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  2. Kaninoyama

    Living In Japan As a Foreigner

    Understood. And you are correct. There is nothing even the world's greatest chef could do to make sour tripe or beef brain omelets palatable to me. I guess I had snobbishly (as a foreigner in Japan well-accustomed to Japanese cuisine) assumed that everyone in the world appreciated Japanese food. Obviously that is not the case.
  3. Yamanashi

    Living In Japan As a Foreigner

    This is not peculiar to Japanese foodways. People who haven't been acclimated to different foods/flavors by the time they are adults often cannot enjoy them. Perhaps that's why fast food and chain restaurants have to design "local versions" of their signature dishes when they open in a new country. Personally, I enjoy lots of Japanese cuisine, and have even managed to politely cope with the Japanese enthusiasm for bitter herbs and vegetables. However, while I can handle stocks based on miso or soy sauce, the classic dashi broth is a no-go for my digestion. I don't think even a four-star restaurant would convince my system otherwise. My wife has that genetic marker that makes cabbage taste like bitter poison. I doubt that even the best chef could get her to enjoy classic German cabbage dishes (but I love them!) I bring up these examples to suggest that maybe @Gospodin was describing this sort of reaction, and not besmirching the staff of this restaurant.
  4. Gospodin

    Living In Japan As a Foreigner

    By no means do I question the quality. It was us being completely unfamiliar with traditional Japanese kitchen (washoku ?). A reverse example would be being treated to sour tripe or beef brain omelette. To locals both are rare, delicious specialities, but most foreigners have a hard time when they try it for the first time. As for the restaurant, my apologies - I don´t speak Japanese and with our hosts literally managing everything for us, I have no idea about the name or location.
  5. Jakusotsu

    Living In Japan As a Foreigner

    Even the finest food may cause nausea. Take uni or natto for example.
  6. Kaninoyama

    Takanohana activities

    And on the other side, Waka and his family are occasionally featured on a variety show where they at least appear to be a close, happy family that often enjoys BBQ parties with friends.
  7. Tsuchinoninjin

    Living In Japan As a Foreigner

    Not to team up, but I have to agree completely with Kaninoyama here. I try to structure my business trips in Japan so I can eat two dinners.
  8. Asapedroryu

    Makuuchi Consecutive Match Tracker

    This query might help: http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Query.aspx?show_form=0&columns=1&rowcount=3&group_by=rikishi&showhighest=on&form1_m=on It shows the number of makuushi basho and the highest rank. You just need to ignore the K, J, O & Y. Regarding the question about Kagayaki, he is currently on a 28 basho run without kyujo, promotion to sanyaku or demotion to juryu. If this is a record, No. From what I could see: Asanowaka has the record of most consecutive basho with the above conditions if we start counting from the 1st promotion to makuushi until the 1st demotion to juryu. A record of 29 basho (Kagayaki got demoted in his 1st basho, so he doesn't count here). Daiyu (40), Minatofuji (35), Kitakachidoki (30) had better basho runs after at least 1 demotion to juryu. Think I saw a few more with +28 runs, but the database just crashed and can't see their names. To see if a rikishi had a longer run before being promoted to sanyaku, I would have to go through the K - Y guys, but it's almost 4am and falling asleep here...
  9. Kaninoyama

    Living In Japan As a Foreigner

    The quality of food (all food, not just Japanese) in Tokyo and throughout Japan for that matter is so high that it's very difficult to imagine that food served at a restaurant regarded as one of the best in Tokyo could be anything approaching terrible. May I ask what restaurant this was?
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  11. Katooshu

    New recruits Natsu 2021

    For some perspective, our Mikawa had Mukainakano (in his 2nd year of high school) as the #4 high schooler on the 2019 high school banzuke. The #1 and #2 are both doing college sumo at the moment, and one of them (Hanada) already became amateur yokozuna - the highest title in amateur sumo. And of course #3 is now known as Hokuseiho. http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/39840-high-school-banzuke-2019/
  12. Katooshu

