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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Let's hope the Ozeki's can stay out of Kadobanland. Otherwise, they might as well be known as the Osucki's.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Has anyone noticed Hokutofuji's brand new mawashi? It's royal blue and a really nice replacement for that awful silver/gray rag he had been wearing. The old one was stained and always looked wet with sweat and god knows what else. It was like the old joke -- To check to see if something needs to be washed, just throw it against the wall & see if it sticks!
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Do you think he was being sarcastic?
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Just a few days ago, we saw the new ozumo graduates make their traditional appearance at the beginning of the Natsu basho. What struck me, and others have mentioned this, is the fact that there were about 30 or 35 of them!! The biggest group I remember seeing in a long time. So maybe things are not so bad after all.
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    Recreational mis-quotation

    "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!" --- Asanoyama, Ryuden, Takagenji, Osunaarashi, et al. "Old man, take a look at my life, I'm a lot like you." --- Kotonowaka, and his father, Sadogatake Oyakata, and grandfather, Yokozuna Kotozakura. "He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother." --- Wakatakakage, Wakamotoharu and Wakatakamoto. Also Chiyomaru and Chiyootori. Also Tobizaru and Hidenoumi.
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    Recreational mis-quotation

    "Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the [dohyo]." --- Kotoyuki "I just wanna be your teddy bear." --- Ura "Just a swangin', well, just a swangin'." --- Aoiyama, Kotonowaka
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    Recreational mis-quotation

    Right now, I can only think of retired rikishi --- "You are what you eat." --- Orora. Actually, this could apply to ALL rikishi. "I say no to drugs, but they don't listen." --- Takagenji "Dear pimples, if you're going to live on my face [and body], I need to see some rent." --- Harumafuji
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    Recreational mis-quotation

    Hey, these examples are GREAT!!! Hahaha!
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Back then, many if not most of the rikishi who became Yokozuna were recruited into ozumo at a very young age (15 or 16). They had many years already in the professional world, so it would not be that uncommon to get the rope at a relatively young age. Nowadays, many of the new rikishi don't enter the world of professional sumo until they have graduated high school or university, so I would expect the age at which they could get the rope to be higher. And from what I've read, it doesn't seem as if those rikishi who have been allowed to bypass the lower ranks have performed well enough to be considered as Yokozuna material, at this time anyway. I think it would actually be quite unusual nowadays to see a rikishi get the rope before the age of 25.
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    Rikishi Status - 2022 Natsu

    Do you know why?
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I agree that there is a difference between a full-on henka and what Harumafuji used to do, which I think was actually called a "HENKA-non-henka". It was still a henka, IMO, because the hapless recipient had little or no opportunity to engage. He becomes powerless because there is no real tachiai, and all that forward momentum is wasted as he is basically just escorted or pushed off the dohyo.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I guess I'm one of the crybabies. I think henkas are a cheap, shoddy way to win, and show a pathetic level of desperation.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Around our house, Kotonowaka is known as "Quad-tits."
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    Rikishi Status - 2022 Natsu

    When Asanoyama reappears at the Nagoya basho, does anyone know what his rank will be? Will it be Ms42w? A sumo friend of mine in Japan thought he would have to start in Sandanme.
  15. Oh, no apologies necessary, Bugman! I had not seen the Youtube thread from Sept 2021, so this is all new to me. In fact, I just told my husband about Rambalac and he's very interested. He's aching to go back to Japan but he'll have to make do with what he can get at this time. Thanks for posting it. Edit to add -- Rambalac really could be called the "Rambla" because that's what he is!!
  16. http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/search/?q=rambalac You are not imagining things, Yamanashi! Bugman himself mentioned it back on Sept 21, 2021.
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    Weight a minute..

    The first time I REALLY noticed how tall Kagayaki is, was when he was in the ring with Enho Enho had to almost reach up to try to get to Kagayaki's mawashi while Kagayaki had to bend way over and reach down to get at Enho's.
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    Weight a minute..

    In the US and maybe elsewhere, being dense means you're stupid.
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    Weight a minute..

    I don't think so. The heaviest I recall him being was 207kg (456 lbs), and as I recall he took a break from sweets for a while in order to lose weight. His wikipedia page was updated on Nov 28, 2021 and at that time he was 206kg (454 lbs). He must be hitting the sweets again or maybe not getting enough exercise due to the pandemic. It goes without saying that 211kg (465 lbs) is huge!
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    Weight a minute..

    You're right. Per wikipedia (his page was updated Jan 23, 2022), he weighed 97kg (214 lbs) at that time. I don't recall him ever weighing over 99kg.
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    Weight a minute..

    There are only THREE Makuuchi rikishi who weigh LESS than Wakatakakage (131kg) --- 1) Terutsuyoshi (111kg), 2) Midorifuji (112kg) and 3) Ishiura (119kg). Amazing! Or to phrase it better, ALL of the Makuuchi rikishi weigh MORE than Wakatakakage with the exception of those three!
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    Hakuho's last dohyo-iri

    I got lucky. I did a search on Youtube for "Hakuho final ring entering ceremony 2021" & Chris Sumo's video popped up immediately. I decided that "dohyo-iri" might not be as well known to some viewers.
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    Hakuho's last dohyo-iri

    Here you go. Right after the beginning of the video.
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    Hanakaze retires

    Based on what Kinta said back on Jan 25, it looks like he was going to work in a newly opened restaurant, not HIS restaurant, although it would be great if he had his own restaurant.
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    Gyoji and Yobidashi

    Thank you for this video. Next, can you please film the Makuuchi Yobidashi and Gyoji? There is a Makuuchi Yobidashi named Shigeo who is the best singer of them all. His voice is incredibly beautiful. I would be in hog heaven if you made a video of just him singing. Part of the reason I stay up til 2 AM (my time) to watch the live broadcast of the basho is just to hear him and he only sings twice. It can sometimes be frustrating because his singing is often drowned out by the announcers going over slow-motion replays. Shigeo usually sings about 5:10 PM Japan Time. I don't have a sample of him singing, unfortunately. I rely on Youtube to hear repeats and the videos of the basho are usually taken down soon after the basho end. Thanks again for your interest in the Yobidashi and Gyoji.