🌐 Location: Nara, Nara prefecture
The Jungyo continues through Nara prefecture, and I have to admit I’m disappointed that none of the photos and videos I collected for this report and the previous one contains any deer. 🦌☹️
So let’s get right inside the venue, and take a look at the rikishi practicing. Meisei is having a nice chat with onosho while taping his feet up.
Onosho himself is both taping and stretching.
Mitakeumi and Enho seem to be practicing or discussing moves or doing a mock fight, except…
…except, what is Enho doing rubbing his face against Mitakeumi like a cute little kitten? Is that some new kimarite we have never heard of before? “Kawaisugitaoshi” – “takedown by cute overload”?
Takanosho is doing… what? The tweet says he has been repeating this for 30 minutes!
Please don’t tell me that this is a yoga exercise like the one Daishoho did yesterday.
As Kakuryu arrives at the Dohyo, everybody stands in line to greet him. Terutsuyoshi, however, takes his sweet time chatting with the Yokozuna
Once left on his own, Kakuryu practices squats with a load. Very nice posture:
Midway he becomes conscious of being filmed. That yokozuna is too cute for his own good. You’re supposed to be stoic, and preferably scary, yokozuna!
Daiseido is doing butsukari, borrowing Tochinoshin’s furry chest:
Tokushoryu, who was born and raised in Nara city, got butsukari from a Yokozuna yesterday. So today he has to settle for… Gagamaru?
Poor Tokushoryu – doesn’t get the privilege of a Yokozuna or Ozeki pushing him around, and has to contend with Gagamaru’s weight.
By the way, although on the official web site Gagamaru is described as weighing 199kg, it’s a lie. He usually asks for his weight not to be published, but it did leak out last year and it was 212kg. Yep, he weighs more than Kaisei.
So here are some practice bouts: Tomokaze vs. Abi, Onosho vs. Nishikigi.
Yeah, once Nishikigi got his mawashi, Onosho was doomed.
Practice over, it’s time to hit the shower. Or, in Japan, the shower and then the bath. And this means going out of the venue and off to some sento or onsen. And that’s exactly when fans want attention, autographs or photos taken. Takakeisho obliges, but also poses and directs the photographer:
Tamawashi is all in a hurry and will not respond to fan requests… except ones shorter than 100cm.
It’s time for the Juryo dohyo-iri, and a very freezing Uncle Sumo makes his way to the venue.
Nice shoes. Match the fringe of the kesho-mawashi.
In fact, everybody is cold. Well, maybe not Tsurugisho:
Interesting Paisley design there, Enho. Must be a hand-me-down from Hakuho… shortened by about half a meter.
Once the Juryo dohyo-iri and torikumi are done, it’s time for the Makuuchi dohyo-iri. And listen to how Takakeisho is announced:
Makuuchi dohyo-iri usually ends with an Ozeki. “And last… shin-Ozeki, Takakeisho, comes from Hyogo, Chiganoura beya”.
Takakeisho said in an interview a couple of days ago that the Jungyo finally made him feel that he is an Ozeki for real. It’s not just the dohyo-iri. Look how he travels these days:
That’s a mon-tsuki kimono he is wearing, so he is not just arriving from the hotel, though. He probably went on a shrine visit of some sort.
Time for the bouts! And what better time is there to goof around? We are back to our comedy duo from yesterday, Nishikigi and Shodai. This time, Shodai is the one fooling around with Nishikigi’s glasses while Nishikigi is busy signing autographs.
Nishikigi is off to face Onosho, and Shodai takes this opportunity to…
…smear some of the suki-abura from his head on Nishikigi’s glasses’ lenses. Nishikigi’s tsukebito, as you can see, is not going to refuse a sekitori.
When Nishikigi returned, by the way, he put on his glasses, and exclaimed the Japanese equivalent of WTF… then proceeded to wipe them on his tsukebito’s yukata. At that point, Shodai was already near the dohyo, so no way to take revenge… but karma prevails, and Shodai loses his bout with Daieisho. He returns all crestfallen and runs crying into mommy’s arms.
“Mommy” in this case being Tamawashi. “There, there, don’t cry, there’s a good boy”.
Now, this generous Twitter user (her nickname is “stomach ache” for some reason) who took most of the videos both of day 2 and day 3, took some bouts as well this time. We start with Yutakayama vs. Kotoeko. Inexplicably, three kensho flags are paraded for this bout.
As a result, this develops into one of the most gachinko (honest) matches in the Jungyo. Kotoeko gets the envelopes.
Mitakeumi vs. Tamawashi
Whoa, whoa, what was that? Tamawashi grabs da mawashi? And wins?? This bout was very entertaining.
Takakeisho vs. Tochinoshin:
Tochinoshin lands his favorite grip and it’s all over for the shin-Ozeki, who must be tired from that limousine ride.
Finally, Kakuryu vs. Goeido.
Mmm. The Yokozuna is not in a great shape.
So here is the high-quality summary video from Nara TV:
Tokushoryu: “Nara is said to be the birthplace of Sumo, but as there seem to be many people yet who have no idea of it, I will work hard to change the perception”.
Tokushoryu was honored with a Makuuchi bout today (vs. Chiyoshoma, as you can see in that video).
Finally, we are in our pin-up corner. It was a hard choice today. Should I have gone with the standard, namely, Enho?
Still not participating in the matches, but that doesn’t stop him from spreading fairy dust all over the venue. But maybe I should have gone with Arawashi instead:
Cute crow’s-feet. Nice teeth. Definitely pin-up material.
But I want to introduce you instead to a rather anonymous guy from Nishikido beya, serving, apparently, as Mitoryu’s tsukebito. He’s 20 years old, and this must be his first or second Jungyo. His name is Toshonishiki.