大相撲初場所が始まりました!:古屋美枝さんの相撲ブログ vol.12

2016.01.14

《プレミアムジャパン公式相撲キュレーター古屋美枝さんの最新情報です》

初場所が始まってからもう5日もたってしまいましたが、ブログも再開しますので、よろしくお願いします。
あくまで私的な、めちゃくちゃ偏った今場所の注目ポイントを挙げてみたいと思います!

 

1.稀勢の里、今場所こそは優勝できるか!?(それともやっぱり無理なのか!?)

まだ一度も優勝したことがなく、「今場所こそは!」と毎場所期待されている大関・稀勢の里。
日本出身力士の優勝は、2006年初場所の栃東以来、ありません。
なんともう10年も前のこと!
そこにいちばん近いとされている稀勢の里ですが、
今場所も初日、安美錦相手に取り直しの末、敗れてしまいました…。
うーん、思い切りつっこんじゃったけど、変化でくるとは思わなかったのかな??
そして4日目も、栃ノ心に下手投げを食らい、2敗目…。でもこれは、栃ノ心の締め込みがゆる過ぎて、稀勢の里は自分のかたちで万全になっても攻められず、気の毒でした。
序盤で二つも負けて、もうガッカリですが、これ以上、星を落とさず、ぜひとも優勝争いにからんでほしいです。
初日に負けた稀勢の里を見た横審委員長は「稀勢の里の優勝は(今後も)ない」と断言していましたが、私も言霊を信じる意味でもそんなこと言いません!

稀勢の里、がんばって!!

rd500_kisenosato
▲11月、福岡で快く撮影させてくれた稀勢の里。もう、一度でいいから優勝して(T_T)

 

2.ケガをしている遠藤は大丈夫なのか!?

今場所の遠藤がいつもと違うところは、珍しく足にテーピングをしているところ。
今まではケガをしていても、土俵に上がるときは何も巻いていない状態で上がっていた遠藤。
今日も、昨年春場所で傷めた左膝と、11月場所で傷めた右足首にテープを巻いていました。
昨年末には、1年を振り返る漢字一文字を「傷」と答え、「自分の相撲を取れないのがツラかった」と語っていました…。
なかなか前に出られず、見ているこちらもツラいので、できれば一場所休場してケガを治していただくわけにはいかないんだろうか、と思ってしまいますが…。
5日目終わって、まだ白星は一つですが、今場所は星を気にせず、とりあえずはこれ以上、悪くならないようにしてほしいです。
皆さん、今は永谷園ダッコちゃんCMの話はしないでください!

rd850_endo01s
▲一昨年の名古屋場所前にインタビューさせていただいたときの遠藤。さわやかでクレバーなイケメンでした。

 

3.髷を結えるのようになった御嶽海、新入幕の輝はどこまで勝てるのか!?

初土俵が昨年の春場所で、出世が早かったため、髪が伸びるのが追い付かず、
先場所まで髷を結えなかった御嶽海。
今場所から、小さな髷が結えるようになりました。

そして初日から快進撃で3連勝。

4日目、5日目は負けてしまいましたが、力強い突き押しでどこまで勝つか楽しみです。
そして、新入幕の輝。
私的には、ずっと応援していた輝がようやく幕内に上がって胸熱です!
昨年、二所ノ関一門連合稽古を観に行ったとき、
師匠の高田川親方から厳しく稽古をつけてもらっている場面をみて、
絶対強くなってほしい! と思いました。

今のところ負けが込んでしまっていますが、なんとか頑張ってほしいです。

 

4.優勝はやっぱり白鵬なのか!?

昨年9月場所に、ケガで横綱昇進後初の休場をした白鵬。
それまで大きなケガがなかった白鵬なので、
休場を知ったときはめちゃくちゃショックでした。
正直、電車の中で泣いたくらいです。笑

そして先場所は日馬富士に優勝をもっていかれてしまったので
本人も今場所こそは、と思っているはず…。
傷めた膝の状態も悪くないようで、今のところ全勝。
やっぱり優勝は白鵬かなぁ…?

