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    Sumo wrestler Shobushi sport's first to die of COVID-19 complications Takadagawa stable rikishi spent over three weeks in intensive care https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/05/13/sumo/sumo-wrestler-shobushi-dies-coronavirus/
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    Hello everybody... Some videos for this Basho ? Back in 2003.... Day 11-15.... Today Day 11 Enjoy ! from EuroSport (comments : Syd Hoare) (source : SumoParis - Youtube) Day 11 0:40 M10w Wakanoyama (5-6) oshidashi M11w Shimotori (2-9) 1:25 M10e Kotoryu (7-4) oshidashi M11e Toki (8-3) 2:03 M9w Iwakiyama (5-6) oshidashi M15e Asanowaka (6-5) 2:35 M8w Gojoro (4-7) katasukashi M13w Asasekiryu (5-6) 3:43 M6e Kasugao (3-8) fusen M14e Takanotsuru (0-11) 4:00 M5w Hokutoriki (4-7) hikiotoshi M13e Yotsukasa (5-6) 5:01 M5e Miyabiyama (7-4) oshidashi M9e Jumonji (6-5) 6:00 M4e Kaiho (4-7) oshidashi M8e Tamarikido (5-6) 6:33 M3w Tamanoshima (6-5) oshitaoshi M7w Aminishiki (7-4) 7:09 M2w Takanonami (4-7) yorikiri M1w Takamisakari (4-7) 8:42 K1w Kyokutenho (7-4) oshidashi K1e Tosanoumi (3-8) 9:33 S1w Dejima (7-4) oshidashi M1e Tochinonada (6-5) 10:35 O1w Kaio (8-3) hatakikomi M3e Kyokushuzan (5-6) 11:30 O1e Chiyotaikai (9-2) oshidashi O2w Tochiazuma (6-5) 12:47 O2e Musoyama (5-6) oshitaoshi M4w Kotonowaka (6-5) 13:31 Y1e Asashoryu (10-1) yoritaoshi S1e Wakanosato (7-4)
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    We’ll be asking a similar question about the Europeans (and other non-Asians) in a few years. The ‘heyday’ for the European rikishi is coming to an end. Tochinoshin and Gagamaru are nearing retirement and Aoiyama and Kaisei don’t have too many years left in them. Other than those, there isn’t anyone coming through. The Hungarian Masutoo (?) is just hanging around lower down the divisions and I’m not aware of any prospects now Naruto’s Bulgarian recruit has left (he did, right?) It will be a while before we see a Kotooshu or Baruto again, or even for that matter a Roho or Kokkai. Man, I loved seeing the Europeans when I first got into sumo ...
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    Good news/bad news. My friend in Japan can get the stamps for you!! However, Japan Post is not shipping airmail internationally at this time. Your best bet is to have the stamps shipped via surface mail (land and sea). I don't have a cost yet for your order but it's VERY cheap. However, surface takes 3-4 MONTHS to arrive. The cost will be determined by how many stamp sets you order. They CAN be shipped via Fedex, DHL or UPS but it would cost about $100USD. As you can see, surface is the way to go, but only if you're willing to wait 3-4 months. One last option is to wait until Japan Post starts shipping internationally again. It's possible they will start in June but that's just a guess. At this point, do you know what you want to do? If you are still interested in placing an order, I will put you in touch with my friend.
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    Mot definitely this is influential. With only one foreigner allowed per stable, the oyakata are very picky about who they choose. (Compare this with the fact that almost any Japanese youth who wants to join a heya can, even if they have no sumo background.) This means the oyakata will likely look for someone who they think will fit in culturally with the heya and so they look to Mongolians, many of whom are already in the high school and university system in Japan. Because the foreign recruits often are of excellent sumo quality, they skip through the lower ranks where all the hardship takes place. Even if they don't quickly reach juryo or Makunouchi, the life as a makushita is not bad and they tend to stick around in sumo for quite a while. By sticking around in the sport, the openings for foreign recruits are few and far between. The 2019 Sumo World Championships were moved to Sakai, Osaka. The results can be found in the Results tab at the International Sumo Federation website.
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    http://mainichi-podcasting.cocolog-nifty.com/premo2/cat20649852/index.html this might make it easier.
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    Hi, I have a friend in Japan who can possibly get these for you. He is honest & reliable. He charges a 20% commission. I can contact him & see if he can get this stamp set for you. Ohhhhhh, I just thought of something!!! There may be a problem involved in shipping due to COVID-19. I know Japan Post is not presently shipping to the US by air but I don't know about Hungary. It might be possible. I will check and let you know. Do you want both sheets, one for 840 yen and the other 630 yen?
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    I hope this lessens the pain a bit:
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    Personnally I did this on Excel, as Excel is my "go to" for pretty much anything. Some personal preferences into it (in case you find some weird/inacturate stuff). The purpose was to learn some sumo history as I'm a newbie, and to have an idea of how many Y/O where active on average per basho.
