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  1. Obana

    Gyoji and Yobidashi

    I have a sequel to my hugely successful "The Song of the Yobidashi" (haha) The video includes six yobidashi not featured in the previous feature. "The Song of the Yobidashi, the Bark of the Gyoji" includes some bouts, includes three performances by Shigejiro, "the Pavarotti of the dohyo", includes a two minute segment of a team of yobidashi refreshing the dohyo during a change of judges, a forfeit match (the only time when no yobidashi announcement is made and ends with the transition of the East side dohyo iri and the West when the wooden clappers change. The change in timber always delights me. It also includes random gyoji announcements of both wrestlers after the yobidashi as well as announcing the winner of the bout.
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    Sumo ABC help required

    Ozeki Kyushuzan might be Qshuzan?
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    Gyoji and Yobidashi

    Shigejiro is the Pavarotti of yobidashi. I would only say it here on the Forum where it is unlikely to get to the original individual, but, Takahiro brings the gerund 'caterwailing' to mind. Yuto is the most proficient with subtle vocal flourishes. I love Kohei's crooning of the 'nishi'/'higashi' before going operatic on the shikonas.
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    Gyoji and Yobidashi

    A six minute collection of 15 yobidashi announcements on day 4 of the 2019 January tournament. The different styles/vocal ornamentation is interesting to observe. The crowd noise makes it difficult to hear/appreciate the announcements in Juryo & Makuuchi from the balcony (none in the compilation).
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    Kensho Hatsu 2022

    An exciting basho that was made just a bit more interesting with the bevy of Pokemon Kensho which were heroically represented in Akinomaki's excellent (and time consuming to create) kensho and daily photographs posts. By my count, there were 236 unique Pokemon kensho this basho. Two Pokemon, つっぱりポケモン ハリテヤマ (Tsuppari Pokemon Hariteyama) & ねずみポケモン ピカチュウ (Nezumi Pokemon Pikachū) were featured in the opening and closing bouts of the tournament. Pikachū made a third appearance in the 12th bout of Day 7. I enjoy the graphics of the characters, their colors, background and the names rendered in 髭文字 Higemoji style kanji. I created a web page with the illustrations shared by Akinomaki to engender an appreciation of sumo among my younger family & friends who are more knowledgeable about the Pocket Monster phenomenon. With Akinomaki's kind permission, I am offering the link. Note: It does not include day 15 photos yet. I will try to promptly update the page when the senshuraku kensho pictures arrive. (I believe the day 11 bout between Ishiura & Tobizaru was the only contest without kensho on the daily programs this basho.) http://tommycrouch.com/sumo/kensho.html
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    It had me wondering if participation in tentacle porn was a permissible COVID activity.
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    Sumo obituaries

    Here are a few scanned close up views.
  8. Obana

    Country Roads

    I lived in Chicago (on the very near North side) from 1980-1982. Walking distance from both my apartments was a punk rock club housed in the gangster O'Banion's flower shop. They served champagne on Tuesday nights and played all the punk hits of that era. In 1981, Anwar Sadat was assassinated on Oct. 6th and Moshe Dayan died of a heart attack ten days later. Obanion's had a concert on the Oct. 29th with this hand bill. The fact that I saved it indicates my questionable taste. I have for many years now, played with an Irish folk group, Clan Cross (three brothers). We started in the early 1970's around the Cleveland, OH area. By the '90's, My youngest brother had moved South and we had various musicians join our music making. In the 1990's, we played once a month or so at the Euclid Tavern (across the street from the Cleveland Food Co-op where my brother Michael was the chef and I handled the Japanese food section). As I have an interest in Japanese art and culture, many of the posters for our happy hour performances had Japanese themes. (A link to a page of poster thumbnails.) http://tommycrouch.com/clancross/posters 2.htm And sumo was not neglected. Oct. 12 is the memorial of John Denver who left on a final jet plane in 1997. The Clan Cross poster for Oct. 24 of that year featured a yokozuna dohyo-iri with a Chief Wahoo yokozuna, a bat bearer and a dew sweeper ...
  9. Obana

    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    I see echoes of Hokusai's Great Wave. The rikishi clashing with the corona virus. I think the composition is thought provoking.
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    Old kimarite

    I am posting a photo from Board of the Tourist Industry Japanese Government Railways (No. 34 in the Tourist Library series) titled Sumo – Japanese Wrestling by Kōzō Hikoyama (copyright 1940) that I referenced in my previous two posts. While no exactly kimarite, I was interested in this illustration and the relevant text. I was reminded of a bout in the latter half of the 1990's when Takanonami called a monoii. At the time there was much discussion about the rare event. The text and caption in this book makes it seem less uncommon. I tried but could not identify the rikishi in the photo. I was interested in the suspended basket of salt as well.
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    Old kimarite

