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  1. Preparations of the Y/O- May 2018

    I disagree with the phrase "pull a Kisenosato". Very poor judgement resulting in the total mismanagement of his injury is not Kisenosato's fault. The decision not to treat it properly lies squarely with his oyakata and others advising him. The phrase should instead be "pull a Tagonoura".
  2. To receive sumo in English on a Spectrum Cable DVR, do the following: Click on "Settings". Then select "Audio/SAP" When you do, you will see "Digital". Click on it. You will have a choice of primary or secondary languages. Select "secondary language". Exit the page. I would imagine that the procedure with a non-DVR Spectrum receiver would be the same. I just switched from TV Japan on Dish Network to TV Japan on Spectrum Cable. Because I'm new to TV Japan on Spectrum, I haven't had the chance to try this yet with an NHK sumo broadcast. But I did try it with an NHK bilingual news broadcast and I heard it clearly in English. If it worked then, it should work with a bilingual sumo broadcast as well. In a few hours, I'll find out if it does.
  3. Live Streaming - Natsu 18

    NHK World also has a 25 minute highlight show which can be seen several times a day. Following it is a five minute show called Sumopedia which highlights techniques, traditions, and rikishi from the past. If free live streaming is unavailable or if you care to watch sumo in a shorter digest form, this is a pretty good substitute. For those in the USA and Canada who are willing to pay 25 USD a month for it, TV Japan has daily live NHK makunouchi coverage with English commentary. It's available through various cable services as well as DirecTV in the USA.
  4. Preparations of the Y/O- May 2018

    I doubt if there is anything remaining of his career. It probably ended on the fifth day of the Hatsu basho. He hasn't appeared since then and unless he has some sort of miraculous recovery, it's quite possible that he won't appear again. This is a story of total mismanagement of an injury that could have been treated properly. Instead of opting for the obvously most effective treatment possible, surgery, his advisors suggest letting the injury heal on its own. As a result, he ends up with a permanently weakened arrm. This stupidity has literally destroyed the career of the first Japanese yokozuna in many years. Very, very sad.
  5. Weigh-ins for Natsu 2018

    Aminshiki's loss of 6 kg may not seem like very much but the decrease of even those few kilos should ease a little of the strain on the badly beaten up legs of a rikishi who has been a sekitori for over eighteen years. It doesn't seem possible that it's been that long, but he first appeared in juryo in January, 2000 and has remained a sekitori ever since then.
  6. Banzuke for Natsu 2018

    I agree that it's possible, but Ura has a problem that Chiyonokuni (or anyone else for that matter) doesn't have. For lack of a better description, he's an acrobatic rikishi. Acrobatic moves can occasionally be very successful in sumo but if they're used on a regular basis, a rikishi can be much more prone to injury or re-injury. Ura is the most entertaining rikishi I have ever seen, with the possible exception of Takamisakari, who was a favorite of mine for an entirely different reason. I want him to succeed as much as anyone but as long as he continues to use such an unorthodox style with regularity, I worry about him.
  7. Banzuke for Natsu 2018

    Ura is now at Makushita 50 and there seems to be no indication that he's ready to return for the Natsu basho. If he doesn't, he'll be in Sandanme. When he does start to compete again, I'm sure he'll do very well at such a low rank. But I wonder if we'll see the same spectacular Ura we saw before or a rikishi whose sumo is somewhat more orthodox and less prone to injury.
  8. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    What I remember most about her was that on the English language broadcasts of bashos, she would explain things of interest that normally would never be discussed by other broadcasters--subjects such as the gyoji's costumes and the akeni, the box which carries the equipment used by sekitoris. I doubt very much if anyone else could have made the construction and use of an equipment box sound so absolutely fascinating. I looked forward to her descriptions of such offbeat yet extremely interesting sumo related topics. She added greatly to my enjoyment of sumo and I too will miss her very much.
  9. Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    It seems to me that proper medical care requiring surgery or least lenghty periods of rest has been avoided in order to keep rikishis from falling too far down the banzuke. Oyakatas are not doctors yet they seem to make medical decisions that should only be provided by qualified health professionals. Is the power of the oyakata so strong that final decisions regarding the health of rikishis in his heya lie solely with him? In addition, I would like to hear more about the prevalence of chronic brain damage or CTE among retired rikishis due to many years of head to head contact. John has mentioned this in the past and from what I understand, it could be as prevalent as it is in retired Americnan pro footballl players.
  10. Pre-match/bout routines of certain sumo wrestlers

