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  1. Really sad to hear. I feel sorry for his family and his stablemates too. I wonder if he had a condition that made his recovery more difficult, like asthma. According to Japan Times he's the first person in their 20s to die from this terrible disease. Goes to show it was the right decision to cancel the basho even without audience. You can take people's temperatures like at Haru but it's just not safe enough considering how this virus spreads.
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    General Corona Banter

    I share your concerns over Golden Week travel (although I think business-as-usual Nagoya is out of the question even if everybody stays home). The problem is it's easy for people to fool themselves when they really want something, such as traveling someplace for Golden Week. A lot of people are gonna be thinking things like "it's all overblown" or "it's not very bad in Japan yet" or "we'll wear masks and be careful so we'll be OK". This is obviously not just Japan, but everywhere. We've been through this time and again elsewhere in the world. And it's not like I can't understand people. I was planning on being in Tokyo this summer to study Japanese again (4th time!) I haven't been on vacation in over two years, so I'm really bummed out about not being able to go, but there's just no choice right now. It's just really sad to see that nearly every government has been dragging their feet over this. Nobody wants to make the unpopular and economically harmful decision to ban movement. To me this has been almost like a laboratory experiment in seeing which politicians are willing to put their own short-term political interests over the lives of people...
  3. I don't think these are new and I don't know when they were made, but apparently they're letting you use them for free temporarily. すみません if this was posted before but I couldn't see a topic on it. Here are the plain gif files, which I'm gonna steal and keep forever: They're on LINE too, of course:
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Anyone notice the Akua shinpan bump in Juryo? *bump* "すいませーん" -- Man With Two Sticks. If anyone knows what this job is called...let me know. Kotokaze! -- edit: I haven't been on the forum for a while, so these two images are from a couple of days ago. But I can't resist posting them. Ishiura breaking the dohyo, and the dohyo being sprayed with water so it'll...grow back? (Last Tuesday) The shot of Osaka castle from last Tuesday.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I remember, Tochi was totally robbed here. Love Morita Hiro going "Really?" Just to clarify, it's not that I don't believe the claim that this is how torinaoshi works, and that this is how the rules work. I believe that, and it makes sense. I'm just a little surprised by the idea that this rule has always been consistently applied, given that monoii calls are sometimes a bit dubious. Like, I'd expect there to have been dubious torinaoshi calls too.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    That's weird to me. I feel like I've seen torinaoshi applied in situations other than an exact same touchdown. Can't think of any examples, but are you saying there's 100% no chance they'd ever have used a more loose interpretation on this?
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    So, we actually have a rare Maegashira #18 this time around (Kotonowaka)! Time to beat that old lowest ranked yuusho record?
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    Basho highlights videos - Hatsu 2020

    Seems NHK has started a new crackdown on foreign sumo videos. The video basically just says this: "We had two copyright claims so I decided to remove all videos from this channel, because with three strikes the channel will be removed. I will make another video soon on how to move forward." In the comments he also says: It's a real shame to see this happening again, the few avenues that exist for foreign sumo fans being taken away. edit: it seems that the videos haven't been deleted, but unlisted. At least for now. But unlisting videos doesn't prevent them from potentially getting copyright strikes. There's still links to the videos on their Twitter account. So, if there's any videos you want to backup, now's the time.
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    Official now. First yokozuna-ozeki since 1982

    I just saw your post about it on Reddit and came here. Does this mean anything in practice, aside from however they'll write that down on the banzuke? Does that mean the 結びの一番/musubi-no-ichiban will always be the yokozuna that didn't get picked to be "yokozeki"?
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    Goeido to Retire

    「元豪栄道の武隈です」 edit: not sure if it shows but there's a video in there.
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    Goeido to Retire

    This is what I was afraid of back when Kotoshogiku lost his rank. Fortunately it didn't happen in his case, and he kept on being a very entertaining wrestler for us to watch. I think because of that, I wasn't expecting Goeido to retire either. Really a shame. Goeido was always dangerous, and I think he more than earned his stripes as Ozeki. edit: just so we never forget, here's Goeido's Aki 2016 zensho yusho (SumoDB). His own personal career highlights reel.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Some images of the royal family, for those interested but not interested enough to watch the video posted earlier. Everybody facing the VIP seats area: A pan turned panorama inside the Kokugikan: And finally, there they are: They even have a retainer. Also worth including because he's the #1 dapper person in sumo, Kisenosato: And a random favorite, Headpat Gaijin:
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Just wanted to post this screenshot of Enho's amazing ashi-tori. I'm sure no one will bet against this appearing in the highlights reel when the basho is over. I feel that we're watching a shonen manga about a young new wrestler in real life here. The David vs an entire army of Goliaths.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I don't know if anyone already went into the database to find out what the lowest ranked victory of all times is, but I was able to find that in January 1939 an M17w won the top division (back when it had 13 bouts). And I don't know what the lowest ranked victory is in the modern era but I believe M14 has happened several times, right? I'm really rooting for Tokushoryu now. This has been a great tournament for my faves. Enho and Hokutofuji are doing splendidly at a high rank. I'm hoping Ishiura can still pull off a KK too. It's not that I dislike Shodai. I'd be perfectly glad if he won it too. But Tokushoryu at M17 would be such a massive win I can't help but root for that.