Saturday, September 28, 2013
When A Yokozuna Loses
The 2013 Aki Basho (Grand Sumo Tournament) is coming to a close. I wanted to touch on a interesting and kind of funny topic that I didn't cover in my introduction to Sumo.
When there is an upset of a yokozuna (there are currently two) to a lower ranked wrestler during a tournament, the audience will react by throwing their 1 kg zabuton seat cushions into the the dohyo. It's a three hundred year old tradition, and it's quite the spectacle.
Haramafuji's first lost of this tournament (he hasn't had a good showing this tournament)
Hakuho's only loss of this tournament
Remember, each tournament is fifteen days with a wrestler having one match per day. It is extremely difficult to go undefeated especially at the highest level. A yokozuna wants to finish with as few loses as possible which means they don't want to lose at all!