Kintamayama

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    Keiko mawashi stolen!!

    Takasago beya, day 2 of the July basho. Makushita Terasawa hangs his keiko mawashi (which is also the mawashi he wears when he fights..) to dry on the heya's rear entrance wall. At 2 PM, a truck arrives in the alley, the driver swipes the mawashi and takes off. "He was a 40-50 year old man," said an eyewitness neighbor. The perpetrator has not been found yet. Terasawa did not have a bout that day, but as Asanoyama's tsukebito, was at the venue with him and was notified of this in the shitakubeya. He then went out and with the help of a gyoji, bought a new one for 8000 yen (75 bucks). Later , the okamisan took it upon herself to pay for it. Terasawa was scheduled to fight on day 3, but due to the urgency of the matter, was switched to day 4. And that is not all. Inside the mawashi, in one of the folds, he had the remains of his beloved 7 year old male pet rabbit Lalky, who had passed away. He has had the remains concealed there since he was an amateur wrestler and he was in deep shock from all this. Maybe the mental aspect of this shock contributed to his going makekoshi (3-4) in July. The police were called and inspected the footage from the CCTV cameras at the heya. Since everything happened very quickly, the cameras did not show the perpetrator's face clearly. There were 4-5 mawashis hanging out there at the time, but Terasawa's was in the middle and was the one taken. "I have been in the sumo world for 40 years and I've never heard of anything like this happening," said my friend ex-Ichinoya, the manager of the heya, and the guy I'm talking to in my avatar, since nobody ever asked.. Keiko-mawashi: Made of cotton and black for those under Juryo. It used to be that a keiko-mawashi was washed only upon the Oyakata's death, but lately this has changed and is cleaned using a *deck-brush, among other things. A black mawashi costs about 1000 yen ($9) per meter. The sekitori use a silk mawashi (shimekomi) during basho and jungyos, while the nonsalaried wear the same black cotton mawashi they usually train in during bashos as well, as I stated before. I'm pretty sure this is the most bizarre article I have ever translated. *Deck brush:
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    Keiko mawashi stolen!!

    OH, didn't see that.. Excellent, sir..
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    Keiko mawashi stolen!!

    Makushita rikishi don’t have keshomawashis. At first I read it that way as well, but it didn’t make sense. Then I found my glasses.
  4. Mr. Hardy: http://www.yomiuri.c...122TDY24104.htm
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    Keiko mawashi stolen!!

    Shhh...
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    Keiko at the heya has resumed under the watchful eyes of Shikihide Oyakata. Light fundamentals.
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    Nine (of 19) Shikihide beya rikishi ran way from the heya today, citing the okamisan's strict behavior. They sent a message notifying the Kyokai, and the Kyokai will call in the sides to hear their story today and try to reach some sort of settlement. They took refuge at a Karaoke place near the heya. "Moral harassment" is what they are claiming. The Oyakata himself (Ex-Kitazakura) has been ill since the beginning of the year and was out of the last basho so he could not oversee the training or give any guidance. Instead, the Okamisan was training them (???) but the rikishi lost their patience and ran away from the heya. The rikishi were complaining that the okamisan joined the heya's chat group and was reading everything and giving out instructions and when someone was slow to respond he was reprimanded. Using of electrical appliances was allowed only by her. When rikishi ordered stuff online and the stuff arrived or when stuff arrived from their parents, she opened all the parcels and took photos of them, then posted them in the group chat. "It's an invasion of privacy!" they cried out. She used to periodically hold surprise checks of the contents of their lockers as well. When anyone attempted to challenge her deeds she threatened to throw them out of the heya or report them to the Kyokai. After the basho was over she demanded the rikishi write her a "letter of reflection." It seems the okamisan was trying in her own way to be in charge, but was not accepted by the rikishi and eventually it led to a mass walkout instead. The rikishi were training in earnest and longing for the Oyakata, but he is still ill, and could not control her, some say.
  8. Due to popular demand, this can be the one..
  9. Terunofuji has started training. No sumo, just suriashi, shiko and weight-lifting. "I'm going to prepare well for Aki, is the feeling I'm going with at the moment. As for Nishikifuji (his heyamate who will be in Juryo for the first time in Aki) he should aspire upwards, aspire upwards all the time. That will change his life. Anyhow, I'll be doing what I can at this time. If a good record will follow, well.." he said.
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    GTB Aki 2020- 42 entries so far

    Of course. He is a member of the sumo world. But I didn't tell you that..
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    GTB Aki 2020- 42 entries so far

