Amamaniac

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  1. John gives us something to feed on. A closer look at shikona, anyone? https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/05/27/sumo/yusei-nakanishi-gets-new-shikona-whats-ring-name/#.Xs5OvC9h03F
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    Sumo goods

    Were picture banzuke printed for the March and May tournaments? I realise that March had no fans and therefore no souvenir stalls at the Edion Arena, and that May's basho was cancelled. But regular banzuke were printed for both tournaments, so it would not take much to have a picture banzuke printed and made available (in Ryogoku souvenir stores...).
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    Corona and sumo

    One of the first Japanese celebrities to fall victim to the Coronavirus pandemic was Shimura Ken (d. March 29). There is a growing number of YouTube videos available highlighting his comedy repertoire. While it may have been posted previously in another thread, I feel that the following link sheds light on his comic genius. Furthermore, it may be of interest to members of this Forum since the subject of this particular skit is life in a sumo stable. But hopefully it will put a smile on our faces in this age of widespread lockdowns and uncertainty... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shrgrIo4mWA Enjoy
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    Corona and sumo

    https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0006546380 Anti-body testing will start early next week, but strangely the results will not be made known until the end of June... That doesn't make a lot of sense. The tests can probably be administered in under a week. But the lag time between releasing the results and then the lag time before the start of the Nagoya-in-Tokyo tournament will not rule out the possibility of more infections... If the NSK is trying to determine herd immunity, then they should focus on Takadagawa Stable. But at the end of the day, any attempt to protect wrestlers during this pandemic is welcome.
  5. Great suggestions from John Gunning on where to turn for sumo during the current drought: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/05/13/sumo/fans-turn-options-sumo-fix-virus-related-period/#.Xru2Ei97H6A Spoiler alert: this forum gets a nice shout out.
  6. Miki-san sheds some light on the history of the dohyo: https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0006535440
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    General Corona Banter

    I just wish that Abe would deem oozumo an essential business, just as Florida's governor did re WWE...
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    General Corona Banter

    The segment was indeed misleading (i.e., using news from the March Tourney in May!), but I was semi-impressed with the fact that oozumo was getting main-stream late-night TV attention. Some of it was actually well-informed, but sadly the same old punch lines had to be included...
  9. John Gunning gives us a glimpse of how the on-going pandemic has affected the Natsubasho's banzuke release and how it will impact the May tournament, should it go ahead as scheduled: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/04/29/sumo/sumo-feels-impact-covid-19-escapes-major-financial-hit-plaguing-sports/#.Xqn3xy9h36A
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    Yamamotoyama makes a big splash

    Yamamotoyama fans can also get their fix from this YouTube cooking vlog (June 8, 2019): Better late than never...
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    Yamamotoyama makes a big splash

    Thanks for reviving this thread, Akinomaki. Cute characters. Not sure about the game play, though.
  12. Some history and religious significance of the hanging roof over the dohyo: https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0006474932
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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    Takanohana's (aka Takahanada's) "Ozeki run" actually overlapped Akebono's "Yokozuna run". Both men were promoted to their respective higher ranks after the 1993 New Year Tournament, which means that while Takahanada was making his run for Ozeki, Akebono was still an Ozeki himself.
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    Corona and sumo

    The point to note is that the State of Emergency is only effective until May 6th, and given that the Summer Tourney has already been officially delayed by a week, there is an outside chance of the NSK being free to hold another empty-stadium affair. It depends on whether the State of Emergency will be extended, and on what the Japan Sports Agency will tell the NSK to do. https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/04/5c77df980ac8-breaking-news-abe-to-declare-state-of-emergency-over-virus-govt-official.html
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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    "Please, kami-sama, don't let me get the new "uirusu", new "Corona", or whatever it's called." (I guess prayer is the last line of defence...)
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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    I realise that the following observation comes a little late, but despite that, I wanted to share it with fellow Forum members to see whether or not you feel it is significant. Of course, there are many considerations in play when deciding whether or not to promote a wrestler to Ozeki status. The most important of those considerations is the win-total over three straight tournaments and whether or not double-digit win records were maintained throughout. But as Mainoumi pointed out, there was at least one notable exception to the general unwritten guidelines (i.e., 1966 Kitanofuji). But I checked the Ozeki runs of the last 25 wrestlers to be promoted to the rank of Champion, and except for one unique exception (see spoiler below), every single one of them defeated a Yokozuna at least once in their respective three qualifying tournaments. Asanoyama is the only Ozeki over the last 50 years to have been promoted to Ozeki without a single legitimate Yokozuna upset. (He did get a fusen win over Kakuryu on the first day of his run, but that is not a show of his Ozeki readiness.)
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    Corona and sumo

    Chris Gould's latest vlog offers some insight on whether or not the May Tourney will take place. The decisive factor may well be whether Abe declares a state of emergency... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FF7fBCzjk4E
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    General Corona Banter

    One man's crap is another man's gold. Your contributions are always spot on and appreciated...
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    General Corona Banter

    Activity on the Forum has to a certain extent declined, especially since the biz-haru tournament came to an end. I can't help but think that the pandemic is impacting not only the immediate future of oozumo in Japan, but also the lives of Forum members all around the world. Stay safe, fellow fans and friends. Stay home. And post when the spirit moves you.
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    Corona and sumo

    While it is not directly related to oozumo, this week-old NHK World documentary may be of interest: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/ondemand/video/5001289/ A Japanese friend of mine suggested that the Osaka Tournament was able to be held because at the time sports organisers were under no obligation to heed the Feb 26 government "request" to avoid holding big events. Furthermore, there were no legal sanctions nor any compensation. However, if the Japanese government declares a state of emergency, then restrictions will get a whole lot stricter! (i.e., no basho)
  21. Concerns raised from the historic Spring basho: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/03/26/sumo/spring-basho-provided-unique-experience-raised-concerns/#.Xn6K1C-ZP6A
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    General Corona Banter

    Perhaps they could load them on onto a cruise ship or something. (p.s., We all know this is still a very serious situation. Please excuse the levity. And I did say "or something".)
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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    You have a point, but the one time that Takakeisho "upset the GOAT cart" was in a tournament from which Hakuho ended up withdrawing (i.e., was fighting with an injury). I suspect that you might contest the severity of the injury, and suggest that Hakuho withdrew out of embarrassment. But I contest that timing is everything, or at least it is something...
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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    This is, I think, quite significant. Hakuho is backing the kyokai's decision to promote Asanoyama to Ozeki despite a degree of reservation from certain observers re the numbers and the fusensho involved in qualifying. In addition, one should keep in mind that Hakuho did not say the same thing about Takakeisho when he got promoted exactly one year ago. The Dai-Yokozuna has intimate knowledge of both men's oozumo skills, not to mention a good eye for talent. So Hakuho's statement is both a nod to talent and a nod to the NSK. Hakuho is flexing his muscles on and off the dohyo. Colour me impressed.
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    Hakuho & the Olympics - a dilemma.

    Indeed. https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0006444757 Is there any possibility that Hakuho could retire prior to the Tokyo Summer Games 2.0, yet still be eligible to perform the dohyoiri? For instance, retire after the 2021 New Year Tournament, and wait until September to have his topknot snipped off (danpatsushiki). That way hw would still have the hair for the job come July.