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  1. But isn't this intersesting - and a wee bit hopefull too? (At least for those of us who fell that sumo ought to open up more to foreigners.)

    "Sumo, like Japan itself, is becoming globalized," said Yutaka Matsumura, chairman of the Japan Sumo Federation. "Not everyone is happy about it, but I would say it is inevitable. I think in the end it will make us more competitive and raise the bar for greatness."

  2. Could the Kyokai take into consideration the reason of Baruto going kyuju? It's not as if he chickened out and faked a injury... I sure hope he stays in juryo.

    Anyways, isn't this kid Homasho the one there's been a bit of a buzz about? How come? (I'm not very much up to date...)

  3. Here in Holland both answers would be exactly like yours.

    It snowed here last Friday. (Clapping wildly...) You should have seen it. The wind was raging and in just a few hours, everything was covered under a heavy white load. It was so unreal, it suddenly seemed to come out of nowhere.

    My husband and I had planned to go out that night - that was his birthday present for me - and because of the weather, we decided to go by bus. But when we left, we found out that all the buses had stopped driving because of the snow storm ;-) A very early end to our romantic night out (Showing respect...)

    Right now, most of the snow has already melted and the wind is completely gone.

    Oh well..... hubby promised we will try again soon (Heart) . And at least the weather matched my mood that day :-S

    I really really hope that you did get your babysitter to promise to come back. It's hopeless when you plan anything in minutial detail, only to see it flop due to something out-of-your-control. (Media otitis or weather or whatever)

    But cold outside makes you (Clapping wildly...) inside... (And that's the truth about the Swedish sin, really :-) )

  4. In San Diego, it is almost unbearable. We actually had to close our windows last night.

    Oh, deary me. Careful there, you might catch a pneumonia. ;-)

    Anyways, the snow here has melted due to rain. But now during the night, all this half-melted snow slush will freeeeze all over again - and thus creating a city made of ice-skating ramps. On that matter, have you noticed how people walk "the duck-walk" when it's icy? Carefull steps, ten centimeter between the feet, arms a little out from the sides. We all wag along like ducks. Occasionally someone trying to look cool, or just being in a hurry, will try to walk normally. But then, whoops, a litlle slippery today, a little Bambi on ice, and they too conform to the duck-walk.

    But who cares? I am officially finished with my horrendously boring tentamina! (Showing respect...) (Clapping wildly...) (Clapping wildly...) Perhaps I ought to :-) ! Nah, I feel a bit :-S after nine hours of mangling the science of knowledge.

  5. It is most unfair that I have to sit indoors writing a stupid tentamina about what some schmuck said about the knowledge of knowledge a hundred years ago. It actually snowed last night here in G

  6. I've kept wanting to ask you, but somehow never got around to it. Today, when I really ought to work, seem ti be the right day, however. Is that really the great blue dragon standing beside you? If it is, I' seriously jeallous. What's your impression of the man? (And yes, this is a bit (You are going off-topic...) )

  7. On the subject - Asa's just had a son, hasn't he? And the dai-Yokozuna did state that he hoped the little lad would one day be a rikishi. Try living up to that one...

    But on the other hand, how many famous acters have children who themselves try it out on the big screen? (And how many of them fail utterly...)

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it still more common in Japan to follow your fathers footsteps? (Compared to Europe that is.) And if you have, more or less, the same succesfull genepool as your dad, but get to inherit all his experience, and have his support from day 1 - no wonder that's a highway to success. (Must be an ever faster highway to unhappiness if you do not share dear ol' dad's passion, though...)

  8. I really really really ought to do my exam work on the subject of science, knowledge and philosophy (exciting, isn't it!), but this thread is just so much more interesting.

    Henka? Hmm, in one way I feel that it's bad. I mean, how exciting exactly is it to watch the two rikishis prepare and prepare and prepare - and the actual bout to last half a second? So in that way a henka spoils my fun. Otherwise? Weeell, it's a bit like raising children - you do what works. If it works, and it's not against the rules - then it's OK and perhaps even a good idea.

    Sumotalk? Well, even though the two "new" gyus do embroid a bit to far sometimes, they are always fun to read. I mean, come on, I'm not going to marry them or vote them for president or whatever. I don't have to agree with a single letter to enjoy it.

    Uuh, I'd better get back now...

  9. Well, I'd like to add my very own "lifetime-achievment-award" to dear Kotonowaka, the gentle giant. Mr. Ippon has been a true original, and I very much look forward to seeing his achievments in the future.

    And could I hand out sort of a by-the-side fighting spirit award it would go to Ama. I love seeing the little guy always meeting his opponents head on. What a technique, too!

  10. The man is a dai-Yokozuna. No doubt about it in my mind. yes, in a way he's had a little less recistance than previous yokozunas - but that can only take you so far. If the recistance was so low - then why couldn't Kaio grab the chance for promotion?

    But, I admit, it certainly looks as if there will be more resistance for the blue dragon in the future.

    Still... What an amazing achievment!!!

  11. Ama 5-4 (losing to Kotooshu by oshidashi)

    "I did not want to go for a henka."

    (Applauding...) I love you, Ama!

    Asashoryu 9-0

    (Asked about two wins separating him and the rest but evading the question altogether, talking about a marathon race.)

    Have you noticed the difference between Asa two years ago and Asa now? He handles the press sooo well now.

    Hakuho 6-3

    "I really felt lousy yesterday but I calmed down quite a bit now."

    The kid actually has got feelings? Amazing. He's always so cooool. (Applauding...)

  12. Kotooshu and Hakuho -oh yes. Most definetly. But Wakanosato? Hmmm, not so sure there. Baruto? Maybe, I have no idea (but I do hope hope hope).

    These are the names that always, more or less, get mentioned. Has anyone got a really wild guess - that might still actually happen?

  13. Debating insults? Yeah, sure, why not?

    Anyway, I was speaking to a friend the other day. This particular friend has spent some time in Australia. According to her, the Aussies doesn't use swearwords. The words we might think of as swearwords, such as for example bastard, is so well incorporated into the common everyday language that it has lost it's ability to offend - and thus stopped being a swearword. True? I don't know. But it is an interesting illustration of how our perception of words change over time.