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  1. Washuyama

    2007 Aki Banzuke

    Help us non bilingual folks.... My Japanese is pretty much limited to Wakarimasen :-)
  2. "Somebody" needs to stop this media circus. Apparently Takasago can't... or won't. I think the only way Asa will be able to save any dignity is for these absurd "media moments" from Takasago to stop. I'm beginning to think Kitanoumi needs to step in and say/do something before it gets totally out of hand. There's got to be somebody Asa respects enough to listen to since Takasago apprently isn't having any success. Or at least someone Takasago can get advice from. Maybe Azumazeki... He was the senior rikisi in Takasago-beya when the current Takasago was a shin deshi. And his being a foreigner might help as well... Just throwing out ideas, but this fiasco can't go on until January...
  3. Washuyama

    Quiz: When we were very young

    That's an easy one.... Takamiyama (Azumazeki).. The eyes never lie... (Laughing...) The pre-Toki sideburns guy...
  4. Washuyama

    first reactions to Asa's suspension

    Well said.... :-)
  5. Washuyama

    first reactions to Asa's suspension

    I never took sides in the arguments so far because I felt there were rights and wrongs on both sides. My comment above has to do solely with his actions since the punishment. It has nothing to do with nationality, nothing to do with playing soccer with kids right or wrong. It has everything to do with a grown man who has reached the pinnacle of his profession, and reached that pinnacle quickly and definitively acting like a spoiled brat who's having a temper tantrum like a 2 year old. I have no problem with your arguments for the above yokozuna.. Using one of your examples, Futahaguro, what was the repercussions of his act? His shisho submitted his intai. He was young also and very well could have been a great yokozuna. To get back to Asa... I said above, I like him and love his sumo... Wish this never happened... Would have liked to see him break Taiho's yusho record, Chiyonofuji's wins record, and everyother record you can think of. He COULD have been the greatest ever... mentioned in the same breath as Raiden. While Takasago holds alot of blame for putting the whole thing in the media, it does not excuse Asashoryu's reported antics.
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    first reactions to Asa's suspension

    I've been kind of withholding judgement on this whole matter since it began. It's even made it on sportsillustrated.com which isn't usually known for printing sumo news. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/more...n.ap/index.html As much as I like watching Asa's dominance in the ring, this is getting really out of hand... Regardless of the soccer match and the ensuing NSK punishment, right or wrong, Asashoryu's current actions are, for lack of a better word, stupid. He's done more to tarnish the title of Yokozuna than anyone ever has (including Futahaguro). Again, I like Asashoryu and love to watch his brand of sumo and wish we could back up a week... see him take the NSK punishment and rededicate himself to being the greatest sumotori ever (Which I believe he is capable of doing.) I would like to see the NSK demand his retirement for bringing shame to the title of Yokozuna.... and SOON!!!
  7. Washuyama

    Which seats should I get

    A quick question for those of you who attend the basho on a regular basis.... I plan on attending at least one day of the September tournament and was wondering which seats would you folks suggest? I haven't been to a basho since Kitanoumi and Wajima reigned supreme (Day 6 Hatsu-1978 - Chiyonofuji was M12). Back then, my parents would get nose bleed seats and I'd spend the entire day sitting in the empty seats at ringside until late in the afternoon when the place would fill up. Then I'd just stand in the hanamichi and watch. That was O.K. when I was 9, but I don't think it will be practical at my age now.
  8. Washuyama

    Which seats should I get

    Man, you must have a super memory to remember which day you were in a basho the last time. The closest I can think of is which basho I was in...even that gets hazy. The only reason I remember was when unpacking the other day (Just moved back to Japan) I found the english Torikumi and remember the year that was on it. As for the actual day, I had to look up on the Sumo Reference site and cross reference the day Chiyonofuji fought Aobajo (and lost) as I also remember seeing the photos I took of the bout.
  9. Washuyama


    Welcome Mainokaze!! I made a sumo cake when I was a child.... Chocolate cake covered by brown sugar for color, white powdered sugar for the salt... Big Marshmallows for the sumotori, mini-marshmallows for the gyoji, tootsie rolls for the ring and colored jelly beans to signify the tassels. Painted the mawashi on w/food coloring... It was beautiful... and tasty!! There is a picture somewhere inside my parents house.
  10. Washuyama

