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About Churaumi

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    Oklahoma, US
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    Walking the fine line between "Japanophile" and "weeaboo." 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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    Hakuho, Konishiki (post sumo career), Ikioi.

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  1. The question for a yokozuna should be "will they win the tournament this time" and not "will they get kachikoshi this time." I don't like to see yokozuna go kyujo, but he's right to do so. He's not performing to a yokozuna standard and needs to heal up pretty badly. Or, he needs to consider intai if he can't finish basho strong anymore. I hope he can get healed up though, I like his style of sumo.
  2. I'm not holding my breath waiting for him to rise again. Might want to get his kabu back and start coaching. But, as long as he's having fun, I'll watch him.
  3. Seems like that should be a fairly common complaint among rikishi, what with their weight and all. But, they are also super strong, so maybe their backs don't wear out as much as their knees?
  4. My understanding of the process is that it's rather subjective. The 33 wins thing being more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule. He may kill the next couple basho and the NSK could still say no, especially since they already have 2 stable ozeki. Would they hose him like that? Probably not, but it's not like they haven't hosed guys before.
  5. Hakuho is my default when I don't know. I think Kisenosato is out of the running this time. The other yokozuna are struggling to stay healthy. Takayasu and Terunofuji are my best bets for a surprise yusho, we'll see which Goeido shows up.
  6. He's done well in juryo, I think he can pick off enough low makuuchi guys to hang on. He beat many of them in juryo not that long ago anyway.
  7. I was curious about this, a little. Since a yokozuna's set gets shared by many different rikishi, and a mawashi gets crammed into some crevices, and cleaning them all the time would be a lot of wear and tear, how do they keep them from getting nasty. A loincloth makes sense. And may I never think about it too deeply ever again.
  8. It seems Goeido and Sakaigawa oyakata have figured out a better "keep the rikishi healthy" plan than a lot of others. Too bad it will keep him from his rope, but it might extend his career. When Goeido is on, he's a treat to watch.
  9. No. I wish him the best, but it doesn't seem he can best enough of the top guys to pull it off.
  10. Watched it a little back in the '90s when ESPN would show it late at night, Then a few years ago my wife and I went back to Okinawa. We took refuge from the heat of the afternoon in our hotel room, and there happened to be a tournament at the time. We fell in love immediately and haven't rarely missed a day since.
  11. I think this basho will be the "now or never" basho for him. If he chokes, it wasn't meant to be. I hope he doesn't, but my worry is how long he can keep it.
  12. I put him at 12 and promoted. He can do it if he wants it bad enough. The time is good with possibly five beat-up yokozuna and ozeki by the end of the basho, and the tear he's been on this year makes him a handful for the guys down the banzuke. It's up to him.
  13. That's a rom-com movie waiting to happen.
  14. How do ticket sales for foreigners work? I've played around with the NSK site, it looks like people traveling to Japan get some advantage over locals. Anyone ever done it? I'm asking for a friend...that I'm taking with me to sumo if we can get in.
  15. Not a mistake, but not what native English speakers would say. "Break" is shorter than "breakthrough" so that's what we say. As the yokels down my way say, "Them's the breaks." I got an English minor in college, it drives me crazy.