With all the top wrestlers either sitting out from the beginning or going kyujo in the process, there was virtually nobody who could challenge Mitakeumi. Honestly, I don’t think that this basho was Mitakeumi’s best - he is capable of more qualitative and varied style and he’s had some terrific tournaments in the past, but to cut a long story short, Mitakeumi was indeed the most solid, the strongest wrestler in Nagoya 2018. He also showed a notable variety of skills, including five different winning techniques. My personal favourite was his victory against Ikioi on Day 2, where he boasted good concentration, speed-of-light reaction and a textbook-quality uwatedashinage. What’s more significant, he is the first Nagano native to have ever won the Emperor’s cup, which must be important for all the sumo fans from the area and will likely stimulate the younger generation’s interest in taking up the sport. Still, I believe Mitakeumi sees his first title not as an achievement but merely as another step up in his successful career; and I hope more steps are to follow. He is a young, 25-year-old rikishi with outstanding physical power and knowledge of the sport. He can move heaven and earth and, undoubtedly, he will do just that.