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  1. Thank you @Otokonoyama for splitting that drivel off this thread.
  2. Welcome to the forum! You really know that the forum is a good place to be when someone living in Tokyo, with all the wealth of information at their disposal locally, appreciates it for its bounty of information!
  3. Drat! I haven't got any more likes. Thnks @Kintamayama and shide kou for this compilation!
  4. First time ever I did well enough in this game for a jun-yusho or shukun-sho. Thanks to scoremaster Jakusotsu and to Jejima for this entertaining and frustrating game!
  5. No, J8w is too far down to be a promotable position.
  6. Wow, that is some well-equipped exercise room.
  7. Day 15 -- 4s
  8. Keiko at Arashio beya on May 11th -- (before a lot of guests crowded on the bench making a view of any action iimpossible.) Three youngsters posed for the assembled tourists afterwards The dohyo matsuri on Saturday 13th -- Takayasu second from the right -- At the end of the ceremony, the taiko drummers started their tour around the heyas with three turns around the dohyo: After the ceremony was over, yobidashi came to fill the holes and repair the dohyo First day -- viewing from Shomen Masu A row 3 box 12 (target box 11 was already taken by our rival Japanese lady) The first day sanyaku presentation viewed from my upstairs seat: Second day (from box 11 this time) -- Wakaichiro's first bout (he lost) The view from my seat on the second day, almost next to where the tenno would be sitting if he was there: Day 3 -- Ura vs Ishihura from my seat on the East side: Wakaichiro again -- on day 6 Maezumo presentation on Day 7 -- Well, this may give you an idea what it was like. It was great to be there!
  9. LOL... even when you think you have lost and the other guy thinks he has won, there's that technicality of the ring being the ring. :)
  10. That's all good learning experience for this promising young guy.
  11. Pics? Sorry, I didn't take any pics and even if I had, it would be improper to publish them here "outing" the appearance of other forum members without their permission. For me, it was fun meeting other members of this forum, but such meetings were secondary to my primary goal of visiting Japan, which was to experience seeing sumo at the Kokikugan and watching some keiko. Alas, wWithout the necessary contacts, keiko watching from inside was not possible. But fellow forum member Rhyen pointed me to the panorama windows of Oitekaze beya, which were great and well worth the train trip to get there. Being in the Kokikugan was great... not only was I able to see bouts up close, the ability to see things that never get transmitted on TV is an experience in itself. Sitting in a Masu box isn't so bad when there's only two in the box (hello Hokkaiko!) and one has had the foresight to bring an extra cushion for that sour bum and back. We enjoyed excellent views from Masu.A.3.11 and each day we were able to stay in our box until the downstairs section began to fill up, in the weekend that was a little earlier than during the week. The pictures from that vantage were great even taken from my little phone camera, but upstairs in my chair I regretted not bringing my old reflex camera with its good telelens -- but then I would have cursed having to schlepp the weight and its inconvenient size, and what for? Excellent pictures are made by many others far more skilled to capture the Moment than I. Once, Kuroyama and I were sitting two upstairs seats away from each other. Most of the time we weren't anywhere close and it was far to cumbersome to see each other. The place was a sellout each day. I had all kind of nationalities in the seats next to me, a Japanese couple only once. The other days I sat next to Germans, Dutch, French, Canadian, Spanish and American people, all of which knew nothing about sumo and had ordered their tickets because it was something one ought to have done, and were eager to soak up the information that I could give them about what was going on, why the whole hall suddenly erupted in cheering, etc. I could have made some money selling a small booklet with background information to the bouts. This information simply isn't available in English, as if the Japanese are content to let the gajin bring their money to the Kokikugan but aren't expecting them to take an interest in what is actually going on. This may actually change if sumo remains popular and tourists are no longer needed to fill up the hall. There were six of us forum members meeting up: Hokkaiko, Rhyen, Kuroyama, Amameshimae, Akinomaki and myself. I also caught glimpses of Fay, but never saw John. Hokkaiko and I both wanted to see all matches and met up each day for a café breakfast before walking to the Kokikugan together early enough to snatch our preferred box before another persistent Japanese lady beat us to it. It is interesting to see the lower rankers, in particular because there is very little to hear about them from abroad. So even though Hattorizakura wasn't winning and seems firmly lodged in the lowest Jonokuchi position and bestowed with the honour of having the opening match of the day, he is cheered on by quite a few, and I for one can see how far he has come since the days that he was just falling down before anyone touched him. He still hasn't got any power, but he is charging at the tachiai and actually fighting. Once, he almost won! Who knows what he will be able to do next basho... Some hours after this highlight, Rhyen and Kuroyama would show up. Not staying in one place for long, they'd be ambling around, Rhyen on his way to meet people, he was clearly more connected than the rest of us. Some days I would spot Amameshimae sitting in the first masu row, taking pictures. Akinomaki did not have tickets for many days, we met up briefly when he was there. We got out together a few times, but in general there were not enough hours in the day and the venues the guys were choosing would have broken my budget if frequented every day. We went to the Mongolian restaurant first, where one is bound to see a few Mongolian rikishi dining, and indeed there was a section reserved for Tomozuna and soon a few were edging their bulks past our seats, including Kaisei carrying his cute little boy. Hokkaiko pointed out a few others that were sitting in the room. I am so bad at remembering names that I can't tell here who they were. The food was good, not at all the unpalatable Mongolian dishes I had imagined. We also ate at Ami's Chanko Dining which offered a huge chanko pot filled according to an Isegahama recipe. A good thing there were three of us because that pot was way too big for two. The day after I joined Rhyen, Amameshimae and Kuroyama for a meal at a supposedly famed restaurant, reluctantly because I was forewaned that it would be expensive. Hokkaiko had wisely disappeared, I told them I wasn't hungry but would go for the companionship, and chose the smallest dish on the menu. Nothing else? wondered the waiter. No thank you, I said, feeling awkward. It clearly was an entree, it came before the soba dishes of my fellow diners, it was a small patty served on a hot stone in a bowl of rough salt grains, artfully laid out. It was delicious. I savoured it tiny morsel by tiny morsel, it was not difficult at all to make it last till the others were finishing their meals. After that, I passed up on further restaurant visits except one side trip with Hokkaiko to the Seizeria diner for a bowl of sensible spaghetti. In the end my evenings were spent at the hostel writing my diary and making drawings. Making acquaintance with other travellers there was fun too. I can well and truly recommend Anne Yokozuna Hostel. It is pricier than the bare bones lodging associated with the name "hostel" and yes you share a room with others, but the beds are huge and have their own curtains, the place is spotless, the facilities are excellent and the desk staff very helpful. There I met with wonderful people of all kinds and ages, from students on a Grand Tour to working travellers carrying their own office with them, a physiotherapist who was an amateur Greco-Roman wrestler and was very interested in what I could tell him about sumo... a doctor taking his last free time off before starting his internships in an English hospital, a lady who had just ferried a yacht from Antarctica to Tokyo and was on her way to her next job sailing a ship from Norway to Greenland and the USA, a Danish girl looking for a job that would give new meaning to her life... yes, and also the troupe of drunken English youngsters doing the nightlife rounds. I would certainly stay there again. Being in Japan gave a big boost to my wish to learn some Japanese. I found excellent writing implements to take back home with me. I just loooove the 100 yen shop by Ryogoku station. There were many things to do and sights to see there simply wasn't enough time for once the basho started so that is a good reason to plan another trip someday.
  12. Wouldn't it be fun if it were Aminishiki... !!
  13. Day 14 -- 5s
  14. Oh? Do the kinboshi payments stop on retirement then?
  15. Day 15 -- Daieisho