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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. Churaumi

    How will this era end?

    Once the “Hak and Kak” era is over, that will open up some mobility for guys below them. You wouldn’t think one or two dominant guys could strangle opportunity for others, but it’s pretty apparent when one or both of them are out how much of the oxygen they take up at the top of the banzuke. When they are gone, the next generation will move up.
  2. Churaumi

    Would you throw the Zabuton???

    I’ll chuck one if I get the chance. I was down near the dohyo for the dohyo-matsuri, in the boxes. I think it wouldn’t happen if the tradition involved throwing it earlier, that floor was hard and my rapidly aging body wants all the softness it can get. Still, it’s part of the experience.
  3. Churaumi

    Next Yokozuna??????

    I’m learning toward Takakeisho if he stays healthy and develops more. Tomokaze might be the one if he stays healthy and can hang with the sanyaku. The other three ozeki are too inconsistent or too broken to make the cut. No one else is dominant enough now, but that’s what the future is for. Someone will someday wear a new rope, and it’s going to be Takakeisho, Tomokaze, or someone else not yet considered.
  4. Churaumi

    Osunaarashi scandal

    Ramadan ended yonks ago...maybe he’s hajjing (sorry to all Muslims everywhere if that’s not an acceptable verb) this year?
  5. Churaumi

    Osunaarashi scandal

    I noticed his Twitter has his location as California. Not that it matters much in this internationalized world we live in, but I do think there are a lot of pro wrestling schools out there... or maybe acting of some sort? or maybe he’s in north California doing seasonal agriculture work now? Ready to start the harvest?
  6. Churaumi

    Osunaarashi scandal

    See my quote above. I was just wondering what happened to him after someone mentioned him in the “rikishi you miss” post, guess we’ll find out soon.
  7. Churaumi

    How will this era end?

    Still have to be dedicated enough to get good enough to succeed. Even that is a hard row to hoe for a lot of these guys.
  8. Churaumi

    How will this era end? can’t make yokozuna if you’re not dedicated to it. If you never had the dedication then you also never had the potential to become a yokozuna. Philosophizing is hard.
  9. Churaumi

    How will this era end?

    Hakuho will limp on until the Olympics, it’s really a question of if Kakuryu stays healthy enough to outlast him or not. Could go either way. The only speculation I will make is that one of the two of them will retire before the other.
  10. Churaumi

    What rikishi do you miss the most?

    Harumafuji, for sure. He kept things interesting as a spoiler for Hakuho at a time when Kakuryu wasn’t quite up to the task yet. Also, Ura was so exciting but his style probably doomed him. See the Terunofuji health problem thread for my ideas on that.
  11. When I looked into it for my trip in May, the heya that opened doors to guests to watch did so for free, but tours that provided guides and/or translators ran a pretty penny.
  12. Churaumi

    Terunofuji's health problems

    I don’t like second-guessing their styles, since they are at the top of their world and I’m just some dude in the middle of the US who has never seen a dohyo from the inside. But, while it may be more dynamic to watch, when I see a wrestler as physical as Baruto, Tochinoshin, or Terunofuji I don’t expect a long career. I’m batting 1.000 on it; even Tochinoshin seems to be on borrowed time. Oosunaarashi was very physical in style, and was on his way down the banzuke when he...fell out. Ura? Less rough but depended on contortions to win. Different kind of rough physicality on his body. Time will tell whether Enho’s taping is short-term bumps and bruises or the start of chronic damage. The key for these guys is if they can shift strategies when their bodies start getting torn up. It’s too early to tell in Terunofuji’s case, I think. When he gets some real competition regularly at the top of makushita, if he still depends on size I think he’ll have trouble. I don’t think his body is healthy enough to muscle out some of those guys unless his technique has gotten better. Just my two pennies.
  13. Churaumi

    How far will Terunofuji go?

    Low juryo, and probably not for long. Upper makushita is full of old-timers on their way down and he can exploit that, hopefully. But, juryo is as competitive as ever and he’s starting to age himself. He’s also pretty beat up, and I don’t know if I trust his body to take that punishment again.
  14. Churaumi

    Nagoya 2019

    1 for 9, 11% accuracy. About usual for me.
  15. Churaumi

    Aminishiki injured/ Intai

    Would it, though? Injured sekitori falling down the banzuke the last couple years have had their hands fuller than I expected.