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  1. Nice to see Star Trek treats sumo with the same careful precision that it employs with scientific subjects.
  2. East versus West

    It was way too late in the day for me to pick up on the cue anyway. It was an hour later when it hit me.
  3. East versus West

    Or, according to Orion, http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/29692-east-and-west/?tab=comments#comment-221709 Although it's also correct that I don't think there's any official material labeling shomen as "north". The pedant in me wishes to object to using "begged the question" to mean "raised the question", but I won't. The main entrance to the Kokugikan is on the west side of the building, and that's also the shomen side. Meaning when you're on that side and facing the dohyo, you're actually facing east. But the east side of the dohyo is then on your left.
  4. East versus West

    I suppose this has something to do with why the same word also means a theatrical program. I wonder if its sense of a ranked list is entirely from how its use developed in sumo? But not at the Kokugikan. The 正 side of the arena, theoretically the "north", actually is on the west given the orientation of the building. So the east is actually on the north, and the west on the south.
  5. YDC honours Hakuho

    As it happens, there was a related discussion on Language Log the other day. It was specifically about hanzi, but much of what it says about good calligraphy probably applies in Japan as well. http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=34753
  6. Bearded gyoji/wrestlers

    Lol... Seriously though. That's the 19th Shikimori Inosuke, who was uniquely permitted to have a beard because (if I recall correctly) of a skin condition that made shaving painful. I don't know if the rule is written or unwritten, but it's definitely expected that everyone on the dohyo will be clean-shaven for some reason. I can see it in the case of the rikishi, but to me a beard lends a certain air of authority to a gyoji. They really ought to allow them. He's also well-known for an incident following a bout on Day 1 of the 1958 Aki basho between Kitanonada (then M7e) and Yokozuna Tochinishiki. It was a close call, and he pointed the gunbai at Tochinishiki. A mono-ii was called, and the shimpan reversed his decision. He believed they were in the wrong and actually argued with them right there on the dohyo before finally giving in and awarding the victory to Kitanonada. He was suspended as a result. However, newspaper photos the next day proved he had been correct, that Kitanonada's elbow had in fact touched down first. Public outcry forced his reinstatement. He has a page on the Japanese Wikipedia, but not the English. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/式守伊之助_(19代)
  7. Kakuryuu getting married

    That has got to be the most perilous wedding cake I've ever seen. Does it conform to code for earthquake safety?
  8. Baruto activities

    He is young. He's only 32. Mind you, these days anyone younger than 40 looks like a teenager to me, so...
  9. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    KT tape, maybe?
  10. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Yes he did. This is from his jonokuchi yusho in 2001: That's some pretty bad acne right there. You can even see some on his chest, although it's not as obvious as his face. He was still a couple of weeks away from turning 17 years old at the time.
  11. matta, matta, matta

    They will also remove anyone sitting down front who causes trouble. If you're on those green cushions, they don't even let you have any beer at your seat.
  12. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Why do I get the feeling that the next round of jungyo will be the first in history to be staged entirely by rikishi from Makushita and below? No one else will be healthy enough!
  13. Tom Brady trains with Goueidou

    Look, all I'm saying is that weight and strength are not specialist training for sumo. Lots of specific exercises and drills (i.e. butsugari) are such specialist training, but strength and weight are relevant to lots of different kinds of athletic competitions, not sumo alone. I am fairly clearly NOT saying that anyone as heavy and strong as a rikishi is automatically going to be good at sumo. That's pretty obviously false, and I have no idea how anyone could get the impression that's what I had in mind.
  14. Tom Brady trains with Goueidou

    Not really. Lots of sports require strength and weight. Notably, in context, American football offensive linemen.
  15. Tom Brady trains with Goueidou

    Well, for starters Goeido is 10 cm shorter and 55 kg heavier. That's going to make him difficult for Brady to push around right there. For another thing, Goeido was benching about 130 kg when recruited into Ozumo at age 18. It's been difficult to track down Brady's bench press; the only answer I've found anywhere says about 55 kg. Which seems low, but you don't usually rate your quarterbacks by brute strength. So yeah, specialized or not, Goeido has a considerable weight and strength advantage.