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    Shonanzakura is offered ichidai toshiori, accepts and opens Shounanzakura-beya (spelt exactly this way), called Hattorizakura-doujou (also spelt exactly this way). When Hakuho protests and points out that not even himself was given ichidai toshiori he's told by the Kyokai (via Shibatayama) that Shonanzakura has shown much more consistence.
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    This time, I took a minor dive into the 1960s era of sumo, headlined with the two words "GREAT PHEONIX" in all capital letters. First, several photos of the great duo together in all yokozuna glory: "Yes, young one. I am the man they call Taiho." Now for some Kashiwado pictures: Bowing out at his danpatsushiki in 1970 The great one doing what he did best "Wow, that was one fine ketaguri, I surely have the yusho now!" Now for some of the more overshadowed rikishi: Tochinoumi's dohyo-iri "No Tochinoumi, it's this way. If you keep on doing it like that you'll miss the clap altogether!" With the coveted Emperor's cup Sadanoyama pictures! First dohyo-iri at the shrine The former Tochinishiki instructing him \ That's all for now! I hope you all enjoy and I will be back with more next week.
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    Dallas Sumo Club - Keiko Highlights (August 29, 2021) Dakota Eggert returns from injury with a fire for battle, throwing himself into the fight, bringing with him two first timers to sumo; Andreyah Flores debuted her power against her boyfriend and Selasi Quashie (Lightspeed Saber League Champion) used his wrestling experience to stand his ground and impress the group. Khalil Collins returns from a bout of sickness and even at 50% he's still as strong as two healthy folks. Matt (Kurowashi) Jim stood tall and continues to carve out his brand of fighting. Jonathan (Hananooni) Flowers never stops and is always encroaching like an antagonist in a slasher film. Jared (Osuushigishi) Tadlock was as cool, calculated and ridiculously lethal as usual. (Oyakata) Corey Morrison rallied the squadron and played the tawara like a ballerina.
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    Inspired by the Endless Romanisation thread some time ago, @Asojima and I bring to you: The Shikona Translations & Trivia Megathread! This thread contains a (as yet non-exhaustive) list of sekitori shikona. Each shikona is followed by a spoiler tag, which contains the following information pertaining to the shikona: Full shikona: This is the full shikona in kanji, including the given name, in the order of shikona surname - given name, and with a space in between. Decomposed romaji: This is the romaji that corresponds with the full shikona, with hyphen breaks matching up to different characters. Shikona meaning (formal equivalence): This is a very mechanistic, quick translation of the shikona surname. Full shikona meaning (dynamic equivalence): This is a looser, but hopefully more flavourful, translation of the full shikona, including the given name. Trivia (WIP): This can include notes on the origin of the shikona, interesting factoids connected with the shikona, or other shikona-related matters. Translation notes: These are comments on some interesting translations which appear unusual and play even looser with the formal translation of the shikona. I have also realised that I've left in comments to myself in there while doing the translations, so they're interesting tidbits which may give some insight into the translation process. It's worth noting from the outset that the translation of the shikona is to a certain extent divorced from the meaning of the shikona to the individual rikishi. An example would be Asashoryu's given name portion of his shikona, Akinori, which can be translated as Brilliant Virtue, but its connection to Asashoryu himself stems more from the same kanji being the name of his high school, Meitoku (an alternate reading of Akinori) Gijuku High School. It doesn't help that translating Chinese/Japanese to English is confounded with several issues, a little like with hieroglyphs: Kanji can be used both for their sound value and their meaning value. These two don't necessarily coincide. For instance, Baruto's shikona consists of kanji that are almost certainly entirely used for their sound value, whereas the kanji in shikona like Futeno are used primarily for its meaning value. Very few shikona are aptronyms in both meaning and sound, and this tends to be more for foreign rikishi like Sentoryu and Osunaarashi. In a particularly devilish twist of Japanese, kanji can actually be explicitly assigned a non-standard sound value essentially for stylistic purposes. The shikona Hayateumi is an example: standard pronunciation would have it pronounced something like Oiteumi (as it shares characters with Oitekaze stable), but it's instead pronounced as the word for "hurricane/gale" in Japanese, which has a different set of kanji altogether. More famously, Hokutoumi also changed the standard pronunciation of the kanji for "win" (usually "sho"/"katsu") to "to" as a means of including the name of his hometown in totality (the first half as sound, the second half as kanji). In a more codified form, some kanji when paired together may also take standardised but non-obvious meanings that are metaphorical or allusions: the -asuka portion of Tamaasuka is an example. The -asuka portion is written with characters that mean "flying bird" and could be pronounced "hitori", but the kanji are codified as being pronounced as "asuka" in a practice dating from the eponymous Asuka period in Japanese history. So the translations are for the most part fan-generated trivia in and of themselves - interesting pieces of information given some relevance only because we are mostly external to the Japanese context in which they occur and hence have another cultural base to refer to. I know there have been a couple of shikona-oriented threads in the past in this subforum, but having glanced through them quickly I think we are very justified in saying that this list of 300 or so (including older rikishi) is the most extensive yet. While some shikona entries contain information on the shikona origins, we have not yet gone and extensively canvassed SF archives and JP wikipedia pages for the reason why the shikona were given (it would be a full-on archival/research process, which is a) much longer and b) less fun than translations). But provision has been made for such reasons to be recorded as well just in case it's thought convenient to also have this information consolidated in English in one place on the web. Also, if there are any sekitori shikona that you would like a translation for but which isn't in the list, do drop a reply and I'll try to get to it. No promises as to when, though. (Toriteki shikona are preferably avoided because a lot more actual Japanese family names tend to be in there, which makes it a lot less meaningful.) Contents: Shikona A-C Shikona D-H Shikona I-K Shikona M-S Shikona T-Z Asojima's Kanji/Shikona Notes Changelog: 10 Aug 2021: Created.
