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  1. 12 points
    And with that, he retires with three more wins in Ozumo than most of the folks on this forum have.
  2. 10 points
    I’m not surprised. It seemed inevitable after he was overlooked for a role in the Olympics opening ceremony.
  3. 3 points
    Yes, it's true. 104 consecutive losses, 3-238 career Jonokuchi Shounanzakura has retired. He will be missed. He asked to be dismissed after last basho. "The limit of my endurance", "I want to retire" is what he reportedly said to his shisho Shikihide. "I wanted him to continue and gambarize, but he was adamant," explained Shiks. "Lose or lose, he kept on keeping on and that is something good and I think that was fantastic. Although he has that losing streak, he was always the first to appear in the morning at the keiko-ba and immersed himself in training. He did the sweeping and chanko duties well and was courteous and gambarized in his own way., " added the Oyakata. Shounanzakura is at his parents house at present and is looking forward to his second life. "He's still young-he should rest at his parents house and take things easy and gambarize," summed Shikihide oyakata.
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    What's sad to me is that sometime, maybe five or ten years in the future, he'll be working as an assistant at some plant nursery or as a checkout clerk, and suddenly he'll have this epiphany: "I should have just run forward real fast and kinda low at the tachiai! What was I thinking all those years?"
  5. 2 points
    What a strange comment to make. By the same reckoning, there are some 6 billion people on the planet who have done more in their respective field of work than Shonanzakura has, for the simple reason that he too hasn't worked in those fields.
  6. 2 points
    That means with some creative licences, we could refer to Ouchiyama as 'Mountain of Pain'. I like it.
  7. 1 point
    John (Gunning) asked us to create an account here and post sumo related ISJ stuff that we don't see on Sumo Forum while he is away. It doesn't look like there is anything we know that you guys don't but just doing what the boss requested. Hello anyway.
  8. 1 point
    Nishide reminds me a bit of Kazuma Kawabuchi - huge body, but fairly well-rounded and technically sound, and not just about overpowering opponents with size. He should do better in high school than many of the previous elementary/middle school 'monsters'.
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    Our Middle School Yokozuna for 2021 is - Nishide Daiki (西出 大毅)! Individual Tournament: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBzNCTmElhA&t=18566s Team Tournament: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBzNCTmElhA&t=8978s
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    This video is all about the 46th Yokozuna Asashio Taro, who was born in Nov 1929, began his sumo career in Oct 1948 (same month & year I was born 72 years ago!), was promoted to Yokozuna in Mar 1959, retired in Jan 1962 and passed away in Oct 1988. One of the amazing things I noticed on this video and on Yoshibayama's was when they went for their victory ride in a convertible among the crowd after they won a basho, THEY TOOK THE EMPEROR'S CUP WITH THEM WHILE THEY RODE AROUND IN THE CAR!!!! Apparently, that was customary at that time. One interesting fact about Asashio was that the Amami Islands, where he was born, were occupied by American forces in 1948. He stowed away on a cargo ship and was supported by a relative in Hyogo Prefecture. Later that same year, he made his professional sumo debut. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asashio_Tarō_III
  11. 1 point
    The latest, I think, is the 41st Shikimori Inosuke. You can read the Wikipedia article, which gives some background information.
  12. 1 point
    Yes, he should definitely rest and take things easy at his parents’ house. Because that is what a young man in his prime should do. Fear not, fair youth; the Universe will provide.
  13. 1 point
    Noble effort. Good luck to him in his future. Really.
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    I just discovered Ozeki Ouchiyama yesterday. (He fought Yokozuna Yoshibayama at Haru 1956). In the US, if a little kid falls down & get a cut or scratch, his Mom sometimes tells the kid it's an "Ouchie."
  15. 1 point
    Kitakachidoki was always a memorable shikona. Swami
  16. 1 point
    Kinta - thanks for putting these posts up on the joint keiko. Keep it up if you have time. These are great, maybe even better than the Kitanofuji material. I notice Hokuseiho wasn't on the list for Day 1. I wonder if they're keeping him out as a tactical move, or whether it's common practice for new sekitori not to participate.
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    Here's another video about Yoshiki Fuse and the work he does at Mitaka Sumo Club in Tokyo. Interesting that the club members say that they like the fact that Coach Fuse is so strict, because they know that they are getting stronger because of it.
  18. 1 point
    Well, I'm in. Better late than never but it was totally off the cuff. Good luck all and @RaeucherLax !