    Drring drring..(Phones don't do dring dring anymore. Get with it, man..) Hakuhou : "Yeth?" Kakuryuu: "Hello boss. So, what do you have to say?" H: "Listen, we're not young anymore, but we're still wily. Did you see how I avoided facing Teru? I lost, limped emphatically, made my way SLOWLY around the dohyo to the other side, taking care not to take the short-cut through the dohyo like everyone else ever, grimaced a lot, and limped out noticeably. I made it so that even Stevie Wonder would notice my injury.." K: "So you faked it?" H: "Hush, man, do you kiss your mother with that mouth? Of course I am injured. I just wanted it to be obvious so when I announce my kyujo people wouldn't start speculating.." K: "But didn't you just point out how wily you are and used the word avoid?" H: "Me? Avoid? Never! " K: "Scroll up a bit maybe??" H: "OK, OK, what are you calling me about during my mah-jong session?" K: "I'm thinking of hanging it up. I'm having difficulties getting used to Michinoku beya and the Kiribayama kid won't let me be.. I'm too old for drastic changes!" H "And I'm supposed to do what with that information?" K: "Maybe you have some wily idea?" H: "How about you hang it up? It's time. You should move to soccer, but maybe not, seeing as you kicked a 160 kilo guy standing right next to you and missed him totally.." K: "Hey, that's not fair - he moved!" H: "Let us summarize and say we are a wily pair. We both got some extra rest, I guess.." K: "Speaking of guess, are you doing the GTB this basho?" H: "I think rikishi cannot go out at night and play GTB because of the virus and the need for social distancing.." K: "Oh, then Abi has probably entered already.. HAHAHAHAHA!!" H: "HAHAHAHA!! Good thing we're not rikishi, as we can play GTB as usual! GTB. Please play. Rules: Guess the Banzuke. Simple. You get two points for a bulls-eye and one point for just getting the rank right. You get no points for getting drunk in a bar and "not remembering anything" the next day, after your picture hits the tabloids. Tiebreakers - Most total guesses, then we check the banzuke backwards - getting the lower half right will be important. The most correct guesses in the last ten places will win the tiebreaker. If still tied, we go up a ranking at a time like a penalty shootout. It's up to you to check if you are on the list of entries. It's going to be your fault if you don't notice that your entry went missing in the Internet void. No late entries will be expected or accepted. For rules, standings and surgical masks: http://www.dichne.com/Guess.htm For the nifty entry form: http://sumodb.sumoga...b/GTBEntry.aspx For the "new" archives: http://sumodb.sumoga...gtbarchive.aspx See if you are on the entry list: http://sumodb.sumogames.de/gtb/GTBEntryList.aspx Free online live sumo for foreign sumo fans as well!! http://inyourdreams-suckers.tv Special helper (hopefully) for your banzuke-making, courtesy of Tsuchinoninjin: http://sumoninjin.droppages.com/sumoHBcustom.html Deadline- Monday August 24th, 2020 at 18:00 GMT ("Got Martini, Tagonoura!!") - PLEASE NOTE-THIS IS ONE WEEK BEFORE THE OFFICIAL BANZUKE ANNOUNCEMENT !! Special thanks to Andoreasu who runs it, Doitsuyama who automates and maintains it and to life, because who knows where all this is leading us..
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    Corona and sumo

    Nishonoseki Ichimon has canceled its rengo-keiko in Osaka which was slated to be open to the public due to the Corona outbreak.
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    The Kyokai is in a bind here. Since an Okamisan is not a Kyokai member, the Rijikai cannot punish her. She is not employed by the Kyokai. On the one hand, she is a mother of sorts to all rikishi and plays an important role in the heya, and on the other hand-the Kyokai may decide to deal with the Oyakata harshly because he is not doing his job, regardless of the circumstances. One of the Oyakata who visited the heya back in January : "I was willing to help out but in the end it's the Oyakata and his wife's problem and it's not my place to intervene.. "I would rather the Kyokai not meddle too much in the heya's affairs as possible.." said another Oyakata. It seems that rather than relying on the Oyakata's abilities to fix the problem, the Kyokai needs to come up with a plan.
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    Videos July 2020- All days

    Laconic, since the English commentator says it all.. I had my mask on the whole time and nobody was within 10 feet of me. Somehow, this feels like a jungyo basho because of the very short time between the announcement that the basho is being held and the basho itself.
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    Gagamaru Status

