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    Sumo obituaries

    Here are a few scanned close up views.
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    Sumo obituaries

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    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 ...
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    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.
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    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.
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    Sumo goods

    My day 11 lunch. I brought out a kind of cartoonish Ura on a small bag to join me for some tekka don and Suigei [Drunken Whale] Kouiku 54 gou junmai ginjo sake. Note the perfectly poured glass (大盛り).
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    Sumo goods

    I am sharing a sekitori I pressed into service to do butsugari sumo with my iPhone. I bought him (human trafficking?) at Takahashi (sumo goods) on Keiyo-doro Ave. I am also showing off what I consider my Midorifuji souvenir sauce bowl. It is quite similar to his kingfisher keshomawashi.
  12. I notice that the Kita Senju arts/culture organization よみうりカルチャー北千住 is offering a six month course (perhaps once a month) on "Introduction to Sumo" to be taught by ex-makushita Tooyama Katsunori (38 basho in makushita). I'm afraid I cannot make it. But it sounds like fun. https://www.ync.ne.jp/kitasenju/kouza/202104-08932104.htm
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    Sumo monuments and statues

    I think they applied talcum powder (or something similar) to highlight the entry. I don't think there was damage.
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    Sumo monuments and statues

    Whenever I visit Tokyo, I like to visit the Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine near Monzen Nakacho Station in Koto-ku. They have frequent Sunday antique fairs on the grounds. There is a cute Fuji-zuka in the North West corner of the shrine precincts (a sort of sacred pet rock). They also host a dozen sumo related monuments, including the yokozuna and ozeki monuments, winning streaks greater than 50 wins, giant wrestler hand/foot prints, etc. Among the monuments is a Powerful Sekiwake Monument 強豪関脇力士碑. When I visited the shrine in 2019, I noticed that someone had policed the area around 力道山 光浩 Rikidozan's name. I was looking at the close up photo of the cleaned entry I had taken and noticed that Rikidozan lacked a birth prefecture. He is sandwiched between 神風正一 Kamikaze Shouichi from 香川 Kagawa Prefecture and 時津山仁一 Tokitsuyama Jin'ichi from Fukushima Prefecture. I looked over the rest of this side of the monument and he is the only stateless rikishi. I wonder why? I also wonder who performed the work on the entry but unless someone here confesses, it will remain a mystery.
  15. Fake news? EVERYONE knows the ten year Japanese yusho drought came about when Hello Kitty was allowed to mount the dohyo for HER 30th anniversary introduction to the US (as a yokozuna, no less) .
  16. The dohyo is sanctified ground and wrestlers bow to the altar of their sport as they approach and depart from stage of Grand Sumo. The power water/paper rituals would be incongruous if the squatting warrior is being serviced by the previous winner towering over him. The gunga dins with their buckets and salt baskets would be much more visible along with the shimpan. During the dohyo iri, rikishi would 'enter the ring' (it is a ring entering ceremony) instead of mounting the dohyo. I have aesthetic objections to a flush to the ground dohyo surface.
  17. I overrode the gyoji call in my notes for this match declaring the kimarite: piledriver.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Until today, Midorifuji has been sporting almost cast like wrappings (especially on his right hand/wrist). Today they were suddenly replaced with barely a bracelet of tape. He won today, so a good move.
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    Videos (all days) - Hatsu 2021

    Mongolian bean pole Ms12w Tamashoho has had four shikona and four heya in his career. I caught a late basho win and loss in Nov. I don't know his story but have become a fan.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Just one less absence in Juryo than the 2011 May Yaocho Purge Basho. I remember the sparseness of the juryo dohyo-iri (which is already sparse compared to Makuuchi) during that basho. A bit sad.
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    Old kimarite

    I am posting images of six ceramic coasters I have that illustrate old kimarite. One is mitokorozeme which is still on the kimarite list. One is tobichigahi (= tobichigai above?). This specific coaster is my favorite.
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    Corona and sumo

    The Sumo association and community seem to have done very well with health control in a challenging time. To look at the spectators, it seems everyone is behaving responsibly. It is strange, I thought, a couple of times this basho when the cameras, scanning the crowd, zeroed in on folks (men) with their masks pulled down. Whenever we (in the USA) get the pandemic under control enough to be eligible to travel to Japan, I would certainly attend the basho although the alcohol ban is a great sacrifice. Sumo and nihonshu is a lovely pairing. But I digress. While the power water and power paper rituals have been distilled into gestures to avoid contaminating the mouth of the rikishi, many rikishi still take a taste of salt before the bout. While it is undoubtedly a sensory stimulation, it is introducing a substance into the mouth that has been pawed by the preceding rikishi. I would guess that between a quarter and half of the wrestlers engage in this activity. Is it dangerous? Should someone be cautioning the rikishi from engaging in the practice?
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    Sumo goods

    No. 87 of the 100 Facemasks of Bartholomew Cubbins - celebrating the promotion of Shodai to ozeki. Shodai kind of resembles the mascot of the prefecture, Kumamon.
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    Sumo goods

    Bartholomew's Facemask No. 66 Meisei 明生
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    Sumo goods

    A wax resist Tobizaru facemask (No. 64 of the Cubbins' Collection)