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    http://www.asahi.com/sp/ajw/articles/13320967 Excellent article on Sokokurai.
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    As some clever guy keeps saying here every time I get things right - "Even a broken watch is correct twice a day"
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    Nobody is dismissing what has happened out of hand. What has happened has happened. The question is what exactly happened and how it is essentially different from the regular flu that takes its yearly toll. I think it is another strain, the difference being there is no treatment yet. That fact in itself doesn't guarantee a worldwide pandemic. It causes uneasiness, but setting the epicenter aside, is there any sign of a worldwide catastrophe so far? Even a remote one? And the comparison of an infectious flu to a one hit tsunami is.. well..
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    We’ve had a guy returning from Italy diagnosed. He was moving about freely for a few days and in close contact with his family and friends. Put into quarantine, family tests negative Or maybe the tests here are inadequate and they're all infected. No masks, no nothing. His kids went to school for a few days as well, before they were quarantined too. I'm guessing at least 300 people came in contact with the virus at least. Going by what I've been reading, they should all be dead by sunrise. I bet not a single one of them will even be affected, though. But we shall see. I also see that the WHO has upped the level of hysteria by a few notches, dragging the Americans and the UK behind them into scaring the crap out of their citizens, without a single infected person so far.
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    Hilarious. Thanks, Moti (and a few others) for showing how hysterical the media are making people. It was the same when the Fukushima reactor accident happened. The BBC had a headline one morning of 'NUCLEAR BLAST IN TOKYO!!!' My mum nearly had a heart attack and I spent quite a bit of time having to assure people in the UK that I hadn't melted. I also spent a little time that morning telling the BBC exactly what I thought of their lies. If people are so ridiculously naive that they don't see how the media overhypes everything for clicks (and ad revenue/viewer ratings) and allow themselves to be led around by the nose into making apocalyptic pronouncements, I don't know what else to tell them. Just makes me glad for the ignore button on this site, which is thankfully nice and swollen now. Oh shit!! Maybe it has the killer flu!!
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    Probably, if I knew what it meant. Does it mean hysterical for no reason ?
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    And if the mortality rate was 80% we'd all be screwed and the survivors would have to live in isolated, heavily defended mountain fortresses like in The Walking Dead. But it isn't. So we aren't going down that road. And if my cat Bob was a Korean rainicorn we'd have a new series of Adventure Time. And if my auntie had bollocks she'd be my uncle. Oh wait, that last one actually happened.
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    Indeed. And the end of the world is probably just around the corner..
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    The West is going to extremes as we speak based on these numbers. Flights are canceled, incoming tourists are quarantined, etc.. Even here, everyone is going bonkers and there is even talk of sealing off the country from foreigners altogether. And we still haven't had one local case.
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    Completely agree with Moti on the ridiculous fearmongering going on. Sadly, I think that there actually is a chance they could cancel it. Absolutely ridiculous, but officials do tend to err on the side of caution (i.e. saving/covering their own arses in advance). Let's hope sanity prevails.
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    The professional media loves a good scare story, because it sells. This one comes around every couple of years (SARS, etc), but most people haven't been told or don't remember the fable of the boy who cried wolf. The problem is exacerbated these days by the woefully ignorant and easily malleable masses of the social media, leading to a kind of hysterical mob rule. I have no idea how resilient the Japanese government is to that kind of pressure (the UK powers-that-be regularly cave in to it). The Japanese have already received international criticism for their response to this 'crisis', so cancelling forthcoming public events might, unfortunately, be a way of being seen to do something. The thing I like to keep in mind is the fact that we humans and the long line of ancestral species we evolved from have been winning the battle against constantly mutating viruses and bacteria for hundreds of millions of years without the benefit of either medical science or mass media.
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    The basho will happen. This corona thing has been blown out of proportion. It's fueled by media hysteria, as is happening a lot of late on various issues Yes, there's a new virus, and it's killing people, like the regular flu does yearly in China (250,000-600,000.YEARLY..) and around the world. The fact that there is no instant cure for it is scaring people. The deaths are overwhelmingly among the elderly. The two passengers on the virusboat that died were 87 and 84 respectively. No children have been affected so far, as far as we know. Yes, it's China and we will never know the real extent of the damage, but in other countries, the numbers are probably real. An overwhelming percent of stricken get well, without an antidote. You can never be careful enough, that's true, but I don't think the basho will be affected. There may be some temperature taking at the entrance, but other than that, I don't see it canceled. And July and September as well? It'll be forgotten by then. Olympics in July. Does anyone see them canceled?
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    I guess this is significant enough to merit its own thread. 28 year old Shobushi from Takadagawa Stable has died of multiple organ failure after becoming infected with the coronavirus.
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    28 year old Shobushi from Takadagawa Stable has died of multiple organ failure after becoming infected with the coronavirus.