Terunofuji Secures Critical 8th Win

On day 12 of the spectator-less 2020 Spring tournament, former Ozeki Terunofuji (currently East Juryo 3) fought Hoshoryu (West Juryo 9), the 20 year old nephew of legendary Yokozuna Asashoryu. Both men went into the day’s match seeking their kachikoshi with 7 wins apiece. After one false start the match was underway. Dodging the muchContinue reading “Terunofuji Secures Critical 8th Win”

Ura’s Climb Back to the Top

A day 11 oshidashi against Akinoyama (of Takadagawa-beya) saw former top division rikishi Ura (Kise-beya) add a 6th consecutive win to his bid for promotion to the Makushita division for May. “He was pretty heavy,” said Ura, looking back on the moment he collided with the over 190 kilo (~420lbs) Sandanme 10. Ura, who isContinue reading “Ura’s Climb Back to the Top”

Takayasu Severely Injured on Day 4

West Yokozuna Kakuryu faced West Maegashira 1 Takayasu in the final bout of day 4 of the Spring tournament. During the match, Kakuryu was not able to attack with his desired inside belt grip, but after a patient grip fight the Yokozuna gave up the belt and deflected Takayasu to the side for a tsukiotoshiContinue reading “Takayasu Severely Injured on Day 4”

Spring Tournament to be Held Without Spectators

There will be no spectators at Haru Basho 2020, but NHK will be broadcasting the event as usual. With the continued spread of the new Corona virus in Japan, many large scale sporting events have been cancelled or rescheduled at the request of the Japan Sports Agency and Prime Minister Abe. Even the 2020 OlympicsContinue reading “Spring Tournament to be Held Without Spectators”

Pre-Basho Events Cancelled/Closed to the Public

The Japan Sumo Association has announced new countermeasures against the Corona virus. The decisions are as follows: The ring entering and dedication ceremony at Sumiyoshi Shrine on February 29th is cancelled. The Spring Basho Eve festival on March 3rd is cancelled. There will be no general admission, only staff and sanyaku rikishi allowed at theContinue reading “Pre-Basho Events Cancelled/Closed to the Public”

Haru Basho Banzuke Highlights

The new rankings have finally been announced for Haru Basho 2020! Tokushoryu achieves his highest rank ever After his historical feat of winning a top division tournament from the very lowest rank (M17 West) — only the second time a rikishi has done so — Tokushoryu has jumped an entire 31 ranks to West MaegashiraContinue reading “Haru Basho Banzuke Highlights”