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  1. 8 points
    Now he is called Isobe-san in articles, there are rikishi who went into the care for the elderly as 2nd career, but support for (handicapped) children is something new. "The 2nd career is from jonokuchi, but I'll gambarize." At the moment he's learning at the after school day service in Fuji city, recommended to him after intai by an acquaintance. He liked to play with children since he was active, received letters by handicapped children, but his visit to the day service was what made him to chose this career. He aims to become independent next spring "I'm aiming for makuuchi again. I don't know what makuuchi is, but I want to have a way of life without lying to myself and full of confidence." https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2022/08/10/kiji/20220810s00005000294000c.html This article focuses more on handicapped children, others more on mental problems - and his own words also in this article rather point in that direction oo o o
  2. 7 points
    Jakusotsu: Hey Gaijingai,what do you call someone who speaks three languages? Gaijingai: Trilingual! Jakusotsu: And speaks two languages? Gaijingai: Bilingual! Jakusotsu: And one language? Gaijingai: I don’t know. What? Jakusotsu: An American!
  3. 7 points
    Interesting article I came across today, regarding ex-Hakuhou's becoming Miyagino. This is reportedly a young oyakata's take: "Usually when you establish a heya you need money, lots of it. You need to buy land and build a building. If you take over a heya, you need to buy the building from the retiring oyakata. Getting some rikishi to follow you there is also not an easy task. Since the rikishi need to be schooled in the sumo way by the Kyokai, and there are maintenance costs as well, it's customary to pay the retiring Oyakata for that as well. When Futagoyama beya and Fujishima beya merged, it was rumored that it cost 300 million yen. But Hakuhou obviously didn't have a lot of expenses. That is because while still active, he skillfully built his army of future rikishi that he chose personally. He planned his future move from early on and created some routes of recruit. He established the "Hakuhou Cup" where he could check out the future prospects first hand. He established close relations with sumo powerhouse Tottori Johoku high school. Additionally, he had good relations with college powerhouse Nichidai, through Tottori's coach who is a Nichidai alumni. He also has obvious connections to Mongolians who are studying in Japan. That's how he was able to recruit some great prospects. There are 17 rikishi in Miyagino beya at present, but the majority are Hakuhou's boys - Sekitoris Ishiura, Enhou and Hokuseihou, Makushita Houkahou, Mukainakano, Raihou, Sandanme Senhou, Chura, Kenyuu and Jonidan Takabahou, Ishii and Kurokage. Ex-Miyagino has certainly benefitted from that. The next step seems to be to become head of his ichimon. Current head of Isegahama beya/Ichimon isegahama Oyakata will be retiring in three years. The next head of the Ichimon will probably be Asakayama (ex- KaioU) who is very popular. After that, it seems it will be Hakuhou's turn. Isegahama Oyakata is planning to pass the heya over to Terunofuji, so we may see a Hakuhou-Terunofuji battle for the Ichimon riji in the future.. Hakuhou's current target seems to be to widen his support within the Ichimon with his eyes on the prize. The first step towards all that was becoming a heya-owning Oyakata." My take edit: And there's Kawazoe of course, who wasn't mentioned since he doesn't exist yet. And Ootani (not sure if he's Hakuhou's recruit, but probably is), who just went 3-0 in Maezumo. Another edit: Looking at the individuals' records, most of them are duds, Some recruited 7-8 years ago. In the lower ranks, other than so far successful Mukainakano and Raihou (who just hit the wall at the bottom of Makushita), the rest are Sandanme/Jonidan regulars, some for many years.
