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  1. For anyone who's interested, this just finished airing: NHK Special - Yokozuna Hakuho, 14 Years of Loneliness I actually haven't seen it myself yet, but it looks to be an interesting post-retirement interview about his role in the sumo world during his 14 year reign as yokozuna. Let me know if you have any problems with playback, because I know some people had a problem with viewing the video on the page itself. It should at least work when you download the file though.
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    Kyushu 2021 discussion

    Man, the 1964 one is such a sharper, more dynamic photo. I don't know if they were trying to copy it or not, but the sumo one looks like such a cheap ripoff. Not that it isn't totally unfair to even compare them, of course. Kamekura Yusaku is a legendary graphic designer.
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    Hakuho retires

    100% this. Which is not to say there is no xenophobia/nationalism in the NSK, because of course there is, but as with all social issues it's a lot more complicated than just "he's Mongolian so they hate him", and pretending it is just cheapens the issue and makes people not take it seriously.
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    Otoi-ozumo

    What a shame that the video from the first post is gone now. Goes to show that Youtube is not an archive, one has to assume that anything posted there will eventually vanish.
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    Hakuho retires

    Ah, I didn't know that number was for appearances. Actually, I see now that my 1016 was off—it didn't include fusensho, during which he does do a dohyo-iri, and with that included my script gets 1019 as well.
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    Hakuho retires

    I was curious how many he's done. Of course, he has 899 wins and 129 losses as yokozuna, but that includes fusenpai which don't have dohyo-iri. Counting the number of wins/losses as Yokozuna without fusenpai nets a number of 1016 for Hakuho so I believe that's the amount of dohyo-iri he did in official tournaments, if I'm not mistaken. Obviously that doesn't count the numerous ones he's done in various other places.
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    Hakuho retires

    Yeah, this is undoubtedly the case. Despite Hakuho doing weird things throughout his career that would obviously get him reprimanded, I certainly don't think he's clueless. He also knows that the slightest misstep, or anything that can even be perceived as the slightest misstep, will be turned from a molehill into Mt. Fuji. Conversely, the NSK now has something to think about with Hakuho's "contract" being criticized in the media, and they might want to refrain from intentionally antagonizing him further until he does something to warrant it. Then again, since watching Shibatayama ranting to the media when Hakuho went to watch the Olympics before the facts were even clear, I don't know if they really care. For an organization that's been repeatedly embarrassed by scandals, they don't seem to be particularly worried about being criticized for their actions when it comes to Hakuho.
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    Hakuho retires

    I'm kind of glad that people have reacted to this to such an extent that there's articles about it. Personally, I'm so used to Hakuho being finger wagged by the NSK that I barely even thought about it. To me these things seem as natural as the sun rising now. On a side note, I tried to see if my IME will actually generate 間垣 when I type まがき - it doesn't, but one of the suggestions is 魔ガキ ("evil brat").
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    Hakuho retires

    One a side note, one thing I absolutely will not miss is the fact that everybody always had an opinion on everything Hakuho related, no matter how trivial. He's gonna stay in sumo so I guess it's not gonna go away completely, but the amount that man's actions have been analyzed by absolutely everyone, whether in the Japanese media or by fans or in the foreign scene, is just tiresome to me. And I know obviously he's been the most important wrestler for the past 10+ years and he certainly had his fair share of flaws and missteps worth discussing, but there's also been plenty of times where I've just felt like, "OK, I get it, can we not bring him up every time and talk about something else sumo related now?" Hoping for a future where Hakuho's past missteps are forgiven and forgotten and he's now simply another sumo éminence grise who drops by the Kokugikan to do celebrity commentary.
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    Hakuho retires

    I think at that point, even people who know absolutely nothing about sumo wrestling or even about sport will be calling bullshit on a man with his build being 250kg.
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    Hakuho retires

    If we're talking about percentages, if Wikipedia is right, Hakuho ends with (of course) the highest ever win percentage: 84.6%. He's almost a full percentage point over Taiho (83.8%). Although one time I checked the numbers and found it was counting fusensho wins/losses, which I think is dubious and probably shouldn't be done.
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    Hakuho retires

