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  2. RabidJohn

    Greetings from Belgium!

    Well this is a sumo forum so I've never mentioned it, but... let's just say I'm familiar with Aelfwine, who heard the story of Iluvatar and the Song of the Ainur from the elves in the Cottage of Lost Play on Tol Eressea.
  3. RabidJohn

    Japanese Tosa: The Sumo Dog

    Yeah, it was one of several breeds proscribed by the Dangerous Dogs Act in the UK, a ridiculous piece of knee-jerk legislation if ever there was one. Dogs are far less dangerous than humans! The Act was triggered by the death of a child, but it's clear from the list of banned breeds that it was really aimed at the underground dog-fighting that was going on. It was pointless, though, because the sickos just switched to other breeds like Old English and Staffordshire bull terriers.
  4. Today
  5. RabidJohn

    Arashio Criticizes China

    He'll have spoken the same Mongolian dialect as his parents, but I can believe that he no longer has much facility with the language after nearly 2 decades living in Japan and speaking Japanese. This situation reminds me of what the English tried to do to the Welsh. Didn't work...
  6. Shinobi Steve

    Greetings from Belgium!

    Welcome to the forum! Good to have another Tolkien nerd around.
  7. RabidJohn

    Greetings from Belgium!

    That's a curious and unconventional route you took! Welcome to the forum.
  8. pricklypomegranate

    Preparations of the Y/O- November 2020

    It's the last day of the joint degeiko. Let's see what the rikishi themselves have to say... Sources https://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/sports/sumou/2323338/ https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202010220000275.html https://hochi.news/articles/20201022-OHT1T50090.html Takakeisho and Shodai did not show up for degeiko today. The newspapers did note Hakuho's perfect attendance, despite his injury and age. With the lack of Ozeki prey, Hakuho calmed down and got into a charitable mood giving advice to Kiribayama (see above) and sticking to basic exercises. Hakuho: [on joint degeiko] "Though I had a little discomfort and anxiety over my knee, it is nothing major. I'm glad I finished this week without any injuries and without wasting this opportunity. I tried to rebuild my body and regain my sumo sense. Through this, I hope I can make a comeback [in November]." Epilogue Here is some video footage of Shodai and Hakuho's bouts yesterday on Twitter.
  9. Kintamayama

    Preparations of the masses- November 2020

    Last day of the Kyokai kamp- Shoudai was absent, as was Takakeishou. Hakuhou, Takayasu, Kiribayama, Aoiyama, Ichinojou. Juryo Ikioi and Nishikigi plus the Makushita lads were present. Hakuhou only did the fundamentals. Hakuhou ose kavod lachevre: (If anyone can identify them, that would be very nice..)
  10. Kintamayama

    Preparations of the masses- November 2020

    Kiribayama had 10 bouts today, the last day of the Kyokai Kamp. He was seen picking up 169 kilo Juryo Nishikigi but unable to deposit him outside of the ring, reminding some of his shisho Ex-Kirishima. "I've always wanted to do that, but I never get the chance during a basho to get in that position.. If I do get the chance, I'd like to do it." he said. He faced Takayasu for six bouts today and lost them all. He may be facing him during the coming basho. "Today, I wanted to face Takayasu more than anyone else. After all, he is an ex-Ozeki .. If I don't hit hard it doesn't become my sumo. It was a good lesson. Now, I'd like to train with Kakuryuu at the heya," he summed.
  11. Seiyashi

    Kensho Aki 2020

    No yeah I'm aware of the kanji. Looking at pre-COVID basho, at least for last year, Nagoya and Kyushu have significantly less than the three Tokyo basho and Osaka. And the year before that, Kyushu also has less.
  12. Swami

    Greetings from Belgium!

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
  13. sahaven111

    What will Hatorizakura get this up coming basho?

