🌐 Location: Kanazawa, Ishikawa
🚫 Scandal level: 0
The reason I decided to use the NSK’s official Yokozuna photo as my header is that last year, the 2017 Aki Jungyo passed through exactly the same city and the same venue, and I used that same photo as my header:
Alas, what a difference a year makes. It’s the same place and the same season, but the King of Hearts has broken our hearts, and the King of Spades is spading bone fragments out of his knee. They had to substitute Hiyonoyama for them this year.
But at least Kisenosato seems happier.
In fact, I think Kisenosato has a thing with Hiyonoyama, the lead mascot. Here he is leading him down the aisle:
Well, there’s no accounting for taste. And it’s about time the Yokozuna settled down, isn’t it?
Last year, Hakuho joined the Jungyo at Kanazawa, having been kyujo when it started. The reason he chose Kanazawa as his point of rendezvous is probably that there was a special request for Enho, who at the time wasn’t a sekitori, so he arrived as Hakuho’s tsukebito (Chief Holder of Threads, later promoted to #5 VP of Rope Pulling).
You see, Ishikawa is blessed with no less than three popular rikishi who call it home:
It seems the lesson has been learned. This time they provided the rikishi with rikishi-sized sashes. Ones big enough to wrap even around Kagayaki’s big… tracts of land.
And while Endo merely came from a small town in Ishikawa, Enho and Kagayaki are both from Kanazawa itself. So they had their traditional photo together:
And when I say “traditional”, I mean these two are always photographed together. They are from the same town, have been doing sumo in the same competitions.
And Kagayaki is only 4 months older than Enho. They were even team mates in middle school, until Kagayaki decided to join the world of professional sumo:
Enho didn’t have plans to be a professional sumo wrestler, until Hakuho convinced him to do so despite his obvious height disadvantage. And thus, they find themselves in that same pose once again. And Again. And again.
All three Ishikawa men had a very busy day. In fact, Enho had an especially busy day, as he had no less than three bouts in the official part of the evening. The torikumi today had extra bouts that were specifically added to feature the local boys: Enho vs. Jokoryu before the official Juryo matches, then (for some reason) Yutakayama-Asanoyama, Abi-Kagayaki, Mitakeumi-Endo – preceding the official Makuuchi bouts.
So Enho had this bout with Jokoryu, then the “official” bout vs. Daiamami, and then he had to fill in for Aminishiki, as the veteran’s knee’s condition has worsened.
Yes, I’m sorry to say that Aminishiki has left the Jungyo as of the next day, to try to nurse his knee back to health.
So, as I said, busy day. Enho also helped Kototsurugy promote his Enho goods:
Kagayaki was busy outside promoting Ishikawa’s new rice crop:
And Endo was doing the oicho-mage tying demonstration:
They were also attacked from all sides by fans demanding that their baby be held or that their hand fan be signed:
初の巡業in金沢— 福が増す (@fuukufuku) October 15, 2018
But hey, there are also other rikishi in this Jungyo. And they seem to be enjoying themselves:
Kotoshogiku also seems to be in a good mood:
Goeido seems to be having an especially good time:
It’s not really clear from this photo, but with Kyokusoten laughing behing him, this may be related to his recent running gag: he makes his tsukebito heckle Tamawashi during his bouts.
Abi was having a good time with a little friend:
Which is remarkable, because usually those tykes scream their heads off when held by even the most charming rikishi.
Abi was also having his photo taken in a sexy pose:
Ah, erm, er… OK, I declare a competition in the comments: who can come up with the most hilarious explanation for that bulge in Abi’s towel, but keeping it strictly family-safe?
I’m sure you’re feeling an Enho overdose by now, but I just couldn’t skip this one of him returning from the bath. We know Kakuryu has a funny towel wrapped on his head, while Kisenosato prefers the lopsided Mickey-Mouse look. So here is what Enho does with his washed hair:
Chiyoshoma decided to apply for assistant announcer:
But I think it won’t work well with a Mongolian accent.
And Kisenosato somehow lost the good mood he had earlier:
What is he so angry about? I hope he didn’t discover Arikawa’s little mime act.
OK, let’s watch some practice sessions:
Jokoryu vs. Chiyonoumi:
Azumaryu vs. Meisei:
Shohozan vs. Tamawashi:
That looked like a continuation of the basho.
Kagayaki vs. Asanoyama:
The local boys don’t get any gifts in keiko sessions.
And I have a couple of official bouts:
Endo vs. Mitakeumi. OK, it’s an extra-curricular official bout:
And the end of the musubi-no-ichiban. The tweet author says the actual bout took about a minute:
金沢場所 結び— かりん (@kyakyarinn) October 16, 2018
So here is your daily Tobizaru. Accompanied by Enho, because of course he is, and Tsurugisho. What do you think about this outfit combo? Oicho-mage, hoodie, and towel?