Although this year’s #AkiBasho was a #Basho-lite, with almost all #Yokozuna and #Ozeki having sat out due to injuries, it was even more fascinating than usual.
First of all, I congratulate #Harumafuji with his 9th Emperor’s cup. For him, this basho was interesting and varied. It was a tournament of his ups and downs: he’d lose three bouts in three consecutive days, but then he would come to his senses, and the pinnacle of his mastery would be seen on Day 15, with two fast and skilful victories against #Goeido. Well done! What I particularly like about Harumafuji is the fact that he is really unpredictable, and I can never foresee what he is going to do the next minute. Some of his losses are so absurd and miserable, but most of his wins seem to be reaching the physical limits of human body.
I was very impressed with the performance of #Shohozan, who was suffering from a horrible-looking, painful black eye, and had looked a bit lost and disoriented at the beginning of the basho, but was later able not only to get a good Kachikoshi result but also to achieve a tremendous victory against Goeido on Day 13.
Another memorable event was a bloodbath between Shohozan and #Yoshikaze on Day 8. The poor veteran got his face injured but was fighting desperately until the end, and his hard-fought victory marked the moment of the day. With a surprisingly bad start, Yoshikaze seemed to have learned the lesson and got things right, so in the end he made us happy with a more-than-decent Kachikoshi result and a well-deserved Gino-sho.
The newcomer of this Basho, #Asanoyama, is a guy with a great future, on par with #Ura, #Onosho and #Takakeisho — the outstanding young Makuuchi newcomers of 2017. Despite some inconsistency at the beginning of the Basho, Asanoyama got off to a very good start of his career in the top division, and was building up the suspense of the tournament until Day 14. These four young wrestlers are great fun to watch, and I wish Ura to recover as soon as possible from his awful injury during the bout with Takakeisho on Day 2. I congratulate both Asanoyama and Onosho with their Kanto-sho awards, and Takakeisho - with a deserved Shukun-sho.