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  1. sumojoann

    Sekitori Sweepstake - March 2023

    WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO ENTER THIS GAME?? I'm trying to recruit 2 friends.
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - March 2023

    No, there will be a new draw for the March 2023 Basho. Here is a quote from the rules posted for first basho (Jan 2023). "Next tournament, all active sekitori are put back in the hat for a new lucky draw. " (See first post by Jejima on this thread --- he has a link to the rules).
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - March 2023

    I'm definitely in!!
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - January 2023

    I thoroughly enjoyed this game! Big question --- Can we sign up ahead of time for next basho's game to avoid the mad scramble at the last minute to be included? Or do we need to be on high alert to jump in when the game is first announced?
  5. A rabbit hole indeed. I'm afraid I can't contribute anything, sorry to say. A few questions have come to mind, however. 1) Did your Zoom call last Wednesday with your potential client help you in any way? 2) Is this potential client able to provide you with a copy of his Japanese wage statement? I would be surprised if he didn't get one, and this sounds like quite an important document for you to have. 3) Since this person's company has offices all over the world, would it be appropriate for you to seek out and talk to that company's tax lawyers or tax consultants? Or might that cause problems if it's your job to see if there's any possible wrongdoing? 4) Can your company assign to you a Japanese-speaking person who could not only translate the Japanese tax return but who would be knowledgeable enough about the terminology that is being used to give you a thorough understanding of the document and the laws pertaining to it rather just a simple line-by-line translation? You would need the same help with the Japanese social security system terminology. Online language assistance is just not going to be up to the task of what you're being assigned to do. You need a quite specialized type of assistance related to Japanese tax law as well as Japanese social security law. And you're stumbling along trying to do this in a language you're not sufficiently familiar with! Your company needs to provide you with some specialized translation assistance. If you had some reference material that was translated into English, you would be fine. You would still need to do some more fact-finding in this particular case just like you would any other work assignment, but you wouldn't be put in an impossible situation like you find yourself in now. A rabbit hole indeed.
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - January 2023

    I've got my homework cut out for me. Who's this Gonorrhea fellow? Never heard of him!
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - January 2023

    For the Technique Special Prize --- The rikishi who ends up on the floor outside the dohyo the most number of times. OR --- The rikishi who loses by slippiotoshi the most often (unless that's too difficult to judge). OR --- The rikishi whose face ends up embedded in the most awkward or embarrassing parts of his opponent's body.
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    Sekitori Sweepstake - January 2023

    I definitely want to be in, but if you don't draw me an excellent one, throw him back and try again!
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    TORCHBEARER 2023: invitation, rules, and your picks

    Since I'm not familiar with most of the rikishi in Ms and a few in J, I did some research and narrowed it down to two. I did not look at anyone else's guess until I settled on who I chose and the rank. I was so surprised to see that my guess was exactly the same as @Sumo Spiffy (Setonoumi, J12W). Not wanting anyone to think that I copied from another member, I have decided that my guess will still be Setonoumi but at the rank J12E. I must admit, though, it Sumo Spiffy wins this game with their guess of J12W, it will take me a while to get over my jealous snit! lol
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    Happy Birthday, Profomisakari!

    I tried to find something charming but dignified on Youtube to wish you a Happy Birthday with, but couldn't find anything I liked. So now I've arrived empty-handed bearing nothing but a BIG WISH for you to have HAPPINESS and GOOD HEALTH today and in the future.
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    Happy Birthday, Asojima!

    Happy Birthday to you, Asojima!! Us geezers and geezerettes need to support each other. Thinking of you on your Special Day!
  12. I hope you will post more about your sumo-related travels with Mr Pibb. Very informative as well as entertaining. I love that Mr Pibb is an influencer on Instagram!
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    Hi all

    Welcome to the Forum, Offely! Lots of friendly folks. We look forward to your participation.
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    Terutsuyoshi news

    This past October at the Fan Appreciation event, he was the one playing table tennis with the public. He looked very happy and relaxed. Maybe that experience exacerbated any feelings of restlessness or dissatisfaction he might be having over his lot in life.
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    Can anyone fix this bug?