    Yep so true all to true.
  14. pricklypomegranate

    Preparations of the masses- November 2020

    I don't think Enho would have even the privilege of that. Looking at past videos, it's more like Hakuho sitting at the head of the table and Enho at the side, so it might be a full on stare. I would have lost my appetite.
  15. Shinobi Steve

    Preparations of the masses- November 2020

    Imagine having Hokuho over your shoulder watching you eat. That’s quite a bit of weight for Enho to gain from where he was last tournament.
  16. pricklypomegranate

    Preparations of the masses- November 2020

    The loveable Enho has broken his silence. In his interview with the Hokkoku Shimbun, which I will give the gist of, he gives an honest, yet optimistic look at his recent make-koshi streak: Enho (Miyagino Stable, Kanazawa City, Kanazawa Gakuin University alumni) celebrated his 26th birthday on the 18th. He responded to an interview with the Hokkoku Shimbun yesterday and gave promotion to sanyaku as his goal for the next year. Looking back at his make-koshi streak, he said, "My physical and mental state was weak, but now I am enriched with mental skills." Yokozuna Hakuho ordered him to increase his weight by 18kg to fulfil his 110kg "winning plan". To accomplish this, Enho is eating three bowls of rice. He turned from employment at a general company to jumping into the world of sumo wrestling. "It's been four years since I started, and I'm now 26 years old. With this small body, I didn't expect [my career] to work. It's so strange to be in Makuuchi." Enho laughed. [...] In addition to his well-publicised neck pain, he also injured his wrist. He mounted the dohyo with no excuse, but admitted, "My heart wasn't there. When I was on the rise, I felt determined even if I couldn't practice. Last basho, I was totally out of it." Last basho, when Enho started with 2 wins and 8 losses, his mother sent him a message on his smartphone. It contained the energetic appearance of children at his alma mater, Daitoku Elementary School with them saying "Do you best, Enho!". "Some children did shiko to support me, and I couldn't help but smile. They gave me strength." Enho beamed. The next day, he brilliantly scored a win and achieved a revival of 4 wins and 1 loss until Senshuraku. Surgery is needed to completely cure his neck pain, but the treatment has helped calm it down. Enho called the eating "the hardest practice". Hakuho ordered, "If you want to rise, you need 110kg. Don't go home until you eat three bowls of rice." As well we know, Enho doesn't like the aroma of freshly cooked white rice. On the 20th during lunch Enho managed to eat three bowls of rice under the imperious Yokozuna's gaze (emphasis mine), but complained, "I suffered so much I couldn't move until the evening." As he receives the Yokozuna's "whip of love", Enho commented, "Recently, my performance has been weak, but I want to show my hometown fans a rejuvenated appearance. My body is full and I will aim for sanyaku in the next year."
  17. Otokonoyama

    Arashio Criticizes China

    So how did he get by growing up in China?
  18. Yesterday
  19. Eikokurai

    Japanese Tosa: The Sumo Dog

    While researching responsible dog ownership for a piece I have to write for a textbook, I came across the Japanese Tosa dog breed which I hadn’t heard of before. The breed is banned in several countries. Apparently it’s known as the “sumo wrestling dog”. https://www.dog-breeds-expert.com/Japanese-Tosa.html https://pethelpful.com/dogs/japanese-tosa-dog-breed https://www.dogideas.net/tosa-inu-the-sumo-wrestling-dog-from-japan/
  20. Eikokurai

    Arashio Criticizes China

    I’m sure I saw him say in a documentary that he doesn’t really speak Mongolian very well himself and is more comfortable speaking Japanese than his ancestral language. He wasn’t comfortable with Mandarin either.
  21. Benevolance

    What will Hatorizakura get this up coming basho?

    And one month wiser...and having successfully lulled his opponents into a false sense of security, he will storm up the ranks to yokozu...wait, where is the outrageous expectations thread...?
  22. Gurowake

    Kensho Aki 2020

    That chart is prone to possible misinterpretation given that Kyushu is represented with the Kanji in its first syllable, which is the kanji for 9, while the kanji chosen for the July basho this year was the kanji for 7, from which month it was in. I still maintain there is nothing wrong with calling the basho this July the postponed Natsu basho, and having the Nagoya one be the actually canceled one, given July is also during the season "Natsu". Obviously there's no good workaround for November unless you want to dredge up "Fuyu" which doesn't get used otherwise.
  23. Seiyashi

