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  1. That is a lot of PR given up in a knee-jerk reaction to one questionable post. 
    The individual touch just gives a human side to an otherwise slicked and stifled presentation of the sumo world. Too much sensorship is a bad thing.  It makes the NSK more insular than it has to be. 

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  2. 4 hours ago, yohcun said:
    8 hours ago, Otokonoyama said:
    10 hours ago, orandashoho said:

    Why Shirokoyama? He's not even in the same ichimon.

    He's Izutsu oyakata's younger brother. 

    Also, Shikoroyama-beya originally branched off from Izutsu. Both brothers wreslted for Izutsu, and their father was a previous Izutsu-oyakata. A lot of ties.

    Thanks for putting me straight with this information.

  3. Doing sensible training and becoming more confident, is my guess. 
    He may have adapted to what is possible. He sees what works and concentrates on that. Whether that will be enough when he gets to the Makushita joi, let alone in the paid ranks, is a big question.

  4. It was getting to be almost impossible when I was there two years ago, and I arrived a week early not to have to disrupt proceedings when everyone was too busy concentrating on the tournament to allow foreign visitors, who would not know how to sit still for hours on end and not be a nuisance. Foreign tourists had gotten a bad name by then.
    Calling did not turn out to work. The only possibility was to wrangle an invitation somehow. 

    In the end I went to stand outside Oitekaze-beya, which has floor-to-ceiling windows with a good view on  the Oyakata's back and the proceedings in front of him. Endo hadn't come out, but everyone else had, and a week before the basho they were training hard. It was well worth the trip.

    Training does not stop because there is a basho, but unless you have connections, I'd say you have little chance.  

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