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Otokonoyama last won the day on October 13 2012

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  1. Still love watching this guy fight.
  2. Three days rest required according to the NHK announcer.
  3. 30ºC in Tokyo today.
  4. His heel appeared to be out after his initial tawara balancing act, and I think he noticed. He knew he'd lost but not been called on it, and didn't put up much resistance after that probably in concession as a gentleman.
  5. Looking at the overhead replay, it doesn't appear that Hakuho closed his hand. IIRC that seems to be the heuristic the judges use to rule on hairpulls. That and whether or not it was it part of the kimarite, which it wasn't in this case.
  6. You should be fine with Japanese footwear. Wide fitting shoes are standard - the shop Orion describes is a specialty store with relatively hard-to-find (in Japan) narrow width shoes. D width are often special order here, and 4E very common.
  7. Some incredible konjo, or guts, shown by Kise today. I think one of our members wrote this very ending just last night, but what an exciting show it was.
  8. On the bright side, perhaps Kotoshogiku can get some more ad work in now that he has fewer responsibilities.
  9. Thank you for that. It is something that has to be described, and is open to interpretation. In my view, shoubu is more "life or death" if you will, only a single chance, one shot or one fall decides the encounter. No second place, no second chance. Black or white, maru batsu. As close as you can come to dancing on the line of a real life no rules fight without descending into mere pugilism. Shiai is more of a sporting encounter, a match, something you win on points over a defined time period. A judo match or point karate and the like.
  10. To me, it is very much a 試合 versus 勝負 situation, but I have difficulty expressing it succinctly (or at all) in English.
  11. Here we'll have to agree to disagree. There are rikishi who do somehow manage to watch where they are going, and respond to henka attempts from their opponents. Not always successfully, but not caught completely unaware. Blind chargers expect blind luck. There are enough skilled rikishi to make that proposition somewhat risky. And nowhere will you find a more flagrant gambler in this situation as Kotoshogiku.
  12. I agree with Asashosakari that Kotoshogiku was not particularly low in the initial charge. What he was was blind. Again. As he usually is. Head down, eyes down. No chance to react to anything, only to meet a head-on charge. He has an very fast, very strong charge, but doing it blind is not good sumo. He had a great run, and deserves recognition for that. His recent yet inevitable decline announces it is time for a changing of the guard. There may be something personal between these two rikishi. But the result is not a fluke. Sayonara Ozeki. お疲れ様でした。
  13. When your opponent has a glaring and consistent weakness in their sumo, you exploit that to your advantage. To do any less would be dishonest. Kotoshogiku has shown time and again that he is blind when he does his tachiai, and has refused to correct this weakness for more than a few matches after he gets caught out. Regrettably, he reverted to the same tachiai when his return to ozeki was on the line. That is the nature of shōbu. Whether it is a single bout, or a rank on the line. He made a critical error, and he paid. That is sumo.