Yes, we made it! Day 26 of this long-long-long Jungyo is here. Sit back and fasten your seatbelts, because today there is a lot of sumo action.
🌐 Location: KITTE, Tokyo
This Jungyo event is different than the rest of the events we have been covering. KITTE is a chain of malls in Japan. This one in particular takes place in the KITTE mall at Tokyo Station. And it takes place on the last day of every Natsu Jungyo (for the past 5 years).
In addition to being a fixed location on the schedule, the order of the day is different than a Jungyo day. For one, there is no keiko, only bouts and “okonomi” performances. And a “talk show” (on-stage interview) with selected rikishi – in this case, Tochinoshin and Mitakeumi.
In fact, the Juryo wrestlers did not participate in this event at all – except for Akiseyama who had a Makuuchi bout.
But this doesn’t mean there was no goofing around. Here you see Chiyomaru, Daieisho and Takakeisho. They got a huge fan, and play rock-paper-scissors to see who is “it” – the one who has to cool off the other two.
Turns out, Takakeisho sucks at rock-paper-scissors:
The event started with sumo Jinku, followed by an oicho-mage tying demonstration, featuring both Endo and Yutakayama – so that spectators in all directions can enjoy the view.
As you can see, a large part of the oicho-mage preparation process is actually getting the pomade (“suki-abura” – apparently binzuke-abura is no longer used) evenly spread in the hair.
Next, Sandanme and Makushita had bouts in the form of an elimination tournament. The Makushita brackets were:
Here is the tournament itself.
I’m very disappointed in Enho there. He really shouldn’t be imitating Ishiura, for crying out loud. Tochiseiryu takes care of him very quickly.
Kyokusoten is an example of an underachieving foreigner. He is a nice guy, has many friends, has decent English and a very nice shiko. But his sumo is meh.
The deciding battle is between members of the same heya (which can happen in elimination format bouts) – Chiyootori and Chiyoarashi
The winner of the Sandanme tournament won ¥50,000. The winner of the Makushita tournament won ¥70,000.
This was followed by the aforesaid “Talk Show”, whose highlight seems to be that while Tochinoshin’s favorite animal is the wolf, Mitakeumi actually likes pigs.
By the way, take a look at what Tochinoshin was wearing:
2018 KITTE場所にて— えみ (@e_mi_koro) August 26, 2018
Do you think that he’ll get the same kind of flack that Hakuho got for wearing that “Mongolian Team” jersey in the Fuyu Jungyo?
(I don’t think so. First, those deadbeats probably wouldn’t recognize the Georgian flag if it spat in their eye. If Hakuho had a flag on his back rather than a phrase in English, they would probably have never caught on. Second – there’s no semi-organized effort to get Tochinoshin out of the sport. He is perceived as harmless, I guess).
After the Shokkiri, Hakuho had his rope tied. Note the symmetrical Shiranui rope:
Then came the Makuuchi and Yokozuna dohyo-iri. And then…
Sumo! Sumo! Sumo!
- Hoktofuji – Akiseyama
- Kotoeko – Okinoumi
- Sadanoumi – Tochiozan
- Ryuden – Onosho
- Aoiyama – Ishiura
- Nishikigi – Yutakayama
Onosho is here to win. Aoiyama is not even slightly surprised by Ishiura, catches him in mid air, and gives him the potato-sack lift. Tsuri-dashi, and Ishiura is frustrated. Please don’t do that in honbasho, Ishiura – you’ll find yourself in Juryo before you can say “hassotobi”.
And that was an impressive Nodowa Yutakayama applied to Nishikigi.
- Myogiryu – Chiyomaru
- Kyokutaisei – Daieisho
- Endo – Chiyotairyu
- Daishomaru – Takakeisho
Chiyomaru uses his famous stomach push. Daieisho with a mighty tsuppari. Daishomaru not even putting up a fight.
Now, the next set starts with Kaisei vs. Ikioi. Here is this bout in another video first – watch what happens when Kaisei lands on Shodai:
Poor Shodai. After being abused by Kaisei he is being further abused by the shimpan (not sure – is that Onomatsu oyakata?)
So here is the set of bouts:
- Ikioi – Kaisei
- Kagayaki – Kotoshogiku
- Shodai – Shohozan
- Tamawashi – Mitakeumi
I think there should have been a monoii on that Ikioi-Kaisei bout, but the shimpan’s attention was drawn elsewhere…
Did you see Kagayaki beating Kotoshogiku by… gaburi yori?
Shohozan continues his bar brawl style, and Shodai finishes this day very very frustrated.
Tamawashi has a really scary nodowa.
Finally, we have:
- San-yaku soroi-bumi
- Ichinojo vs. Tochinoshin
- Kisenosato vs. Goeido
- Kakuryu vs. Hakuho
- Yumi-tori shiki
Ichinojo must have heard that Tochinoshin likes wolves. He came ready for the kill. Please, please, Ichinojo – that’s the Ichinojo we want to see in Aki. Not the Leaning Tower of Pizza.
Hakuho is back on the torikumi – well, it’s just the one last day. I have a hunch he’ll need to be kyujo again in Aki. Those legs don’t carry him, despite having lost a couple of kilos since Natsu.
Kasugaryu’s technique with the bow has improved! His behind-the-back passes are getting smoother.
Here is your final Enho in a black mawashi. May he never wear one again in his long, healthy sumo career:
By the way, this is what he looks like today – with his newly assigned tsukebito (Takemaru and Kenyu) and white mawashi:
Did Miyagino oyakata manage to find Enho a tsukebito who’s shorter than he is? Apparently so… but Takemaru is actually only 17, so this may actually change.
Jungyo over – and out!