🌐 Location: Otsu, Shiga
The Jungyo took the sekitori to Otsu today, where 2300 spectators came to enjoy some sumo.
Lest people fall under the impression that Shiga prefecture is all about stinky fermented sushi, Yutakayama is here to provide you with a more balanced view of the menu.
— 豊山 亮太 (@oyanagiryouta91) July 29, 2018
Yeah, that’s Yutakayama + tsukebito + Shodai + tsukebito + my mouth watering.
The Jungyo day opened with a drum roll:
Note how yobidashi performing the drum duty don’t wear the special Yobidashi costume (Tattsukebakama).
Sekitori were practicing where they can – on or off the dohyo. Here are Ishiura and Chiyonoumi.
Mitakeumi, who didn’t practice on the dohyo yesterday, and said to the press that he was doing things at his own pace, suddenly showed up on the dohyo and gave butsukari geiko and general pushing guidance.
It’s not that the Yusho winner just woke up in a mood for keiko today. He is known to hate keiko. This attitude does not fly too well with the veterans. Hakuho already said yesterday that once he feels well enough to get on the dohyo, he is going to give Mitakeumi a lovemaking session he will never forget. I hope a video of that turns up because Hakuho tends to make his torture sessions very entertaining.
But Hakuho was not the only one miffed by the lazy would-be-Ozeki. Kasugano oyakata gave the sekiwake direct orders to start guiding the youngsters. So he did, and then told the press how important it is to guide the youngsters. 😀
The rikishi were not only practicing – there was also fansa (“fan service”) to be done. Kakuryu was being polite:
— ちゃぴこ (@chapichapi1003) July 30, 2018
And Hakuho also signed stuff before going in to get dressed up. But he somehow seems rather impatient about it:
— スモートフォン (@azechiazechi) July 30, 2018
The thing to note about this scene, though, is how the Yokozuna is wearing a chon-mage, while his tsukebito is wearing an oicho-mage. This is the kind of thing you’ll see only on a Jungyo. His tsukebito, Kasugaryu, is the yumi-tori performer. Apparently, he gets his hair done for the performance early – perhaps in order not to bother the Tokoyama while they are busy with the sekitori. So he and the shokkiri team walk around in fancy hairdos while the sekitori are still wearing their off-stage chons.
Speaking of shokkiri, it turns out that today we had a different shokkiri team. Yesterday we had Shobushi and Ebisumaru, but today they were replaced by Tochimitsuru and Tochisato of Kasugano beya. Here is their act:
Once again we have the gyoji involved in the shokkiri routine. Kudos to that gyoji. I wouldn’t dream of fighting with a rikishi of that size.
Here is a curious way of getting ready for the Torikumi:
Yes, there were torikumi. The star of the day, in lieu of any local sekitori, was the former sekitori Nionoumi. And he won his (Makushita) match with Daishoryu and even got interviewed, where he said he aims to win all his bouts in the Aki basho and become sekitori again. Just so you know, in the last three basho he was 2-5, 4-3, 4-3. Tall order, I’d say, especially given the bubbling cauldron that is the top of Makushita today.
The four missing Mongolians were back in action today and participated in the Juryo torikumi.
The only bout I have any information about is Takakeisho vs. Endo, which Takakeisho won, apparently using yotsu-zumo. Again. I wish I had a video of that, but the only one I do have is the musubi-no-ichiban:
Once again, what’s up with Kakuryu’s foot?
And of course, I’ll finish with the obligatory Enho:
Because let’s face it, the sumo ladies just love this guy.