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  1. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Poor kid. At least I'm given to understand they let these things slide early in a gyoji career, while they're still considered trainees.
  2. Videos Nagoya 2018 - Promo + Days 1-11

    I suspect someone is having bandwidth issues, causing YT to serve videos to them at a lower resolution. Not your problem. I have no issues with your videos.
  3. Will Hattorizakura get his second win during Nagoya?

    Looks like we're in for another long drought before #3. Today he somehow managed to lose twice in the same bout. That's my interpretation of the pics in this tweet, and I'm sticking to it. https://twitter.com/sumokyokai/status/1017961660340887552
  4. Will Hattorizakura get his second win during Nagoya?

    If it makes you feel better, what happened wasn't really covered by the poll. Yes, he got a win, and no, it wasn't a fusen, but I'd hardly call that "straightforward".
  5. Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Moto-Kaio looks far more amused than shimpan are supposed to be.
  6. Paper copy of the banzuke for Nagoya 2018

    Maybe @orandashoho is right and they do have spies in every post office.
  7. Paper copy of the banzuke for Nagoya 2018

    I was subscribed to that service for awhile, but stopped for entirely unrelated reasons. I'd ordered things from John before via his old Ebay shop that he'd had to ship from Japan with no problems whatsoever, but for some reason the banzuke just wouldn't show up. He'd end up sending something like 3 copies, and I'd be lucky to receive even one of them a couple of months later. It was weird. This was the only time I'd ever had trouble getting mail from Japan, or that John had trouble sending it.
  8. Former rikishi activities

    Osunaarashi tweeted out some happy news a short time ago: https://twitter.com/Oosunaarashi/status/1009623135174385664
  9. Buying tickets for the Fukuoka tournament

    I used the same service for this same tournament, and it went very smoothly. Ordered my tickets well in advance and messaged them about my preferences, and despite the Kisenosato Effect I got what I wanted for all but one day. In my case I had them delivered to the hotel where I'd be staying, which caused the only hiccup in the whole affair: The hotel mixed up my mail with someone else's, which left me puzzled as to why I had a couple of SIM cards waiting for me instead of sumo tickets. But that was soon cleared up.
  10. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    There was so much rage on Twitch about the loose mawashi. My moderating words that this was a quite common tactic when an opponent is known to rely on lifting by the belt fell on deaf eyes.
  11. Nasalisation in Japanese

    It's still done in at least some cases. I hadn't known about it, so when visiting Ryogoku last year I was surprised that the station announcements on the trains nasalized the "g" in that place name, so it sounded more like "Ryongoku". Interestingly, they did not do this in the English-language announcements mentioning the same station. Both were read by a female voice. I remember noticing it again when watching a recent tournament day. I can't remember what they were saying, but I think it was also ご preceded by おう or おお, and it was a male commentator.
  12. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I was thinking more about some of more extreme comments I've seen on-stream about him, and had actually been searching my head for a way to express what I had in mind better than I did. No, I did not mean to imply that you hated him, and I apologize for coming across that way.
  13. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    If Ishiura has reached his limit, he'll pay the price for it without anyone hating him for it.
  14. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Oh, come on. He hasn't been retired that long that people should forget already. What about all the complaints about Harumafuji's "HNH"? He had simply developed a method of sidestepping after a token initial contact, but it was still a henka for all intents and purposes. Yes, many smaller rikishi had a variety of techniques for dealing with larger opponents, and perhaps Ishiura should develop a sounder strategy for using it. It's not as if he needs it. I notice that if he can get low down with his head at or below his opponents chest and with left inside grip he wins more often than not. I suspect many of his henkas are as much an attempt to get that grip as soon as possible, as to avoid contact entirely. So what? Mainoumi isn't remembered for henkas, but he must have done it often enough that opponents were very wary of it, and he ended up with a tachi-ai like this not too infrequently: https://youtu.be/_11F-ud0jGQ
  15. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    A rikishi like Ishiura ought to use it a lot. He's smaller, and is easily overwhelmed by an opponent of even average (for sumo) size. It becomes something of a cat & mouse game to figure out if he is or isn't going to do it any given bout. When he doesn't, it can be just as surprising as when he does.