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  2. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    When my wife and I went to the Hatsu basho in 2015, there was an old lady sitting in front of us who explained some of the things going on and told us to ask if there was anything we wanted to know. She was mildly annoyed that the beer girls weren't out because the emperor was due to make an appearance and she had to go fetch her own. Months later, I happened upon a photo of the same lady online with a bunch of rikishi and realised that it had been Doreen. RIP.
  3. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    I've been offline for a few days, and came back to this. What a shock.
  4. Hi, cant seem to remember that but thank you? but definetly some guys like Konishiki went way beyond that limit haha
  5. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    I never met her, but I listened to her often enough, and I was thrilled to discover that forum member Orion was Doreen Simmons. Sad to hear she's gone.
  6. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    Haven't posted on the Forum before but needed to acknowledge Doreen's widespread contribution to sumo. For me, she was a pioneer in making it ok for women...........let alonge 'senior' women, to be serious fans of sumo. What a role model she was! Secondly, I'm grateful for the context she provided on NHK broadcasts about the meaning of a myriad of aspects of the physical environment of sumo, its history and her personal memories of a life lived in connection to sumo. The NHK broadcasts are my learning tool and she was the 'icing on the cake' whenever she provided color commentary. I'm sad that there doesn't seem to be recognition of her life and contribution to sumo in the media. Hopefully, it's soon to come. She deserves it. RIP Doreen.........and thanks.
  7. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    Announcement regarding funeral for Doreen Simmons Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, It is with regret that we share the news that our beloved sister, Doreen Simmons, passed away on Monday, April 23rd, at 85 years of age. There will be a full Anglican funeral service at St. Alban's on Saturday, April 28th, at 1.30 PM. A memorial service is also planned for a date yet to be decided. This was posted by the church. All reports are that it is a private service with the memorial to be a public event.
  8. Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    I think even watching that first clip my reaction to Kise doing his thang is still 'confused'
  9. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    This is really sad news. I first came into contact with Doreen about twenty years ago when I was living in Hiroshima Prefecture. I used to write a Sumo Column (called the Teppo) for a monthly 'magazine' for the 100 or so JET teachers in the area. I wrote her an email with ten sumo questions, asking her to choose five to answer, to be printed in my column. She kindly answered all ten. It was my great pleasure to meet with her later in person.
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  11. This May sound familiar- GTB

    If Asashosakari has the full 84 points, then I will have 61 points. I don't think that anybody will score the full 84 points, but anything above 60 points is fine and I'd like to have 67 points and the yusho #4 after scoring a 2nd and a 3rd place in the last 2 GTB's Btw, I think the same as Kotononami: Onosho and Kotoeko will be in Makuuchi, but Myogiryu will drop to Juryo
  12. Takayoshitoshi scandal

    apparently this silly new story of a robbery is the followup to that story I wondered how long it would take till the name of the heya would appear - and of course a low end tabloid is the one. The part time employee was a 71 year old man. Since after quitting sumo, Saito worked in the production line at the Gunma factory of the Maruha Nichiro fishing company and had no history of rule infractions. Of course the tabloid mentions that some related person believes that Saito had quit the heya to escape the routinely daily violence by Takanohana towards his deshi. There was an upgrade of the story to Yukan Fuji now Apparently it was him, Takaora, who shortly after his intai went to that tabloid, which published the story: Taka punched him up to 2 times a week, at least once a month. The tabloid then lost to Taka at court because they couldn't prove it - what this former deshi now tries to prove (apart from the greed for money) is still a mystery, but I expect more to come.
  13. Former rikishi activities

    Former Osawa held a running class for kids. He had been a middle-distance runner for 5 years before he joined sumo, from high school to junior college, but now his special training includes shiko stamping, to have the kids firmly kick the ground while running. He now is a member of his town's regional revitalization cooperative. NHK local news page with video:
  14. Haru jungyo 2018

    On home ground in Kasama, Kise trained with Chiyonokuni: 8-2, with a 3-2 start o o oo For the 2nd day in a row, Takayasu didn't step onto the dohyo for asa-geiko, due to his back pain: "No need to hurry." He was present - to please the fans in his home pref. Hakuho is also not in a hurry - he wasn't on the dohyo either for keiko in Toride, but is preparing his body - for the Natsu basho, hopefully.
  15. Senshuraku parties

    I"m planning for May 2019.
  16. Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

  17. How can I meet a rikishi?

    visit Fujishima stable for morning practice. after practice some of the rikishi will be hanging outside, not the top rankers, but regular rikishi. or go to a senshuraku party.
  18. wasn't there a study on the percentage of body fat? i think it was something like 20%, and it was like a layer of blubber, like a seal. didn't anyone remember this?
  19. Best place to watch sumo on tv in Tokyo?

    most bars with a TV, open by 4 pm, will most likely have it on or might change the channel NHK. if you are in Roppongi, i bet Sam at the Hobgoblin would put sumo on the big screen for you, or tell you to go to the adjacent sports bar and they will definitely have it on.
  20. Asking rikishi for a photo?

    the lower ranked rikishi are pretty cooperative. the higher rikishi are easy to catch while they are leaving, and they are still in the Kokugikan area. i would never ask while they are heading to the Kokugikan.
  21. Senshuraku parties

    well, i will be there for September 2019
  22. Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    The new sekitori boogeyman who scares babies
  23. Baruto activities

    Baruto had his 2nd tournament at the TBS Downtown Wednesday variety show - I had skipped the first one in December ( youtube-dl, there will be a 3rd. Sumo against a bunch of weirdo teams - with a total of up to his weight in the team, now 178kg, with wife and kid watching. In the end against 2 kids teams: The last middle school trio from apparently a freestyle wrestling club (hard to believe that to be still quite young kids) managed to get him out with a perfect team effort, which looked a legit win: - better: youtube-dl On another show this week youtube-dl, Baruto talked about how he lost half of his retired money: to one introduced to him by his sister. That guy talked him into joining the car repair business - and disappeared after 6 months with 20 million yen. But now Baruto is gaining big money from the import of tuna from Croatia to Japan.
  24. Senshuraku parties

    Thank you so much for your post! That's very helpful indeed. I may well be in touch by DM in the future, once I have some firm travel dates; I'm aiming for the September one, if not then maybe the January basho. Thanks again.
  25. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    Sad news.
  26. Haru jungyo 2018

    Day 23 Kasama - still in the home pref. for Kise and Takayasu Kise dohyo-iri: and again with Goeido at the torikumi: at the zenya-sai including a talk-show with Sadanoumi, Myogiryu, Tochiozan, Tochinoshin and Mitakeumi: presents: a sujo posted her digest from the Yasukuni event: Toride Kagayaki at keiko with kids o and at Kise's doyho-iri oo Hakuho at last really back at the jungyo o Takayasu at the dohyo-iri oo Kise 7-1 with Ryuden oo Ryuden watches Hakuho's tube training, another with Enho, who next week may be his tsukebito again oo Kise with Goeido o o the NSK has caught up by now o o o o o o o o o o o o o o Hakuyozan still in black and at the heya, not the jungyo: aiming for the first ever juryo zensho yusho (15-0) in the first basho as sekitori, after a 6-1 at ms1e o o The shikona Hakuyouzan 白鷹山 is made from the kanji for the local volcano Shiratakayama 白鷹山 and the pen name Youzan 鷹山 of the local daimyo Uesugi Harunori
  27. I believe your intuition is correct; the only way to have many yusho winners is to somehow not have dominant Yokozuna in several basho. On that note: Yusho by rank 1952 - present Yokozuna 250 Ozeki 91 Sekiwake 19 Komosube 5 M1-15 20
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