  4. 6 points
    I wonder what his sekitori hit rate is like compared to other prolific recruiters, both of the past and as well of the current batch of oyakata. I would be happy to do a deep dive here and probably write something longform over on the other site where I tend to do that kind of thing, but the piece I'm missing is pedigree. We can all go into sumodb and run queries on the big recruiters (Sadogatake, Tamanoi, etc), but the key element is how you differentiate from someone who - to borrow from american sport as some pundits we love are wont to do - is a walk on and who's a 5 star recruit. I imagine some of these guys will have joined up with Hakuho due to being a fan of Hakuho, whereas others were well documented to have either come through the Tottori Johoku pipeline, or in the case of his most recent pickup, been a college yokozuna. I think you have to qualify for that. Anecdotally, I think it's possible and even likely that many of the volume recruiters we see from other stables are getting a small number of serious candidates and then filling out a tsukebito farm around that so that they have a support system for their high rankers. If a shisho recruits 3 nailed on sekitori and then 10 guys who everyone knows are destined to be tsukebito to the 3 sekitori, does that mean his hit rate is 23%? Or does it just mean that he understands the needs of how to run and support a heya and is able to find people who can be pieces in that support structure? Most of Hakuho's very recent recruiting strategy would indicate he's looking for big hitters and those who don't make it can support the ones that do, but it will be fascinating to see what the churn rate is on the guys that don't make the salaried ranks, especially if they're being recruited with some degree of hype and then end up servants to the guys they thought were their peers.
  5. 5 points
    The latest video is a behind-the-scenes look at Arashio stable, with Hiro getting a lot of access to the rikishi. I've got high hopes for this channel the way it's started out.
  6. 4 points
    Well if we can participate....the languages understood by the main people in this company include: Native level: English / Japanese / German / French / Romansh / Hebrew Various levels of fluency: Irish / Italian / Spanish / Portuguese / Québécois / Kiswahili Then - if you include occasional contributors - there are all kinds levels of languages understood such as Yoruba, American Sign Language, Hawaiian, Russian, etc >99% of the work we do is in either Japanese or English though so apart from in background music few of those languages get heard on the regular.
  7. 4 points
    Native language is Portuguese. Started learning English when I was around 12 or so; my dad forced me to take lessons, but I did get a lot of practice playing videogames all day and watching pro wrestling. It did turn out to be a good idea, thanks dad. Started learning Japanese by myself in college, again due to pro wrestling but also because it was such a different language from the ones I knew and, well, I had nothing better to do. That also turned out to be a good idea since I wound up moving to Japan and getting a job here. I also speak some half-assed Spanish due to being a native Portuguese speaker (and we did have Spanish classes in high school).
  8. 4 points
    This is very sad, people can be thoughtless sometimes. I would encourage you to gambarise!
  9. 4 points
    Hakuho's best bet might be to keep making lots of sekitori, not only to demonstrate that Miyagino is the most relevant heya in the ichimon regardless of Isegahama-oyakata being the titular head, but also to get the group as a whole back to a point - in 10-15 years when his first-wave guys are done competing - where they have enough oyakata to reliably elect two riji again...
  10. 3 points
    Nishonoseki is really fond of talk shows: he had another on the 2nd in Naka, Ibaraki, in front of about 250 people. To questions he told that while active he ate 100 plates at the kaiten sushi with ease and that he did 40 minutes of stretching each morning to prevent injuries (apparently that was not enough). http://ibarakinews.jp/news/newsdetail.php?f_jun=16599575045727
  11. 2 points
    Onoe-beya comes to mind as a stable that lacked any sort of a tsukebito support structure - at one point shortly after the stable's creation it had four sekitori, two obvious sekitori-to-be, and only two rikishi likely to remain bound to the lower ranks. And it didn't really get that much better over time, outside of the stable losing three of its sekitori-experienced rikishi in the yaocho scandal and reducing its tsukebito needs that way unintentionally. Of course, a key difference to Hakuho's Miyagino-beya is that Onoe "only" had a strong recruiting pipeline for top-tier talent (via Nihon U. in his case), but wasn't the kind of high-profile oyakata who could interest lesser applicants on his name value alone, like a former yokozuna or ozeki does. And the line to Nihon didn't remain open for more than a few years, so no building of a perpetual powerhouse heya. But the churn factor may be more relevant anyway. I suspect a big reason that stables like Tamanoi and Sadogatake manage to not only recruit a lot but also hold on to their deshi for a while is that they're running a reasonably upbeat heya atmosphere. I like to think that Hakuho will be on the progressive end of the spectrum as far as that goes, but we used to think that about Takanohana-beya at one point, too, and that one turned out to be more on the hellhole end by most accounts.
