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About Irakusamaru

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    Osunaarashi, Takarafuji

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  1. Sumo Posters - free - you pay for shipping

    Wouldn't mind the third one - I'll message address details.
  2. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Cool, thanks! I enjoy all this background detail!
  3. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Did anyone watching the live stream catch why the yobidashi have rikishi's names on the backs of their trousers? They did it explain it, but I was distracted at the critical moment!
  4. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS)

    My Japanese neighbour, who gets NHK by satellite, updated her box to HD last year. I knew Takayasu was hairy, but seeing him in HD blew my mind.
  5. Basho Talk - Aki 2017 (SPOILERS) His bout in Osaka last year against Tochinoshin was pretty special - the dude has power but he fights too defensively. That said, I pray for the day something snaps and he lobs someone 5 rows deep into the good seats....
  6. Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    Its a giant macaron - you occasionally see it on the live broadcast, if they aren't pressed for time. This one was pink, but it was gold last time (I think). I like to think Hakuho has an understairs cupboard stuffed with them from all his yushos.
  7. Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2017 ** (SPOILERS)

    I like Kakuryu, but it seems to take him a second after tachiai to settle down and do his yokozuna sumo. Anyone getting in his face before that and not letting up throws him - he tries to back pedal and usually loses.
  8. Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    I think Takayasu-Kaisei was the saddest bout I've ever seen - neither seemed super enthused to be there today and the tachiai seemed too much effort for them both. Even the gyoji seemed a bit 'meh' about it.
  9. Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Shortly before his match, the announcers mentioned Takarafuji was dedicating this basho to his senpai, Aminishiki. I hope Aminishiki saw the henka and cried a single tear.
  10. Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    My prediction: Obviously Goeido will beat Haramafuji tomorrow, while a humiliated Kisenosato will rise above and beat Hakuho. Distracted on the last day by his good fortune, Kise will fall prey to Goeido while Hakuho takes out his furious rage on Haramafuji, leaving Takanoiwa to yusho and be elevated to Yokozuna. Man, I need to start my own sumo analysis website...
  11. Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Who even called the matta? I missed what the announcers were saying on the broadcast.
  12. Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Hakuho seemed to avoid grabbing Kotoyuki's mawashi today even though he had ample choice and threw a few tsuppari. Wonder if he's amusing himself by imitating the fighting style of the dude he's fighting... Speaking of tsuppari, its good to see Aoiyama's finding some space to unload a storm on the dohyo.
  13. This is a really good comparision! I realise that part of why I enjoy sumo is the unspoken sense of "sportsmanship" that lies under it. As you said, cricket has (or had) this too, but it is gradually being eroded by the drive to "win", and to some degree, it seems sumo will probably go the same way. Which is a shame, because for me sport is about the struggle, not just the numbers at the end. Personally, when playing sport, I'd rather have an epic battle that ends in a loss, than an easy win. Participating to your utmost is the best victory.
  14. Basho Talk - Haru Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Man, the Takarafuji that just picked up Tochinoshin should come to the basho more often!
  15. Basho Talk - Haru Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Well, that explains why they sit on the east and west sides! Are there other large support groups like that? I mean, I'm aware of the koenkai, but Tozai kai seems to offer more general support.