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五月場所はいろいろ、最高だった件。:古屋美枝さんの相撲ブログ vol.26

2016.06.05

《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相撲ブログvol.26》 

五月場所が終わり、すでに1週間以上がたってしまいましたが、今場所は本当におもしろかった!
立役者は、幕内でいえばやっぱり、白鵬と稀勢の里。
稀勢の里はいつもの稀勢の里らしからぬ落ち着きぶりと腰の低さ(いつもの稀勢の里比)で13日目の白鵬との直接対決まで、全勝をキープしました。

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13日目の直接対決は、ここ最近でいちばん私の記憶に残る相撲でした。
あえて稀勢の里得意の左四つに組みにいき、完勝した白鵬。近年「力が衰えた」などと言われているけど、今の白鵬には若くて強かったときの白鵬とはまた別の、神々しいほどの圧倒的強さがある。
すごい横綱だなぁ、と改めて思いました。

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稀勢の里は、14日目に鶴竜にも敗れたことで今場所の横綱昇進は見送りに。
でも、千秋楽に日馬富士に勝ち、来場所につなげることができて、本当よかった!
なにはともあれ、稀勢の里には今場所いい夢見させてもらいました。
来場所こそは、初優勝と横綱昇進という長年の夢が叶いますように!

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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。

 

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The May Tournament was fantastic for many reasons.

Mie Furuya’s Sumo Blog, Vol. 26

 

Although I’ve left it a more than a week since the May tournament ended, I’d just like to say: it was a really, really great event.

 In the top division soap opera, the chief protagonists were undoubtedly Hakuho and Kisenosato. The latter, keeping his hips lower and personifying equanimity as never before, managed to go unbeaten all the way up until his 13th-day showdown with Hakuho.

That fateful 13th day encounter proved to be, for me at least, the most memorable match of recent times. The reason is simple: Hakuho, despite fighting Kisenosato’s game, still achieved a crushing victory. We’ve all heard the talk about Hakuho having “lost some of his power,” and yet I feel that the man now looks a far better fighter than his younger self, and is almost god-like in his supremacy. Once again, I was made to reflect on just how wonderful a grand champion he actually is.

Of course, Kisenosato also lost to Kakuryu on Day 14 and thus waved goodbye to his chances of yokozuna promotion. But a final-day victory over Harumafuji ensures that his hopes of promotion remain alive for the next tournament, which is a great situation!

And his performance this basho allows me to keep dreaming big for him. I hope, once again, that this coming tournament will finally deliver him a first championship and yokozuna promotion.

 

Mie Furuya, Premium Japan’s Official Sumo Columnist

Mie Furuya has been an avid sumo-watcher since attending live sumo at the Kokugikan with her parents as a child. Brought up as a “natural sumo fan,” she continues to live her life around sumo during tournaments. Mie’s other passions include surfing and oyster bars. She also writes extensively on beauty care.

English translation/Chris Gould

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