    Opening as wide as possible and yawning strongly in that situation may appear kind of strange but there seems to a valid reason for doing that, and it's not restriced to rikishis. Athletes in many sports yawn right before competition. The reason is that it somehow combats anxiety. This is the explanation from one source and it seems to be quite logical. "When you yawn your brain and body release certain chemicals such as dopamine, nitric oxide, serotonin, amino acids and oxytocin that help to cope with stress." Another theory is that yawning regulates the temperature and metabolsim of the brain by cooling it and making it work more efficiently. An athlete who became famous for practicing this was Olympic speed skater Apollo Ohno. When asked why he did it, he replied, "It makes me feel better. It gets the oxygen in and the nerves out". But it isn't just athletes who engage in pre-competition yawning. It also is done by some classical musicians right before their performances. I'm sure others also feel that yawning right before times of stress can be beneficial. Being as relaxed as possible is important when facing a very strong human being whose sole purpose at the time is making you fall to the ground or knocking you off the area of competition. That's the reason why some rikishis display this kind of weird looking open mouth jaw stretch. If it does help get oxygen in and nerves out, it's definitely worth doing.
  11. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    My interest in Australian Rules Football ("footy") began similarly to the way I became interested in sumo. I briefly saw it on TV and thought it was fascinating. It's played on an oval field that can be twice as long as an American football field and up to three times as wide. It can become quite violent, yet the players wear little or no protective gear. The ball, unlike an American football, is also oval in shape. That's because passing is not allowed. it can only be advanced by being kicked, punched with the fist, or to a limited degree, running. If you live in the USA and care to watch it, matches are shown on Fox Sports Channels. When people ask me about my favorite sports, I always include sumo and Aussie Rules Football. When I mention sumo, they think I'm kind of crazy. When I add Aussie football, they know I've gone completely mad.
  12. Hakuho’s father just passed away.

    The only thing of importance is that the feelings of those directly affected during times of grief are very personal. It's impossible for others to conjecture how they may or may not act in the future. A guess might be that if he remains healthy and can perform up to the standards he sets for himself, Hakuho may want to continue up to the 2020 Olympics as a tribute to his father. On the other hand, he may decide that without his father's presence, he no longer is interested in competing and may retire well before then. There has never been anyone like him before and it's very doubtful if there will ever be someone like him again. Whatever he decides to do, I'm sure everyone interested in sumo will respect that decision and wish him the very best.
  13. TV Japan no longer on Dish Network

    I just learned that NHK World TV is seen on channel 28.4, a sub channel of KCET (28.1) in Los Angeles. I never even knew it existed. There is some basho coverage, but it's not clear what that coverage is. I'll wait until the basho draws near so I can check the schedule. From what I understand so far, that coverage probably consists of a daily highlight show--not as good as watching the basho live on TV Japan, but far better than no sumo on TV at all. Also, NHK World TV is free while TV Japan costs $25.00 a month. Both NHK World TV and NHK World Radio Japan are also available as free apps for both smartphones and tablets. I will definitely get them for my iPad. I appreciate your info very much. Thank you.
  14. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    When large crowds gather, emergency medical personnel must always be immediately available. That applies directly to sumo--whether an incident occurs during a honbasho or a jungyo, whether an official or someone in the audience is having a heart attack or stroke, or if a rikishi has been knocked unconscious on the dohyo. It really doesn't matter if those personnel are all male, all female, or a combination of the two. Defibrillators and other emergency medical equipment along with people knowing how to use them have to be present. The bottom line is that it is the duty of the NSK to see that to it that proper help is ALWAYS at hand. If they don't do this voluntarily, steps must be taken to make them do so. What I find most distressing about this incident is that adequate medical assistance was not at hand. Waiting for it to arrive could have meant the difference between life and death. Fortunately, this time it wasn't. Next time, however...........And yes, there certainly will be a "next time". When it occurs, something like this fiasco should never, never happen again.
  15. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    I think this all comes down to one fact--respecting traditions held by others. Maybe the word "respecting" isn't the proper one. "Tolerating" might be better. If your opinon, like mine, is that the rule preventing women to set foot on the dohyo does not comply with the concept of sexual equality and fairness, you have three choices: 1. Complain about it. As you can see from this topic, that will result in spirited discussions that lead nowhere. 2. Avoid following sumo in protest. 3. Continue to follow it and accept the traditons (no matter how much you may not care for some of them) that go along with it. I happen to choose option 3.