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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 […]

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 […]