    New recruits Natsu 2021

    Block Musashimaru was pretty much unbeatable in primary and middle school, and though not as menacing in high school he still enjoyed significant success, finishing runner-up in a national tournament and regularly making the late rounds of national tournaments in individual competition. His biggest success, however, was as a starter for Tottori Johoku in team events, where he barely lost a match and along with Hokuseiho helped them become the #1 team in Japan. It's also worth pointing out that he did all this in only his 2nd year of high school, and that his final year - where usually the biggest success happens- was pretty much wiped out due to COVID. He is powerful thruster, good moving forward and with tsukiotoshi as well, and though he's rather slow his sumo is calm and composed. Often these super heavy kids who enjoy success in primary and middle school turn out to be duds as they get older (see Kiyonoumi), but Mukainakano is no dud and has good potential. By the way, someone with even more potential is his Tottori Johoku teammate and current high school yokozuna Tetsuya Ochiai (below), who will graduate next year. Watch out for him as another Hakuho recruit...power, speed, and technique.
  13. 1 - Yamashita Shosuke (山下 昇介), Kagoshima 2 - Tasaki Masami (田崎 正美), Osaka 3 - Sakamoto Shoma (坂本 正真), Tokyo 4 - Ichikizaki Daisuke (市来崎 大祐), Kagoshima 5 - Aino Shogo (相野 祥吾), Chiba 6 - Suzuki Masane (鈴木 真実), Shizuoka 7 - Igarashi Sho (五十嵐 翔), Toyama 8 - Suzuki Nozomi (鈴木 希), Shizuoka 9 - Kudo Keita (工藤 佳太), Iwate 10 - Matsuda Ten (松田 天), Tottori 11 - Yokoyama Tsukasa (横山 司), Tokyo 12 - Nakagawa Kyutaro (中川 球大郎), Osaka 13 - Kitayama Keigo (北山 慶悟), Fukui 14 - Ote Kira (大手 希星), Kumamoto 15 - Nara Subaru (奈良 昴), Aomori 16 - Onozawa Ayato (斧澤 亜矢斗), Saitama 17 - Hyodo Kotaro (兵頭 虎大郎), Ehime 18 - Kagaya Ryota (加賀谷 涼太), Akita 19 - Tanimura Ryuki (谷村 竜喜), Toyama , Taniyama, Kokonoe (Haru 2021) 20 - Kunitsugu Kosuke (國次 晃輔), Okayama 21 - Yamashina Takahiro (山科 啓容), Mie 22 - Takeguchi Hiroto (竹口 広徳), Ishikawa 23 - Ito Kota (伊藤 航太), Miyagi 24 - Tsubakihara Masatsugu (椿原 将嗣), Osaka 25 - Matsunaga Akane (松永 聖鐘), Hyogo 26 - Ikemoto Soma (池本 颯茉), Gifu 27 - Abe Yuma (阿部 佑磨), Fukushima 28 - Kurosaki Seiru (黒崎 碧琉), Niigata 29 - Saito Shintaro (齋藤 芯太郎), Hiroshima 30 - Uemura Kotaro (上村 光太郎), Kumamoto 31 - Iga Chikanosuke (伊賀 慎之助), Kagawa 32 - Maeda Hajime (前田 哉), Wakayama
  14. With the arrival of April 2021, comes the latest instalment in the "Class of" series - the Class of 2021. This is the year group who are first eligible for Ozumo from 2021. Compared to some of the other year groups, I'd say that there's more power and less skill when it comes to this class. As before, we'll list the Top 32 rikishi in this year group, ranked by their results in every national level tournament prior to graduating middle school. We will also be focussing on some of them, talking about what kind of wrestler they are, what notable results they've achieved, and more importantly, what their story is. Hopefully when they start appearing in Makuuchi in years to come, you could look back to the Amasumo section and see where they came from, and what they've been through.
  15. Tigerboy1966

    Shinjo and Maezumo

    Just to bring this back on track... Would it have been possible for Kitanofuji to have been maezumo in January 1957 and Shinjo in March 1957. Yes or no?
  16. WAKATAKE

