Upcoming Sumo Calendar

With banzuke weekend upon us, all of team Tachiai are eagerly awaiting the September ranking sheet, and to see how close lksumo came to hitting the bull’s eye on one of the more difficult to predict transitions in a while.

But while we wait with eager glee to see how many Komusubi and Sekiwake there are for Aki, let’s look forward to the next month or so of glorious sumo action. Here’s the plan

August

  • August 26th – Aki Banzuke (afternoon August 25th for us lucky Yanks)
  • August 31st – YDC Soken – Many of the top ranked rikishi will practice and compete in front of YDC committee members and some media luminaries

September

  • September 6th – Day 1 Torkiumi drawn up
  • September 7th – Dohyo Matsuri and yusho portrait unveiling
  • September 8th – Aki basho day 1
  • September 22nd – Aki basho day 15
  • September 25th – Banuzke committee meets to draw up the Kyushu banzuke
  • September 29th – Kisenosato’s retirement ceremony (Kokugikan)
  • September 30th – Meiji shrine ceremonies / dohyo-iri

Kisenosato’s Meiji Shrine Dohyo-iri

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Massive Crowd Welcomes New Yokozuna

Tokyo – In the overnight hours US / EU time, Kisenosato performed his first public dohyo-iri on the grounds of the Meiji shrine, in front of sumo officials and a crowd estimated to be over 20,000. It is customary for a new Yokozuna to perform this ceremony two days after his elevation to sumo’s highest rank. His attendants were (as expected), Takayasu as sword bearer and Shohozan as dew sweeper.

As there has only been two days to prepare, Kisenosato’s dohyo-iri was a bit rough, and lacked many of the polished, fluid qualities seen in, for example, Hakuho’s dohyo-iri. For this debut dohyo-iri, Kisenosato and his retainers do not yet have their own sword, or their matching Keshō-mawashi (long aprons), so the shin-yokozuna customarily borrows them from a predecessor. In this case it was the great Wakanohana I.

Kisenosato Debut Dohyo-iri Friday

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Meiji Jingu Shrine Expected To See Overflow Crowd

Now that Kisenosato has been officially promoted to Yokozuna, and his tsuna is being prepared, the next major event in the elevation of Japan’s first native Yokzonua in nearly 20 years is the highly anticipated ceremony at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. There will be a number of activities that will take place in the late morning, culminating with Kisenosato and his retainers performing their first public dohyo-iri, or ring entering ceremony.

Reports in the Japanese sumo press say that Kisenosato has been taking instruction in the distinctive Unryu style from retired Yokozuna Ōnokuni. While it is expected that Takayasu will serve as Kisenosato’s tachimochi (sword bearer), his tsuyuharai (dew sweeper) is rumored to be Shohozan.

With a good portion of Japan going Kisenosato crazy in celebration, the crowd at Meiji Jingu is likely to be massive, and any readers in Japan wishing to attend are advised to go hours ahead of time.

Tachiai will bring you full coverage of this historic event.