Intai Watch: Takekaze Danpatsushiki

Takekaze’s haircut ceremony was hosted yesterday at Kokugikan. Throngs of his fans showed up to support the new Oshiogawa-Oyakata, and to cheer him on as he battled his eldest son.

Aside from the main event, fans get to come see their favorite wrestlers…

watch shokkiri…

…and even exhibition bouts, including this one between the Yokozunae which we did not get to enjoy during the honbasho. Keep in mind, this is an exhibition event so, yeah, that’s a pretty soft win there, Hakuho. I may be reading too much into an exhibition bout but it seems to me Hakuho didn’t want to be the one to lose.

In the main event, however, fans saw a host of special guests and people important to Takekaze…I mean Oshiogawa-oyakata…take turns taking a snip. This particular snip was taken by his eldest son.

Snip by snip the chonmage was cut away until finally, it was cut off and put in a box for safe-keeping, and presumably to give the home that sumo hair smell, like potpourri in the bathroom.

Farewell, Takekaze-zeki. Welcome, Oshiogawa-oyakata.

ex-Takamisakari Becomes New Azumazeki-oyakata

Azumazeki beya has been in a state of limbo since the sudden passing of its leader, the former Ushiomaru, in December of last year. Takamisakari stepped into the role on an interim basis which has now become official. At the time he was a coach in the stable under the name Furiwake. Now he is Azumazeki-oyakata.

Fuji TV 44th Annual Sumo Tournament 2/9/2020

During the week after a tournament, sumo withdrawal symptoms usually begin to set in. Goeido’s retirement has dampened that a bit with his dramatic impacts on the March banzuke. Takekaze’s intai and the Hakuho Cup will give us a bit of a fix this weekend.

Well, mark another sumo event on your calendars! The Kokugikan will host Fiji TV’s 44th Annual Sumo Tournament on February 9. This tournament is a one day, single-elimination tournament, featuring our top Makuuchi and Juryo wrestlers. If you’re planning to be in Tokyo that Sunday, tickets are available at this site. Tickets in the upper deck start at about $10 and run upwards of $400+ for a box of four cushions down in front. Zabuton Naganaide Kudasai! Enjoy chanko and Shokkiri, as well!

Takayasu won last year’s event and Tochinoshin won the year before though I will be surprised if either participates. It will be interesting to see how well our Ozeki prospects perform as a warm up for Osaka. In the Juryo event, Azumaryu beat out Tokushoryu and Daieisho.

Tokushoryu will obviously be eligible for the Makuuchi tournament this time around. Participation in this event, and no Jungyo tour may help keep him focused, but some yusho winners have done poorly in the subsequent tournaments, like Tamawashi’s 5-10 last March. Tamawashi defeated Kaisei but lost to Ryuden in the third round. Might Tokushoryu pull off another yusho? (No, this will not make him a Yokozuna.)

Hakuho Cup and Takekaze Intai This Weekend

While the tournament is over, there are still sumo-related events happening over at Kokugikan! If you’re lucky enough to be in Tokyo, on Feb 1, Takekaze…excuse me, Oshiogawa-oyakata, will be having his danpatsushiki (ceremonial haircut). On the 2nd, Hakuho will host the 10th Annual Hakuho Cup. This is a kid’s sumo tournament, from elementary to middle school levels. The video above is from the Official Hakuho Cup website.