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  1. since_94

    Kisenosato intai

    I am saddened by this announcement, inevitable as it is. I am in Tokyo and was hoping to see him fight this basho, but it wouldn't have been fun to see him in bad form and losing. His attempt to come back from injury has been inspirational, and his Yokozuna run was exciting and injected a shot of adrenaline for a then waning Japanese passion for the sport. Thanks for all the memories and thrills champ
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    Terunofuji's health problems

    That seems like very sound advice
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I thought Chiyonokuni looked awesome in his win and seems to be brimming with confidence. Great start for Ichinojo too, who looked a lot more mobile (dare I say faster?) than what we’re used to seeing from him of late. Nishikigi also had an impressive win. I thought it was a great day of sumo. Lots of surprises with 3 Ozeki going down . As for Kisenosato, well I hope he hangs around until at least day 6 and 7 so I can finally see him fight as a Yokozuna
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Can’t believe I forgot this was day 1 and went out for a leisurely dinner and drive instead of being glued to the action. Oh well, highlights it is.
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    Terunofuji's health problems

    I wish the guy well both career and (especially) health wise, but I never cared for him after that henka against Kotoshogiku in 2017 when the latter was a kadoban Ozeki
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I’ve got a ticket for day 7, so it would be cool if you’re right
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    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Any idea what day of the tournament the Emperor is most likely to attend? It would be cool to catch a glimpse of him Here’s some info from Wikipedia: The Emperor of Japan is the head of the Imperial Family and the head of state of Japan. Under the 1947 constitution, he is defined as "the symbol of the State and of the unity of the people." Historically, he was also the highest authority of the Shinto religion. In Japanese, the Emperor is called Tennō (天皇), literally "heavenly sovereign". In English, the use of the term Mikado (帝 or 御門) for the Emperor was once common, but is now considered obsolete.[1] Currently, the Emperor of Japan is the only head of state in the world with the English title of "Emperor". The Imperial House of Japan is the oldest continuing monarchical house in the world.[2] The historical origins of the Emperors lie in the late Kofun period of the 3rd–7th centuries AD, but according to the traditional account of the Kojiki(finished 712) and Nihon Shoki (finished 720), Japan was founded in 660 BC by Emperor Jimmu, who was said to be a direct descendantof the sun-goddess Amaterasu.[3][4] The current Emperor is Akihito. He acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne upon the death of his father, Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito), in 1989. The Japanese government announced in December 2017 that Akihito will abdicate on 30 April 2019.[5]
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    I’m not even REMOTELY sympathetic. There was no question as to whether or not he had the BOTTLE to compete at a high level. The problem seemed to be a lack of self control, as noted above.
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    Tickets and company for Hatsu 2019, Day 2 or 3

    My experience with attending at the Kokugikan for Hatsu in both of the past two years is that no one checks tickets for the lower level in the morning. You can sit in the good seats without being bothered
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    Training pics overview year end 2018

    Hope everyone will be healthy for the upcoming basho
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    2018 GRAND SUMO Review

    No mention of Harumafuji. I should think a Yokozuna’s retirement would warrant a mention, out of respect for his contribution to the sport if nothing else, even if they wanted to skip the lurid details to maintain the positive vibe. Easy to see Murray would have loved to prognosticate about Kisenosato’s looming retirement but they obviously told him to tone it down. Enjoyed the program anyway, helps build the excitement for January
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    Preparations of the Y/O Hatsu 2019

    I would love to see him repeat with another yusho at the 2019 Hatsu basho
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    Visiting Chiganoura-beya

    Likewise I will be in Tokyo in January, although am happy to say my dates correspond with Hatsu basho. Am I correct in assuming there will not be training as usual at heya/beya during the tournament?
  14. Nice post. Some amazing photos, especially the old ones.
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    Age limits

