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  1. Jedi: Fallen Order is the best single player Star Wars game ever, but that's beside the point. The opening scene is accompanied by a track that I took to be Australian Aboriginal, but it's actually by The Hu, whom I first heard of here on this forum. Enjoy!
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    The Hu on Jedi Fallen Order soundtrack

    A background interview with the band (English subtitles):
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    Sumo myths

    They train every morning, if that's what you mean by conditioning. I don't know how prevalent it is throughout sumo as a whole, but from what I've seen weight training is a big part of an upper ranks rikishi's regime - going back to Chiyonofuji to my knowledge, but probably further. Look around the forum. There are lots of pics and videos of rikishi training.
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    Corona and sumo

    The professional media loves a good scare story, because it sells. This one comes around every couple of years (SARS, etc), but most people haven't been told or don't remember the fable of the boy who cried wolf. The problem is exacerbated these days by the woefully ignorant and easily malleable masses of the social media, leading to a kind of hysterical mob rule. I have no idea how resilient the Japanese government is to that kind of pressure (the UK powers-that-be regularly cave in to it). The Japanese have already received international criticism for their response to this 'crisis', so cancelling forthcoming public events might, unfortunately, be a way of being seen to do something. The thing I like to keep in mind is the fact that we humans and the long line of ancestral species we evolved from have been winning the battle against constantly mutating viruses and bacteria for hundreds of millions of years without the benefit of either medical science or mass media.
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    Enho - predictions?

    He won't face Hakuho, and who knows if Kakuryu will attend? What other big guns are there? They're all gone apart from Takakeisho! He'll probably have a very similar slate to last basho, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Enho get another KK. I'm amazed at what Hakuho has managed to get out of him so far, and I doubt we've seen the last of his 'tricks'. PS. Welcome to the forum and bloody well done of the choice of moniker!
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    Hakuho - 16th time of asking

    No yusho. Intai just after the Olympics.
  7. I can only put that down to a senior moment... I meant you, of course.
  8. Ok, I'm a bit jealous of 2 of you now! (@Yamanashi & @sumojoann) Dinner with Hakuho at Miyagino-beya… what a treat! Talking of language, that bit about Hakuho knowing 'rodeo' and 'peach' made me smile. Rodeo is Spanish, plain and simple, and peach is centuries of the British mangling the French pêche.
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    Basho highlights videos - Hatsu 2020

    I warned him about it as soon as I saw the first ad, but the eedjit ignored me and carried on.
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    44th Fuji TV Grand Sumo Tournament

    1 - Is it? 2 - They looked to me to be wearing exactly the same taping and bracing as in a honbasho; e.g. Terunofuji. 3 - No, they didn't. 4 - Yes, there were. 5 - Yes, there were. 6 - The same is true of some honbasho bouts. 7 - The same is true of many recent honbasho, but didn't Kisenosato win this event just after his promotion? 8 - Why bring Little Boxes into it? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_2lGkEU4Xs) With around $25k and a bundle of other prizes available for a day's work, you can't tell me some of them weren't trying...
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    44th Fuji TV Grand Sumo Tournament

    I was expecting to see a series of pre-ordained exhibition bouts such as one might see on jungyo. I didn't. Sure, the rikishi aren't as invested in the result when their rank is not at stake (evidenced by the lack of resistance at the tawara in many bouts), but the winners looked like they were trying to win, as did most of the losers until it was clear they weren't going to. I was surprised by the vehemence of the OBs in their bouts, too.
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    Sumo myths

    Having just read the archived article linked by Kaiomitsuki, I am left wondering: are references to the colour(s) and nature of your parents' navels really considered insulting in Japan? --- I must also confess that I believed the retracted testicles thing back in the day - and I can only have got it from the old Channel 4 sumo coverage in the late 80s/early 90s, as that was my sole source of sumo info. The myth is so widespread and pervasive (Google it!), and the idea of being immune to a kick in the unmentionables is so plausible, that I can't help believing there must be some truth somewhere at the bottom of it all.
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    Takekaze Retires

    I know begging is unattractive, but could someone please translate that interview?^ And, yeah, that was a jarring danpatsu shiki appearance by ex-Yoshikaze.
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    Toyonoshima Soldiering On

