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    Arashio Criticizes China

    So how did he get by growing up in China?
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    "React"--and lack thereof

    In reading through some of the Invision Community forums, it appears the number of reactions is not customizable. Simply an on/off feature administrators can toggle as they like.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- November 2020

    For those interested in the requirements and procedures for naturalizing as a Japanese citizen, the following website has a lot of information: https://www.turning-japanese.info/p/intro.html
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    Promotion/Demotion/Yusho Discussion Aki 2020

    Not sure about that. Two NSK executives formally announce his promotion in person. Both longtime makuuchi veterans. Respected oyakata. The lowliest oyakata outranks even Hakuho. For Kisenosato's promotion to yokozuna, former sekiwake Kasugano and Takadagawa were the messengers.
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    "React"--and lack thereof

    Both of these issues are admin level issues that can only be addressed by @Exil
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    Tamanoi Beya & COVID-19

    Perhaps you've misunderstood. ILI, influenza-like illness, respiratory infection. Apples and apples. Coronaviruses have been known as one of the agents of the common cold for better than a half century. I'm not supporting the position of communal or familial responsibility, though those things are not at all unknown in Japan and the sumo world. I was wondering more generally how the NSK and all its members got by in past pandemics. How did the organisation survive? How did they manage tournaments and jungyo and training in all of that? Is it known that they punished heya with infections collectively? That rikishi dropped down the banzuke? There were no PCR tests in those days. They had to rely on symptoms. Nobody could be excluded for a dubious test. Some historical context would be extremely interesting and informative...
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    Exactly so, and in days gone by The Geek might have made a tidy bundle upon his retirement (in addition to whatever withheld kensho monies and NSK gratuities received). Now that there is no return to those days (for him nor us), all he can do is hang on and pine for better days. The best he could ever hope for is half the crowd as a usual high-profile intai event, more like a quarter of the usual crowd and perhaps none at all. The others in the queue face the same dilemma.
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    September (Aki) Basho- offical thread (yay..)

    What the NSK could do there is make a policy that states it's just fine to fight on as long as you are able to mount the dohyo, but what sort of retirement ceremony you may have is dictated by what rank you retire at, not the one you attained at your peak. Yokozuna would always be good. So would a good many ozeki. There are probably a dozen good reasons why this is not done, but it would be a way to raise the stakes when considering under what terms you'd like to go out. Imagine if that were already the case - the Terunofuji miracle would be even more miraculous.
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    Tamanoi Beya & COVID-19

    Let's think for a moment. What did the NSK do in 1918 when the Spanish Flu swept over the world? What about in 1957 when the Asian Flu hit? And in 1968, when the Hong Kong Flu took off? Certainly the sumo world was not entirely free of sick or infected members during those times. Too long ago. Ok, let's go way back to 2009... https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/swine-flu-hits-japans-sumo-wrestlers/news-story/5ee360bb776108e2c3f179f17b7d3ddb
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    Hokutoumi pulls an Ip Man

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    Keiko mawashi stolen!!

    Might have been Kyokutaisei in that documentary. Yeah, obviously the canvas sort get washed. The silken shimekomi, not so much.
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    Corona and sumo

    Any coinfections? https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/medical-community-increasingly-mindful-of-co-infection-during-coronavirus-pandemic/ar-BB11YV2Y
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    Do you eat eggs for breakfast?

    There is the full English breakfast. around in one form or another for roughly 700 years. It seems that since the Edwardian period the in ingredients have been standardized to include eggs.
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    Are Abi's days numbered?

    Occasionally some inner thigh touching may happen, supposedly...
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    I've always wondered how factual that was, but the result was and is crystal clear.