    Ozumo magazine translation

    Maybe I'm selfish, but I'd rather see a banzuke with 600 foreigners than no banzuke at all... When I first started watching sumo Takamiyama (Jesse) was the only foreign sekitori (Except maybe Kaneshiro who was Korean but had already changed his citizenship), it was a novelty. Now, good or bad, its commonplace. And with Japan and other "industrial" nations youth getting physically spoiled with PCs and video games, it's only natural that budding sumotori are coming from poorer backgrounds or at least from hard-working backgrounds. This just makes it more obvious that the NSK needs to change the rule of only one gaijin per heya.
  11. Washuyama

    Ozeki Kotomitsuki or Ozeki Kotozakura II

    While not directly related, I felt the same way when Wakamisugi changed his shikona to Wakanohana (II).
  12. Washuyama

    Asashoryu's NFL capabilities

    There is always the Arena Football League... (Laughing...)
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    Why is ozumo so un-streaky?

    You know, I thought I was of above average intelligence. But after reading the last 8 or 10 posts... my head hurts. (Sign of disapproval...) (Blinking...)
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    basho prospects without Asa

    I tend to agree with this line of thinking... to an extent. I doubt there is a single rikishi who enters any basho thinking "I shouldn't try for the yusho 'cause Asa already has it won." Although to counter my own point, and to show myself how dominant Asashoryu has been, I looked at his record going back to his last basho as Sekiwake (7/2002). If you take away his first basho as both Ozeki and Yokozuna, and also those he did not complete due to injury, he has had at least 12 wins and Jun-Yusho in all basho except three. And, in his first basho as Yokozuna he had the usual shin-Yokozuna slump (10-5) and still ended up with jun-yusho. Even the most recent "greats" of Takanohana, Chiyonofuji, Kitanoumi and Taiho cannot match that. All that being said, these next two basho are going to be very exciting for the reasons everyone has stated. I will miss watching the "near-perfection" of Asa's sumo but am looking forward to see if anybody will actually challenge Hakuho. Sorry for rambling...... again...
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    Asa in hot water again?

    I can add credence to this statement. I've only been back in Japan for a couple months and the Japanese I work with know I am a big sumo fan. Anyway, one of me Japanese coworkers starting up a conversation asking If I'd heard that Yokozuna Asashoryu is in some trouble. After we talked for a few minutes he also asked if I'd heard about "some old guy" getting promoted to Ozeki... I didn't pick up on it until I read Nishinoshima's post, but his knowledge of sumo wrestlers ends with the Yokozuna. Kinda like me before I started playing golf.... The only pro golfer I knew was Tiger Woods.
  16. Washuyama

    San-Sho Predictions?

    Just wondering everyone's thoughts on the special prizes... I think Mickey will take the Shukun-sho and possibly the Gino-sho. Kanto-sho: hmmm... Toyohibiki? Kaiho? Homasho? I forgot the most coveted... The Henka-sho goes to.... Hakurozan... (No KK required)
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    Has sumo changed?

    I'm just returning to watching sumo after a LOONG break (When I moved from Japan, Jimmy Carter was Pres.) so forgive me if my observations are a little off as I've only seen the first 5 days Nagoya. My point is this... There seems to be a serious lack of sumo as I remember it. In the 70's the majority of bouts, rikishi went for the mawashi right from the tachi-ai. Today it seems like 90% of the matches include a tsuparri or nodo-wa exhibition followed by a hatakikomi attempt. I really would like to see a technician like Yokozuna Wajima, Ozekis Asahikuni and Takanohana I. Although from what I've seen both Yokozuna now seem quite deserving of the title.
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    Has sumo changed?

    Now THAT I totally agree with... Man, I would love to see a good mizu-iri... Anyone know off-hand when the last one was??
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    San-Sho Predictions?