    Or maybe he just doesn't want to leave sumo just yet - he's been kyujo for the last three bashos which to me means he's injured. He may be planning a comeback ala Terunofuji, who knows. I'm pretty sure we'll see him active in a basho soon. And he's only 33..
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    I think they were quoting the rikishi there.
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    I got the sock thing all wrong. It's even more bizarre. She forced all of them to wear socks. Why? Because a famous actor Junichi Ishida who was also famous for not wearing socks with shoes came down with the virus, and she immediately told everyone to wear socks at all times.. As the rikishi don't have socks, they asked their families to send them some. Now it makes sense.. Sorry about that..
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    The Okamisan used to ration the *rice, and make chanko from old rice, which tasted foul, and that was one of the reasons for the mutiny. Three other worried Oyakata did swing around in January to see what was happening there, so it was no secret I guess. Since the Oyakata fell ill at the beginning of the year, there was not much keiko going on at the heya. Since the Okamisan was appointed as an "acting Oyakata", things started to go downhill. The situation was problematic as there is a lock-down and everyone is on edge anyway.. She started sending endless long posts on the heya chat group. Then she decided to ban the wearing of socks at the heya in April "for health reasons". It became so that the lads were asking family members to send them socks. She forced all of them to wear socks. Why? Because a famous actor Junichi Ishida who was also famous for not wearing socks with shoes came down with the virus, and she immediately told everyone to wear socks at all times.. As the rikishi don't have socks, they asked their families to send them some. Also for 'health reasons", the use of the shower and the keiko-ba was by sign-up. During the July basho, only one rikishi was allowed on the keikoba per day. It seems no malice was intended by the Okamisan -she just seemed to have gone too far with her leadership, which weighed heavy on the rikishis' mental state. Still, she was the power and the authority, and even her way of making rice irked the boys. The fresh rice donated by the heya support group was used by the Okamisan for herself and for visiting acquaintances. The rikishi were fed extremely old rice from up to four years ago. "It was so foul it was inedible," said some rikishi. The Oyakata, being ill and entrusting his wife with the shopping and cooking, had no idea what was going on. In January, some oyakata voiced their worries, after not being able to reach the Oyakata on his mobile. They only received return calls from his wife. Three Oyakatas who felt something was wrong, went to visit the heya at the end of January. "There was a rumour that he was not well. When we met him at the heya, he said he had blood pressure problems and that everything would be fine, " said one of the visiting Oyakata. The rikishi have been filing into the KKan to tell the "compliance committee" their stories yesterday and today. At present, the Oyakata seems to be recovering and has announced his return, but the investigation will continue. The rikishi would like to return to an environment where they can concentrate on sumo again. .* Rice is an important part of the rikishi's diet. "Eating rice is also a job!" say the Kyokai people. About 18 litres of rice (10升, correct me if I'm wrong since I have no idea..) are consumed a day on average at a heya with a lot of rikishi. Heyas are usually fully stocked with rice, sometimes visible in large sacks at the entrance. Some heya even have special refrigerators for rice only. There is no use-by deadline, and although the retention period varies, for tasty rice it is 1-2 months.
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    Shikihide beya troubles

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    Corona and sumo

    Shibatayama on the relaxing of the going - out rule, allowing each oyakata to allow their rikishi to go out at their own discretion: "Instead of shutting them away, I'd like them to be able to take a breather. But they should keep their having fun and being careful at a 50-50 ratio.." This , as some holidays are nearing. Let's not forget these guys (except Abi and probably others who were not caught..) have been isolated since March. Among other things, new recruits will be accepted and some homecoming will be allowed as well, all at the oyakata's discretion, of course.
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    Corona and sumo

    Matsugane Oyakata (ex- Tamarikidou) has been infected and has been hospitalized. He is the second Oyakata to be infected after Takadagawa in May. During the July basho he mostly patrolled the venue and did not go to his heya. No heya members or Kyokai members were said to be in his vicinity. His family is being tested. No symptoms, no fever. He was interviewing new prospects yesterday when he took the test and was found positive a few hours later.
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    Videos July 2020- All days

    Abi and Shikihide in a nutshell..
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    Shikihide beya troubles

    Shibatayama PR man: "There was no physical violence involved. The heya rules are being questioned by the rikishi. It's an internal heya problem. I'm sure they will sort it out."
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    Are Abi's days numbered?

    -As Kintamayama suggests, Shikoroyama may not be inclined to let Abi set foot inside his stable. But the kyokai seems to want him under close supervision.- I got that one wrong. For now. I still don't see how Shikoroyama is going to "swallow" this, unless there is a deep, special, father-son relationship between them that goes beyond what I imagined. Abi is my third favorite (after Ikioi and Shoudai), so I'm happy, but I'm left with a bad taste in my mouth.
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    Are Abi's days numbered?

    Shikoroyama, what's his take? "He is paying for his mistakes. I am deeply in debt to the Kyokai for showing such leniency towards Abi and must reciprocate in kind.. He should seriously reflect upon his deeds and understand the extent of bother he has created, otherwise it won't work .." Shibatayama PR man: " We had a vote whether to accept the letter of resignation. We decided not to. He will now be under the watchful eyes of his Oyakata for six months and must seriously try to learn from this. He should feel the brunt of this punishment on his skin and become a serious person, is what I hope for."