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    Retirees after Natsu 2016

    Does anyone know how many basho a rikishi should have in order to deserve a danpatsu-shiki ?
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    I wonder if maybe that's why wrestlers such as Aminishiki and Tokitenku are refusing to retire even though they are in either not so great health or having what should be a career ending injury. Perhaps to stall for time while their kabu loanees are trying to acquire their own kabus. No one is using Tokitenku's kabu right now so he is free to retire, but Aminishiki's Ajigawa share has just been loaned by former Tosayutaka. It would be inconvenient for Tosayutaka to look for a new kabu now as there is nothing available from his ichimon now and in the near future barring an untimely retirement. I've just realized it's been more than two years since Sagatsukasa's last Juryo basho and he still there (probably just killing time while something doesn't turn up). Edit: deleted first quote.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Natsu 2016

    Given the current situation he should be happy if we still call him an Ozeki after Nagoya.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Natsu 2016

    I can't picture Arawashi staying in Juryo with Gagamaru having this kind of record, but who knows, they might even deny Tochinoshin his deserved promotion to Sekiwake. The latter has a rather poor record against Ozeki and Yokozuna (25-111), I have no idea if they factor that in. Just for comparison, Yoshizake has a 27-54 record against O and Y, while Okinoumi, who hasn't particularly shined at this level, has gone 25-66. For that matter Aoiyama also struggles considerably for someone so present in the upper ranks (17-84). Akiseyama has managed to go from Makuuchi debutant to Makushita in two basho while competing. That is rather uncommon, but not unprecedented. query
  5. Indeed Kisenosato looks improved this basho. He is absorbing well all attacks, and his response to his opponent's defensive lateral movements has been quick and solid footwork. He is also calm and taking his time to finish bouts. But that throw or different technique that would here and then save him at a pinch is still missing and probably always will, but what he does, he does well and precisely. Also, in comparison with Hakuho, Kisenosato is clearly the more rigid one. His upper body isn't swift as the wind as they say. Yet, he can beat Hakuho tomorrow, the Yokozuna should know it, that's why Kisenosato must approach carefully that bout but not as much as to be taken aback by a big blast as he was in March. The Yokozuna is doing fine, but often gives one the impression he is rushing things. It might be an injury he is trying to hide, or energy he tries to save; maybe both. Harumafuji has a minimal chance of claming the Yusho. He is only mathematically in, so to speak, however he remains an asset to sumo. I'd say the same about the always composed Kakuryu. The latter backpedals too often for a Yokozuna, but otherwise can do textbook sumo when he wants. Unfortunately for him he is simply not good enough to deliver titles regularly. Goeido and Kotoshogiku are doing their best, which isn't quite good enough for better results. I still miss the Chiyootori from his start in Makuuchi. Has anyone seen him ? The good news is that Chiyonokuni is back. Asasekiryu is surprisingly holding his own in Juryo in the middle of a long and steady decline. Someone who is not that successful is 10Kaiho. After his almost certain drop I don't think we will see him again in Juryo (like Tokushinho). It is not just this basho (that I am barely watching in Juryo) it is the last half dozen. Edit: grammar and the like.
  6. Another one who has become painful to see is Jokoryu. He went from being a potential san'yaku mainstay to struggling to even stay in Juryo in a mere 2(!) years. Kaisei was likely to be hard to watch at Komusubi, but he is doing fine. To be honest I wasn't paying much attention to Ura, but after seeing him a bit closer last basho and now I find him quite interesting. I tend to dislike too unorthodox a style, but in his case it is working quite well (so far). I am curious to see what will happen when the novelty effect wears off as it is not that easy to adjust that brand of sumo. Curiously his University name is transliterated as "Kwansei", some unusual sound. That must be some reminiscence from the old Chinese, like Hongwanji, I suppose. My shallow knowledge of the Japanese language doesn't get past its modern version. Mitakeumi will probably get schooled at a higher rank as it is happening to Shodai now. Yet, I would like to see him in San'yaku next time. If anything he will bring a aggressive sumo. I wish you all a nice end of basho.
  7. It is kind of painful to see Akiseyama marching toward a 0-15 record. A quick search yielded the following regarding this result in Juryo. I still believe he still can pull a win or two, but in the meantime he has gone 4-22 over the past two basho.
  8. Do they have anything against Kitataiki ? I am still catching up on previous days, but he fell victim of henka or some other elusive tachiai 4 or 5 times in 7 days. I know Juryo can be specially slippery at times, but that is too much.
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    Makushita Game Natsu 2016

    Thank you ! I had to write a 'thank you', my first post was too blunt.
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    Hello from Austria !