    Incredibly sad news. He was absolutely unmatched in every technical regard and gave us tons of unforgettable bouts. His clashes with Asashoryu especially will forever be etched in marble as some of the greatest ever in sumo history. I think it's safe to say that every serious article about his career will make reference to the fact he had more than one brush with controversy, but to me none of that ever mattered. He always did his job, even after his body got so wrecked it was a miracle he was able to mount the dohyo again in July, let alone win yet another zensho. He was the ultimate wall and in the end no one was able to come close to breaking him. It will take a very special wrestler for people to even begin to entertain the possibility of his skill and strength being surpassed. If only COVID-19 hadn't happened I would've been able to go see him wrestle live, but unfortunately I never got that chance. Instead I'll make every effort to go see his successor.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Really amazing that Meisei managed to win against Terunofuji by actually getting close to him. The yokozuna has looked absolutely invincible on the belt lately, and everybody's game plan against him has just been to keep enough distance for him to not get that grip. Daieisho won against him by getting in low and pushing up while Teru was too upright, but Meisei actually dared to go for a belt play against him. Congrats to him for pulling it off.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I don't think so. He was unable to push Takayasu out while being in a great position for most of the bout, and he had one great chance right before the end that Takayasu somehow miraculously managed to defend against, so I can't really blame him too much for being solely focused on making absolutely sure of the win at the end there.
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    Hakuhou caught watching Judo

    However way you cut it, it is kinda funny that we have both of these topics at the top of the thread list: And they actually might both lead to the same ending, with someone being forced out of sumo.
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    Hakuhou caught watching Judo

    Did the thought never enter into Shibatayama's mind that maybe he should get some clarification on any of these things before running to the media crying? Maybe then he wouldn't have to openly gab to the media about how he "probably pulled some strings" to get in when he has absolutely no knowledge of what happened yet. This is rando on Twitter level speculation. What an absolutely hamfisted reaction. He's wearing a name tag in the photo, so obviously he's not just there to watch. Go and find out who approved it and why, and maybe then draw your conclusions. Can't believe these are the same people who banned wrestlers from using social media because they "might say something stupid."
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    I actually think they won't be doing this (or if they do it'll be a one time thing with a pre-announced date), because weed use is a lot more common among wrestlers than people probably think and doing regular drug tests would only just end up being a scandal generating machine for them.
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    NSK vs Takatoriki Possible Lawsuit Pending?

    Well, if the NSK sues this guy it's not even gonna matter whether what he says is true or false. By doing that they'll introduce his channel to so many different people, a lot of who are already primed to believe the NSK is a shady organization over all the scandals that keep happening, that at the very least they'll end up sowing a lot more doubt about their integrity into people's minds. Then again, we're talking about an unverifiable leak of a lawsuit that may or may not happen, so I'll believe it when it actually happens. Just saying that the NSK would be shooting itself in the foot if they did this.
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    Terunofuji Story Creates Awkward Silence

    Damn, that's a lot of old magazines. You should consider sending them to the Internet Archive so they can digitize them, so I can read them online
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    Terunofuji Story Creates Awkward Silence

    There's a video on Youtube of Konishiki-Kotoinazuma, I believe it even comes up as the top result, which has Dutch Eurosport commentary for some reason, and literally the only thing he talks about before the tachiai is how fat Konishiki is. I just checked and the uploader turned off comments so you can't even scroll down and read an alternate perspective from people who actually know sumo. Nothing that can be done about that except to just educate people I guess. Tell them not only how fantastic sumo is but that it's absolutely not a weight contest.
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    Terunofuji Story Creates Awkward Silence

    Yeah, you can just barely make out the article in the close up shot (maybe it's online too but I'm too lazy to find out). This is a case of the reporter putting too much stock into the fluff statements made by wrestlers in interviews. When Terunofuji says "I credit my success to my wife's healthy fish dishes and not drinking beer", he obviously doesn't mean it literally. And honestly, anybody who so much as kicked a ball once in their life understands that it's not that simple. There'd be a lot more 180kg superhumans walking around if it was, and they would include my mother. But the reporter apparently liked the romance in that answer and just reported it as though that's all there is to it.
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    Terunofuji Story Creates Awkward Silence

    By the way, you don't have to sign your posts manually. You can set up a signature in your user settings so that it's automatically added to each post, if you want.
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    Terunofuji Story Creates Awkward Silence

    She doesn't even summarize it in a way that makes sense. "His wife put him on a fish diet, he stopped drinking, he'd been relegated down to the lower ranks but because he'd done so well he won a tournament and got promoted to yokozuna." This sounds like the way a 5 year old tells a story. And really, even someone who's never watched any sumo in their life and has no interest in it is gonna be skeptical about the implication that a small change in diet is responsible for a miraculous comeback to the highest rank in the sport.
  24. No, his corpse is dragged onto the dohyo and then repeatedly berated by the gyoji for not putting his hands down behind the line while the head shinpan glares menacingly.
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    Takagenji Caught Smoking Weed

    Yeah, it would take about 5 seconds for a concerned citizen to run over to the koban and rat you out. Maybe unless you're in rural Sapporo. That said, I have actually witnessed exactly this once, so crazy people do exist, but that's certainly not the case here.