 

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古屋美枝

相撲ウォッチャー・美容ライター。両親の影響で、幼少のころから東京場所のときは国技館で観戦。ナチュラルに相撲ファンとして育ち、現在も場所中は相撲を第一に生活。ほかライフワークはサーフィンと牡蠣の食べあるき。

Mie Furuya, Premium Japan’s Official Sumo Columnist

Blog #12

January 14th 2016

 

Sumo is underway again!

 

Well, the tournament’s already been up-and-running for five days so I’d better start blogging again! These are entirely my personal opinions, so please forgive my somewhat biased preview of the things to focus on this time round!

 

  1. Can Kisenosato finally win the championship? (Or will he fall short as usual?)

Despite going close on several occasions, Kisenosato is still yet to get his hands on a coveted Emperor’s Cup, meaning that the words “surely this time!” are still firmly on sumo fans’ lips. No Japanese-born wrestler has won the top-division championship since January 2006 – that’s ten whole years! Kisenosato looks to be the man to break the duck, but started this tournament in disappointing fashion, once again outwitted by his tricky nemesis Aminishiki. He pushed with all his might as always, and yet it seemingly never crossed his mind simply to sidestep his foe for an easy win.

 

The fourth day unfortunately saw him lose again to Tochinoshin, but this was no fault of his own. Tochinoshin’s belt was too loosely tied, meaning that Kisenosato was powerless to defeat him regardless of how well he carried the fight. It was a terrible shame. His two losses already constitute a terrible disappointment, but hopefully he can post a succession of wins and remain relevant in the title race. Hopefully!

 

Kisenosato’s opening-day defeat may have prompted the Chairman of the Yokozuna Deliberation Committee to write off his title chances, but because I firmly believe in the power of words – and that negative thinking leads to a negative result – you will never hear me repeat what he said!

 

Go for it, Kise!

 

Picture:

Kisenosato warmly agreed to have his photograph taken during last year’s tournament in Fukuoka. Even just one championship from him would be nice!

 

  1. Has Endo recovered from injury?

The thing that’s unusual about Endo this tournament is that his legs are taped. It’s a rare sight indeed, as Endo has generally never chosen to wear taping on a match day before, even if he was carrying a heavy knock at the time. Today also saw him taped around the left knee he injured last March and the right ankle he sprained last November.

 

When asked to choose a word (or single Japanese kanji character) which summed up last year at the end of December, Endo replied “injury” because “it was depressing not to be able to fight as I would like.” It’s just as painful for the fans to watch him struggle to even move forward in the ring, leading to me to wonder whether he would just be better off sitting out this tournament in order to completely recover. At the end of five days, he still has only one win to his name, but that’s secondary at this stage. Of far more importance is that he doesn’t aggravate his injuries further.

 

And let’s have no talk about Dakko-chan from the Nagatani-en commercial – please!

 

 

Picture:

This picture was taken when I interviewed Endo before the 2014 Nagoya tournament, and found him to be a sharp and eloquent speaker, as well as a highly handsome man!

 

 

  1. For how long can Otakeumi and Kagayaki keep rising?

Otakeumi has risen so rapidly since his debut last March that he has only recently grown enough hair to tie it into the traditional gingko-leaf style. He began this tournament by sweeping all before him, racing to three straight victories. Although he lost on Days 4 and 5, his pushing and thrusting attacks are so powerful that it’s exciting to think about just how far they could take him!

 

Meanwhile, Kagayaki, who I have backed to the hilt since his debut six years ago, has finally entered the top division! After watching him being given a horrendous training workout by Coach Takadagawa during last year’s Nishonoseki Stable Group Practice Session, I simply hoped that it would all eventually pay off, and that he’d soon be molded into a supremely strong athlete. He’s losing a few at the minute, so I just hope he manages to pull something off.

 

  1. Will Hakuho win the Cup yet again?

Last September saw Hakuho drop out of a tournament for the first time since gaining promotion to Yokozuna in 2007. He’d never been badly injured before, so it was a real shock to learn he would be on the sidelines. I honestly almost cried in the train when I read the news!

 

Of course, having the last tournament snatched from him by Harumafuji will doubtless fuel Hakuho with extra determination to wrest it back this time. Hakuho’s troublesome knee looks okay for now, and has helped him register five wins without defeat. He is surely on the road to a comeback title… isn’t he?

 

 

 

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