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  1. I'm going to soldier on for now with some photos from the 2016 Natsu Basho. It was Ura's sekitori debut. (day 3) Juryo West dohyo-iri. Ura with no knee wraps. For comparison, Ura's bout on day 9 of the last basho held before a live crowd (Hatsu 2020). Major knee bandages/supports. Followed by Yobidashi Hiromasa's announcement of the next bout (after consulting notes in his free hand). Day 3 Makunouchi West dohyo-iri. East Makuuchi Day 6 Makuuchi dohyo-iri Egyptian with Kintaro keshomawashi. When I look at Terunofuji's keshomawashi, I am reminded of the Ruler of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchett's Discworld books whose family "coat of arms is a plain, simple sable shield, and therefore does not show up against the black coach in which Lord Vetinari travels – black on black". Day 11 The crowd and red tassle at 11:00 AM. 3 PM 4 PM Juryo dohyo-iri Makuuchi dohyo iri. Ura. I wonder if they all agreed on the color palette?
  2. In this time of 'sumo uncertainty' (should be one word) and social isolation (the Japanese would abbreviate it 'soshiiso'?), I have been reviewing photographs and videos of recent Tokyo Sumo outings and started to load some of the videos on youTube. For Makunouchi, camera play ends after the opening ceremony as my attention is taken up entirely with sumo and serving myself sake. (The 'A' seat table is a gods sent!). In the earlier hours, I am enamored with the liturgical announcements of the yobidashi. As the Kokugikan fills up, the prebout declaration of the rikishi on each side becomes inaudible on the second floor over the hubbub of people serving sake to each other. But until the early afternoon, it is possible to hear the melody, cadence and vocal flourishes & ornamentation employed by the lowly dung beetles of Grand Sumo. To me, many of the yobidashi announcements have the feel of the Gregorian Latin Roman Catholic mass as it used to be sung/chanted by the celebrants. There are also the times when a surreptitious glance at a scrap of paper in their non-fan hand is necessary to remember the shikona they are about to announce to the crowd. If not discouraged, I will likely start uploading these soon. I thought I would start a thread and inform interested parties when I have uploaded new content. (If I am in the wrong section of the forum, I hope someone will swiftly notify me.) This lot is from 2015 Natsu Basho, when Asahisho was 'Big Salt'. (Although, this is like a light snow in an ukiyo-e print.) What happened to the beer lassies? I had hoped for tengu with casks of sake but I ordered a beer just to encourage the activity. Alas, I have not seen them since. Day 4 Ōsumo Natsu Basho 2015 Day 9 Day 13
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    Day 4 pics overview Hatsu 2020

    A few pictures from day 4 of the 2020 Hatsu Basho. B seats (although shomen, which is good), so not my best effort. The last basho held before a crowd. East Juryo dohyo-iri; Sokokurai (in his last basho?) entering bottom left. East Juryo Dohyo-iri. West Makuuchi Dohyo-iri. East Makuuchi. A rare photo capturing everyone doing the "Y" of YMCA. (OK, Takakeisho is lagging a bit.)
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    Day 13 pics overview Hatsu 2020

    I realize my pilgrimage to Hatsu Basho this past January was the last basho held in front of a crowd. I thought I would post some pictures of the sekitori dohyo iri and the sell out crowd on day 13. East Juryo West Juryo Makuuchi East Makuuchi West The crowd. The crowd/Sadanoumi-Kaisei Sold out. The crowd/(eventual yusho winner) Tokushoryu-Yutakayama.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I am disappointed in Hakuho's post bout swipe at Takarafuji. Not yokozuna like behavior.
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    Banzuke for Kyushu 2019

    I hope his nick name is "Tom".
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    Sumo Art

    I ran across a copy of the French cartoonist Zabo's Kamikaze". While the sumo situations are trite, I found myself smiling.
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    Banzuke for Aki 2019

    "Where have all the flowers gone?" (Cue Pete Seeger.) Since the middle of the 20th Century, there always seemed to be sekitori with the kanji for flower 花 (ka/hana) in their shikona. My sampling in the second half of the 20th Century was a bit sparse but in the mid-60's there were seven flowers in Makuuchi/Juryo. When Takanohana retired in Jan. 2003, it left only Tochinohana as a flower child. He fell to makushita for six basho (2004-3 to 2005-1) but climbed back to makuuchi before dropping to Juryo in 2007-7 and retiring in 2008-1. Since then, there have been no sekitori with flower in their shikona for 69 basho and since Terunohana changed his shikona for the Nagoya basho this year, the banzuke has been flowerless (all rikishi) for two basho. The flower is used in many Japanese mon (crests) and is a common theme in Japanese art. There is still Hanakago oyakata. And there are four oyakata who could give a worthy deshi their hana-shikona. I hope we don't have to wait long for a resurgence of shikona with flower. "If you go to Ryogoku, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair."
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    Sumo goods

    A one off 'sumo goods'; not for sale. A bi-lingual dai-tenugui for Endo in the style of Robert Indiana.
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    Kokugikan specials for the Natsu basho

    Is there also a queue for the tote bags on the waso (Japanese clothing) days?
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    Sumo Art

    I have just updated my Sumo Graphics web page with Haru basho origami menko of the makuuchi rikishi. http://www.tommycrouch.com/sumo.htm
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    From Sumo to Puroresu

    From my father's hometown, St. Louis ... Sentoryu.