The first day’s bouts have been posted. Looks like all of Makuuchi is showing up for the start of the basho. All the maegashira ranked at M4 or lower take on their East/West counterparts of the same rank. The initial joi ranks extend down to M3. West Sekiwake Ichinojo takes on Endo to start the tournament. East Sekiwake Mitakeumi leads off his Ozeki promotion campaign against Shodai. Ozeki Tochinoshin will seek the first of the eight victories he needs to clear kadoban against Chiyotairyu. We’ll get an idea of Ozeki Takayasu’s health when he takes on Yutakayama. Ozeki Goeido is matched up with Kaisei.
In his long-awaited return, Yokozuna Kisenosato gets his first test in Ikioi. In what is usually a spirited bout, Yokozuna Hakuho is matched with Komusubi Tamawashi. Finally, the musubi no ichiban features Yokozuna Kakuryu vs. Komusubi Takakeisho in the latter’s return to san’yaku.