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  1. Obana

    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.
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    Rikishi extra activities

    TV Japan will be showing both Thermae Romae I & II at 2:30 PM (EDST) and 8:00 PM on Sat. 25th April. With English subtitles. An earlier post in this series mentioned that Fujiazuma is in the second in the series. The first movie makes me think of a Roman Max Danger caught in a Japanese bath house.
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    Historical Sumo

    Alaktorn > Thank you for the valuable tip. Here is a link to the Yoshitoshi print: http://imgur.com/BR8tUkF And here are three more female sumo pictures (the link is the third set on the page). Different but some of the same women as the postcard I posted. http://lenaambrose.tumblr.com/page/31
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    Historical Sumo

    土俵入 士力總出 渡米歸朝石山女角力 Here is a slightly larger scan http://i.imgur.com/BiG8Ok7.jpg
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    Historical Sumo

    The lantern slide of Umegatani's dohyo iri is the basis for Yoshitoshi's wood block print from the series, Kinsei jinbutsu shi (Lives of Modern People), a supplement of the Yamato shimbun published in 1887.