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SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 3)

It’s Day 3 of the Aki Basho, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a real classic of a tournament. All the yokozuna and ozeki won yesterday, meaning that Goeido is the only one whose record isn’t perfect (after his Day 1 loss to M1 Kaisei). Also as yet unblemished is the winner of […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 2)

The Aki Basho is underway, and we started off with a really solid Day 1. There were lots of exciting matches, and all of the top rikishi won . . . well  . . . all except ozeki Goeido, who further cemented his reputation of being better in practice than he is in the tournaments.  […]

SUMO: 2018 Aki Basho (Day 1)

The long, hot, summer dry spell is over . . . it’s time for the Aki Basho [Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament]! For the next fifteen days, the big men will be competing in the big dohyo [ring] in the home of sumo—Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan! And even before a single match has been fought, it’s already […]

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

Welcome to senshuraku [the final day] for the 2018 Nagoya Basho! With his win over M13 Tochinoshin yesterday, sekiwake Mitakeumi improved his record to 13–1 and secured his haru-yusho [first tournament championship]. The closest competitors remain M9 Yutakayama and M13 Asanoyama with 11–3 records, which is also pretty dang good! That doesn’t mean that there’s […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 14)

It’s Day 14 of the Nagoya Basho and sekiwake Mitakeumi is still in the lead! In fact, with a 12–1 record he only needs one more win to secure his very first top division yusho [tournament championship]. To make matters even more interesting, the only rikishi who are even mathematically still in the running are […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 13)

It’s Day 13 of the Nagoya Basho, and sekiwake Mitakeumi no longer has a perfect record! He lost to ozeki Takayasu (something I’ll have more to say about below), but at the same time, his two closest followers—M13 Asanoyama and M13 Tochiozan—ALSO lost. That means Mitakeumi maintains a two-win lead over the challengers . . […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 12)

Day 12 of the Nagoya Basho is here, and sekiwake Mitakeumi remains undefeated and alone atop the leaderboard. Not only that, he’s got a two-win lead over his nearest competition. I was mistaken yesterday when I said that only one rikishi was in that second place slot. In point of fact, there were two . […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 11)

It’s Day 11 of the Nagoya Basho, and I’m back from my personal kyujo [absence due to medical condition]. There’s been an interesting change in the standings, but not at the very top. Sekiwake Mitakeumi remains undefeated (now at 10–0) and is alone atop the leaderboard. However, his closest remaining rival, M13 Asanoyama, lost on […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 10)

Because of my one-day kyujo [absence due to medical treatment], I don’t have much to say about Day 10. But below is the video . . . and I should be back with full commentary for Day 11. (Oh, and you can look elsewhere on my blog for info about my medical situation, if you’re […]

SUMO: 2018 Nagoya Basho (Day 9)

Day 9 dawns for the Nagoya Basho. The weather is still frightfully hot, and now is when the yusho [tournament championship] race will heat up ever further. Sekiwake Mitakeumi is still undefeated and alone atop the leaderboard. Right behind him are M6 Endo and M13 Asanoyama with just a single loss each. And still hanging […]