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    I'm not certain which of these films would be more likely to develop a cult following, but I could see this one or the Indian film competing with the "Texas Chanisaw Massacre."
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    Which is why when I "corrected" someone who made their prediction early after the previous basho that had them the way they turned out, I said it was "almost certain" that Ichiyamamoto would get a higher spot, because while it seemed as though the last few times the only explanation could have been the general rule that we thought they were adhering to, but always the possibility that they drop that "rule" at any point in time, since it clearly hasn't always worked that way. I would have said "almost certain" about there being 2 Sekiwake as well. The main point is that unless something breaks the fundamental rule of banzuke making, you can expect practically any rule that has worked in the past to be broken in the future.
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    From what I recall in reading about people's ACL injuries, the "ten" kanji is used in the name of the ligament in Japanese, since the C stands for "Cruciate" which is just a fancy way of saying "cross-shaped" using Latin-based verbiage. The cross-shape name comes from the ACL and PCL being at right angles to each other, which is rather unusual in a joint.
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    That's quite an operation that John has going then. I'm glad to see him with such a successful enterprise. Well, I assume it's successful given that he needs to (and is able to) get many other people working under him.
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    There's two attached oyakata, ex-Tamarikido and ex-Tamanoshima, who won't be retiring for another 20 years or so (there's also ex-Daitetsu but he retires in a couple months), so I don't think it's particularly necessary that anyone cut their career short to take over for ex-Wakashimazu. The second scenario is plausible enough, but by this point I've learned not to assume when someone will retire because it's almost always wrong.
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    Akiseyama: only rikishi in history to do this twice: get demoted to makushita straight after getting demoted to juryo
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    Meisei is saying he is aiming for Ozeki and that he is happy to have passed his Oyakata's highest rank of Komusubi. "I'm aiming for double -digit wins next basho. (call me Horace if he wins 6). I'll be training as usual and aiming upwards," he said. Terunofuji received a mitsu-zoroi (the matching kesho-mawashi you wear with your attendants during the dohyo-iri) from foodstuff powerhouse Nagatanien. Only four previous Yokozuna have won the yusho in their first basho as Yokozuna. "I'd like to beat Hakuhou this time and return the favor. I've already worn the tsuna so I wasn't that surprised to see my name as a Yokozuna on the new banzuke. I want to become a Yokozuna that is respected on and off the dohyo by everyone," he said.
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    All rikishi who came into contact with Ichinojou at the joint keiko sessions were tested negative for the virus today.
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    Dallas Sumo Club - Yamageiko Highlights (August 25, 2021) Wish we could get a few more cowpokes out to yamageiko on Wednesday mornings, it's a hoot to interact with folks passing by and asking "Are y'all are doin' sumo in TEXAS!?" Jared (Osuushigishi) Tadlock's technique and ring awareness wins him the day, but (Oyakata) Corey Morrison kept returning for more with a smirk on his face, hungry for battle!
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    Dallas Sumo Club - Keiko Highlights (August 22, 2021) Jared (Osuushigishi) Tadlock returns from degeiko with Florida Sumo Association's Cornelius Booker, bringing with him a slew of newly acquired techniques. Jonathan (Hananooni) Flowers drives forwards like there's no reverse and introduces his long time friend Chris Wagner to the dohyō. Matt (Kurowashi) Jim returns from injury with the strength of a mountain and (Oyakata) Corey Morrison ramps up the fury!
