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    That 北勝富士 guy is going places
  1. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    The man.
  2. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Nice shot of the Kokugikan's interior, from where you'd likely be sitting if you ever bought tickets. Massive arena.
  3. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Wonderful work by Kakuryuu. I'm so glad that he's halfway to a fukkatsu yuushou. I really didn't think he'd be this powerful after such a long absence. He still has tough opponents to fight, but he's looking good.
  4. The NHK is conducting interviews with former yokozuna to ask them about their experiences at the rank. Today (Jan 20) they interviewed 67th yokozuna, Musashimaru, currently oyakata of the Musashigawa stable. I'm sure a video will pop up at some point but for now I snapped some pics from the broadcast. Very nice images, including of his retirement ceremony.
  5. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Oh, and I forgot. Today's panorama shot, from just outside of the Kokugikan looking at the Sky Tree.
  6. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    From Jyuryou, my favorite match-up. Oosunaarashi vs Gagamaru. Kakuryuu dohyo-iri. Something vaguely interesting shown early in the broadcast, an old people sumo club. Wasn't really paying attention so I'm not sure what the deal was, but there are some funny photos.
  7. Wakaichiro from Texas

    Still with the most beautiful post-match bow in the game, too.
  8. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I'm really sorry for Kisenosato. I've always liked his sumo, but he's just been devastated since his poorly treated injury. As I recall someone put his win rate from that moment on at around 50%, but it's probably even lower now. It just seems so wrong that this great rikishi's career looks like it's heading full speed towards an early and unceremonious exit.
  9. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    "Are you tired?" "A little."
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I liked this shot of Tokyo from the Sky Tree that they showed during the broadcast, by the way.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Congratulations to Hokutofuji for collecting the complete set of kinboshi! Guess there was a point to him being kept at M1 after all. I'm hoping Kakuryuu will keep on winning, because now we've got a real possibility for a real yuushou race at the top.
  12. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    They're doing what they're tasked to do, so it's understandable, but yes - I firmly believe that no one should be telling Hakuhou how he works his magic, as long as he stays within the rules. I indeed think it's disgraceful that some people's personal aesthetic considerations should come before his freedom to fight his matches the way he wants. And it's nonsense anyway, because his slap-and-grab is beautiful to watch. By all means, they should continue to complain, but I was really hoping that Hakuhou would continue to completely ignore them. edit: One other thing. I get what being a yokozuna means to these people, and I get why they want perfection from them. I understand all that. I just disagree with it, that's all.
  13. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    My, did Hakuhou look shaky in his bout. As Kintamayama said. This is why I hate the criticism the YDC gave him for his slap and grab tachiai, because he has been working on perfecting that technique for years to such a high level that it's now one of his main weapons. He's putting his wins on the line now, all because some old men decided it wasn't beautiful enough. I really think it's a disgrace to the sport we love that they got to him to such a degree.
  14. I mean, it happens, but in fairness I should say that it has only happened once to me. For me, it never happened a second time because I'm very well aware of my own limits and I'd have to drink far past them to reach that stage. It takes a whole other level of irresponsible drinking to get to that point. At least, in my case. I'm not sure if it's the same for other people. But that said, I'm always extremely skeptical when someone says "I had too much to drink, so I don't remember."
  15. YDC Soken-Hatsu 2018

    I don't want to bring up this whole discussion again of what constitutes "beautiful sumo", but I just want to say I can understand Hakuhou's feelings. He's the greatest of all time, won an unparalleled 40th yuushou, and they're complaining that it's not beautiful enough for their liking. You can point to the tradition aspect of sumo all you want, but to me this just looks incredibly disrespectful for no reason.