The basho is over but the sumo news keeps coming. First, let’s start with good news: the new Juryo announcements. Leonid nailed it…except for the names, since those are new. Naya and Shiraishi will, indeed, make their silk-mawashio’d debuts in January. Both will also change their shikona. Naya is now Oho (王鵬), in an obvious nod to his Grandfather, Taiho (大鵬). Shiraishi is now Tohakuryu (東白龍). Also, Yago and Ryuko will return to the stiffened-sagari ranks.
In other news, the YDC got together and decided what we all knew, recommending retirement to Hakuho and Kakuryu was nuts so they issued a warning to the two, who are both expected now, to participate. In the intervening hours, it’s been interesting to hear of the backlash in the press for their double-standard: “encouraging” the Japanese Kisenosato but scolding the two Mongolian Yokozuna.
Also, American Presidents are not the only politicians with Twitter accounts that make the news. Hatoyama Yukio, who briefly served as Prime Minister and who apparently gets a mention in Barack Obama’s latest book, has weighed in on the injury situation in sumo. As Herouth reports, he brings up the idea that the Kyokai should move back to four tournaments per year instead of six.
I also wanted to mention you can expect Tim’s quiz coming out soon. He will also have a run-down of the spate of recent retirements. But importantly he will also try out a bi-lingual analysis of the latest tournament. Si vous pouvez lire, please enjoy! J’essaierai.