    I have made a web page with thumbnails to the larger kimarite images posted above. The web page includes technique captions and I have added the verbiage from the book for some of the less common/old techniques. I am including the entry for 'sori' , the last technique in the chapter , with no illustration since it is on the list that initiated this thread. In addition, I have juxtaposed a few newspaper images of Eihō's with the technique illustrations. The 14 tottari illustrations are very similar in composition. I also included the coasters from my earlier post. http://tommycrouch.com/sumo/eiho_kimarite.htm Here are the expanded technique descriptions if you want to forego the above link (I LOVE no. 1): 1 Tsukippanashi. When one succeeds in ousting his opponent from the ring by a series of thrusts, it is called tsuki-dashi, or "thrust out". If his thrusts were so powerful that the opponent was "blown out" of the ring, it is called tsukippanashi, or "blown-out". 4 Ō-watashi. This is when, in the midst of battling with thrusts, or pushing at each other, one of the contestants manages to get hold of the opponent's right wrist with his right hand and pulls it in toward himself with all his might at the same time getting hold of his thigh from outside with his left hand. Then, while pulling up the opponent's thigh, he lets go of the opponent's right hand and swiftly throws the arm against the latter's left shoulder and pushes his body. When he has his opponent effectively, he brings his weight to bear upon him until the opponent loses his balance and falls backwards. 6 Teyotsu, or "four hands". In the midst of a thrusting contest, the antagonists come to a sudden deadlock, one holding the other's hands, and each seeking a chance for the next move. "Four-hands" is the name for this position of the two contestants. It often happens that one pushes the other out of the ring by skillfully releasing his hands from that of his opponent. 9 Izumigawa. This trick cannot be practiced to advantage unless one is physically a giant and powerful. It is a method a contestant may adopt in ousting the opponent from the ring by arresting the freedom of the latter's arms, pinioning them against his own body with his own arms. In executing this trick, however, he may see to it that one of his elbows is pressing against the opponent's chest in order to prevent him from making a counter-attack. 27 Zuhineri, or "head twist". In executing this throw, a contestant may first push his opponent with his head against the latter's chest while holding onto his inner arm firmly with both hands. The essential point is that he must manage to get his head to the lower point of his opponent's body. When his head is low enough, he is in a position to be able to throw him by pulling his inner arm downward. This trick is usually employed by a smaller wrestler with a powerful hip, neck and arms. Technique description with no illustration: Sori, or "bending backward". By ducking, a contestant may get hold of the lower part of his opponent's body and throw him backward over his head by suddenly stretching himself backward. This method was popularly used in former days when the wrestling ring was not yet introduced, but it has almost gone out of fashion.
  12. Obana

    Old kimarite

    I was examining a publication of the Board of Tourist Industry Japanese Government Railways (No. 34 in the Tourist Library series) titled Sumo – Japanese Wrestling by Kōzō Hikoyama (copyright 1940). Since seeing an exhibit including works by Hirezaki Eihō 鰭崎英朋 (1880-1968) at the Yayoi/Yumeji Museums last year, I have watched for examples of his sumo work. He did illustrations for newspapers as well as woodblock prints. Although it is not credited in the text of Kōzō Hikoyama's book, I think the 32 illustrations in the chapter on Wrestling Techniques are Eihō work. The techniques are in the file names and are not all 'winning' techniques in the modern sense. I think his illustrations are very suggestive of actual rikishi instead of generic wrestlers. I am also including the illustration on the front cover (not Eihō's) and a few photos from the work: Futabayama, a dohyo iri with Haguroyama as tsuyuharai and ozeki Nayoroiwa looking particularly well fed.
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    March basho 2021

    Since it is between basho I would like to wax about another sumo commentator with strange but entertaining language skills. In a resent basho, (I'll call him) 'Roger' corrected his previous inaccurate comment with the observation that the loser has gone down on "all threes". Now the 'all' implies an amputee but I give points for linguistic nimbleness. I am posting (if allowed) an audio segment http://tommycrouch.com/sumo/forum/foot thumb-raja - Copy.mp3 (with some lengthy pauses removed to pare the sample down to a minute) with a Shakespearean coining of a new phrase that I am considering submitting to the Oxford English Dictionary. Alas, 'Roger' has dropped the phrase from his repertoire. I thank all the NHK sumo commentators (if they see this) for their hard work. It is appreciated.
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    Sumo obituaries

    Perhaps this is 'sumo goods' but I thought I would post this tenugui of feeding time at the heya by Kototsurugi here next to the notice of his passing. Somewhere I have a similar busy scene of morning keiko.