    That's very strange! No problem at this end and my computer is VERY old and often gives me problems. I've also never seen that kind of error message before.
  16. EDIT TO ADD THIS MESSAGE -- I THINK I HAVE MESSED UP THE VOTE COUNT BY MAKING A SECOND POST RATHER THAN EDITING MY FIRST POST TO ASK ABOUT THE YOKOZUNA-OZEKI SITUATION. IF I HAVE CAUSED A PROBLEM, LMK BY PRIVATE MESSAGE AND I WILL EDIT MY FIRST POST AND DELETE THIS POST. (THE VOTE COUNT SHOWS 6 BUT IN REALITY ONLY 5 HAVE VOTED). I have to say, I'm very confused about this concept of "Yokozuna-Ozeki." Does this mean that there would never be a situation where there would be 2 Ozeki but NO Yokozuna? Would the O-East automatically become a Yokozuna-Ozeki? When would there be a situation where there would be NO Yokozuna but TWO Yokozuna-Ozeki? Do I have to change my answer to show that Abi would be Yokozuna-Ozeki? What about Hoshoryu? Thanks!
  17. - - - - - - - Y - - - - - - Abi - - - - O - - - - Hoshoryu Much as I admire Terunofuji, I feel like it's inevitable that his body (or critical parts he needs) will give out soon. I predict he will come back from his recent surgery and compete and maybe even win a Yusho but will be kyujo for Nagoya. He might even attempt to fight at Kyushu but will suffer a serious injury that will cause him to go kyujo again before Day 15. At that point, he will finally give up the battle and will reluctantly retire by the end of 2023. Abi has a lot going for him, not all of it positive, in my mind. He has a very strong "killer" instinct and has been very successful doing his own brand of sumo, which consists of using his height and amazingly long arms to get at the neck of his opponents and strangle them! He is so quick and confident that his opponents don't seem to be able to counter his attacks. I see him going as far as Ozeki sometime in 2023. Just hope he doesn't get injured (those supporters on both his elbows concern me). Hoshoryu keeps improving all the time and I'm amazed at his versatility and technical skill. He is also highly driven to prove himself to Uncle. He knows what it takes to succeed and is very very serious about winning. His leg trips are amazing. He will be promoted to Ozeki by the end of 2023. I lack confidence in Takakeisho. He has generally managed to avoid injury but boy, when he's injured, he doesn't seem very resilient to me. He looks intimidating and that left paw of his is amazing. I DON'T want to jinx him, but I worry that he will suffer an injury that will ultimately cause him to lose his Ozeki rank sometime in 2023. I pray that I am wrong. Neither Shodai (mentally) nor Mitakeumi (mentally and possibly physically) are in any shape to regain their Ozeki ranks in 2023 or probably ever. There are several other interesting up-and-comers but it's such a BIG LEAP to get to Ozeki that I don't see it happening in time for the January 2024 banzuke. I'm impressed with Wakamotoharu who seems to be catching up with his bro, Wakatakakage, whom I had high hopes for after his Yusho. Wakatakakage seems too inconsistent to be an Ozeki contender, though. Maybe in 2024 he'll achieve it. That sibling rivalry will push both of them. Takanosho looked soooo promising a year ago. A very good rikishi, a very nice guy from what I've heard, but something must be wrong. Injury? Nishikifuji impressed me. New guy in Makuuchi but calm and confident. Oho promising but inconsistent. Kiribayama earned an impressive 11-4 in his Makuuchi debut and won a special prize, and though he has had some amazing Ozeki-worthy bouts, I don't see him as an Ozeki on the January 2024 banzuke. Okay, y'all please forgive my stream-of-consciousness babble. This is what's actually going on in my brain!
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    TV shows and movies musical themes

    Here is my second-favorite, and really the only other rap song I like. It's "Lose Yourself" by Eminem and is from the movie "8 Mile" (2002).
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    TV shows and movies musical themes

    Yes!! Amish Paradise! LOL Hilarious!
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    Sumo Halloween Costumes Get Cancelled.

    Here's another excellent video to show stupid people what an exciting sport sumo is, and to get them out of that ignorant mindset that sumo is just fat guys in diapers belly-bumping. I find that if I show people videos of Enho (winning, of course!), I may not get a convert to sumo fandom, but it does seem to open people's eyes to the fact that there is a lot more to the sport. I then get a chance to explain that there are no weight classes, the ring is only 15 feet wide, the wrestlers wear nothing but the mawashi, the meaning of salt-throwing, the strong ties with the Shinto religion, etc, etc. Enho did single-handedly convert one acquaintance of mine into a fan, mainly of Enho, though! She kept going outside for cigarette breaks but told me later that she always took her phone so she could watch YT videos of his bouts while smoking!
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    Sumo Halloween Costumes Get Cancelled.

    Here is a great video to show your ignoramuses. It has a lot going for it! 1) It shows the GOAT's 30th winning Yusho; 2) lots of belt-grabbing, very little belly-bumping; 3) shows only the end of each bout, good for short attention spans; 4) shows the name of the winning technique at the end of each bout to help them understand that not every bout is the same; 5) has music to entertain them!
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    TV shows and movies musical themes

    I normally don't care for rap music, but I make a HUGE exception for "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio (R.I.P.) from the 1995 movie "Dangerous Minds". This song became much bigger than the movie. The melody and chorus add a lot of emotion to the song and lyrics. Far beyond a typical rap song.
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    Dallas Sumo Club

    The Fox 4 News segment was very well done! All of the participants communicated so well and their enthusiasm was palpable. I wish you continued success in growing the Dallas Sumo Club, the other sumo clubs in Texas and elsewhere in the US. Y'all are definitely on your way!
  24. Below is a post written by @Akinomaki, who was answering a question in another thread from someone who wanted information on the best way to buy sumo tickets. NOTE: ----- He indicates that the ticket terminals at the 7/11s can be switched to English. Assuming there haven't been any changes, that should solve your language issue at the 7/11. However, I can't determine from your post, @since_94, if you have already ordered your tickets. Akinomaki indicates that if you order from the official site, you would have to register and buy from the Japanese pages. So if you haven't ordered your tickets yet, I would recommend you order from ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Posted November 9 by @Akinomaki) "Not quite as easy, but you can nowadays always get tickets directly from the official site, till a day before you plan to go to visit the basho. Unfortunately they more or less scrapped the English side and you have to register and buy from the Japanese pages, when sales have started. Since there is hardly ever a sellout now, you can still buy tickets when you are in Japan, at the 7/11 convenience stores where you have to collect your tickets also when you order via the site. The ticket terminals there can be switched to English. There was a TicketsToday service for foreigners, but I can't access the site now and don't know if it still works." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  25. Have you already placed your order? If not, I recommend you purchase your tickets through So quick and easy. Even my Japanese friend in Japan gets his ticket this way.