now in the books. Yokozuna Kakuryu surprised a lot of people (me included) by staying focused and pulling out a series of big wins in the final few days of the tournament, and earning his first ever back-to-back yusho [tournament championships]! Congratulations to him! Banzai! Part of what makes this […]

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

Holy cats! It’s senshuraku [the final day] of the 2018 Natsu Basho and this may be the most exciting Day 15 in recent memory! Yokozuna Kakuryu is alone atop the leaderboard with a 13–1 record after beating sekiwake Tochinoshin yesterday. That knocks the big Georgian’s record to 12–2 and leaves him alone in second place […]

SUMO: 2018 Natsu Basho (Day 14)

It’s the final weekend of the Natsu Basho, and things just keep getting more exciting. With sekiwake Tochinoshin’s upset loss yesterday, we now have a tie atop the leaderboard between him and yokozuna Kakuryu. And just one loss behind them is yokozuna Hauho! Today, the leaders go head to head, while Hakuho faces sekiwake Ichinojo. […]

SUMO: 2018 Natsu Basho (Day 13)

Here we are, Day 13 of the Natsu Basho, and sekiwake Tochinoshin is still unbeaten and alone at the top of the leaderboard. But because his path there went straight through yokozuna Hakuho, there is only ONE rikishi immediately trailing him—yokozuna Kakuryu! The Tochinoshin/Hakuho fight was everything a sumo fan could hope for—cleanly fought, skillful, […]