    Whilst I hope that it is kabu issues keeping Toyonoshima on the dohyo (rather than acceding to the wishes of his daughter, who should be firmly told, "Now, now, darling. Daddy's too old and knackered to carry on."), it is a bit concerning that he hasn't been able to secure his future already.
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    Goeido to Retire

    I'm aware of the yaocho scandal and the evidence pointing to a possible OBSC following that, but since I resumed watching sumo regularly during Aki 2015 I've seen no evidence of the latter at all. Quite the contrary in fact, starting with Terunofuji's infamous henka that denied Kotoshogiku his sekiwake dog's chance. I did not see Goeido given any mercy when he was kadoban. That said, I have seen matches that looked fixed to me, but they are very infrequent and don't appear to have anything to do with either yaocho or OBSC. The 2 occasions I'm thinking of looked more like the NSK trying to create a narrative when they spotted an opportunity; i.e. instructing a rikishi to lose for the sake of the show. Twice in 4 and a bit years I can live with, especially as the vast majority of the time they seem willing to let the dice fall as they may.
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    Goeido to Retire

    A textbook example of irrational prejudice? You don't have to like Goeido to respect the fact that only 8 other rikishi managed to remain ozeki longer than he did, that he managed a zensho yusho, and that he retired at the proper time. It's not revisionism, it's just credit where it's due, and all that.
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    Goeido to Retire

    Wow, moto-ozeki Goeido's hinkaku is impeccable. He never even looked close to shedding a tear at his press conference! ^ I'll admit that it was probably a little romantic of me to be attracted to sumo because of its roots in samurai culture, but there you go. A long, slow decline was never a samurai ideal, which is essentially why yokozuna have to go when they can no longer perform sufficiently well, and why I approve so wholeheartedly of Goeido's voluntary decision to retire now. He's really living up to the traditions of the lifestyle he chose. After more than 30 years of former ozeki largely ignoring those ideals, however, I doubt that Kotoshogiku, Tochinoshin and Takayasu are feeling any twinges of conscience.
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    Kyokai Elections January 2020

    @AkinomakiJust yesterday I spotted a free Learn Kanji Or Die! 'game' on Steam (along with versions for Hiragana and Katakana for anyone as intrigued as I was), which could be a way for me to finally learn, but currently I still can't read kanji. Does the article mention any potential rivals for Hakkaku, or is his re-election a mere formality?
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    Practice exercise?

    You and your daft interjections. Now I've got an image stuck in my head of three suriashi steps and a shiko actually being a bloody conga!
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    Enho - predictions?

    I have indeed seen them, but looking like that at 15 is not the same as looking like that when you're 21. Hak was full size and almost Yokozuna by the time he was as old as Enho is there.
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    Enho - predictions?

    Seeing that ^ puts me a little in awe of Hakuho's judgement and coaching skills. I mean, how did he see the potential in a diminutive, baby-faced wannabe he could easily throw right across the heya with one hand? Also kind of reminded me of what happened just after Gimli told Aragorn, "You'll have to toss me."
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    Goeido to Retire

    No press conference? That's a departure from the norm, isn't it?
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    Goeido to Retire

    Forgive me if I'm wrong, but "gaming the kadoban system" comes across as belittling Goeido's achievements. All ozeki have access to the same system. Kotoshogiku was fairly good at it, but Tochinoshin and Takayasu haven't been able to make it work as well for them as Goeido has. I see that as admirable. Because Goeido was only just good enough for the rank, he had to try harder than others, and he succeeded.
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    Goeido to Retire

    Goeido was at peak performance when he put together his 32/45 run, and very lucky that they gave him the nod for ozeki promotion on the strength of it. So did he spend his career "gaming the system", or was he rather forced to perform at the ceiling of his abilities to hang on to his rank by his fingernails for over 6 years (which is top 10 ozeki longevity, btw)? Sure, he was never the greatest ozeki (although when he was fit he was dangerous to anyone, and his only yusho was a zensho) and I'm sure he knows it. Stopping now will garner more respect, which he will need as oyakata.
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    Goeido to Retire

    He's still an ozeki until the banzuke for Osaka is published. By retiring before the banzuke committee meeting on Wednesday, his last pubished rank on the banzuke was ozeki. As I've posted elsewhere, this is a very old-school decision; one which raises Goeido's legacy quite considerably in my view. Edit: Ah, Otokonoyama beat me to it.