    I live in rural Taiwan. The Japanese occupied these islands from 1895 to 1945. Vestiges of the occupation are everywhere. Apparently there is some sumo legacy here, although it is all rather nebulous. Here’s the text of the only English article I have found discussing it. Privacy a priority for Hualien sumo wrestlers 《吉安相撲賽》改良版丁字褲 添笑果 Few people knew that sumo wrestling, which originates from Japan, was once also contested in Taiwan, its ex-colony. Just recently there was a sumo wrestling contest organized in Hualien County in which wrestlers wear mawashi, the sumo wrestling suit, in a way that differs from its country of origin in quite a funny way. Wearing their Taiwanese-style mawashi, wrestlers from Hualien County’s Ji-An Township observe each other carefully in the dohyo, the circular ring from which they have to throw their opponent out. While the wrestlers seize every opportunity to beat their opponent, other tribesmen cheer loudly in the spectator seats. Tradition says that a sumo wrestler should wear a mawashi when wrestling. However, it is relatively difficult to find a proper one in Taiwan these days. Therefore, Taiwanese wrestlers wear big towels, pieces of canvas or slings as substitutes for mawashi. They use anything white that could possibly be tied around the waist approximately in the way Japanese sumo wrestlers do. However, the Amis tribesmen living in Ji-An Township are conservative people. They are concerned that their private parts and other parts of their body are exposed, as the mawashi doesn’t cover much of their body. So in contrast to the masculine ambience of the wrestling ring, the contestants wear underwear under their wrestling suits to protect their modesty from the curiosity of the audience. Elder tribesmen follow the tradition that forbids wrestlers from eating beef, vegetables and having sexual intercourse before competition because it is believed such activities consume energy. Wrestlers were only allowed to have other kinds of meat products, pork, bamboo shoots, vine heart, grass shoots and beans. But traditions have evolved, and today only elders still closely follow this rule. Besides dietary rules, only men are allowed to watch the matches on the side of the dohyo because women are considered “unclean”, according to tribesmen. Chief-referee Lin Chao-ming explained that Amis people call sumo wrestling Mitelu or Malalevu. It is aimed at strengthening tribesmen’s bodies and uniting young people in order to fight enemies. Sumo wrestling contests here ceased to be organized for a few decades until January 1986, when Ji-An Township’s Tung-Chang Village took the initiative to organize one. This initiative unexpectedly aroused the interest of Amis tribesmen around Hualien County. (LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TAIJING WU) 大多數人都認為相撲源自日本,但是太陽帝國前殖民地台灣也有人好此道。日前花蓮縣吉安鄉年度盛事,阿美族原住民「米得路」相撲比賽,就在化仁國中操場熱鬧登場,共有三十九名部落好手競逐,選手們穿著改良版丁字褲,身體左右移動伺機出擊,族人則在場邊觀戰,加油聲此起彼落。 相撲活動規定穿著丁字褲,但因丁字褲已難尋,因此大毛巾、帆布片、背巾等,只要是白色且可以綁成丁字褲的布料全都派上用場,參賽者「將就」繫成丁字形穿上,保守的阿美族人擔心只穿丁字褲會太暴露或穿幫,紛紛穿上內褲後,再繫條丁字褲,在緊張的氣氛中顯得十分有趣。 老一輩族人說,傳統米得路比賽,選手上場前必須遵行不能吃牛肉和蔬菜,及不能行房的禁忌,認為會虛耗體力,只能吃獸肉、豬肉、竹筍、藤心、芒草心及豆類等,由於時代的轉變,這些禁忌只剩下較年長者才遵行。 此外,相撲擂台周邊也都只見男性圍觀,沒有女性的蹤影,族人說,因為傳統上認為女性不潔,所以禁止所有婦女靠近。 裁判長林昭明解釋,阿美族語稱相撲為「米得路」或「馬拉勒夫」,主要在讓族人鍛鍊強健的體魄,並讓年輕人團結一致以禦外敵,這項在阿美族中沉寂了數十年的相撲競技,民國七十五年一月間由吉安鄉東昌村示範登場,結果引起全縣各地阿美族人的興趣。(自由時報記者蔡百靈)