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  1. Kokugikan specials for the Natsu basho

    Is there also a queue for the tote bags on the waso (Japanese clothing) days?
  2. 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
  3. From Sumo to Puroresu

    From my father's hometown, St. Louis ... Sentoryu.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Historical Sumo

    A torikumi. larger image http://i.imgur.com/OQvBPk0.jpg
  9. Historical Sumo

    I just purchased a scanner to scan many carousels of slides from my parent's home. The device was also able to scan a couple of sumo lantern slides that I received a number of years ago. The first is Yokozuna Umegatani's dohyo iri. larger image http://i.imgur.com/Ws3mhAN.jpg
  10. Takanoyama Retires

    The sunglasses in his lapel pocket do not help the draping of the coat.
  11. Masunoyama special

    Regarding the TV Japan broadcast: Is this the 4:15AM EDST/1:15AM PDST broadcast Sunday morning called "Dash! At home."?
  12. Bout-length Haru 2014

    Day 1 bout durations 10 Satoyama (1-0) shitatehineri Kyokushuho (0-1) 2.4 Takanoiwa (1-0) oshitaoshi Kagamio (0-1) 8.4 Masunoyama (1-0) oshidashi Tenkaiho (0-1) 29.9 Azumaryu (1-0) kirikaeshi Jokoryu (0-1) 4 Chiyomaru (1-0) oshidashi Sadanofuji (0-1) 7.3 Osunaarashi (1-0) yorikiri Tokushoryu (0-1) 9.6 Terunofuji (1-0) kimedashi Myogiryu (0-1) 9 Kitataiki (1-0) uwatenage Gagamaru (0-1) 8.7 Kyokutenho (1-0) uwatenage Takarafuji (0-1) 4 Chiyotairyu (1-0) tsukidashi Toyohibiki (0-1) 6.2 Takekaze (1-0) okuridashi Aminishiki (0-1) 11 Chiyootori (1-0) hikiotoshi Aoiyama (0-1) 2.5 Ikioi (1-0) oshidashi Yoshikaze (0-1) 4.2 Tochiozan (1-0) yorikiri Takayasu (0-1) 6.2 Kotooshu (1-0) uwatenage Kaisei (0-1) 7.2 Goeido (1-0) uwatenage Tochinowaka (0-1) 18.6 Kisenosato (1-0) uwatenage Okinoumi (0-1) 9.8 Kotoshogiku (1-0) yorikiri Tamawashi (0-1) 4.5 Kakuryu (1-0) hatakikomi Endo (0-1) 5.2 Harumafuji (1-0) kubinage Toyonoshima (0-1) 4.5 Hakuho (1-0) oshidashi Shohozan (0-1)
  13. Preparations of the masses Haru 2013

    I hope I don't get into trouble for a frivolous post. Ragarding my snack preparation for the upcoming basho, I found these at my local grocer's. Thanks to Kintaro who gave me the gyoji figurine. Makes them look even tastier!
  14. Which are your fondest Sumo bouts?

    Mukunoso posted: The last match I can remember that shocked me this much was one back in the very early 90s (can't remember who) where one rikishi leapfrogged over another at the charge. I expect this was the matta between Kyokudozan and Asanowaka. Asanowaka's astonishment at the disappearance of his opponent was comical. As was the bout where Yoshikaze pulled Yamamotoyama's mawashi exposing his generous oshiri. I was in stiches already and the replay had me in (puerile) tears of laughter. Among many memorable bouts, the slap fest between Musoyama and Chiyotaikai (the Musashigawa victor spitting blood as he returned to his side of the dohyo) is a standout.
  15. Day 1 results and day 2 pairings

    The opening bout in juryo this basho was a genuine David & Goliath bout. For those of us in the US, Liberia & the enlightened state of Myanmar, Sagatsukasa (former Isobe) is a full foot shorther than Yoshiazuma. The two newcomers are separated by more than six stone (88 lbs)! As reported by the esteemed Doitsuyama, the biblical outcome was repeated. This was one of two juryo replays on the day 1 broadcast. (Normally there is only one replay from the second division.)