🌐 Location: Minamiashigara, Kanagawa
🚫 Scandal level: 1
The day dawns on Kanagawa. People gather in for some sumo.
Abi and Tsurugisho are still off the torikumi, but Tsurugisho participates in the fansa part of the event.
I suppose it’s a rarity for both sides: there aren’t many black kids in Japan, and I’m sure the kid hasn’t seen many people Tsurugisho’s size, either.
Kagayaki lifted some weights. I mean, lifted the weight of Shonannoumi.
Shonannoumi is a local boy, but I don’t think this activity was exactly front and center.
Hakuho, as usual, was at the foot of the dohyo, exercising:
And Kisenosato… was doing his “dance”:
Tochinoshin, being Tochinoshin, was on the dohyo, giving some love to Shodai:
I’m not sure the kawaigari was Shodai’s biggest torture this day, though. Here is a very suspicious game some of the rikishi invented. Do rock-paper-scissors. The loser gets one of his nipples busted. Serious ouch. The first victim is Yutakayama.
First, I would think this is the last game Kagayaki would want to get involved in. Second, from the way they arrange a barrier of rikishi when they do the deed, I think they know they are over the line.
Next victim is Shodai:
Now Yutakayama is doing the barrier thing – but that doesn’t stop him from signing an autograph while Shodai learns the meaning of pain.
In the next exchange, Yutakayama has a very worried face and very defensive stance. I wonder how many of those he lost. But this time, the head criminal, Tamawashi, is the one who loses. And he doesn’t take that very well.
Eventually, though, he straightens up and growls at Shodai: “Do it. Do it already!”, and Yutakayama turns around and guards the scene.
Mmm… I wouldn’t recommend showing any of this to your kindergarten kids. They may get ideas.
Rikishi abuse didn’t end at the dohyo-iri, though. Here is Ryuden pinning Arikawa to the wall. The other day I thought that Arikawa was Shohozan’s tsukebito, but as it turns out, he is Kisenosato’s. Hence the white gloves.
This must be right after or right before Kisenosato’s dohyo-iri. Ryuden is already in his fighting mawashi as his torikumi was the second. Kagayaki seems to be still in his kesho-mawashi (he is Kisenosato’s tachimochi).
The only bout I have is this rather low-quality video of Onosho vs. Shohozan.
The first time I watched it I thought I was watching a bit of shokkiri. Only after the announcer calls the kimarite and says it’s Onosho’s win that I became somewhat convinced that this was an actual match.
Here is your Tobizaru.