    Kensho Aki 2020

    Kyushu and Nagoya seem to have less kensho. Does that suggest that some of the sponsors for Tokyo basho are Kanto only?
  24. Hello everyone! I found the forum via Reddit and have been reading the training talks while waiting for the November basho, figured I could as well create an account ^^ . I'm not exactly new to sumo in the sense that I've had an interest in the sport for a very long time, admiring its the cultural signification in and to Japan and the dedication of the wrestlers. I also like the traditional look of the dohyo, its relatively rare round shape among other kinds of fighting areas, the rules, how sumo is both very simple and very hard (compared to other wrestling forms, shoving the opponent outside the ring or forcing him to touch the ground with any other part of the body but his feet is really easy, but the same applies to you, which, on the topic of winning conditions at least, makes it the most restrictive fighting sport I know) and, I won't lie, the unusual bodyshapes of sumotoris was also something that picked my interest early :P . Thus, I've been watching every movie or documentary I could find about sumo for years, but curiously, until recently, I wasn't able to get over the short duration of the bouts (especially when compared to all the ceremonial surrounding them) and didn't follow properly the sport itself. I read things and watched one or two video(s) from time to time and knew about Akebono, Asashoryu (which I actually used to misread as Ashoryu) and Hakuho, but that's about it. I don't really know why that changed, but last December I stumbled upon a compilation of Tochinoshin's bouts on his 10 wins return to ozeki tournament, and it really hyped me up for the January one that was about to start. It was the first time I followed sumo by the day (mainly on Jason's channel, may he be blessed) and I've been hooked ever since! I've even come to appreciate the short bouts, as they allow you to watch a good bunch if not all of them without taking too much of your time, even when it's basho time. Plus there aren't many sports that will offer you one tournament every other month, and that's great too (though there is another side of me saying that it would probably be better for our wrestlers if they could have slightly fewer of them :/ ...)! My favourite rikishis are Takakeisho, Asanoyama and Tochinoshin; I also quite like Takayasu (who is currently growing on me and will certainly join the last 3 if he makes it back to ozeki), Mitakeumi, Shodai and Tokushoryu. And I can't not mention the GOAT that is Hakuho, but he's so dominant that rooting for him has become kinda dull... I still hope he can take a 45th yusho (a round 50 would be nice, but it's likely asking a bit much, and I'd also like to see a new yokozuna soon) and represent sumo at the Olympics before he retires! Another passion of mine is Tolkien's works, and the Dwarf Bombur could probably have made for a good sumotori; it's also my regular internet pseudo, hence the name ^^ .
  25. Akinomaki

    Araiso activities

    Today the 2nd program was posted, the first proper one. Araiso again remote, talked 5 minutes about how he began with sumo in 2nd year primary school, first hating to get that naked, but winning the tournament he entered without much preparation - that kindled his interest in sumo. Interesting that Araiso was speaking about 1.5 times as fast as the announcer. The 2nd part, ask Araiso, had again the Meiji foods managing director, who asked the question(s) instead of someone from the listening public. In the end (not) the song, the theme of Hokuto-no-ken, of which he got that famous yokozuna 3 part kesho mawashi set, presently on display at an exhibition in Usa city. https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/oita/20201016/5070008189.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2clsrp-Dad0&t=65s
  26. Yamanashi

    What will Hatorizakura get this up coming basho?

    My vote wasn't on the list (0-8), but 0-7 is closest. Why would he go intai, is his performance getting worse? The main thing he will get is one month older.
  27. Karasukurai

    What will Hatorizakura get this up coming basho?

    He's due another win this basho by some guy just falling over! 1-6 for me.
  28. Akinomaki

    Training pics overview October 2020

    Day 5 - only 1 day left now o Ichinojo and Kiribayama, Aoiyama with Ikioi o o o Takayasu and Mitakeumi, then with Kiribayama o ooo o o o o Hakuho with Shodai o ooo o o o ooooooo instructors for makushita yesterday were Iwatomo, Onogawa, Shiranui (Wakakoyu) and Otowayama (Tenkaiho) o o o o Iwatomo (Kimurayama) and Onogawa (Kitataiki) today oo Iwatomo with Yuki vid
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