    Eight straight days actually, losing also against Tochiozan and Tochinonada, which is already too much for ever really being IN the yusho race. And only because the Ozeki are too weak to fight for a yusho, you shouldn't give San-shos to mid-Maegashiras that are "just" easily overpowering guys like Kitazakura, Ryuo and Kasugao, at least imho... I agree... His record looked good for the first week and he was mentioned in the same sentence in the press with Mickey, Hakuho and Asashoryu. In the end he got his kk... and he better keiko his butt off between now and September as he will fight all the sanyaku the first week... I like the kid and hope he becomes the next Ozeki in a year or so...
  20. Washuyama

    San-Sho Predictions?

    Or maybe Kotooshu (with one more henka). (I am not worthy...) I would still give it to Hakurozan. Kotooshu had quantity, but Hakurozan had quality... Hell, he tried to play leapfrog twice.. (Laughing...)
  21. Washuyama

    Has sumo changed?

    To kind of add on... Albeit there's bound to be alot of changes in 30 years, look at the yusho numbers for the yokozuna prior to Kitanoumi. Taiho (I am not worthy...) had 32, but other than that, you would see very few in double digits ( I know the number of basho per year helps). The better rikishi had 10 or 12... Kitanoumi had 24.. Imagine my surprise to see how Chiyonofuji turned out, as I remember seeing him as a high Juryo/Low Mageshira. I do think Asashoryu had an easier time making it to 21 yusho than Kitanoumi did. Kita competed against 4 yokozuna (Wajima, Wakanohana II, Mienoumi, Chiyonofuji and Takanosato) in various states of their prime. Asashoryu came in at the tail end of Takanohana II, Wakanohana III and Musashimaru's career and has been without peer for what, 4 years. Don't get me wrong, Asashoryu will/may go down as the greatest or one of the greatest of all time, but I relly hope Hakuho gives him some stiff competition. And we don't know who the next "long-time" yokozuna will be.. Homasho? Tochiozan? Baruto? I'm rambling.... Love to talk sumo...
  22. Washuyama

    Has sumo changed?

    Completely different styles of sumo, but in my opinion, much weaker. I agree it is different, but I'm not sure if it's weaker. The rikishi today are much bigger than the 70's where Takamiyama was by far the biggest at 6'3" and 400 lbs (190.5 cm / 181kg). Today Jesse would look like he needs to gain weight to compete. They had henka and hatakikomi in the 70's but I don't remember it being as common. Tsuparri seemed only to appear occasionally (with the exception of Kirinji and Fujizakura... There's a bout between these two on YouTube that I found but can't seem to relocate). I can name numerous rikishi of the 70s who were, in my opinion, technique artists. Yokozuna Wajima, Ozekis Takanohana & Asahikuni, Washuyama, Chiyonofuji, Kaiketsu just to name a few. While today (almost literally today, because I have only seen one basho), I see Asashoryu, Hakuho and only a couple others. I would like to see Asashoryu v. Kitanoumi, best of seven, though. ( I went with 7 to give Asa a chance... j/k)
  23. My father was stationed in Japan from 75-78 (I was 7 in 78) and immediately fell in love with sumo. Went to see 3 or 4 basho in those 3 years. Had a subscription to Sumo World and memorized every issue. (I know that SW has since gone away after the departure of Andy Adams). I maintained my subscription to SW until 1986 when I joined the military. Since then my exposure to sumo material has been very rare. An occasional glimpse on ESPN or Eurosport was like a birthday present. I have tried for over 20 years to get back to Japan and when I was ready to retire, I got orders to Japan. I arrived in Japan on May 27 and by the time I got to the base at 10:00 p.m., I found out I missed the final day of the May basho. I've surfed most of the english websites in the last month and waited until today to join after watching Day 1 at Nagoya. All I can say is it's good to be back and look forward to the next 4 years of sumo. Sorry to ramble, just mucho excited about sumo. The wierdest part so far is seeing all the rikishi I remember (Kitanoumi, Chiyonofuji, etc...) with no mage. (Wearing a paperbag...) Wash
  24. Washuyama

    Heya Watch Nagoya Basho 2007

    Just my opinion, but an Ozeki beating a Yokozuna shouldn't rate a zabuton throw... I may be wrong, but aren't Ozeki SUPPOSED to beat a Yokozuna every now and then? Anyhoo, it was a good match. (Whistling...)
  25. Washuyama

    is Hakuho tired ?

    And a few years prior to Asahifuji, Takanosato went zensho (Whistling...) in his Yokozuna debut.