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  1. Kaio loosely means something like King of the Ocean. But the interesting part of his shikona is the kanji "o", king. That particular character means "king" but in some combinations has a connotation of Imperial Japan which some people today find distasteful. (Maybe that's what Kitanoumi's problem is...)

  2. All I can say on that topic, with 3-2-10, 0-0-15, 8-7, 0-6-9, 0-0-15, 8-7, and 7-8 records in his last 7 bashos (and two so-so 10-5's before that), Tochiazuma deserves NOTHING BUT the harshest of write-ups! I think he is getting awfully close to, if not surpassing, Miyabiyama as far as truly miserable performance of an Ozeki goes...

    Wow, I had forgotton how ridiculous his performance has been. 26 wins in 7 bashos is remarkable, isn't it.

  3. Damper: Kitanoumi Rijichou: "To start a Yokozuna run, I want to see a 13 win tournament. The 12 win Yusho is not what counts-it's the number of wins that are important!", he hrumphed. This means it won't be a tsunatori basho for KaioU, if we go by Rijichou's words. Futagoyama Oyakata added,"12 wins is not enough. Next Basho, it is important he should go all out!!". Hmm..


    How interesting that Kitanoumi himself was promated after A 13-2 tournament in which he was the runner up (Nagoya 74), but which he followed with a win at Natsu, also 13-2.

    Also of note, Taiho was promoted in 1961 after first winning Nagoya with a 13-2 record, then also winning Aki with a 12-3.

    Even Chyonofuji's promotion was based on a tournament in which he as runner up (1981 Natsu, 13-2) followed by a win (Nagoya 14-1.)

    Of course, they they went on to be some of the great(est) yokozuna. But really, if 12-3 is ok for Taiho's Yokozuna run, why should there be any kind of remarks from anyone about Kaio's 12-3?

    Of course, also, you all knew that already, so I'm not saying anything new.

  4. Doesn't it just make you like 'Misakari even more. For some reason, I admire him more for being a "real" person, who has had struggles, and who continues to struggle, than I would if he were just another "jock" who had it all laid out for him.

    Anyway, it's nice to see him do well.

  5. Isn't Kyokushuzan being just a little bit "theatrical" about this all? Like the way he stood there and flopped his mage around? A bit of the pro-wrestling "he pulled my hair" acting going on there? And now, strangely, Asashoryu tried to exercise a little (of course, too little, too late though) discretion after their exchange in that bath, but Kyoku runs out and immediately starts talking to the reporters about it? Something is up with these two, it is just too...something...

    I see pepsi commercials in the future, for both of them...

  6. I couldn't help but notice something about the look on Asashoryu's face after he lost to Kyoku last basho, around the time he was throwing things. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say he looked like he was feeling a little "doublecrossed" or disrespected or something?

    just a thought....

  7. Not much talk about Asashoryu and his temper here, so I thought I'd start something.

    I'm not much of an Asashoryu fan, really. But I have to say that I think he's going to be just fine, and that he's good for sumo. Sure his behavior is atrocious, and all that stuff. But really, sumo has needed a few attention-getters like Mr. Fireball and Takamisakari for a while. Sumo has been struggling to gain ground among young fans for years, and re-stock its fan base. Well, here's the chance. Front page news, "Yokozuna Asashoryu is a Hotheaded 20-something that you all can relate to"

    At least all the temperamental, hotheaded 20-somethings and teenagers who will be sumo's fan base in the years to come, can relate to it. And as Asashoryu grows up in sumo, so will they. He's the hook for the next generation of Sumo fans, isn't he?

    I heard a lot of grumbling about Takamisakari's antics, too, a while back. "Unbecoming, of a sumo," and stuff like that. But you know, everyone seems to have fallen in love with him. He is really, really enthusiastic, you know? But in a sort of harmless, comically endearing way.

    Asashoryu is just really, really enthusiastic, too. Only with him, it's not in a harmless, comically endearing way. Either way, it's good that people can see how enthusiastic the rikishi really are, a little bit, because it makes it easier for them to become enthusiastic about sumo, too.

    just a little is fine, though. Not too much, because then it becomes destructive, particularly to opponents cars.

  8. (Paragraph edited out due to Iwagakki's request.)

    Speaking of living. We all live in Kora-cho in Shiga, Japan. However, I have a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and I "commute" to work.

    Sumo is a hot topic around our house. Keiko's grandfather and I are big sumo fans, and can talk about it all day, especially during a basho. Keiko, on the other hand, can't stand sumo. She thinks it's for "old people" and all that sort of thing. Apparently, a lot of young Japanese people think sumo is, well, stupid.

    Strangely, she knows, or at least works with, rikishi all the time. She is a school teacher in a small town called Koto-cho, near out home, and arranges Sumo appearances in her prefecture all the time. So she gets to meet all sorts of them. Just before this last Basho, (Nagoya 03) she spent a day or two working with Futeno, when he came to her classes to be with the kids. Not long before that, she had Kinkaiyama, Toyozakura AND Kitazakura in her classes for a few days. Can you believe that? Some people have all the luck. And don't even know it.

    Well, she gets me Tegata and pictures from them all, and that makes me happy.

    My favorite rikishi is Kaio. I am forever impressed by his "steadiness" and his amazing strength. Sure he has lapses in concentration, and gets beat by much lower ranked wrestlers on the first few days of a Basho, but he always shows his stuff later. Plus it's fun to watch him in full "bulldozer" mode, when he's healthy.

    I really like Takamisakari too. But, then, how could you not. Anyone seen the beer commercials? Sumo needs more atheletes like Takamisakari. He might never be a Yokozuna, but he will take Sumo to a new, very charming, level.

    Well, that's about it for me. I could write about it forever, and I suppose I will, but in my posts.