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  1. In the article there is mention of certain heya running live streams of their keiko. Does anyone have the links for these streams? (Apologies if these are listed elsewhere in this sub-topic or another)
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    Corona and sumo

    The first Sponichi article said this is thought to be from a heya with many sekitori. The second Sponichi article said the source said there were multiple rikishi thought to be in poor health but only one had been tested. This is obviously worrying for the heya and ozumo as a whole, not least of which is because some of the rikishi have, or are at risk from, co-morbidities.
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    Another Sekitori Marriage

    From what the article said, that the deshi suddenly retired in September 2019, can we assume this was Akashiryu? He was the only Tagonoura rikishi that retired then. He didn't appear in the basho, going 0-0-7
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    Hakuho & the Olympics - a dilemma.

    Wow, those names take me back! I lived in Japan from October 1998 for nearly two years, so most of those names were staples on my time there. It’s so interesting to remember a time before Wakanohana and Musashimaru were Yokozuna, Kaio was ozeki, and when Musoyama was still active.
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    I must’ve felt my ears burning, then. No, actually it was reason some of John Gunning’s stuff that helped pique my curiosity. Also a bit more time on my hands now my country is on lockdown.
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    It's great that you have come forward to be a speaker, not just a silent reader!
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    Only Official Sumo Ring Outside Japan

    Probably the only one that is clay AND raised AND permanent. There were a couple of permanent clay rings in the Czech Republic that I saw in 2005. They had been built by Jaroslav Poriz and his family. One was in the bowels of an old soccer stadium in Prague, and was reminiscent of a training area at a heya, although a bit smaller. The other was adjoined to the restaurant of the Hotel Sumo in Jilemnice, run by Mr Poriz snr. It could be used for training, but had mirrors and walls rather close, so wasn't as safe to throw adult opponents in matches.
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    A Whole Bunch of Foreigners Do Sumo

    Why does everyone think it is throwing rice? Yes, there is a lot of rice in Japan, and it is white, but don't people think that rice would make the dohyo slippery?
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    Atsuta shrine dohyo-iri

    Highly unlikely. The kesho mawashi are from the Kinki regional Miyagino koenkai.
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    European Sumo Championships - Ukraine or Hungary

    Mark, that is a pretty even-handed treatment of the issue. I think there are a few more issues at play than you probably had space to explore, but you've hit to the heart of the current divide. Prior to the talk of the ISA, several European federations were unhappy with the original charges for the hotel and that this was tied to registration for the tournament. I think, also, that the IFS has demonised Stephen Gadd for very minor actions. In turn, I think Stephen has quite rightly been prickly toward them in response. I'd like to know if this gets picked up in Europe (or elsewhere) on the basis of your discussion with the media outlet.
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    good evening...

    Welcome! Have a look around, and enjoy.
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    New Egyptian recruit- Oosunaarashi

    Certainly a former commentater has told me that one new recruit asked her whether he would be expected to drink alcohol and eat pork. When told he would, apparently the shin-deshi said he would keep his religion in his heart.
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    European Sumo Championships - Ukraine or Hungary

    Any update on this? Which publication and when?
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    European Sumo Championships 2012 (Hungary)

    Do you have links to the online content you mention?
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    Manny grounds Delta

    So presumably he did not fly Delta Airlines on the way over. You would think that something was said when he booked 3 seats under his own name...
  16. For the sake of full disclosure, as this is a commercial activity, may we know which forum member is associated and how?
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    Musashimaru's nephew

    Very interesting. He will be the first new entrant from Hawaii since November 1991 - more than 20 years!
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    Baruto honoured by President of Estonia

    The original post said third class, didn't it?
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    Eastern Japan University Championships

    The rugby club member helping out harks back to the early years of university amateur sumo tournaments, around a century ago. Schools often had members of the baseball drafted in to make up numbers.
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    Izori question

    Maybe kakezori?
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    Baruto honoured by President of Estonia

    Nice colour choice by Baruto as well. Fits well with the flag.
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    Marvin now

    For those who don't follow Japanese, you'll see Marvin Lee Jr (former Daishoyu) from about 10:30 into the video. The set up here is two people who want to become performers in the entertainment industry and this is a brief competition between the two to see who the panel favour as the more interesting. He is on for about 3 mins. FYI, this is one of the most popular early afternoon weekday TV programmes in Japan: Waratte ii tomo
  23. Moderator Notice Let's not pick holes in particular word usage as there is quite a linguistic mix at play in the membership of the forum. Yes, this debate on a specific word has been undertaken by two native english speakers, but let's just face the facts that the article has been edited by others and has now been published. it's part of the public record, so let's debate the ideas, not nitpick the vocabulary here as it does not change the meaning of what the author wrote.
  24. "This means that come the first day of the Aki Basho in September and the unveiling of the yusho portraits for the Natsu Basho, and July's tournament in Nagoya, reporters, commentators and all those in the Japanese media covering the sport will be faced with a conundrum so often avoided in the world of sumo: nationality." Will they? Why particularly then rather than now? The Natsu basho has just finished at the home of sumo, in close proximity to the major press organisations. I know that the yusho potraits brings attention to the previous two basho, but I wonder why any scrutiny of nationality would not take place now, in the afterglow of the tournament victory? For all we know, Kyokutenho could have a career ending injury and be almost a footnote in sumo history by the time September rolls around. I sometimes think that we, the members of the forum, perhaps consider nationalism and nationality in ozumo a little more strongly than it should be. This perhaps reflects are positions as either: a) outsiders to Japan, or b) non-Japanese in Japan. The number of Japanese nationals (either originally or naturalised) on this forum is very low, so we perhaps project our nationalities and nationalisms on the rikishi, particulary the gaikoku shusshin ones.
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    Retirees after Natsu 2012

    You've pretty much nailed it. My translation would be: And now a report from me: former makunouchi rikishi Ryuho who came across from Tatsutagawa-beya has decided to retire this basho. Having major problems in his knee and lower back, he has rehabilitated the injuries so as to be able to appear in the basho but the man himself has decided [to retire]. It's a terrible shame. His dampatsushiki has not yet been arranged. This weekend he will have another knee surgery and after this will submit his retirement papers. Thank you for supporting him.