    Makuuchi Consecutive Match Tracker

    Haru 2021 makuuchi consecutive match tracker: 735 - Takarafuji 690 - Tamawashi 535 - Okinoumi 420 - Kagayaki 360 - Daieisho 285 - Ryuden 270 - Aoiyama 240 - Onosho 225 - Hokutofuji 185 - Mitakeumi 180 - Terutsuyoshi 165 - Shimanoumi 125 - Myogiryu 120 - Takanosho 105 - Tochinoshin 75 - Kotoeko 75 - Takayasu 60 - Hoshoryu 60 - Ichinojo 60 - Meisei 60 - Tobizaru 48 - Kiribayama 45 - Terunofuji 45 - Kotonowaka 30 - Shodai 30 - Asanoyama 30 - Akiseyama 30 - Midorifuji 15 - Takakeisho 15 - Kaisei 15 - Wakatakakage 15 - Chiyotairyu 15 - Chiyoshoma 15 - Daiamami 15 - Hidenoumi 15 - Tsurugisho 4 - Kotoshoho 0 - Hakuho 0 - Kakuryu (RETIRED) 0 - Endo 0 - Chiyonokuni 0 - Yutakayama
  17. WAKATAKE

    Top 10 Sumo Records Haru 2021 Edition

    Batch 6: Prizes Most Sansho (S=shukun-sho [outstanding performance], K=kanto-sho [fighting spirit], G=Gino-sho [technique]) 1. 19 - Akinoshima (S-7, K-8, G-4) 2. 18 - Kotonishiki (S-7, K-3, G-8) 3. 15 - Kaio (S-10, K-5) 4. 14 - Tsurugamine (S-2, K-2, G-10) 4. 14 - Asashio (S-10, K-3, G-1) 4. 14 - Takatoriki (S-3, K-10, G-1) 7. 13 - Musoyama (S-5, K-4, G-4) 7. 13 - Tosanoumi (S-7, K-5, G-1) 7. 13 - Kotomitsuki (S-2, K-4, G-7) 10. 12 - Tochiazuma II (S-3, K-2, G-7) 10. 12 - Aminishiki (S-4, K-2, G-6) *Hatsu 2021 Sansho winners: Shukun-sho - Terunofuji (S-3), Kanto-Sho - Meisei (K-1), Kanto-Sho - Aoiyama (K-4), Gino-Sho - Wakatakakage (G-1) Most Kinboshi 1. 16 - Akinoshima 2. 12 - Takamiyama 2. 12 - Tochinonada 4. 11 - Tosanoumi 5. 10 - Kitanonada 5. 10 - Haguroyama 5. 10 - Tsurugamine 5. 10 - Dewanishiki 5. 10 - Ozutsu 10. 9 - Mitsuneyama 10. 9 - Tamanoumi 10. 9 - Hasegawa 10. 9 - Fujizakura 10. 9 - Takatoriki *Currently active rikishi with kinboshi: 8 - Ichinojo 7 - Hokutofuji, Endo 6 - Myogiryu 5 - Ikioi, Shohozan 4 - Okinoumi, Takayasu 3 - Chiyotairyu, Takakeisho, Takarafuji, Tamawashi 2 - Abi, Daieisho, Mitakeumi, Onosho, Tochinoshin, Tomokaze 1 - Aoiyama, Asanoyama, Chiyonokuni, Hakuho, Kotoyuki, Jokoryu, Nishikigi, Sadanoumi, Shodai, Tokushoryu, Toyohibiki, Ura Yokozuna with Most Kinboshi Losses (Excludes fusen/default losses, and losses by hansoku, NSK officially kept records starting January 1930) 1. 53 - Kitanoumi 2. 40 - Harumafuji 3. 39 - Wajima 3. 39 - Takanohana II 5. 35 - Kashiwado 5. 35 - Akebono 7. 34 - Chiyonoyama 8. 33 - Tochinoumi 8. 33 - Kakuryu 10. 31 - Tochinishiki 10. 31 - Kagamisato *Active Yokozuna: 1. 33 - Kakuryu (RETIRED HARU 2021) 2. 26 - Hakuho Lowest Kinboshi Winners (All Time) 1. M14W - Komatsuyama (Hatsu 1941 Day 4 vs Minanogawa) 2. M13E - Saganohana (Natsu 1940 Day 12 vs Minanogawa) 2. M13E - Kotofuji (Nagoya 1991 Day 11 vs Asahifuji) 4. M12W - Sadogashima (Hatsu 1941 Day 3 vs Minanogawa) 4. M12W - Kotonishiki (Kyushu 1998 Day 13 vs Takanohana II) 6. M12E - Shinoumi (Hatsu 1944 Day 12 vs Futabayama) 7. M11W - Futamiyama (Natsu 1941 Day 2 vs Minanogawa 7. M11W - Tamanoumi (Hatsu 1944 Day 4 vs Terukuni) 7. M11W - Onishiki (Aki 1973 Day 14 vs Kotozakura) 7. M11W - Kitaseumi (Haru 1976 Day 11 vs Wajima)
  18. WAKATAKE

