Courtesy of the Nihon Sumo Kyokai page, we finally know who is facing whom for the first two days of the Kyushu basho. While Tachiai will do our traditional wall to wall coverage, feel free to take a look at the early pairings while the sumo experts work out the forecasts for your reading pleasure.
My first day favorites:
Harumafuji vs Tamawashi – What says “congrats on making sanyaku” more than a face full of clay delivered by Harumafuji?
Hakuho vs Okinoumi – A great test match: how ready is Hakuho? Was Aki just a hot streak for Okinoumi?
Yoshikaze vs Terunofuji – The Kadoban Ozeki may still be banged up, and Yoshikaze was looking very good during the Jungo demonstration matches.