🌐 Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido
The Jungyo continued its visit in Hokkaido, and this time visited the island’s largest city – Sapporo. The event took place in a huge multipurpose arena, and the rikishi had plenty of space for all sorts of activities. Like getting their hair done:
I’m not sure what Nishikigi is trying to do here:
But he and Ryuden spent a lot of time together:
Tochinoshin left the padded periphery to the lower-ranking sekitori, and did some butsukari on the dohyo:
What is this double-assed monster?
Aha! A Tobizaru-mounted Takanoiwa. Very fierce.
It’s not often that I find footage of Ichinojo practicing. And watching this is every bit as strange as you’d expect of an Ichinojo practice session:
First time I’ve seen a tsukebito (Minatoryu) fending off his practicing sekitori. “That’s it, I’ve had enough… sir…”
A special guest came to the Sapporo event – the 52nd Yokozuna, Kitanofuji, who hails from Hokkaido:
The 76 years old former Yokozuna is very popular (and often serves as a commentator for NHK during basho). He got himself a ring-side seat:
And even had a Yokozuna-to-yokozuna hearty chat:
After practice time, it was time for the torikumi and dohyo-iri. Here is Kagayaki accepting the Yokozuna’s sword from one of Kisenosato’s tsukebito:
While the previous day was Yago’s day, this day has been Kyokutaisei’s (and Ichiyamamoto’s). In the following summary you can see their bouts. Kyokutaisei went against Kagayaki, and Ichiyamamoto vs. Enho.
After some shokkiri, you get to see at least part of the musubi. Kakuryu’s foot acting up again?
A second summary comes from NHK:
You can see Kyokutaisei doing fansa. A kid calls at him “Congratulations on your wedding!”, and he answers “thank you”. Ichiyamamoto also responds a bit bashfully to fan calls.
Kyokutaisei: “It’s the first time I have come here as a Makuuchi wrestler. I hope to rise through the ranks and then come here again”.
Other torikumi of note (or rather, other torikumi I’ve been able to scrape off Twitter):
Ishiura trying a hasso-tobi vs. Aoiyama. He gets his just deserts:
And here is Endo vs. Myogiryu:
A kind soul on Twitter provided the results of all the torikumi. I mean all – I am only giving you the sekitori matches:
Note that Tsurugisho suddenly went kyujo today, so Tobizaru filled in for him and had two bouts instead of just one:
Finally, your daily Enho. No pic today, so instead, a video:
私の席のすぐ横で炎鵬さんが！ pic.twitter.com/HPSZ1eAgxG— ラセ (@rasesaji) August 20, 2018