Aki 2018 Jungyo – Day 23 (Oct 27)

Early morning in Hiroshima

🌐 Location: Hiroshima, Hiroshima
🚫 Scandal level: 0

It’s the second day at Hiroshima prefecture, but this time we are at a huge stadium in Hiroshima city itself.

The sekitori arrive by bus, and seem rather sleepy:

For some reason, Enho arrives by taxi:

Going inside, first I would like to set your mind at ease. Remember Minatoryu’s bruised throat yesterday, after Ichinojo practiced his nodowa on him? Well, here he is the day after:


No permanent damage, it seems. He smiles because the lady who took this photo is the same one who took the ones yesterday, and she specifically asked him if he was alright after yesterday’s tough practice. “I’m alright!” he beamed.

Let’s stroll around the arena to see what the rikishi are doing.

Asanoyama is stretching.


Not bad. Not Chiyonokuni or Abi level, but not bad.

Yutakayama uses Wakatakakage as a Teppo pole:


Wakatakakage looks like he is resigned to suffering.

Takekaze is… posing for cute photos? Is this actually Takekaze?


Here is Ichinojo doing (ouch!) Seiza again. He also does some fan service, but he doesn’t seem to be too concentrated on that. What is he looking at?


Apparently, he has been staring constantly at Wakatakakage, who was doing shiko next to him:


Ah. That makes sense. I’d be ogling him too if I were there.

Chiyonokuni is having a bout with a mini-rikishi, complete with a plastic chon-mage:


I think this is technically a matta.

Tochinoshin is practicing with Mitakeumi:

This seems to be a lot fiercer than their official bout the other day…

Tochinoshin also engages with Shodai:

Shodai circles and circles, but doesn’t seem to have any offensive plan.

What are the oyakata doing, you may ask?

Well, Futagoyama oyakata (ex Miyabiyama) seems to enjoy doing the duties of a yobidashi:


But Tomozuna oyakata just demonstrates what the Japanese word “kakkoii” means:


Tomozuna (ex Kyokutenho, of course) has complained on Twitter that he gained five kilos during the Jungyo. What is he talking about?

Here is a Jonidan bout for you: Takataisho (Takakeisho’s tsukebito) vs. Kotomanabe (probably Kotoshogiku’s):

Nice throw there. And a very energetic bout overall.

Time for Juryo bouts. And of course, time for the oldest prank in the book. Salt in the ladle. By the way, the other day somebody tried to pull that on Kagayaki. Kagayaki cooly took the ladle and emptied it directly into the spittoon. If they are breaking rules because it’s Jungyo, so can he. I guess that’s why you don’t see Kagayaki in any of the goofy pictures. He is just not the type to mess with.

But I wonder why nobody else realizes they don’t actually have to drink the stuff:


Bravo, Gagamaru. Very original. And Wakatakakage… don’t put this photo on your resumé.


Seriously, Enho, this trick is getting old. Even if you pull it on a newcomer like Gokushindo.

Not much material in the bouts today. We can only guess who is winning this one:

Put me down! Put me down! I have a fear of heights!

That’s Daiamami vs. Takekaze, by the way.

The only sekitori bout I have for you today is Takakeisho vs. Ichinojo:

Ichinojo shows up energetic. I guess all that Wakatakakage-gazing paid off.

The rikishi leave for the next destination, but Shohozan keeps up the fan service even when already on the bus:


And finally, your Tobizaru of the day, this time in full regalia:


10 thoughts on “Aki 2018 Jungyo – Day 23 (Oct 27)

    • LOL!

      Is it just me, or is the other photo of Takekaze crouching behind the chair a bit of a weird, foreshortening optical illusion? The lower half of his body looks tiny!

  1. Another 15 lbs for Ichi and he passes Akebono. A further 115 lbs and he will pass the mountain Konishiki.
    You are almost there Ichi!

  2. I think that the salt in the ladle prank is something that wrestlers expect, but go along with anyway. In Britain it used to be a tradition for a new starter at a company to be sent to the stores dept to ask for a “glass hammer”, a “left-handed screwdriver”, a “bucket of steam” or a “long stand”. In the last named case the newbie was kept standing at the counter until he was asked “is that long enough”. These pranks were common knowledge but you HAD to go along with them and pretend to be surprised as it proved that you were a regular guy and not a “jumped-up college smartarse”.

    • Well, I guess Kagayaki didn’t get the memo, then.

      That story of yours reminded me of an old code Jerusalem house wives had. If they wanted to be free of one of their kids for a whil, they would send him to his aunt or some neighbor housewife to ask for a “tene-me-aca”. And then the aunt would keep the kid around with questions (“Which tene-me-aca, one for laundry day or one for guests?” etc.), excuses and delays, and then give him something wrapped in a piece of cloth and tell him that this is the tene-me-aca. In Judeo-Spanish, “tene-me-aca” means “keep me here”.


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