Natsu 2018 Jungyo Newsreel – Day 21

🌐 Location: Akita, Akita

Today’s report is going to be relatively short, as the usual information (such as bouts and rikishi videos) about this Jungyo event was scarce.


There are two main reasons for that. One is that the local high school, Kanaashi Agricultural High School, has reached the high-school baseball finals for the first time in 117 years, and this event sort of outshined any minor sporting events in the area. Both local fans and local papers produced less sumo news.

The second reason was that around 10AM, while he was working with his low-ranking deshi outside the venue, Takanohana oyakata collapsed, had spasms, and lost his consciousness. By the time the ambulance arrived, he has regained his consciousness, but he was admitted to hospital for checkups and will be kyujo from the rest of the Jungyo.

He was released from the Akita hospital fairly quickly, returned to Tokyo, and will undergo further examinations at a hospital in the capital.

This further filled my Twitter feed, at the expense of actual sumo. We wish Takanohana good health (despite the fact that many of us foreign sumo fans feel that the man is either delusional or megalomaniac, he is a very popular sumo personality, and seems to be a skilled coach. And anyway, none of the above is a reason to wish ill health on anybody).

But the Jungyo event did proceed more or less as planned. So let’s start with a short video showing the building and dedication of the Akita dohyo:

On the day itself, as usual, some wrestlers were doing keiko while others were shaking hands:


Kakuryu has increased the level of his practice. Up until today he did not do any sumo on the dohyo, only offered his chest for butsukari. Today he had practice bouts vs. Shodai and Yutakayama, and overwhelemed them easily:

Hakuho finally started practicing on-dohyo. His practice was not as intensive as Kakuryu’s. He practiced with Ishiura – mostly tachiai practices etc.:

He also had four bouts with his uchi-deshi, but really, for Hakuho, that’s like taking a candy from a baby. He won them all (yorikiri, tsuri-dashi… poor Ishiura).

Also for the first time he joined the Torikumi. Unfortunately, I do not have the slightest information about either the order of the bouts or the results, let alone videos.

And as we have already come to expect – there was a star of the day. In fact, there are many rikishi who hail from Akita prefecture. But only one sekitori – Takekaze. He also happens to be a graduate of the same high school that got the locals so excited – Kanaashi Agricultural. He made sure to wear his Kanaashi kesho-mawashi.

You can hear him wishing the high school team to do their best and to be “without regrets” after the final occurring on the same day. Unfortunately they did not win the title.

When he finished his torikumi he also unfurled a “Thank you for the Jungyo” sign he prepared in advanced and walked with it down the hanamichi:


He did win that bout – he was elevated from Juryo to Makuuchi and matched with Okinoumi. All the other Akita rikishi (in the low ranks, of course) also apparently won their torikumi.

Here is your portion of Enho of the day, and I hope my report tomorrow will be richer, as the Jungyo hits Tokyo again.

Don’t worry, little one. You’ll soon be done with this stinky duty.


8 thoughts on “Natsu 2018 Jungyo Newsreel – Day 21

  1. I can’t decide if Ishiura is lucky or not. On one hand he gets be thrown around as Hakuho’s play thing during practice, but on the other he’ll never have to face The Boss going at 100% in a basho. Tough call.

    • At his level, he is unlikely to ever face any Yokozuna, no matter from which stable. On the other hand, who knows if he would ever have made it to Makuuchi at all if it wasn’t for his formidable shisho.

  2. Takekaze is such a lovely personality and a great mentor for many – was glad to see him get into his Koko Yakyu! there has been some great cartoon pictures doing the rounds on twitter (from the same artist) of Takekaze in the baseball uniform cheering!

  3. I think the derogatory remarks about Takanohana were very distasteful and ugly. Whatever your personal feelings are many, many people hold Takanohana in high regard as a great Yokozuna. Respect please.

    • While I don’t know Herouth’s personal feelings about Takanohana (Or anyone else’s for that matter) I think that her comments reflect that current day Takanohana is a polarizing individual. Yes, he was a very great Yokozuna, and there are many who still hold him in high regard. That doesn’t mean he’s above criticism for his recent actions, such as attempting to withhold information during the Harumafuji incident. I don’t feel that she personally disrespected Takanohana. In fact, she even mentioned his popularity, expertise as an Oyakata, and wished him good health. She presented both sides of Takanohana, which is exactly what good balanced reporting should do.

  4. I disagree, calling someone delusional etc. is incredibly disrespectful. Whatever his motives were in the unfortunate Haramafuji incident (which no one really knows) do not require this type of character asassination. It seem that Takanoiwa was not the only victim. Sad that another fine Yokozuna had to pay such a heavy price for this foolish moment

  5. I loved watching Takanohana wrestle back in the day, but I love even more Herouth’s yokozuna-level reporting! Keep up the great work, my online friend!


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