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    Captain Ochiai and a team member reported the double yusho to the governor of Tottori. Great sempai Terunofuji inspired him and will hopefully do so for next year. vid
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    This is correct but only since 2018.03, when he adopted his current shikona. Before that he was Asatatsuke Takayoshi (貴芳, たかよし). @Doitsuyama Sorry to keep bending your ear about given names, but hopefully the following batch should mean that all currently active rikishi have correct given names matching their Kyokai profiles, which I recently finished going through en masse. Akashifuji - Koijiro (恋次郎, こいじろう) since 2020.01 Akitoba - should be Ryo (りょう) according to both the Kyokai and Minato-beya sites. (It's a confusing one because the kanji makes it seem like it should be Ryu, and his real given name is Ryo with a different kanji ) Asadaimon - Usaburo (卯三郎, うさぶろう) since 2018.03 Asahio - Yusei (由聖, ゆうせい) since 2017.11 Asahanshin - Torakichi (虎吉, とらきち) since 2018.03 Bushi - Hiroshi (宏, ひろし) since 2014.11 Dewanojo - kanji change to 周太 2018.05, reading stays as Shuta Fubu - Dai (太, だい) since 2014.11 Irodori - Takateru (尊光, たかてる) since 2015.07 Kasugaryu - Kensei (健成, けんせい) since 2017.01 Kayatoiwa - Daimon (大門, だいもん) since 2018.03 Kiyonoumi - Masayoshi (正芳, まさよし) since 2018.01 Kochikara - Ryutaro (龍太郎, りゅうたろう) since 2018.05 (probably also 2018.03 in maezumo, but cannot verify that) Kotorikisen - Akito (旭人, あきと) since 2014.09 Mimurodake - Yoshiaki (義晃, よしあき) since 2016.05 Nogami - Katsuhiro (功宗, かつひろ) from 2015.01 to 2015.03, Masanori (将里, まさのり) from 2015.05 to 2016.03, Goki (豪規, ごうき) since 2016.05 Roman - Chikara (力, ちから) since 2018.07 (probably also 2018.05 in maezumo but cannot verify that) Ryuseiyama - reading typo on both sides, the given name is Ryosuke (りょうすけ) since 2017.03 Ryutsukasa - Shige (成, しげ) since 2015.09 Satsumao - Hidekatsu (秀勝, ひでかつ) since 2017.05 Sawaisamu - Tomokazu (智和, ともかず) since 2018.01 Shoryudo - Kazunari (一成, かずなり) since 2014.11 Sumanoumi - Kenji (拳児, けんじ) since 2015.07 Taiyo - Kazunari (一成, かずなり) since 2020.03 (probably also 2020.01 in maezumo, but cannot verify that) Tatsukaze - Noboru (登, のぼる) from 2016.03 to 2017.05, then back to Ryota since 2017.07 but with a different first kanji (良太, りょうた) Tatsuki - Masahiro (昌弘, まさひろ) from 2017.09 to 2017.11, Dai (大 , だい) since 2018.01 Wayama - Isamu (勇武, いさむ) from 2017.09 to 2019.11 Yukiamami - Hajime (創, はじめ) since 2017.05 Yuma - Takeru (猛, たける) since 2014.05 (probably also 2014.03 in maezumo, but cannot verify that)
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    The Kotoasaki story has just come up again, and it looks like these updates mentioned a few years ago weren't noticed:
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    Scores for banzuke purposes: Hakuryuho 13 (12+Top) Athenayama 11 Profomisakari 11 Jejima 10 chishafuwaku 9 Rocks 9 WAKATAKE 9 robnplunder 9 (8+TB) Asashosakari 8 ryafuji 7 Holleshoryu 6 Total: 102 / 11 = 9.27 ---> -2 wins An admittedly rather harsh KK/MK cut this time. The new banzuke for Aki 2021: Mmikasazuma (Yw kosho) Y YO Asashosakari (Ye 6-9) Athenayama (Oe 9-6 J) O --- Hakuryuho (S1w 11-4 Y) S1 Profomisakari (Kw 9-6 J) --- S2 chishafuwaku (Ow 7-8) Kashunowaka (S1e kosho) K Jejima (M1w 8-7) WAKATAKE (Ke 7-8) M1 Rocks (M1e 7-8) Holleshoryu (S2e 4-11) M2 Sakura (M2w kosho) robnplunder (NR 7-8) M3 ryafuji (M2e 5-10) First makekoshi for the senior yokozuna in his 9th tournament at the rank, while Mmikasazuma started her white-rope career on the sidelines but gets to take over the top spot in the rankings anyway. Ozeki chishafuwaku unfortunately posted back-to-back 7-8's to warrant demotion at this time, ending his second stint at the rank after 13 appearances.
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    Ichinojou has tested positive for the virus today. He had a head cold and other symptoms and got tested yesterday. Ichinojou was in close contact with others who participated in the Kyokai's joint training sessions for four days. All other participants were found negative. "We have to remain vigil, so they will be tested again in two days," said Shibatayama PR guy. Two of Ichinojou's Minato beya lower ranked rikishi heyamates are waiting for their results as well. "At this time there is still enough time till the basho starts so we shall be ready. Unless a drastic change occurs, we'll be good to go," summed Shibatayama Oyakata.