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Ichimoku means "A glimpse of the chart balance", visually portraying the fluctuation of price on the chart that helps Traders have a deeper and more comprehensive look at price action to quickly determine the upcoming trend and the right time to enter/exit the market. This is an independent indicator without the help of other analytical techniques because it gives Traders the most overview of the market.
In Ichimoku, there are full of essential information called "All In One".
Hosoda spent 4 years and a half studying numbers. Because computers were not popular at that time, the calculation was very difficult. He mobilized more than 2,000 students to calculate. This was very hard work. He finally found 3 basic numbers that are not only important in Ichimoku but also meaningful in real life.
There are 3 numbers that he considers basic. Those are 9; 17; 26.
These numbers explain why Tenkan and Kijun are set at 9 and 26 sessions, and that considering numbers 9 and 26 as the trading day in Japan at that time was completely wrong.
So what does this mean? For those who are asking this question and currently adjusting the standard parameter settings should reconsider and it is better to never adjust those parameters (9,26,52). This is sincere advice.
The cloud is the "PRESENCE AND REFLECTION OF MARKET SENTIMENT". Rather, it is the cloud that represents "CROWD SENTIMENT". When a cloud is thick, it proves that the market sentiment, as well as the crowd sentiment, is very strong and stable, and hardly can be changed and broken. Therefore, when the front Kumo cloud becomes "THICK", the market is fluctuating too slowly, resting after a previous period of increase/ decrease. Thus, a "Thick" cloud indicates extremely weak volatility - there are almost no upward/ downward fluctuations. The market moves sideways.