    Sumo Reference Updates

    Terunofuji won both the Shukun-Sho and Gino-Sho when he won the yusho in July 2020. However this is not included in his page, the banzuke page for that basho, and the sansho page. http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=11927 http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Banzuke.aspx?b=202007#M http://sumodb.sumogames.de/Sansho.aspx
  19. WAKATAKE

    Top 10 Sumo Records Haru 2021 Edition

    Batch 5: Kachi-Koshi and Make-Koshi Most Kachi-Koshi Basho in Makuuchi (All-Time) 1. 83 - Hakuho 2. 82 - Kaio 3. 65 - Harumafuji 4. 64 - Kitanoumi 5. 63 - Chiyonofuji 5. 63 - Musashimaru 7. 59 - Kisenosato 8. 58 - Takanohana I 9. 56 - Taiho 10. 55 - Konishiki 10. 55 - Kotoshogiku Active Rikishi with 50+ KK Basho in Makuuchi 1. 83 - Hakuho 2. 52 - Kakuryu (RETIRED HARU 2021) Most Kachi-Koshi Basho as Sekitori (All-Time) 1. 89 - Kaio 2. 85 - Hakuho 3. 75 - Chiyonofuji 4. 68 - Kitanoumi 4. 68 - Harumafuji 6. 65 - Musashimaru 7. 64 - Takanohana I 7. 64 - Chiyotaikai 9. 62 - Kisenosato 10. 60 - Taiho 10. 60 - Kyokutenho Active Rikishi with 55+ KK as Sekitori 1. 85 - Hakuho 2. 56 - Kakuryu (RETIRED HARU 2021) Most Career Kachi-Koshi Basho (All-Time) 1. 100 - Kaio 2. 99 - Hakuho 3. 93 - Chiyonofuji 4. 91 - Hanakaze 5. 90 - Tochitenko 6. 87 - Kitanoumi 7. 86 - Dewanosato 8. 85 - Kotokanyu 9. 84 - Fujinokaze 10. 83 - Shoketsu Active Rikishi with 70+ kachi-koshi basho 1. 99 - Hakuho 2. 91 - Hanakaze 3. 84 - Fujinokaze 4. 83 - Shoketsu 5. 80 - Dairaido 6. 79 - Yoshiazuma 7. 77 - Musashiumi 7. 77 - Tenichi 9. 74 - Kainowaka 10. 73 - Gorikiyama 10. 73 - Koshinoryu 12. 72 - Terunosato Most Kachi-Koshi Basho in Juryo (All-Time) 1. 35 - Oshio 2. 32 - Daio 2. 32 - Dairyuyama 4. 31 - Tochiisami 5. 29 - Asahisato 6. 28 - Asanobori 6. 28 - Futatsuryu 8. 27 - Kotonofuji 8. 27 - Wakanokuni 10. 25 - Oiteyama 10. 25 - Otsukasa Active Rikishi with 15+ Kachi-Koshi basho in Juryo 1. 20 - Azumaryu 2. 17 - Kotoyuki 2. 17 - Hidenoumi (NEW ENTRY) Most Make-Koshi Basho in Makuuchi (All-Time) 1. 53 - Aminishiki 2. 51 - Kyokutenho 3. 50 - Terao *1 4. 47 - Takekaze 5. 46 - Tochinonada *1 6. 45 - Takamiyama 6. 45 - Akinoshima *2 6. 45 - Kotonowaka I *2 9. 44 - Yoshikaze 10. 43 - Tosanoumi *1 *1 - 1 kosho basho not counted towards total *2 - 3 kosho basho not counted towards total Most Make-Koshi Basho as Sekitori (All-Time) 1. 59 - Aminishiki 2. 56 - Oshio *1 2. 56 - Terao *3 4. 55 - Kyokutenho 5. 51 - Takekaze *1 6. 49 - Fujizakura *2 6. 49 - Onishiki 8. 48 - Ozutsu 8. 48 - Wakanosato *2 8. 48 - Tochinonada *1 8. 48 - Tosanoumi *1 *1 - 1 kosho basho not counted towards total *2 - 2 kosho basho not counted towards total *3 - 3 kosho basho not counted towards total Most Career Make-Koshi Basho (All-Time) 1. 130 - Sawaisamu 2. 118 - Kasachikara 3. 116 - Hanakaze 4. 112 - Hokutoryu 5. 106 - Itakozakura 6. 94 - Moriurara 6. 94 - Terunosato 8. 90 - Kyokuhikari 9. 89 - Tenichi 9. 89- Higohikari Active Rikishi with 80+ make-koshi basho 1. 130 - Sawaisamu 2. 116 - Hanakaze 3. 106 - Itakozakura 4. 94 - Moriurara 4. 94 - Terunosato 6. 89 - Tenichi 6. 89 - Higohikari 8. 87 - Gorikiyama 8. 87 - Daishiryu Most Make-Koshi in Juryo (6BPY Era) 1. 31 - Hachiya 2. 27 - Daimonji 3. 26 - Hakuryu 4. 24 - Kitazakura *1 4. 24 - Kobo 6. 23 - Tochiisami 6. 23 - Asanobori 6. 23 - Satoyama 9. 22 - Akiseyama 9. 22 - Sawakaze *1 - 1 kosho basho not counted towards total Active rikishi with 15+ make-koshi basho in Juryo 1. 22 - Akiseyama 2. 18 - Ikioi 3. 17 - Azumaryu 4. 16 - Kitaharima
  20. Jejima

