Source: @sumokyokai A Japanese Wrestler Might Become A Sumo Champion For The First Time In 10 Years! 2016-01-22 Fri 2016-01-22 Fri On January 21, 2016, the 12th day of the Grand Sumo Tournament (January season) was held. Ozeki-ranked Japanese sumo rikishi Kokushochiku has been on a winning streak. On day 11, Kokushochiku had defeated one of the Yokozuna grand champions Hakuho; currently, Kokushochiku is the only wrestler in the tournament who has not lost a match. In the past 10 years, the tournament was largely dominated by Mongolian wrestlers (not a single Japanese had won a championship in the past decade), a lot of Sumo fans are watching Kokushochiku's progress in the tournament. ＜十二日目好取組・出来山親方解説＞琴奨菊-日馬富士。横綱大関戦。お互いに自分の持ち味を出してもらい、相撲の醍醐味を期待します。過去５６戦は、琴奨菊３２勝。十二日目取組→https://t.co/QsN7ihFWnT #sumo pic.twitter.com/H97oYfkmUZ— 日本相撲協会公式 (@sumokyokai) 2016, 1月 20 Then at the 12th day match against a strong Mongolian wrestler Harumafuji, Kokushochiku had won once again. 琴奨菊対日馬富士 pic.twitter.com/esLZYfpusO— えあ (@a3_ht_bs_874) 2016, 1月 21 Kokushochiku has been suffering from injuries, but even then he has been performing really well so far. People are now feeling hopeful that this is Japanese sumo champion in the making. いやあぁぁぁ琴奨菊ぅぅぅ｡+ﾟ(ﾟ´Д`ﾟ)ﾟ+｡まだ早いけどちょっと泣きそうやぁぁぁ！！！— コロヒ (@888haka888) 2016, 1月 21 Kokushochiku!!! It's too early to say, but I'm already about to fall into tears! え？！！琴奨菊勝ったの？！最後に日本人力士が優勝したのは栃東。もう１０年経つのかぁ…。その前は貴乃花だったような…。あと３日。優勝してほしいなぁ— chakoyaki (@_chakoyaki_) 2016, 1月 21 Wow, did Kokushochiku win again!? The last time a Japanese wrestler was crowned the champion was Tochiazuma... I can't believe it's been 10 years. With 3 more days to go, I hope he'll make it to the top! Even the grand champion Hakuho has this look on his face... 琴奨菊が勝った瞬間の白鵬の顔www pic.twitter.com/Xx78WInEna— トリトドン (@padtodon) 2016, 1月 21 While Kokushochiku's chances are high, there are still 3 more matches remaining. We might finally be able to listen to the Japanese anthem at the wrestling stadium at the end of this tournament! By - grape Japan editorial staff. Source:@sumokyokai / @isamusummer / @_chakoyaki_ / @fusaicchi / @padtodon / @888haka888 / @a3_ht_bs_874 Tags: Champion / Sumo grape Japan Culture A Japanese Wrestler Might Become A Sumo Champion For The First Time In 10 Years! Related Article After A 10-Year Gap, We Finally Have A Japanese Sumo Champion Champion Sumo Wrestler Giving His Best To Produce A Line Of Big Palm Signatures Sumo Wrestler Shows Off His Taiko Master Skills With Therapeutic Striking In Sumo Thong Big Chonk Shiba Inu Turns Into Sumo Dog While Answering The Call Of Nature These Sumo Wrestlers Show Us What They’re REALLY Made Of!! Awesome Green Tea Bags Protect Your Cup With Ninja, Samurai, Geisha, Sumo, And Other Characters!