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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. Look on Wiktionary. 勢 is on there. A lot of shikona kanji are antiquated and only used in shikona anymore, so you have to look in the Chinese portion of the wiktionary listing for an idea of meanings. 勢 isn't that way, but some are.
  2. Not much longer unless Endo gets his knee sorted and achieves his potential.
  3. I did notice fewer young female voices shouting "Endoooooooouuuu" these days...
  4. I guess that reopens the "what is success" discussion from another thread. Takekaze has been successful; a rikishi coming up that is just like him may not succeed. He illustrates my list though. He stayed injury free (judging by his tape level) young and came up at a time he could do well in. Maybe I'm not explaining it well.
  5. @Andreas21: I think age in sumo isn't as relevant as in other sports. I think it is a combination of two things on my list. Takekaze, for instance, is still going strong because he hasn't really been injured much. He's also lucky that the current competition at his level of the banzuke are people he can compete with, despite his small stature and advanced age. He's a bit of an exception to the norm, but he illustrates the point. But, if a wrestler can't adapt to aging, he will lose. Age and treachery versus youth and exuberance and all.
  6. Looks like it did go well, since he managed to stay clean.
  7. It's too hard, if not impossible, to effectively police speech on forums fairly. There's nothing wrong with being a jerk, it's when it crosses the line into harassment that mods need to step up. They seem to do a good job here, this is one of the most genial forums I've been in. Policing our own and notifying mods when somebody crosses the line is good enough, I think.
  8. Especially since in that situation the best maegashira would theoretically have won. Do it again and he's an accidental yokozuna. Half the problem solved.
  9. They also eat, drink, and train way more than us normies. And they are, at least the great ones, freaks. He is about twice my weight, is about six inches taller, is a pro athlete, and benches about twice what I ever have. Seems credible to me.
  10. Here I was thinking this was going to be about sumo-like sports played by people...silly me.
  11. There is a lot of power in nicely but firmly telling someone "that's not how we do things here." Next time he does it, tell him politely to knock it off. He keeps doing it because he thinks he's it's okay. If he tries to get violent, call the cops. Bullying bullies isn't good. If he can't play nice in society, let the system start going down the road of removing him from society.
  12. It's a statue of a shisa eating taco rice. Because of course it is.
  13. Neat. Don't see many pro athletes doing stuff like this in the States.
  14. After, but need to step up my game or she'll find another buoy.
  15. Dumb question maybe, but is it officially Hakuho branded rice, or is it just a coincidence and he's doing PR for a company that has the same name? They sell a brand of rice at my local Asian megamarket called "Kagayaki," no relation.