🌐 Location: Kagoshima, Kagoshima
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We are still in Kagoshima. Our local heros are Chiyomaru, Meisei and Daiamami. Today’s event is held in a bigger city and a bigger venue in front of 4000 spectators. So what do our heros do?
Daiamami is doing his shiko:
Are you serious, Daiamami? You call that Shiko? Last year in the Jungyo, Kakuryu gave him serious kawaigari, and Daiamami actually ended it unconscious, which infuriated the Yokozuna: “Not enough stamina! You should be diligent about your keiko”. I guess the lesson has not been learned.
Meisei is trying to teach Tennozan something:
Umm… apparently the Boogie-Woogie?
The Yokozuna is in the house, and everybody is coming to say their good-mornings:
Mitoryu is obsequious to the point of embarrassment.
Did Ikioi slip away? No, he didn’t. He went to get a ladle of water for a more serious greeting. And got poked in the belly in exchange.
But note Kotoshogiku greeting the Yokozuna’s back and going away. As long as he is seen greeting, that’s good enough, I guess.
Last one there is Takarafuji, also greeting the Yokozuna with a respectful ladle of power-water.
Sekitori around the venue practice with their tsukebito. And, well, they all have their different styles:
On the dohyo, Chiyonoumi practices with Jokoryu:
While Azumaryu takes on both Chiyomaru and Chiyonoumi:
Practice over, and Takayasu feels he has not had enough. He finds a public park outside the venue, and just keeps on practicing – much to the delight of the neighbors who get a free show:
Here Takayasu and Mitakeumi continue bout from Kyushu senshuraku. But Takayasu also took on Ryuden in this improvised keiko session.
Inside, Meisei was doing his “local boy” duties being the model of the oicho-mage demonstration:
The time comes for the Makuuchi dohyo-iri. Notice something strange?
The local boys, Meisei and Daiamami, get a lot less love from the audience than, say, Endo or Yoshikaze. My guess is that this is because, although they are from Kagoshima prefecture, they are actually from Amami-Oshima, an island much closer to Okinawa than it is to mainland Kagoshima.
So my guess is that there weren’t many people from their actual home town in this Jungyo event.
Here is Takayasu getting ready for his turn in the sanyaku-soroi-bumi. On the other side you can see Hakuho waiting for the same:
Finally, here is a video from NHK summing up the events of the day, including the bouts of the three local – or not so local – rikishi:
To wrap up, in our pin-up corner, today we feature an oyakata!