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About Irakusamaru

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    Osunaarashi, Takarafuji

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  1. Irakusamaru

    Doreen Simmons' Passing

    When my wife and I went to the Hatsu basho in 2015, there was an old lady sitting in front of us who explained some of the things going on and told us to ask if there was anything we wanted to know. She was mildly annoyed that the beer girls weren't out because the emperor was due to make an appearance and she had to go fetch her own. Months later, I happened upon a photo of the same lady online with a bunch of rikishi and realised that it had been Doreen. RIP.
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    Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Arawashi's break-fall there was even better in slo-mo - you could see the moment he realised he'd lost grip of the arm and was about to face plant and just bailed. (Watching Kotoyuki roll off the dohyo is easily one of the most satisfying things to watch on any given day. Nothing against him, he just rolls so well.)
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    Sumo Posters - free - you pay for shipping

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

    Cool, thanks! I enjoy all this background detail!
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    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!
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    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.
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    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....
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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...
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    Basho Talk - Nagoya Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Who even called the matta? I missed what the announcers were saying on the broadcast.
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    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.
  15. 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.