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    Started watching Sumo when Konishiki won his first Yusho (he was my favorite rikishi at the time) ...
    Studied and obtained academic degree in Japan ...
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  1. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Is there a rikishi who lost his bout because the back side of a toe touched dirt?
  2. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    He faced immense mental pressure even before he was promoted to yokozuna, and even more pressure after he was promoted. Being the only Japan-born yokozuna in many years, the public expectation on him is extremely high, and that's why after last March he only sat out one basho but attended all the other 4 bashos until the current one, apparently without completely healed. The worst thing is that his injury in last March was poorly handled. When he refused to kyujo after the Day-13 injury but continued to win the yusho, it reminded me of Takanohana who did the same thing which costed him his rikishi career. Now the same tragedy is repeated in Kisenosato and even worse ......
  3. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    This is true. Mage is part of the body.
  4. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Kinboshisato ...... it took me 20 seconds to figure out the meaning.
  5. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    He still has Kisenosato to share the burden.
  6. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Lost because the back side of a toe touched the dirt? Unheard of.
  7. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    That's interesting, but not sure if it counts.
  8. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Check what Hakuho had got in the past two months: Being warned and criticized for speaking something at his yusho interview; Being interrogated by police for almost a whole day; Being interrogated again by the kyokai; Receiving a death threat; Being disciplined and fined 1.5 months' salary; Being criticized by YDC and forbidden to use two types of tachiai; Being mentioned for a million times by the media that he was present at that drinking party when Takanoiwa was beaten; ......
  9. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    With Kisenosato not performing, this basho is definitely not a great one.
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Hakuho lost. Kisenosato lost. Is anyone here surprised? I don't think. Nothing needs to be said about Kisenosato. As to Hakuho, he already showed little interest to compete in this basho even before the basho got started, not to say that he is technically disadvantaged. Being forbidden to use two types of tachiai he will definitely hesitate at the tachiai and I've predicted that he will lose more frequently. Both Kisenosato and Hakuho will withdraw from this basho, although I do hope they can press on, as Harumafuji did in last autumn.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I don't think he has the motivation to yusho more than three times a year.
  12. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Because everyone used the "harisashi" and "kachiage" against me ...... Anyway, no one can deny sumo is a sport, and I insist it belongs to the combat sports.
  13. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Let me summarize: the argument came from whether it's fair to criticize Hakuho for using some rule-allowed moves such as face-slapping tachiai. Some people said "yes" because it's unworthy of yokozuna sumo, presumably it's of lower hinkaku for a yokozuna. I said "no" because sumo is a combat sport as boxing or wrestling. Then I said if it's of lower hinkaku for a yokozuna, then it's equally of lower hinkaku for other rikishi. Thus Hakuho should not be picked-out for criticize, instead, the problem moves (face-slap, etc) should be banned for every one.
  14. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    In no sports win-loss is everything. Sumo is no difference, may be plus some rituals. As to the morality or hinkaku, I can't agree that a hiramaku is allowed a lower level of morality than a yokozuna. A yokozuna is outstanding beyond other rikishi because he wins more than anyone else, not because his morality is the highest.
  15. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    The argument is about whether sumo is a combat sport. I see sumo having everything a combat sport should have.