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  1. I wonder if Hokuseiho's 10-5 is enough to get him from J6 to the bottom of makuuchi. I'm feeling probably not, and he'll end up J1 or J2?
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    Kyushu 2022 discussion (results)

    Yeah, absolutely it was a real physical injury, not just Takayasu being sad. This guy's been a rikishi for longer than today, he's not gonna lie down on the dohyo throwing a fit just because he lost a bout, even if it was an important one. Let's not kid ourselves. These guys are always on a knife's edge with the tachiai, especially when they go in head first. It's not at all surprising that something like this could happen, even if most of the time it goes well. It's like how a kachiage usually doesn't result in a KO, but... sometimes it does. It's actually more of a miracle that this sort of thing doesn't happen more often.
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    Kyushu 2022 discussion (results)

    Although I can understand that the henka was a very anticlimactic move, I guess I can understand the reasoning for it from his perspective. If it works, it keeps him completely fresh for the next bout, while instilling the fear of another henka in the very henka-able Takakeisho. It very visibly made a difference in the bout with Takakeisho being unable to put sufficient power into the tachiai. All things considered, I've got really mixed feelings about the outcome of the basho. It's sad that Takayasu lost yet another golden opportunity for a yusho through a henka and a really unfortunate head contact of all things. And while it's nice for Abi that he managed to make such an immense comeback after his punishment for flouting the COVID-19 guidelines and coming a millimeter away from having to retire, I somehow find that I still can't quite be happy for him. (Lame as this might sound, I actually never quite forgave him for that SNS scandal, which permanently caused all wrestlers to be disallowed from posting on social media... that was an absolutely astounding level of stupidity on his part.) But well, what's done is done, and either way it's clear that Abi is going to be an absolute top class wrestler and title contender for a very long time. I'd be surprised if this was his last yusho.
  4. Shame that he's leaving sumo so suddenly during the basho. He was one of the absolute rank-and-file makuuchi mainstays, only very briefly dipping his toe into juryo a few times over the years and I'll miss his presence. On a side note, it's somehow nice that he's opening something other than a chanko-nabe restaurant. I actually kinda feel like next time I'm in Japan I should do a Tokyo former rikishi restaurant tour. I don't know if anyone has a big list of former sumo wrestler restaurants anywhere, but I'm sure you can make a nice long route by now.
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    Ichinojo Concerns

    It's so, so difficult to quit drinking when you're addicted. It's absolutely impossible to escape, and if you've ever been addicted to alcohol can never just drink socially. Even just walking into a conbini can be enough for a full fledged relapse. I remember my dad telling me that in his younger years as a bartender he's seen way more people get destroyed through drinking than through other drugs, even during that time in the 70s in the Netherlands when people had a very liberal attitude towards taking even hard drugs. Seems like Ichinojo has it pretty bad and regardless of what the consequences will be for him as a wrestler, it's something that will probably hurt him for life.
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    Kyushu 2022 discussion (results)

    Since I happen to be in Japan right now, this is how I watched the sumo today: With a nice cup of hot kocha in the local coffee shop. I'm glad Ichinojo is not kyujo given the recent problems. There were some pretty good explosive matches today.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    I've not been active on the forum for a while, but I've definitely enjoyed this tournament. I'm glad 37 year old Tamawashi was able to clinch it. Even if he had to bump my favorite, Hokutofuji. These kids love their commentator grandpa: Some shots I thought were nice:
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    Nagoya 2022

    Pretty exciting end to the tournament. Bit of a shame we did not get the decider between Ichinojo and Terunofuji. Nice interview with Joe as well, I think the interview was probably more of a bother to him than the bout today. The audience enjoyed it too.
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    Nagoya 2022

    "Please, god, just give me this one..."
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    Nagoya 2022

    Couple more screenshots I took a while back and forgot about. I know this guy. I think he was in sumo once. What's his name, 魔餓鬼? Sumo cinderella working hard as always, while dreaming of attending the sumo ball. Tsurugisho Momotaro T-posing to show off his new duds. Three generations of sumo fans! Never quite got a good look at what Terunofuji's kesho mawashi actually says. Apparently it says "GOOD SPEED".
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    Nagoya 2022

    You spin me right round baby right round like a record baby
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    Nagoya 2022

    People being told to eat in silence. Some random shot of a shop in the arena. I don't know why they even pointed a camera over here but I'm glad they did because I like these little b-roll shots. I've actually never been to Nagoya and I should fix that next time I'm in Japan. "Happy Bithday ♥ Wedding!"
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    Shohozan intai

    I want one of those buttons.
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    Shohozan intai

    Shame. I always like Shohozan's sumo. He was a real brawler. I've been looking over his record to see what his best result was. It looks to be his Kyushu 2015 run at M10w where he went 12-3 and got a tied jun-yusho with Hakuho. There's also his Kyushu 2012 run where he went an impressive 10-5 at the much higher rank of M2e, beating three ozeki (Kotooshu, Baruto and Kisenosato) along the way. Here's his match against Kisenosato from that basho:
  15. He just posted this on Twitter: I'm assuming this also includes Sumo Forum, even though forums predate the term "social media". Or maybe he'll still check in with us here every once in a while since this place is much more low traffic/low time investment. Bit of a shame since he's our premier inside man, but I guess taking a social media break isn't the worst idea for your time and health.
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    Sumo goods

    This one's quite old (from 6 years ago) but a sumo account I follow on Twitter posted what I can only assume is called the Hak Mac. (OK, it's actually called the Grand Big Mac but it should've been called the Hak Mac.)
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Can't believe Takakeisho tried nekodamashi against Terunofuji. You can't make that work that unless your name is Hakuho.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Few more random broadcast screenshots. Nice shot of the shinpan at the start of the program. This is actually just the end of the news section right before the start of Juryo coverage, but that's what the weather outside was like today. Alternate camera angle shown briefly while Terunofuji and Tobizaru were preparing to fight. They don't use this one very often at all.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    I haven't been able to watch the sumo live for a while due to being busy, so I've just been watching the Youtube videos. Today I watched the full coverage and I don't know if it's new, but I really appreciated Hakuho (sorry, Magaki) giving all those demonstrations. My money is on Hakuho, although I think the guy in the mascot suit will give him a pretty good bout. Hakuho interviewing Ura as he listens to FM radio on a device he bought 30 years ago. That's how I look when I watch sumo too. This commentary room - probably everybody has already seen this, but I haven't been able to watch the full sumo broadcast in a while. It looks neat. Nice shot of the arena.
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    Natsu 2022 Discussion Thread - here be spoilers

    Plus, all the 5-1s are hiramaku. Top rankers are having a hard time so far.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    I know I haven't shown my face around here in quite a while, but wow. What a thrilling conclusion, both in the lead-up to it and in the final bout itself. Watched it live with my parents. I feel a little bit bad for Takayasu, but Wakatakakage definitely deserved it just as much as he did.
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    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    I realize there's no one besides myself who really cares about my own fictional Bento Award for who gets flung the furthest away from the dohyo (to go get bento), but I appreciate this nice little sprint from Yutakayama after losing his bout with Ura on day 12.
  23. 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.