Today I realised that I may in fact be turning Japanese. On my day off today, I found myself at work!
Luckily I was able to get off early, and I was also able to leave school early today :p But when I got home I was less than impressed. NHK was providing extensive coverage today on Typhoon Roke, the region’s 15th storm of the season, which is currently wreaking havoc on southern parts of Japan. And it’s heading north as you read these words.
Yoshiazuma (4-5) vs. Tamaasuka (2-7)
Yoshi moved slightly to his right to get the advantage over Tamaasuka. And followed up with some good yorikiri, but as Tama was going out he fell backwards and the kimarite was named a yoritaoshi.
Aminishiki (6-3) vs. Hochiyama (4-5)
After a clean tachi-ai these two individuals found themselves both at the straw, both attempting throws. Both men appeared to step out at the same time, but no moni-ii was called. The snake got the win.
Tosayutaka (3-6) vs. Asasekiryu (4-5)
Asa got the better tachi-ai start but found himself over stretched and in a somewhat awkward position. Tosa didn’t have the best grip either and a stalemate proceeded for about a minute. Occasional throw/forceout attempts were made, but none were convincing. Eventually after both men had almost run out of steam, Asa found some reserve power and forced Tosa out.
Kitataiki (7-2) vs. Kimurayama (4-5)
I noticed that Kimuraya likes to blink like Tochiozan at the tachi-ai too. Kitataiki doesn’t, he is more focused on neutralising his opponent and concentrate on forward moving sumo. Pretty easy fo him today ad he secured his KK.
Tamawashi (4-5) vs. Takanoyama (3-6)
Tamawashi took his sweet time to put his hands down at the tachi-ai, and when he finally did Takanoyama was more than ready. Taka pushed Tama back and then attempted a tsuppari attack. It didn’t have much power however so Tama drive him to the straw. But Taka-ain’t-no-mountain just stepped to the side and watched the bigger man fall down and out.
Kaisei (3-6) vs. Shotenro (4-5)
The Brazilian was greeted by a strong tachi-ai from Shotenro that pushed him back a few feet. But when he realised the fight was on he pushed Sho back, and avoided 2 or 3 slap down attempts, but was caught off guard as Sho launched a nice uwatedashinage.
Fujiazuma (1-8) vs. Kyokutenho (7-2)
Fujiazuma kept Kyokutenho away from his belt as long as possible with some tsuppari. Kyokutenho eventually found a way in though, but was probably a little surprised when he found himself being forced back buy a guy who only managed to win one of his last 9 fights. And with that Fuji doubled his win count!
And this is where NHK started the coverage on sumo today.
Takayasu (4-5) vs. Sagatsukasa (4-5)
After the tachi-ai Takayasu tries a pull down that didn’t work, so he tried another pull down that also didn’t work. Saga used that opening to get a double inside grip and then it was just a matter of time for him to work Taka out via yorikiri.
Miyabiyama (4-5) vs. Tochinowaka (6-3)
Miyabiya tried what he always tries, but Tochi was ready and when Miyabi mistimed his pull down Tochi was on the ball. He rushed in and yorikiried his way to victory.
Gagamaru (8-1) vs. Goeido (7-2)
I was expecting Goeido to try something at the tachi-ai today. So far this tournament all the wresters who took Gaga head on, lost. And as Goeido isn’t the biggest guy out there it would only make sense for him to take Gaga from an angle.
I was wrong however, and Goeido went in fast toi get the front of Gaga’s belt. And Gaga went for Geoido’s face. Goeido pulled as hard as he could on the belt, and Gaga force choked Goeido as hard as he could. It looked like Goeido’s head was going to pop off!! But things settled and Goeido had a nice grip, he went for a leg trip but Gaga also had a great neck grip and used that to throw Goeido down. Great, great win for Gaga today! That makes 8 straight wins for the Georgian.
Wakanosato (2-7) vs. Takekaze (2-7)
Take moved back as soon as they enguaged after the tachi-ai today going for a slap down, as he always does. Wakanosato kept moving forward after Take who was circling around the ring, relentlessly making slap down attempts. After circumnavigating the entire ring, Waka finally make a mistake and was dropped to the dirt.
Yoshikaze (4-5) vs. Okinoumi (3-6)
Yoshikaze hit fast today and then tried to get around Oki to push him down. But he didn’t manage to get all the way around him, and Oki had time to recover. When he did he was able to wrap up Yoshi and drive him back and out.
All the cameras now focused on Kotoshogiku and Kisenosato. On the split screen Kotoshogiku looked much more composed and ready to win.
Toyonoshima (2-7) vs. Aran (2-7)
Aran tried a force out, Toyo slipped to the side and then drove Aran out. It wasn’t a good fight.
Kakuryu (4-5) vs. Homasho (6-3)
Homasho stayed back from the lines at the start again today. He got a good start, and found himself under Kak trying to push him upright. But the Kak released pressure for a second, and with excellent footwork switched his footing and went for a arm throw. The throw didn’t work, but it did totally upset Homasho, who now had the Kak’s hands on his shoulders. Homasho completely off balance kept moving forward towards his opponent, who was quickly moving back, continuing to slap him down. With a slight seperation, Homasho stedied himself and got migiyotsu position. He went for the force out, but Kak was able to withstand the assault, by slipping to the side and counter throwing Homasho. Kakuryu then tippy-toed backwards along the straw bales as Homasho legs swung left and right and finally he hit the ground. The gyoji signalled that Homasho won, but a momo-ii was called but as the replays clearly showed Kak did not step out over the bales. And the win was given to Kakuryu. A very interesting fight indeed.
Kotoshoogiku (8-1) vs. Kisenosato (8-1)
The highlight bout of the day!! 22-11 was the record between these guys before today. Both men really wanting the win today.
Kotoshogiku was prepared well today. He came in fast at the tachi-ai and drove Kisenosato back to the bales and out without even getting a grip on the red belt. Kisenosato did pretty much nothing to stop Koto today. Anti-climatic! Koto moves to 9-1 and will face Tochiozan tomorrow.
Harumafuji (5-4) vs. Tochinoshin (4-5)
A nasty, nasty henka from Harry today left both men completely reversed positions. Harry slapped Tochin in the face and then went in attacking. He took Tochi wack to the bales, and wen to finish hin off. The Georgian didn’t give up easily though and attempted a throw. Unfortunately his heel slipped over the straw during the throw. And Harry landed on top of the Yokozuna, actually his foot almost kicked the yokozuna in the face!
Tochiozan (6-3) vs. Baruto (7-2)
Baruto simply ran forward today, grabbed Tochiozan and kept running. Super easy win for him today. Baruto faces M11 Gagamaru tomorrow. That will be an interesting one for sure!
Hakuho (9-0) vs. Tokitenku (4-5)
This would have been a HUGE upset if Tokitenku won today. HUGE!
But let’s not waste too much time on hypothetical situations. Tokitenku prolonged his time on the dohyo today as he used his leg to prevent the Yokozuna from throwing him to the dirt. Instead Hakuho moved forward and forced Toki out over the straw.
I think Hakuho might be starting a new run for himself, it’s only 10 so far but I’m pretty sure he’ll win this basho at 15-0. Unless Kotoshogiku can cause a huge upset.
Samuél will steal your hearts tomorrow.
As for me, I’m off to buy a kite.