“City Abstract No. 15” — the roof of the Hotel Vancouver.
Last night (here in Vancouver, and Monday afternoon in Japan), the sumo world was stunned when Japanese ever-hopeful Kisenosato defeated Mongolian yokozuna Hakuho in the last bout of day two of the Kyusho basho.
Kisenosato’s victory was stunning because it stopped Hakuho after 63 consecutive wins, tied with the second-longest run in sumo history. It was widely anticipated that Hakuho would reach 69 victories — equaling the all-time record — later this week.
The next question is whether Hakuho, the sole yokozuna or Grand Champion, can recover from this disappointment; or will he become vulnerable to others, such as the ozekis Baruto and Kotooshu, who would like to take this basho’s title. We’ll see.