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  1. Amamaniac

    Rikishi birthday pics

    Either my eyes are failing me or the cake says: "31th Anniversary". Sometimes I wonder why Japanese cake shops don't just stick to messages in Japanese. I guess it's the thought that counts...
  2. Miki attempts to understand Takanohana's resignation in the latest Sumo ABC instalment.
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    Wajima in memoriam overview

    That looks more like Taka I to me...
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    Takanohana resigns

    It is reassuring to see Takanohana present at the dinner...
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    Takanohana resigns

    While this may be old news, it may be of interest to readers of this thread to visit the Takanohana Support Group website to see photos of the farewell party that Hanada Keiko held for the charges in her care before they packed their things and moved to Chiganoura Stable. It would appear that she took her Okamisan duties seriously. She shows great compassion for the young wrestlers, calling them "precious" and appearing in photos with each one separately. Why could Takanohana not have done something similar? Keiko is handling the whole resignation thing with great dignity. Edited to reflect Unkonoyama's link.
  6. Amamaniac

    Harumafuji danpatsushiki

    That may be so, but then how do you explain Hakuho giving Harumafuji a cheek kiss/sniff? Harumafuji is Hakuho's elder/senior.
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    Harumafuji danpatsushiki

    I was pleasantly surprised that Kisenosato took part in the event, and even greeted Harumafuji with a smile. Clearly, he holds no hard feelings towards him, even though his debilitating injury occurred during a bout with the Mongolian. Also noticed that most of the Mongolians who took part in the hair-snipping ritual gave Harumafuji what looked like a kiss (actually meant as a "cheek sniff"). Kakuryu was about the only exception. Wonder why?
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    Sansho for Aki 2018

    Photos I've seen seem to show JSA members filling out and tabulating sansho ballots themselves. I didn't realise that journalists were involved in the process...
  9. Of course, you make an excellent point. The Kyokai was simply taking care of business, filling at least one vacancy at the top of the gyoji ladder, and then moving others up accordingly. Long overdue, as we all know. I wasn't suggesting that Konosuke's promotion should have been put on hold. Rather, simply pointing out that the promotion announcement came on the heels of a somewhat non-stellar performance.
  10. I know there is/was a whole fan club inside and outside this forum eagerly anticipating Kimura Konosuke's promotion (even straight to Tate gyoji). While I'm not against his recent promotion, I am frankly a little surprised at the timing. In the most recent tournament (September), Konosuke was one of three Top Division judges to have his call reversed by the judges, which is usually a black mark on a gyoji's record. And, I don't know if anyone else noticed, but Konosuke was the only gyoji to wear the same kimono every day of the tournament. While there may be value in not appearing too extravagant, at least the other gyoji made an effort to wear different kimonos on different days. As a fan of sumo, I like to see variety in gyoji apparel. Just saying...
  11. Amamaniac

    Top 10 Sumo Records Aki 2018 Edition

    Ask and ye shall receive: Asashoryu reached 20 yusho in 26 tournaments (from his first championship win) Hakuho took 32 tournaments. Taiho took 34 tournaments. Chiyonofuji took 37 tournaments. Kitanoumi took 40 tournaments. Takanohana took 41 tournaments. While I can guess what people will say, these stats suggest once again that Asashoryu (in his prime) may have been a better sumo wrestler than Hakuho in his prime.
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    Top 10 Sumo Records Aki 2018 Edition

    Using the statistics for the Yokozunas with the most wins in their Yokozuna careers, and focusing on the top four only, the relative championship win rates in terms of number of tournaments completed are as follows: 1) Taiho one championship every 1.55 tournaments 1) Hakuho one championship every 1.61 tournaments 3) Chiyonofuji one championship every 2.18 tournaments 4) Kitanoumi one championship every 2.32 tournaments These rates reveal that Taiho was in fact the most efficient championship winning Yokozuna. It is possible that certain Yokozunas, who had very short careers and still managed to win a handful of championships, could have had rates. But take Asashoryu, for instance. He won 23 championships and completed 36 tournaments as a Yokozuna. His championship win rate (i.e., one championship every 1.56 tournaments) is almost as good as Taiho's, and, low and behold, better than Hakuho's! Interpret these statistics as you see fit.
  13. Aminishiki gets some love from Miki in this issue of Sumo ABC:
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Indeed. All those listed were Yokozunas. I should have specified them as such.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Does the database include Yokozuna Haguroyama? According to the NHK/NSK stat, he was 37 years and 2 months old when he won his last championship, and that stat is confirmed by his Wiki page: Note that that win was a zensho yusho result.