    The Bench Euros 2020 (taking place in 2021)

    Over half-way there! (An excuse to bump this thread up...)
  21. Akinomaki

    Shinjo and Maezumo

    Hattorizakura wouldn't even have passed the shindeshi kensa then, 173cm, 75kg was the limit, for the relaxed limit now of 167cm, 67kg (15y old: 165cm, 65kg) he only had to add a bit of water Takatoriki showed some data about the boom that sumo had in the past and the severe drop of new recruits in recent years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKlzLQoiQyg Apparently over a hundred didn't pass the shindeshi kensa in Taiho's time
  22. Akinomaki

    Corona and sumo

    Shibatayama about the now regular NSK joint keiko planned for mid April: "In the worst case, it might be canceled" http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2021/04/10/kiji/20210410s00005000061000c.html
  23. ryafuji

    The story of the 3 Filipino wrestler

    A bit more background from Lora Sharnoff's Grand Sumo: "In September 1988, three young men from the Philippines, the first sumotori ever from that country, joined Kataonami-Beya. It seems that a television documentary about sumo had inspired a good number of young Filipinos to write to the local office of the Japan Society to ask how to join the sport. Kataonami Oyakata flew to Manila expressly to interview and select the three he felt had the greatest potential, only to have them run out on him by the end of the year." No mention of visa scams.
  24. Yamanashi

    New recruits Natsu 2021

    I thought, "What?? How could that be?" and then saw the picture . You're right!
  25. Kintamayama

    Corona and sumo

    Michinoku beya's wakaimonogashira Fukunosato was found guilty of coronavirus and is quarantined at his home.
  26. Koorifuu

    New recruits Natsu 2021

    That's the one who enters the shot from the left at about 4:45, I presume? Very Musashimaru-like indeed.
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