  12. 2 points
    Well, that's what people like to tell themselves, and then they score 43 points because actual committee practice is making a lot more slots uncertain...
  13. 2 points
    This is where I think the ama/student sumo watchers on the forum can help you out most, perhaps. My impression is that most of Hakuhō's recent recruits have got some pedigree, but Ōtani seemed to have been a surprise complement for Kawazoe.
  14. 2 points
    Yes and no. Latin is far more complex, having declinations like German and Greek. Let's say that Italian is to Latin what Dutch is to German. Dutch also abandoned declinations (formally in 1945, in spoken language much before). I have some splash of Dutch and the two languages have clear differences. So, knowing Latin is useful yet somewhat limiting for learning Italian. Also, there are vocabulary differences between Latin, Italian, and also Spanish. Keep in mind that for Romance languages Latin is the '1.0' vanilla version over which multiple Germanic, Greek, and Arab influences added substantial patches. Despite phonetic similarities, Linguists found out that Italian and Spanish share 'only' 81% of their respective vocabularies. Just saying, this datum rises up to 89% between Italian and French. So yes, whoever would confide in their Spanish to learn Italian could get a cold shower. As I said, knowing French would make a better deal (accent differences notwithstanding).
  15. 2 points
    Beautiful thread I'm Czech and that's also my mother tongue. This allows me to understand Slovak very well (these two languages are very close to each other) and, to some degree, Polish (in a conversation, both sides have to put some effort into making themselves understood, though). The clarity of other Slavic languages is decreasing with distance. As I spent my youth in Communist Czechoslovakia I was made to learn Russian at school, too. I still remember some pearls, such as "The Pioneers were going to the Artek camp," or "Comrade Lenin used to like birds." I'm fluent in both English and German, I know reasonably well Latin, some rudimentar ancient Greek and was briefly interested in Italian and Esperanto in the past.
  16. 2 points
    My native language is Italian, but I am good enough also in Venetian due to, well, cultural contamination. Being born in Venice and such. For anyone interested, just like most Italian dialects Venetian is much more than Italian spoken with a funny accent. Grammatically is closer to French (être-en-train and things like that) but phonetically is much like Spanish. Venetians most often speak directly Venetian while on vacation in Spain and locals pretty much understand them. Tried this myself with a Spanish colleague and he said he understood everything I said. Italian (which is mostly a rending of Florentine and Roman dialects) is a step away from this. Passing to "serious" languages, I am quite fluent both in English and French (although I am told I keep a heavy Italian accent while speaking French). I also know some German and Greek albeit in a really, really basic fashion. Learnt them to read the language, not to speak it. Archaeological stuff. I also have some knowledge of ancient Greek, Latin, and Egyptian pretty much for the same reasons. Lucky me, no one is going to ask me for a chat in these languages ever. Last line, I have somewhat of an A2 in Japanese from my college years, but it is mostly gone by now. I however still enjoy trying to understand whatever I can while following bashos. Not very much, to be honest.
  17. 2 points
    How insistent are you on the distinction between a language and a dialect as the former having a navy? English is my primary language, but reasonably fluent in Chinese (all aspects) and Cantonese (spoken only). Passing familiarity with Malay vocabulary - and by extension some Bahasa Indonesia as well - from classes in secondary school that I've since returned to the teacher. Can speak and read Japanese well enough to get by but would die of shame and embarrassment if asked to actually hold up my end of a Japanese conversation, since my kanji reading is largely a cheat code from knowing Chinese. Also enough of a passing familiarity with Romance etymology via English and Latin to comprehend bits of Romance language vocabulary, although language grammar is my weak suit, and I'd probably get screwed over by false friends. Familiarity with Asian languages (other than the obvious Japanese) seems to be a bit rarer here. CS-wise, Python and SQL as well.
