July Banzuke Posted!

Fresh to the NSK web site, the ranking sheet for the Nayoya basho.

http://www.sumo.or.jp/EnHonbashoBanzuke/index/

2 Yokozuna, 4 Ozeki, Mitakeumi and Tamawahsi back slugging it out at Sekiwake. Abi and Ryuden at Komosubi, ready to be beaten to pulp.

Biggest surprise so far? Gagamaru at Juryo 2 West…. in striking distance of a return to the top division? Also a nod to Terutsuyoshi for holding down the final slot in the banzuke. Go team pixie!

Wakaichiro returns to Sandanme at Sd 85e

Then there is the Makushita joi-jin… somebody keep that big wheelchair handy, please. Looks like it cut off Naya and Chiyonokuni at Ms 6. Wow!

Japanese TV Show “Arashi ni Shiyagare” at Kokugikan Saturday

This Saturday at 9pm (Japan time), TV Japan will slip into Kokugikan for a segment. They will be accompanied by Shibatayama oyakata and everyone’s favorite bruiser, Yoshikaze. We will hopefully be able to bring you a clip!

Hamatensei Danpatsushiki

元濱天聖断髪式

While the sumo world can still be a bit shy about social media, we do get occasional glimpses into their lives through platforms like Twitter and Instagram. This morning, the former Hamatensei shared photos from his private danpatsushiki ceremony. The youngster, still just 23 after an 8 year sumo career at Shikoroyama beya, expressed his appreciation to his supporters, his oyakata, family, and anideshi and ototodeshi (fellow wrestlers).

He had quite an injury plagued career, never escaping Jonidan division and dropping off the banzuke a couple of times before, according to his statement on Twitter, the doctors have finally put a hard end to his career. Aside from a neck hernia which limited his arm motions, he suffered multiple knee injuries. After the third surgery his doctors told him they could do it again but he probably wouldn’t be able to walk or would find it extremely difficult to do basic things.

Hamatensei Retirement Statement

In his final year at the heya he was able to graduate from high school and, interestingly, started driving lessons. That is very unusual because rikishi are not allowed to drive. However, driving school in Japan is quite intensive so there is a substantial amount of classroom training and videos. Perhaps that’s how he got around the prohibition. Bottom line, the guy was 23 with no high school education or skills beyond what he learned in the heya. So it would not surprise me if he got an exception for his second career. He mentions many times struggling with the heya lifestyle and the rigid social structure.