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    New kesho mawashi

    Name of the person is 七條 (on which I commented) not 七条 (for which you are giving the example). Even though it (条)is simplified version of the same character(條), sometimes different writing as it is with Watanabe, for example, have different historical backgrounds. In this case, both names read the same, but the sumotori's has a different origin of the name. Moreover, only half of these names with 条 come from Kyoto. The same goes for 小路 - very few of the names stem from Kyoto.
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    New kesho mawashi

    The name comes from Kagawa prefecture and on Shikoku island live most people named Shichijo(7). But your statement is correct for names such as Nijo(2), Shijo(4), Gojo(5) (even though most people named so live in Shizuoka) and Kujo(9). Ichijo(1) is kind of a name coming from the north as it is a name from Kyoto. Sanjo(3) seems to be split between Hokkaido and Kyoto. Rokujo(6) is also split between Hokkaido and Kinki。Hachijo(8) is more or less Chubu. Jujo(10), Senjo(1000) and Manjo(100000) come also from North Honshu. Point being that the rule is not so straightforward.
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    Happy 60th Birthday, Akinomaki!

    Happy birthday, Akinomaki! Always appreciate your contributions to the forum! Have a great one!
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    Narutobeya happenings

    I am always aware of oyakata proclaiming that they would reform or change the ways the sumo has been trained or instructed. Naruto and Nishonoseki have said things in that fashion and I am a bit sceptical as to how much they would change the tradition. We had one stablemaster bent on reforming the JSA who was expelled for other transgressions, but still it is a dangerous road. Japan is about incremental changes or updates, not about sudden turnovers. Anyhow, Naruto has scouted a lot of promising rikishis, so at least he has the eye for a talent, or never stops searching for a new one, or has the connections to get young prospects introduced to him, so sooner than later he would get a sekitori. Hopefully, one of many more to come.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    新入幕 shin-nyu-maku so you need to hear/pronounce double n
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    Ozekis and Yokozunas for January 2023 - Seems so far away!

    Any chance to reopen it for one more day?
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    Oho - the Millennial Valentine

    Any chance to reopen it for one more day?
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    Makunouchi Yushos in 2022

    Can we have the poll reopen for one more day?
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    Can users leaving the forum delete all their posts?

    Not a surprising development. Some people really live in the past. I know you would not know it sometimes in Japan, but internet and information technology happened and info is more widely available. Archive.org also exist so if you need to trawl something from the forum's past track, it should be available too
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    Magaki/Hakuho extra activities

    The narrower pinstripe suit is quite normal in the business world. The wide, bold, pinestripe usually is for celebratory occassions. What the issue here is that the button down shirt does not go well with it, plus the narrow monocolor tie and finally the wide lapel. I know I know he is a big guy and he needs wider lapels but I would have gone for a bit narrower one.
  11. Sumo, and Japanese in general, are about keeping the traditions. Blindly, mindlessly, without a single question. Some might say this stubborness is to the detriment of the competitiveness and the betterment of all concerned, but, hey, what do they know, these pesky troublemakers. In short, all would stay the same.
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    New Juryo for Hatsu 2022

    Really pleased for Choyoarashi. When all then young boys from Kokonoe were breaking through he caught my eye and I was really rooting for him. Unfortunately, the injuries have robbed him of a possibly longer sekitori career. Recently, I had wondered what makes him stick after so many years being unsuccessful in his quest to return to paid ranks. I pondered that John might be right and these guys are just in for the training and practicing. But Chiyoarashi persevered and is back. Hopefully for more than a single basho. But what a cool shikona - an eternal storm - kind of the Red Spot on Jupiter.
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    Lower division celebs results

    What is in for Jokoryu and Chiyootori to keep fighting? Both have more than 30 tournaments as sekitori, so presumably they should qualify for toshiyori status. Searching for a vacant kabu within the ichimon or just hoping for one last hurrah?
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    Lower division celebs results

    I believe Jokuryu is 3-3 I do not know how many more chances Roga would waste to get himself promoted to Juryo. Would he ever make it there?
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Really interesting tournament with some interesting developments. Sumo-wise, Kyushu was never some great place. I always think of the dohyo there as very slippery. What really caught my eye was the quarter finals yesterdays, probably the semifinals tomorrow and the final on Friday in the Makushita yusho race. It is really tough - while in Makuuchi or Juryo you could have a day off and possibly relay on someone to give you a second chance, below every bout is a final, no second chances. Really like the comeback of Tomokaze. If he reached Juryo, it would be a miracle after his horrific injury. However, no signs of his explosive oshi style that took him to Makuuchi, so I do not know what to expect of him.