Mark Buckton

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  1. Mark Buckton

    Pic posting

    Exil-san / anyone else since the forum was changed a while back I cannot post pictures that total above 500k. This counts all pics so posting a new one means removing previous posted pics first. Generally only 2 can fit within the 500k limit. However, from this week- NO pics will appear when an attempt is made at attaching. Got some pics to post so anything you can advise here most welcome. Cheers (In a state of confusion...)
  2. The European Sumo Championships, 2009 will take place in Switzerland from August 21st to 23rd - a week or so ahead of the national sumo championships.
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    YMY documentary

    today sometime on J TV. Details evade me as was told last week, but check the papers - will be in there.
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    Are there any Black Rikishi?

    Marvin entered using his mother's nationality - Japanese. His Dad, nice bloke of the same name is American - radio DJ in Tokyo. Marvin speaks no English.
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    Natsu basho masu seki

    you are wrong
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    My first trip to the Kokugikan!

    oftentimes
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    My first trip to the Kokugikan!

    You'll only able to see the stables from the outside this way of course, but you probably know that. If you want to see some keiko inside going on, then you should rather arrive no later than 7 a.m. at the stable. If it's in Ryogoku you still can go on to the dohyo matsuri later on. not quite. During, and just before a basho it is perfectly normal to go to keiko and see the sekitori as late as 0830 and many run till just before 1000.
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    Are there any Black Rikishi?

    and with al this daft search for the 'pure' black man our new member is trying to acheive, lets not forget, he who espoused so much pride in the black people in the US back i nthe day - Malcolm X had a white parent / grandparent? Imagine if a 'nationality' were asking the same 'is he pure.....' questions? WOuld it be let go? The rikishi are rikishi. Simple. Their colour doesn't matter.
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    Kaio - should he stay or should he go now

    unless he gets some 'dope' from the lads using.......
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    Are there any Black Rikishi?

    WT...chuff? For real?
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    Haru Henka Sightings

    nice guy Mark Schilling. Have had the pleasure of his company. Probably the least (factual / sentence structure etc) likely to repeat things each tim he is on the show. Very little if any @I was talking to....' or 'I remember .... just coming into the sport' Missed the English yesterday but might tune in today. Fingers crossed it isn't the hip man.
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    Quotes from Day 12 - Haru 2009

    aactually, many of the things seen on the lower part of that page DO happen very briefly and the speed of a bout moves past it.
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    Quotes from Day 12 - Haru 2009

    Checked out the rule books for both ozumo and amateur and yes, it is only in the latter. If you can read the Japanese it doesn't actually say it is a foul that will lose you a fight - only that it shouldn't be continued with. Edit - should have read down - as was put in another post by Mado.
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    Quotes from Day 12 - Haru 2009

    Hmmm. I've definitely seen that somewhere. Maybe it's only in amateur. As Yamamotoyama was an amateur that might explain his confusion if it is the case. I doubt that. Several times I have seen the vertical part at the rear used as leverage in amateur sumo. in professional many more times.
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    Kaio - should he stay or should he go now

    actually, and slightly off topic - those children are not differentiated in the database which could lead new fans / general researchers to be confused as to why they have a 'record' listed.
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    NHK English commenators and the Sumo database

    IIRC, the person in charge of the English braodcast isn't full time NHK anyway. Orion / Simmons will know if around soon. Anyway, it is this bod doing the briefing ahead of time so not really a lackey. If the 'team' have anything to say I presume they can do so at that time but you know NHK.....
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    NHK English commenators and the Sumo database

    the NHK people are given a piece of paper an hour or two before the broadcast and TOLD what to say - and when to say it. The pro commentator has it as does the guest if they have one. Beside each bout is a note on which comments to cover - may have been his own fault (he had Masutoo as an up and comer a few days ago) but may have been NHKs/
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    Kaio - should he stay or should he go now

    the terminology usually rotates aound (ozeki standard is to) 'win a minimum of 10 bouts' which is kind of splitting hairs but is a term I see as leaning towards 'always' as opposed to You are right though - not practical -especially with the kadoban luvin ozeki at the moment.
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    Kaio - should he stay or should he go now

    Actually, and perhaps a coincidence, it occurs to me that James Hardy, Nishinoshima and myself have all stated on here and with James and I, in Japanese English language news sources that Kaio should go intai. All three are in Japan as is another writer on sumo I know to read the SF but not post who concurs that the bell should have long since tolled. The proximity concept perhaps??? It would be interesting to see what Orion/Simmons has to say as another forum member in Japan although of course, as is seen above, not all those overseas think he should hang on as long as his fingernails hold out.
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    Kaio - should he stay or should he go now

    Personal figure? The accepted / oft discused 'norm' for an ozeki in Japan is 10 wins - and pushing the yokozuna for the yusho. You lower the bar considerably with claiming nine is OK when even 10 wins is a mere two thirds of bouts they will fight. As most fights an ozeki gets are against lower rankers, in theory (although impossible) they will never have to beat one of their own rank or a yokozuna to satisfy this '9' that you deem required of a 'proper' ozeki. Hardly something an ozeki should be able to fall back on.
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    Kaio - should he stay or should he go now

    never a more accurate 13 words penned on the forum. And Bilu above - correct. Spot on. Kaio should have gone in 2005. His 04 yusho was against a largely absent / injured sanyaku and although he scored quite well after that has been shameful ever since. Great piece by James. Bet the amateur rikishi quoted is feeling relieved there was no mention of the arm being broken by a 10 year old! Ne, Nish? ;-) Doits - there is also the concept of James being far closer to the action and 'feeling' it more but that is never a popular concept to raise on SF. IIRC you have seen just one live basho in your life (compared to multiple although I have no idea how many for James - I imagine the 91 comment was the London Jungyo and arrival in Japan came 5-10 years later given his rough age) following sumo, but I know that doesn't make you any less of a fan than James. It might, in my view or in the view of some lucky enough to see sumo up close give a different perspective. I first saw a basho live in early 1997, and although I recall being interested in TV footage before that cannot imagine remaining a fan only by watching TV basho after basho, never having seen it live. I do greatly respect those fans for whom the love of the sport never fades even though they don't have the chance to see it in person too often - if ever. BTW - were you 'even aware' of sumo back in 94? I know the UK had it on TV late 80s? early 90s? but think it had faded by 94. Germany?
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    zabutons

    ancient ones - blue as opposed to burgundy in Tokyo
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    Articles on Azumazeki Oyakata (Takamiyama)

    was looking for him at hhe gate in Osaka today- a literary bypass ton ot me t him
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    Asashoryu and Asasekiryu in the tub

    might be CNN - search the name Kyung Lah / Asashoryu maybe - CNN anchor in Tokyo who did the interviews and very nice person.