  18. 2 points
    Not to forget the most useful language for maintaining several sumo games: SQL
  19. 2 points
    Greek and French (bilingual), English and a little better than basic Spanish and Italian. I wish I could speak Japanese but ....
  20. 2 points
    11 Corona kyujo rikishi returned to the jungyo, Tamawashi and Ura among them. Only Shimanoumi is still kyujo and injured Abi. https://www.sanspo.com/article/20220811-42ZZKRC42FOWLMQSCTWC7MMEHM/
  21. 2 points
    Hello everyone! I've made this graph website visualizing all active heya's rikishi and sekitori. SumoDB was the main source of data and the Japanese Wikipedia was useful as well. I am planning on adding past heyas too, so stay tuned. And don't forget to check out the Information tab on the bottom of the page for graph info https://chiyotasuke.github.io/heya-graph/
  22. 2 points
    Video from the danpatsushiki by the local Shizuoka shimbun, from the same article as most of the above pics
  23. 2 points
    Shohozan was in Usa, Oita, on July 20th to report his intai to the mayor. He went to high school in the city and genuinely began with sumo after the start of high school there. In 2nd year he received training from OB Kakizoe, who came to the sumo club for week as teaching practice (like Nakamura in Hiryu recently). http://mainichi.jp/articles/20220806/ddl/k44/050/346000c
  24. 2 points
    At a talk show yesterday to celebrate 150 years of Hochi shimbun and the move of the paper's head office to a location near the kokugikan, Hidenoyama confirmed that he'll have his last bout with his 5 year old son, who loves sumo. Another highlight of the event: his bout against Goeido for the yusho Hatsu 2016 will be recreated as VR image http://hochi.news/articles/20220806-OHT1T51274.html?page=1
  25. 2 points
    Mr. Kintamayama, I totally get your rant. I see where you are coming from. I wanted to give you my biggest and warmest thanks for all that you do. I frequent your grocery store daily during hon-basho. Why? * You put some English commentary at the bottom of the screen. At least the bout participants, and sometimes some excellent personal commentary (which often mirrors my thoughts almost word-for-word). I watch it on mute (typically last thing I do at night and my wife is sleeping). Hence, the "closed captioning" is extraordinarily useful. I know who is fighting and I get updates on key sumo news. * Your format is excellent and has improved over the years. Even though there are other channels (and I use Natto for Makushita and Juryo), I still choose to shop at the mom-n-pop grocery of Kintamayama. I like your product selection and price! * I know you said you would quit, a prospect which scares me, but you did not. You clearly have a passion for sumo and making these videos and it shows in the product. Yes - its a 15 minute clip of sumo bouts - but in this clip I can sense your passion! I do not know how you do that, but know that it is there. * I do not care how you spell things or what fonts you use. Sumo is, by its very nature, something Japanese. To bring it to a foreign language loses something - no matter how you do it. You can write the shikona in English with long vowels, accents, or nothing at all. It still does not covey the meaning of the shikona or its significance to the wrestler, to the stable, his family/hometown, etc. Heck, even my personal shikona has a double entendre. I use something sounding more "martial", but there is another way of looking at it (see them both below). Such nuances would be missed no matter how you "anglicize" it. Anyone who rants about that stuff clearly has other comprehension issues. Plus, its your grocery store - operate it how you like. Even if I choose to run my shop differently, I am not going to come into your home to criticize you. If you choose to spice up my shopping experience with fonts or pasta eatings, great! Thanks for the variety! * I have enjoyed all your work and passion for at least a decade. I hope you never lose this passion. I would understand if you did - but personally am very appreciative of how it is reflected. Keep up the excellent work. Know that for any nihilistic, amateur Youtube critic out there that you have many dedicated followers - even if they only lurk in the shadows of the grocery. Muhoumatsu (武砲松/無法松)