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    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".
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    Nagoya Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

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

    Maybe @orandashoho is right and they do have spies in every post office.
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    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.
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    Former rikishi activities

    Osunaarashi tweeted out some happy news a short time ago: https://twitter.com/Oosunaarashi/status/1009623135174385664
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

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

    Lots of folks hate them. Can't quite figure out why, myself. It's actually not easy to pull one off, and most of the time a sekitori-rank wrestler should be able to cope with it.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- May 2018

    No. A problem with sumo.
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    Doreen Simmons' Passing

    I've been offline for a few days, and came back to this. What a shock.
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    Visiting Tokyo in May

    - There is, unfortunately, only one professional sumo organization. You would need to find an amateur or college sumo tournament somewhere around. However, the sumo museum on the ground floor of the Kokugikan is usually open, and has free admission. It's small, but may be worth a visit. You may also be in town for some of the pre-basho activities such as dohyo construction and the dohyo matsuri, which may be of interest, and are also open to the public for free. - The tour groups that have relationships with heya for keiko visits are probably your surest bet, despite the cost. Admission to heya without tour arrangements is a matter of personal connection, either knowing someone there or as a member of its koenkai. Some heya will allow unconnected (or even foreign) visitors from time to time, but you have to call them directly to see if they'll take visitors on a given day. If you're staying at a local hotel, it's not impossible that the hotel staff might be able to assist. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the etiquette of a visit and expected behavior first. However, Arashio-beya, across the Sumidagawa from Ryogoku in Nihonbashi, has large windows into its keikoba so you can watch from the very lightly-traveled street. The rikishi often step outside to stretch or exercise, so you'll be able to be up-close with them, although they won't want to be interrupted at that time. - I spent 2 weeks in Ryogoku last May eating at various restaurants, but the only one where a bunch of rikishi happened to be there was at a Mongolian restaurant called Ulaan Baatar, at Ryogoku 3-22-11 on Keiyo-doro, upstairs from another restaurant called Yayoiken. It's owned by (if memory serves, but @rhyen can correct me if I'm wrong) former Komusubi Hakuba. No guarantees, though. Aside from that, there are numerous chaya and chanko restaurants owned by retired or active rikishi. It's also not too uncommon to see lower-ranked rikishi running errands in the neighborhood. - Sure. You have nothing to lose but your tendons.
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    I'd be surprised if the dohyo matsuri itself predated the 19th century, so inventing a new ceremony like this cannot be out of the question.
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    Education Ministry punishes

    I would guess that to be a tax-exempt cultural organization, supervision by the Ministry of All the Things is a necessary legal condition. And who wants to pay taxes if there's a way to avoid it?
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    That's as may be, I think that makes it not an issue for us gaijin to opine about. If the Japanese want to bring about a change here, that's their business.
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    You are seriously equating human rights such as the right to vote and own property, or the right to dress and live as one pleases in oppressive theocracies, with a ceremonial prohibition against touching a compacted pile of dirt. This is just about the silliest nonsense I've seen around here lately.
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Religions can restrict their clergy and membership and ceremonies however they want. If we don't like it, we can choose another religion. That's how freedom of religion works, not by forcing religions to change their doctrines to conform to those of the state. We've seen what state control of religion looks like. It's pretty damned ugly. That's why we decided we didn't want it in the US. Sumo may or may not be exactly "rooted" in Shinto, but it's certainly connected to it, and for whatever reason (and the true reasons for these things are typically forgotten after a century or two) this is one of its rules. Don't like it? Watch a different sport.
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    I'm talking about the ceremonially sacred, not equal participation in civil society. Religion and civil society do not (and ought not) follow the same rules.
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    I am reminded of a time a few years back, when I was still a believin' type and was Russian Orthodox. In general, domesticated animals are not allowed inside Orthodox churches, with an exception carved out for cats for the sake of vermin control. (Plus, the Orthodox just seem to like cats. I know of no monastery that lacks them.) But this rule was set down a very long time ago. At one point, my diocesan bishop issued a directive that seeing-eye dogs were not to be barred from entering a church, since it would be cruel and unmerciful to deprive a blind person of his substitute eyes. If any priest genuinely felt his church would be desecrated by this then he should perform a service of lesser consecration afterward, but he must accommodate the dog. It annoyed the bishop that such a directive should even have been necessary, since he saw this as an obvious necessity, but he wanted to make sure there was clarity. This is not to equate dogs with women. The point is that if the dohyo is to be considered sacred, there must be a set of taboos associated with it. This is built-in to our sense of the sacred, that there are things we must or must not do in, around, or to sacred things. They are restricted, set aside from ordinary use, and the ordinary rules do not apply. By their very nature, these taboos are arbitrary and may not make any logical sense, but there they are. Does it make any logical sense at all that women may not touch the dohyo? No. Not in the slightest. That's just how it is. However: All these rules must have exceptions carved out for extraordinary situations. As with the bishop's order on seeing-eye dogs, it should be taken for granted that there is no restriction on women as qualified emergency personnel when an emergency exists. If it is genuinely felt by the NSK that either their members or some of the audience would see this as actual desecration, they should devise a "quickie" reconsecration ceremony to fix it. It's not that hard, and no one's mawashi should get into a twist over it. Does this even apply to the dohyo used for these jungyo, though? Is it actually even consecrated in the first place?
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Apologies were just tweeted out, with promises to prevent a repeat: https://twitter.com/sumokyokai/status/981744540674506752 Many of the replies don't seem very forgiving.
  25. "Relegation" or "demotion" would have been better, yes. I tried making an English-version chart, but couldn't get it to paste in properly. I might to use a different word processor or something.