Irakusamaru

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    Endo's Health

    You'd think the oyakata would want to protect his rikishi, especially if his own income partly derives from how well they're doing. Otake-oyakata seems to realise this - a long Osunaarashi career with a small break is better than a short one without that break. Even without surgery, he'll need 3-4 months for full recovery. With surgery, maybe up to six. He's looked miserable (as in actually sad) on the dohyo the past couple of bashos. You can only gambarize so much.
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Pft. Head Shimpan: "Well, the video guy said H-Fu touched down first, I guess we'll have to..." *Shikimori Inosuke sighs pointedly. His eyes narrow as he returns the shimpans' gaze. His hand creeps towards his tanto.* Shimpans (in unison): Tori-naoshi.
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    The Wall 2016 Edition

    I could only find a brief blurb and a cheery photo from his school's website: http://kyugaku.ed.jp/dousou/2015/06/post-290.html I went back to the New Recruits for Haru 2015, but it was all Ura-Mania and Brodi...
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    I know what you mean, but I like the implication that there's more than one Hakuho - like, if the current one gets injured, they toss it and pull a fresh one from the freezer.
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    The Wall 2016 Edition

    Yeah, I realise that, but its still interesting to watch someone think about what they're doing. Like watching Shodai figuring out how to work out how to counter-throw against the tawara this basho, or someone like Ishiura figure out how to deal with being a bit smaller than everyone else.
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    He seems to be a little bit less animated than usual this basho, but maybe that's the cold? Regards Hakuho, it may be a henka, but it was a masterful one. He didn't move until Tochiozan shut his eyes in reaction to the hand in his face.
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    The Wall 2016 Edition

    Wow, Inoue's style really is interesting. He also looks pretty relaxed coming up to tachi-ai, especially for a 16 year old!
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    As in on the broadcast? I'm pretty sure I've seen him there most every day this basho. Hoping Harumafuji throws Kotoyuki a massive -nage of some kind, Kotoyuki rolls beautifully across the dohyo, lands on Hakuho. Comedy prediction for yusho: Kotoshigiku defeated by all yokozuna; Kakuryu defeats Harumafuji and both get Hakuho. Takayasu sneaks in for yusho to Kisenosato's eternal annoyance. Tagoroura oyakata gets a yusho winning rikishi - just not the one he was expecting.
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    According to Sanoyama oyakata, Takarafuji is able to benchpress 230kg and deadlift 300kg. Now if he could just consistently put that to practical use on the dohyo without any hernia... My theory is that Takarafuji is just a gentle soul, but someday somethings going to snap and he'll tsuridashi Ichinojo or Gagamaru straight into the good seats.
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    I don't think it was deliberate. He was doing that squat he normally does after a yorikiri that looks like he's actively trying to prevent what happened there, but he was slightly overbalanced and Shohozan grabbed him instinctively as he moved backwards and,well, BLOMP. I think Aminishiki managed to do to Kakuryu what he'd tried to do to Hakuho the day before. Hakuho was much too quick, but Kakuryu was really slow off the mark and got done.
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Is Kotoyuki's proficiency in inverse proportion to the strength of his tan?
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    Day 1 pics Hatsu 2016

    Kakuryu doesn't often react to stuff, but when he does, he pulls some great faces. Old dude in the top right there is pretty shocked too!
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    According to this Bing translation from Twitter, not only is Hakkaku-oyakata the acting chairman of the NSK but also the elected leader of a specific spice - don't know how he finds the time:
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    Basho Talk - Hatsu Basho 2016 +++ Spoiler Alert! +++

    Still, what else did Kise think was going to happen on the torinaoshi? The impatient look on Aminishiki's face cried "HENKA" from miles away. Also, calling shenanigans on Izutsu Oyakata's mono-ii with Hakuho and Ikioi. Shikimori Inosuke must've nearly had a heart attack when his hand went up. Double bonus for annoying Hakuho.
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    Keiko soken for Hatsu 2016

    Ah, that makes more sense.
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    Keiko soken for Hatsu 2016

    So what is keiko soken for? The glossary mentions that its for supporters, but it seems like the NSK want to see how the top guys are doing.
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    Tweet pics of Winter tour 2015

    Asahisho quickly becoming one of my favorite "off dohyo" rikishi.
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    Tweet pics of Winter tour 2015

    That first pic looks like it should be from a super sentai series! Maybe Gyoji Sentai Boatranger or something.
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    Tweet pics of Winter tour 2015

    Kimura Ginjiro with thoughts on how to 'spice up' sumo:
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    The Gyoji

    That's really cool - I rather like Kimura Tamajiro's floral one. Do the gyoji purchase their robes or are they generally gifted or handed down?
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    Satoyama picture post wanted

    I love this side of sumo - I can't think of another sport where you get to see these kind of hi-jinks, at least, as publicly as this. Its so easy to have a favorite rikishi off the dohyo as you can have a favorite on the dohyo.
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    Osunaarashi in 2016

    Reckon he'll be able to out-maneuver most of the ozekis by the end of 2016. Saying 4 KK to allow for probable injury.
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    Ozekis and Yokozunas for January 2017

    Hakuho Y1 Harumafuji Kakuryu Y2 Terunofuji Kisenosato O1 Kotoshogiku Osunaarashi O2 Yoshikaze I can always hope!
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    Hastu 2016 "Poster" (leaflet)

    This view from the grassy knoll supports the second Onosho theory: The rolls under his arms match those in the photo.
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    Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    Well all the onsen have various minerals, not sure if any are specifically sulfur, all onsen must have sulfur being volcanic? The english Wikipedia article on onsens suggests that some can have higher concentration of a particular mineral - be it sulphur or iron or whatever. I went to one in Nozawa-onsen that was a distinct milky blue colour and smelled of sulphur. None of the other nearby onsens had this characteristic.