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  1. The Japan News site just published an article: "Sumo: Repeating ritual of shikiri heightens wrestlers' fighting spirit". It is only available to Premium subscribers... (alas I am not one of them)
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    大野将平 i.e., Shohei ONO.
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    Takayasu kyujo-Aki 2019

    It's official: What exactly was the logic of participating in the Summer jungyo and the souken, if he knew he had a torn ligament? #Heal first, ask questions later.
  4. What do Forum members make of the claim: "Sumo is the world’s oldest continuously played organized sport"?
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    Tokoyama news

    Kitanofuji (Dewanoumi>Kokonoe–TAKASAGO), Chiyonofuji (Kokonoe–TAKASAGO), Futahaguro (Tatsunami–TATSUNAMI), Asahifuji (Ooshima–TATSUNAMI) and Hakuho (Miyagino–ISEGAHAMA) belonged to various stables (4) and Ichimon (3). I would have expected a tokoyama (especially one with Yokozuna-grooming experience) to remain with stables within one Ichimon. Interesting that he was poached by Miyagino Stable before Hakuho had even reached the Top Division.
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    I was watching Takanofuji throughout the Nagoya tournament. Aside from his impressive 11-4 record, I noticed that he made the effort to pick up and return the fallen sagari of at least two, if not three, of his opponents after their bouts had ended. For some reason, that show of respect or courtesy led me to believe that he was a reformed man. I guess appearances can be deceiving.
  7. Yet another guide to crashing asageiko:
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    Banzuke for Aki 2019

    You are absolutely right! At wM16 for one tournament and a 3-12 record, I have to admit he did get his toe in the Makuuchi door, just barely.
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    Banzuke for Aki 2019

    Reverting to his former sekitori shikona ... out of desperation, i.e., to try and stop a further drop in rank? I used to think that this guy would make it to the Top Division. Sigh. Sad to hear that he is struggling with yellow ligament ossification.
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    Weigh ins Aki 2019

    Four Makuuchi sekitori dropped down to the Juryo Division, and two of those men were actually heavier than Yago! The recent but not current stats that I have for the four are: Kaisei (204kg) Chiyomaru (193kg) Yago (178kg) Yoshikaze (148kg) If we are giving credit for the drop in Makuuchi average weight, Kaisei and Chiyomaru deserve mention, not to mention the lighter weights of those moving up, esp. Ishiura.
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    1940's Short Clip of Japanese Sumo Wrestling

    Thanks #sumojoann for posting all these early video clips of sumo. By watching them all, YouTube algorithms dug up a few more such clips. Here is one more entitled Sumo 1937:
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    Next Yokozuna??????

    Whoever becomes the next Yokozuna, it will probably boil down (in part) to being in the right place at the right time. Being in the right place in my mind is related to being healthy and being near the top of the banzuke (i.e., in a position to win two consecutive yusho). And at the right time refers to when Hakuho calls it a day. In my mind, the odds of seeing another Yokozuna promotion before Hakuho retires are somewhat slim. Hakuho probably has a year and a half left in his active career, or let's say 8 more tournaments. With the current state of the Makuuchi ranks, a breakthrough within that time (with Hakuho there to still take home a yusho or two) seems unlikely. But Hakuho's departure will create a real vacuum! Someone like Takakeisho could make an early bid, but his recent injury seems serious enough that it may slow his particular bid to be the next Yokozuna. But I am with Akinomaki. Asanoyama seems to be developing nicely under the same guidance that got Asashoryu to become the 68th Yokozuna. In my eyes, he fits the right-place-right-time criteria.
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    Day 11 pics overview Natsu 2019

    FYI, I believe that is Kimura Shotaro...
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Was re-watching Day 2 coverage on and spotted a Georgian (?) beer commercial starring none other than our favourite Georgian Ozeki. (see 2:15:45) Everyone is entitled to their own conclusions...
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    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I was watching Enho's senshuraku NHK interview, and I could swear that he gets his eyebrows groomed! Not that I have anything against the practice, but it does suggest a degree of vanity. How many other rikishi/sekitori get their eyebrows done? And does that sort of thing fall under the purview of Tokoyama? LOL