🌐 Location: Nanyo, Yamagata
The Jungyo continues to make its way north, and stopped this time at cloudy Nanyo.
Like the Nobori in the above picture, the rikishi were all over town – not just inside the venue. Onosho was appointed Chief of Police for the day:
Ikioi went to a local charitable facility to cheer the residents. No pics – modest guy, I guess.
August 11th is a public holiday called “Mountain day” – “Yama no hi”. And some rikishi were showing appreciation for mountains, or rather, for slopes:
This quickly turned into this:
Note that in Japanese, practice outdoors is called “mountain practice” (yama-geiko). But this looks suspiciously more like fun than like practice.
Inside the venue, two Yokozuna who missed the previous day’s keiko reported for duty today:
Kisenosato apparently hurt his heel a couple of days ago. Yesterday he was excused from all activities and didn’t show up in the venue at all. Today he was doing some basics around the dohyo, and his dohyo-iri. No torikumi. He says the heel is improving.
Hakuho gave a more detailed report of his injury. Apparently no cartilage was found found out of place in his knee, only some soft tissue “lump” which he’ll be treating with medication. He has already begun, and will have to take it easy for a few days. He says it’s like “having a bomb”, which I guess means he wants to be very careful about returning to activity. In addition, he also received some treatment for his other knee, where he had an old injury.
He returned to his routine so far, which included light off-dohyo practice:
— 日本相撲協会公式 (@sumokyokai) August 11, 2018
And also a rope-tying demonstration and dohyo-iri. Again, no torikumi. The only Yokozuna participating in the bouts was Kakuryu.
The star of the day was Hakuyozan, the Makushita yusho winner who is about to return to Juryo. He hails from Yamagata. This made him the chosen
victim partner for Goeido for some butsukari:
Yes, Goeido seems to be back as well. I didn’t see any explanation of the nature of his absence.
Hakuyozan also became very sought after for fansa:
— 1歩グミカンパニー (@kazu47r_as_k) August 11, 2018
And the reason you see him wearing an oicho-mage in this video is because he had a Juryo torikumi as well, facing Homarefuji:
Here is another moshi-ai photo for you. Takakeisho is going all out to be chosen:
Chiyomaru’s torikumi with Myogiryu. Apparently, Chiyomaru belly-bumps the veteran over the tawara. It’s called a yori-kiri, but only because the name hara-kiri is already taken:
But fear not, I shall not leave you with just stills of bouts. Here is a video which includes:
- Sanyaku soroi-bumi (synchronized shiko of the participants of the last three bouts)
- Tamawashi vs. Shohozan. Whoa, where are they going?
- Takayasu vs. Mitakeumi. Takayasu continues his quick tsuppari barrange. This seems to be very effective against Mitakeumi.
- Kakuryu vs. Goeido.
- Yumi-tori, which was performed again today by the young Hokutoo. So you have a chance to get a first impression of him.
By the way, those makeshift kensho flags are another one of the duties of gyoji in the Jungyo:
To wrap things up, here is Enho, this time with guest stars Terutsuyoshi and Chiyonoo: