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About Churaumi

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    Oklahoma, US
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    Sumo, mostly. Figuring out how to make the food I ate when I lived in Japan at home. I make a mean chanko, rice balls, taco rice, barbecue beef (Okinawa dish, not American barbecue), decent soba, Okinawa soba, and yakisoba, and I'm trying to figure out the intricacies of various styles of ramen. Can you tell what I did when I lived in Okinawa?


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    Terunofuji, Hakuho, Enho, Shonanzakura

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  1. Churaumi

    Joukouryuu retires

    I got back into sumo just as his career was peaking, he was the first rikishi I got excited about. Sad to see him go out like this but he's done his best with what he had and he should be proud.
  2. Churaumi

    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Hate to be the "well, actually" guy, but he won one back in 2019. Welcome to the forum, though.
  3. Churaumi

    Preparations of the masses- Aki 2022

    That's good. As weird ad the last couple years have been I'd say the Kyokai doing the right thing this time is pleasantly surprising.
  4. Churaumi

    Preparations of the masses- Aki 2022

    There should be a forced kyujo status, for rikishi the kyokai makes sit out involuntarily. Too bad his impressive streak had to end like that. It's just a nitnoid detail kind of thing, but isn't that what sumo is all about?
  5. Churaumi

    Music abroad

    These whippersnappers are just audacious with their musical pilfering.
  6. Churaumi

    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    I figure as much, but they would be missing a great opportunity to teach foreigners about sumo culture if they don't. I've got some of my non-Japanophile coworkers turned on to sumo, but they don't follow it like I do. A couple of times I've explained various transgressions and they just don't think of them as a big deal, worth sidetracked someone's career over. The Kyokai could use these to teach the world about the culture of sumo while minimizing coverage of the offense itself, but I think we all know they won't let him speak of such things.
  7. Churaumi

    How many languages do we cover?

    I used to be able to put together basic sentences (advanced tourist level) in Thai, Tagolog, and had some very rote Korean phrases. Can't freestyle simple sentences in those anymore, but can do it in Spanish, Mandarin, can get by as a tourist in German and Japanese, and am a native English.despite some of the sentences I've mangled on here.
  8. Churaumi

    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    I assume the NSK probably assumes they have to start at the very basics for us foreigners. I'm curious how much editorial freedom Hiro will have. It's just a matter of time until the next scandal, and how or even if they let him engage with it will be interesting. They pay the bills so I don't expect much, but these things can be big media stories in Japan that the foreign fans don't get the context of all the time.
  9. Churaumi

    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    I commented (nicely) about it in the comments section of the latest video, hope they see it.
  10. Churaumi

    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    Is it just me and my TV or is the music really loud compared to Hiro talking?
  11. Thanks for answering. I realized after sending I might have sounded a bit hostile, but am not trying to be. It is just about the most internet thing to have a fan site that seems rather down on the thing it is supporting. Looks like a lot of this happened before my time as a dedicated sumo fan (Aki 2014), but there has always been the lingering ghost of some drama on here about SumoTalk. It was the first English resource I found for sumo but alienated me pretty quick, but that looks like that would have been after your time with it.
  12. Churaumi

    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    Makes sense, since the target audience does names that way. We'll have to see how he treats other Japanese names.
  13. Didn't know you were part of that. I guess I'd ask why so negative about the Kyokai all the time? There's plenty to critique that doesn't involve some of frankly outlandish claims that get made on there. If the organization is that corrupt, why bother following it?
  14. Churaumi

    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    I think they overestimated the amount we were willing to spend. I loved that service bit it was expensive. A full year's sumo was over $720 US. NHK has been even more aware, since that's who periodically shuts the digest producers down. I'm surprised they haven't done more to reach out. I suppose they plan to make their money licensing footage for Hiro's channel, without having to pay to produce it.
  15. I went back to their article to make sure I wasn't overselling the kookiness but no, their opinion only works if almost every match is planned ahead of time. Also, nice Avatar reference. I don't get them either. The NSK is open to all kinds of criticism, from hazing to injury response, how rikishi are compensated, and on and on. We do it on this forum all the time. But, why bother if you think the organization is as broken and corrupt as they do? If they just love the sport but hate the Kyokai, they could focus on amateur sumo and lift up those athletes rather than disrespect the professionals.