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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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Osunaarashi scandal

    Ramadan ended yonks ago...maybe he’s hajjing (sorry to all Muslims everywhere if that’s not an acceptable verb) this year?
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    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?
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Nagoya 2019

    1 for 9, 11% accuracy. About usual for me.
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    Aminishiki injured/ Intai

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

    He could have just sat out until his knee got better enough to do sumo on, but how pathetic would it have been for him to be fighting in jonidan if it took that long? And the competition down low is fierce, he may not have been able to compete at his advanced age. Better to retire with class than hang on in his situation. I’m just glad he did it.
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    Nagoya 2019

    Looks like I’m batting .000 so far, come on red macaron!
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    Kimura Konosuke

    I was a little torn between love him and indifference, but had to go with love since I find him entertaining and he seems to take enforcement of rules more seriously than other gyoji. My wife hates him with a passion, but sometimes it’s handy to have a reason not to talk to each other for a while.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    That’s why I’m not a big fan of the argument. Ichinojo beat Hakuho fair-and-square. Hakuho is a pro, and if his judgment is that he can work around his ailments I trust he can do so. If Hakuho is too hurt to win, he sits. I can see how my quote might be misleading on my position, but I think we’re arguing in the same direction @Dwale.
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I’m not a huge fan of the “if so-and-so wasn’t hurt” thinking, because they wrestle who shows up in whatever condition they are in that day. These guys are pros, Hakuho’s gameplans have shifted with his injuries. I don’t know that Ichinojo’s gameplan shifted from “be huge,” but that countered the Hakuho that showed up effectively.
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    New recruits for Nagoya 2019

    Kind of glad Bariki didn’t get through, even Hattorizakura might be too much in his condition. The maulings wouldn’t have been fun to watch. Any word on what the deal is with him?
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    Kyujo Updates for 2019 Nagoya

    Sucks for Tochinoshin to go pretty much immediately kadoban again after the last few basho worth of drama, but he was getting hard to watch. I wonder what’s on his certificate?
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    Aminishiki injured/ Intai

    That’s a long shot but rumors of his demise have been exaggerated before.
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    Quick Question on Jonidan Numbers

    There is no pattern, it’s just how many jonokuchi they choose to promote each tournament. It’s not too uncommon for a new wrestler to get a close makekoshi and still get promoted within jonokuchi, but I don’t know how common it is in terms of moving up to jonidan that way. I think it has happened, I just don’t have time to research right now. It seems they like to keep jonokuchi for the new guys, the helpless guys, or the occasional broken guy that has to work back up.
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    Crowdsourced injury report

    I think you’d have to have two lists; one list for chronic injuries and one for short term injuries. Almost all the top guys have some condition every fan learns of sooner or later, whether it is a joint problem, diabetes, sleep apnea, etc., that affect the basic way a rikishi wrestles or trains. Then there are the bumps-and-bruises-and-sprains, which might have a short term effect or pair with a chronic condition to lay a wrestler low. I don’t actually think something like this would be a horrible idea, since knowing what is ailing a rikishi can add a layer of drama and help fans catch up on events quickly.