Kuroyama

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  1. It is, of course, not just Endo. This is a systemic problem in sumo, and it's cut short the careers of many otherwise promising rikishi. If they've had any longevity in the sport, they've been stuck at lower ranks than they'd otherwise achieve. Who? It's pretty much anyone going into a bout with a great big honkin' knee brace on.
  2. Trying to gain a psychological advantage is expressly the purpose of the shikiri. Kisenosato was a mental case. It was precisely by way of being fair to his ability, because there was a time when he would consistently underperform or choke in high-pressure situations. But that's been strictly a past-tense issue for some time now.
  3. As the Great Philosopher said, "Baseball is 90% mental and the other half is physical." That's true for any sport, not just baseball, sumo not least of all. What other sport actually has an official preparation time for combatants to attempt to psyche each other out? Would either Hakuho or Asashoryu have been as great without the supreme confidence they project backing up their superb physical abilities? There's a lot that can go wrong in the head. With Kisenosato, it was probably jitters; a lack of the kind of confidence the dai-yokozuna possess which he could have justifiably seized upon a long time ago given his ability. With Endo, @Rocks was proposing something else entirely, an inability to learn from past experience. Trying the same thing over and over in the hopes it will work this time is futility itself. I may have missed it above, but no one is talking about Ura as a head case. Rather the opposite.
  4. I should expect so. And good. He shouldn't have risked it to start with.
  5. I may have been inattentive or something, but can someone explain the Takagenji hype? The crowd goes nuts for him, but I have no idea why.
  6. Harumafuji seemed to have been injured beating Tamawashi, so if Hakuho is also slightly injured now that evens them up.
  7. I didn't expect it to happen any more than the gyoji himself did.
  8. Speaking of gyoji: I'd never seen one break into a full sprint in uniform until today. From the look of things, the on deck gyoji sitting below the dohyo forgot he was supposed to officiate at the east side Juryo dohyo-iri until the last second. He leaped to his feet and ran full-tilt down the hanamichi, recovering his dignity just in time to lead the procession in.
  9. For myself, this is my first time in Japan so I was doing a number of other things besides sumo-related activities. A heya visit pre-basho didn't work out, but @rhyen was able to arrange a visit to Isegahama-beya on Sunday morning during the abbreviated keiko they have on tournament days. All the sekitori make an appearance, including the yokozuna, even if briefly. Whether this was because they really needed the preparation, or to satisfy the group of VIP supporters who were also there, I don't know. So, other than me exploring parts of Tokyo, there's been sumo from 8 am to 6 pm, and for some reason it doesn't seem anywhere near that long. From previous experience @Hokkaiko knew of a good spot close in, right in the center on the north side of the dohyo, where the real ticket holders don't show up until after 2. And since they don't have anyone checking tickets until after 1, we get a great view for almost all the lower divisions. (Not me personally because I've been getting lunch around noonish and then heading to my real seat.) I don't know if we're visible from the camera angle on the stream. Certainly not during the sekitori bouts since we're in our correct seats then. Maybe I could head to the other side of the dohyo and wave or something, at some point during sandanme.
  10. Yokozuna Kisenoasto performed his dohyo-iri at the Nomi no Sukune shrine earlier today. A rather poor quality video will be forthcoming, but it will take rather long to upload on my hotel's Wi-Fi so it won't be right away. And I'm not at my hotel right now anyway. Here we go: Kisenosato's name inscribed on the yokozuna monument: https://goo.gl/photos/5xgcwu21siXnggWE9 https://goo.gl/photos/jaqdh4KrctvCCWeo7
  11. I sent you a PM.
  12. As I type I'm navigating the Tokyo subway system on my way to Ryogoku and should be in my room at the Ryogoku View by 1545 or so.
  13. Anyone who will be in the area tomorrow (May 8 Japan time) who wants to go on the heya visit, who might have been missed for the PM thread, please reply here ASAP and call out @John Gunning so he knows to expect you.
  14. I would guess it's largely because he had been resting and allowing his injury to heal. Keiko burns a stupendous amount of energy. If you don't think so, you try pushing a 400 lb weight across a dirt floor.