    Herzlich Willkommen !
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    Makushita Game Natsu 2016

    For some reason my name is not there, but I have made my picks and received a confirmation e-mail. Here are your picks for 2016 Natsu: 1. Ms3W Onosho 2. Ms5W Sakigake 3. Ms9E Sakamoto 4. Ms13W Iwasaki 5. Ms17E Keitenkai 6. Ms22W Tokushinho 7. Ms26E Irodori 8. Ms31W Ryuonami 9. Ms35W Tsurubayashi 10. Ms37E Koba 11. Ms42E Sagatsukasa 12. Ms45W Takayoshitoshi 13. Ms52E Oki 14. Ms53W Chiyonoumi 15. Ms58W Oyanagi You may change your picks until 8 Mai, 2016 08:00 JST. Submitted 7 Mai, 2016 06:28 JST by Shumitto
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    Natsu 2016 Rikishi Status - FINAL

    He injured the Achilles tendon from his left leg.
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    Nishikido situation; split from kyujo thread

    Sorry about the double-posting, but it must be some story. The Oyakata gets married and days later most of his rikishi withdraw. Not to mention that post about the soto-yotsu master from Canada retiring.
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    Natsu 2016 Rikishi Status - FINAL

    Six of eight what? Six out of eight are the rikishi in Nishikido who are not going to compete. Has Dairaido finally decided to call it a day after almost a decade of unrewarded toil in the lower divisions ? Honestly, when I first started watching sumo he was just coming back from Juryo and I entertained some hopes he would be back some day - and indeed he came close a few times - but it didn't came about. Indeed, it's a pretty heavy list.
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    Greetings from Brazil!

    Olá, seja bem vinda. Espero que você goste do fórum :)
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    Banzuke Day Images Natsu 2016

    They mentioned this last event at the Kokugikan on the news. They also said, and I didn't know, that Nishikigi was tsukebito to Ikioi for some time. Needless to say, Ikioi's goal is his first kachikoshi from San'yaku. It is also been 16 years since the last Makuuchi debut from Iwate-ken (Tochinohana). They also highlighted the fact that Kotoyuki had to overcome a serious left knee injury to get where he is today and that it took Nishikigi more than 10 years to finally reach Makuuchi. Unfortunately, they didn't say much about Kaisei.
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    Do you think dreams have any importance?

    I can't help directly but I have a long experience interpreting my own dreams. If your subconscious mind works in a similar mode to mine then probably everything is related in one way or another. Some times it is easy to interpret - you spend your whole day with a beautiful girl and then she appears naked in your dream, but there are occasions when your inner language is more complex, even convoluted. It is about developing your inner skills and bringing your conflicts to the fore. Some need help, others don't. Edit: I can't help taking a stab at it. It called my attention that you have two briefcases. It means you are stymied and can't use your hands. Instead of doing you have to content yourself with contemplating. The briefcases, the content of which not even you can see, might have to do with some guilty feeling or some other source of bother or emotional pain that you hide even from yourself. There might be one, two or more things in them. What is there ? (it's a rethorical question, I don't expect you to tell me). It might be that your are self-conscious about your weight and that keeps you from doing something you want to. If pushed to guess, I'd say those suitcases are hampering you. The sea might mean otherness in many ways. It can be death, in which case your suitcase refers to the fear of all fears, namely the fear of disappearing. Without dealing with it, you can't give your life purpose. This otherness might be just another country, another job. You had that quote in your signature "The road is better than the inn". It might be it. You are torn between what you have and what you might find in the otherness of a trip. I have gone too far without knowing you, but I hope that inspires you to explore your dreams in many ways.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2016

    The idea of giving the banzuke comittee more discretionary powers is in itself not a bad one, the problem is what this comittee is doing with the powers it already has. I admit it that their unexplainable decisions can't be made more logical by simply changing the rules. Any flexible arrangement would have to have a set ratio as its ideal, be it 42/28 or 40/30 or else the whole system loses its purpose. It also means any deviation should be corrected as soon as possible, so that back-scratching is also checked. If it would snowball at all, it would probably be in the direction of having Juryo growing too big because the most common scenario has more demotion than promotion candidates. Again, the ratio mentioned above would limit that but also make the whole thing useless unless we can count on luck to even things out. At any rate, the biggest problem I see with this idea is that it requires many adjustements to solve a problem that is too small or is not even there.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2016

    I have just finished watching Juryo today and only now have I realized how short of promotion candidates they are. I have no idea whether the kyokai is bothered by having a 8-7 J5 Akiseyama in line for promotion or not, but in case they are, a fitting solution would be to have a more flexible arrangement between Makuuchi and Juryo. 40 rikishi in Makuuchi wouldn't hurt and the kyokai might save a few quid in the process. The better part of it would be not having a 10-5 or 9-6 rikishi in upper Juryo having to 'sit' one basho there (though that is not quite common).
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    Error. Beware. Error.

    As long as it is not burning hot.
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    Juryo promotions for Haru Basho 2016

    Discouraging 'list' with Shotenro who can't handle Juryo anymore. Tamaasuka in there wouldn't have made it much better though.
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    Lower-division Torikumi Day 2 Hatsu Basho 2016

    What has happened to Buseizan ? 2012 2016
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    Day 1 Bouts - Hatsu 2016

    I wouldn't post it as everyone here knows where to find this info, but I've decided to post it anyway to kick-start the comments.
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    New recruits for Hatsu 2016

    What's the problem with this shikona ? Didn't Baruto have a judo background ? How serious it was I don't know. Takatoriki was said to have done judo seriously during his school days as well. I've also found that Tochiakagi went as high up as Sekiwake years before retiring in Sandanme. He also had a judo background. There are probably many more who have gone this far.