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  1. Doreen Simmons' Passing

    I'm not sure that such news would be a shock for a force like Doreen. I never met her personally, but we chatted from time to time online. I know she was just being polite, but I felt honored when she offered, out of the blue, to take me visiting some of the heya the "next time" I was in Tokyo. A person on the ML reports: Here's a link to her church's announcements page RIP Doreen
  2. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    A link to Kyodo's article about the above visit, in English. She met with Shibatayama, the head of PR. "Mr. Shibatayama said he heard me as a member of the (JSA) board and said they will hold discussions. I hope that this takes us forward and tradition isn't used as an excuse to end talks," Nakagawa said. Also from the article: "she proposed changes to existing rules, such as one that prohibits female politicians from honoring winners in the ring." So, multiple rule changes proposed, but the only one mentioned in the article is the one having to do with politicians.
  3. Takanohana Ichimon-the end?

    There should be 3 links immediately below the end of your post - Quote, Edit, Options. Options contains the link to let you delete your post. Edit lets you, well, edit.
  4. Takanohana Ichimon-the end?

    A name change to bring better luck I guess
  5. Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    I would too. I just couldn't think of the names of other positions that have rankings Adding another idea, we know the wife of the Oyakata has a role in sumo (Okamisan). Do the wives of the rikishi have any role, beyond standing by their man? I'm thinking along the lines of helping Okami-san with some of her stuff (under her direction), anything like that?
  6. Japan Times Sumo Column Request

    What is life like for a low ranking non-rikishi - the yobidashi, gyoji, etc
  7. Should-have-been Y/O

    Some info about Wakanohana III (hope this isn't a repost) At M3 for Hatsu 1993 his record was 10-5 and he was awarded the Gino-sho and then promoted to Ke for the March basho, where he won 14-1Y, followed by 10-5, 13-2D (from Se). So there was a new ozeki in September (37 wins as a sanyaku rikishi over 3 consecutive basho). There are 2 runs of interest to me during the second half of his 29 ozeki basho. During the first he went 12-3Y, 0-4-11, 12-3J, 12-3J, 10-5, 11-4J, 11-4D, 14-1Y, and then was injured, missing all or part of the next 2 basho. The second run was after he returned from that injury. He finished 8-7, 12-3, 10-5, 10-5, 14-1Y, 12-3Y. The consecutive yusho was what got him promoted to yokozuna. In all as an ozeki: 29 basho, 274-101-60 with 4 Yusho and 5 Jun-Yusho. His time as yokozuna began with records of 10-5, 12-3J, 9-6, 13-2D, but then he was injured again. He missed all or part of the next 3 basho, then returned to finish at 7-8 during the September 99 basho. He did not take part in the next 2 basho. He started the next tournament at 2-4, and retired. In all, 11 yokozuna basho, 61-38-57, 2 Jun-yusho
  8. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Gender neutral child pizza?
  9. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    NSK needs to get some professional media and PR (and other) people in there to help reduce the public clueness. So they (supposedly) changed the rules in March? Then why didn't they tell anyone back then, especially the local jungyo planners? Restrict the ex-rikishi to things having to do with the tournament, let professionals in other fields handle the rest. Of course that would require a change from what they've always done, and the NSK won't even consider modernization. They'd rather continue blundering around.
  10. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    I forgot about Australia! Of course "football" there = Australian Rules Football, which always reminded me more of rugby than American football. (back when they were first starting up, ESPN showed a *lot* of footy)
  11. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Interesting article, John. I also liked the 1st (so far, only) comment, in which the writer says the high priest at his local Shinto shrine is female.
  12. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Better be sure your all-male medical team is dohyo-side and ready to go at all times, not just during matches. Can't have any more female medics trying to do their job to help save someone having a stroke on the dohyo while the current crew stand around waiting for someone else to do something. Oh, and "Gumption" is an informal noun having to do with having initiative, courage, and common sense (link)
  13. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    That means nothing. Again, how do you know she didn't complain, regardless of whether or not it made the media?
  14. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    How do you know she didn't complain last year?
  15. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Thanks for that. I'd forgotten about the yobidashi(?) being sent up to do the "are you breathing? get up, you're bleeding on the dohyo" thing.