  19. 1 point
    That is a selective reading of the criminal code, literally Article 230 but ignoring Article 230-2. Japanese defamation law is not far removed from that of British and Commonwealth countries so in the interest of tamping down any "weird Japan" vibes that might develop I'd like to clarify that Japan is not incredibly strange in this area. There is a far greater schism between England and the United States than there is between England and Japan when it comes to defamation. But Japanese law in this area is quite conservative and many would consider it old-fashioned at best. Fortunately some of the really nasty stuff like lèse-majesté was abolished during allied occupation. Article 230 sets up the baseline for criminal defamation: "A person who defames another by alleging facts in public shall, regardless of whether such facts are true or false, be punished...". It doesn't actually require any demonstration of loss, so in a way it's actually a bit worse! Article 230-2 states that the truthfulness is examined when the facts "relate to matters of public interest", and explicitly allows "matters concerning the criminal act of a person who has not been prosecuted". There are a few other things, e.g. truthfulness is tested in claims against the deceased and public officials/election candidates, and just insulting someone outright is punishable. Then there is the civil code, which is more about demonstrating lost reputation, getting an apology or compensation. It is just my opinion but I would say match-fixing in Sumo is in the public interest, whereas (for example) the exact particulars of Ryuden's indiscretions would not. If any ever wonder why Japanese news in Japan can be so dry and informal it's partly due to laws like these.
  20. 1 point
    Honestly I believe that Chris' opinion went south a lot sooner than this, namely the Asanoyama vs Tochinoshin mono-ii debacle. I truly believe that in his mind, that match was fixed so that a Japanese rikishi was going to win the yusho of that basho. And unfortunately with a lot of his rhetoric, his channel fans that have no idea of sumo or Japanese culture outside of what they are getting from Chris are led to believe that the NSK is an evil money grabbing organization that does not care about their wrestlers at all and corrupt 100%. Chris provides interesting commentary when he sticks to talking about the matches and wrestlers' progress themselves, but when it comes to his criticism of the JSA, they are really cringe.
  21. 1 point
    Comments The paths of the top 2 of the Class of 2022, Fukuda Joichiro and Nishide Daiki, have differed somewhat during their middle school days. While both are still in contention for the national tournaments, Nishide Daiki have been able to deliver the goods when it matters, whereas Fukuda Joichiro can't seem to be able to get past Saitama's Samejima "The Shark" Hikaru. It was always going to be difficult for anyone this tournament to stop Nishide Daiki when he's on form. He has a large body, strong muscles, quick mind and doesn't rely on any particular techniques during his bouts. The guy has no clear weakness at all. It also doesn't hurt that he's called Daiki, as I'm sure college sumo star Nakamura Daiki will attest. However, the name that stands out the most in the Top 8 is probably Maro "The Lion" Kosho from Aomori. He started his sumo journey with Mitaka Sumo Club in Tokyo, before moving to Aomori with his family. He has a British father and a Japanese mother, and has always shown great strength in his bouts. His time in Aomori has allowed him to fully take advantage of his strength by learning how to keep his opponents off his belt, and it has paid off greatly today. Being able to overpower his former Mitaka team-mate Kodama Hayato is no mean feat, and he nearly produced an upset against eventual winner Nishide Daiki as well. Both Maro Kosho and Kodama Hayato are only in the second year of Middle School, so it should be interesting to see what happens next summer. Speaking of, Kodama Hayato has definitely slimmed down since his primary school days. He is still a very strong rikishi with a flexible fighting style, but one does wonder how much his future in sumo will be affected by this loss of weight. The signs from this tournament doesn't look good I have to say. Over in the team competition, Ito Hirohide (Chris Gould's favourite young rikishi) and Kuraoka Yuta (Kodama's biggest rival) rolled back the years from when they won multiple Hakuho Cups together by helping Team Shodai (they're from the same club) overcome the Hayashi twins of Team Mitakeumi (again, same club) in the final. Both Ito Hirohide and Kuraoka Yuta will be returning for next year's Middle School Championships to defend their team title, by which time Team Chiba will have a fully powered-up Kodama Hayato and a much stronger Toyoda "Future Monster" Rinnosuke (semi-finalists this year). Should be an exciting match!
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    Individual Competition Winner - Nishide Daiki (西出 大毅), Wakayama Runner-Up - Ino Hibiki (井野 響稀), Tottori Semi-Finals - Samejima Hikaru (鮫島 輝), Saitama Semi-Finals - Yoshida Taizo (吉田 泰造), Kagawa Quarter-Finals - Matsuno Shota (松野 将太), Aomori Quarter-Finals - Shino Soma (篠 宗磨), Ishikawa Quarter-Finals - Maro Kosho (マロー 高尚), Aomori Quarter-Finals - Takahashi Hidetomo (高橋 秀友), Chiba Team Competition Winner - Team Kumamoto Runner-Up - Team Nagano Semi-Finals - Team Ishikawa Semi-Finals - Team Chiba Quarter-Finals - Team Tottori Quarter-Finals - Team Tochigi Quarter-Finals - Team Tokyo Quarter-Finals - Team Kagawa
  23. 0 points
    is it just me or has the Sumo Reference site been down over a day?
  24. 0 points
    I announce my permanent kyujo for GTB. I lost interest in banzuke movement, an ozeki sent to makushita par ordre del mufti, nothing of the spirit of sumo in the banzuke burocracy. GTB was the only game of interest for me, I can now ignore the game section completely. My interest for the sumo at hand has dwindled as well, but I won't go kyujo for that long anymore. Kuukido came into existence through my love for sumo, that love never dies
  25. 0 points
    So the guy is a forum member..