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    Aoiyama; Takayasu
  1. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Is it just me, or does his voice sound a bit hoarse? Maybe he's not feeling well...
  2. Sumo goods

    I second this. I tried ordering through the site but they only seem to ship in Japan.
  3. Hakkaku's wife and Oguruma threatened

    I wonder if you (or anyone) could provide some insight into what threats like these accomplish for the perpetrator. Who would even bother threatening any of the Kyokai members?
  4. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Without delving into the translation spat (I barely speak English and am not trying for bilingualism), I will say that I would agree with her if her point is to say that changing tradition should only be done after thorough discussion, in consultation with both traditionalists and those trying to bring about change. As I said previously, there is a case to be made for keeping the tradition. Sumo simply needs to decide if it’s worth the bad press to do so.
  5. Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Ms. Ikenobo seems to appeal to tradition in this statement, saying that it’s ok to uphold tradition merely for the sake of upholding tradition. Then she goes on to say she wants a female prime minister and that it’s fine to discuss the relevance of traditions over time. Does that mean reevaluate and change them, or just discuss but not potentially change? She clearly states that young girls are as sturdy as boys. If injuries are the concern, is she saying no more children should be allowed to participate at all? She also mentions needing to listen to the rikishi. Were they the ones suggesting that girls needed to be excluded from the children’s event? Are they the ones who want to keep women out of the dohyo? Perhaps they’ve been vocal about the issue and I’ve simply missed it, but I somehow doubt that’s the case. I’m agnostic as to whether the tradition should be changed, but I am not agnostic about the need for proper argumentation from the traditionalist camp. Defending tradition requires an actual defense, particularly from prominent adherents! There are lots of places where religious traditions remain despite the lack of “relevance” of such traditions. In that context, the Shinto origins of excluding women from the dohyo are at least as defensible as Catholics refusing to ordain women priests of Jews and Muslims enforcing gender separation in various contexts. The reasons aren’t relevant in modern society given the rise of gender equality and a modern understanding of biology, but they exist and can be elaborated upon. By contrast, donkey braying in the manner of “tradition is tradition is tradition hee-yaw hee-yaw” is ineffective argumentation. I hope that something is lost in translation with this quote. Otherwise, it’s just incoherent.
  6. Pre-match/bout routines of certain sumo wrestlers

    My favorite is Tochinoshin scurrying back to the corner when he heads there for the final rundown and salt throw. For someone so large who moves so deliberately during the rest of the pre-bout routine, the triple speed squat-run is very entertaining.
  7. Immediate after basho news

    Oh dear lord...another time sink in my already unproductive Monday. Thanks!
  8. Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    What was Takayasu so angry about during the re-do that caused him to slap Kakuryu in the face like that? He looked like a man possessed in a way that I’m not used to seeing out of him. It was pretty excellent if you ask me!
  9. Kisenosato-"I'm putting everything on the line!"

    One wonders if having a wife would have done anything to push Kisenosato toward surgery at the time. Something about having a significant other tends to help put life in perspective at difficult times. Look at Tochinoshin...well, that’s not fair since he’s European. Let’s take Kotoshogiku instead. He’s had a really tough time what with his demotion from Ozeki. His wife, whose adoring eyes make me feel jealous every time I see them in pictures together, is probably a great source of strength for him. People kept speculating he would retire, but he keeps on just the same. I hope this isn’t too far off topic, in any event. I have always liked Kise, though, and feel some concern for his mental well-being. I hope he has someone special in his life (or finds one soon). He will hopefully need an okamisan someday.
  10. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    They announced a few minutes ago that he's fighting Yoshikaze tomorrow. That should be a much more challenging match! I'm a fan of Aoiyama's (he's my favorite rikishi), but this whole basho has been like something from one of his daydreams. In my fantasy sumo video game, Aoiyama beats Yoshikaze and Hakuho throws his match against Harumafuji so he can face Aoiyama in a playoff and kick the stuffing out of him...just to show he's the boss. I don't think it will get that far, but I can enjoy the idea of it happening!
  11. Wakaichiro from Texas

    I recall that name Musashikuni. Wasn't he the one that knocked out another wrestler at the tachi-ai a few months back? I recall that video made the rounds in the news. Edit: Yes, that was him. Here's the news article: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/3019757/watch-the-shocking-moment-tomisakae-ryutaro-is-knocked-out-after-musashikuni-mamu-smashes-him-in-face-during-their-sumo-wrestling-contest/
  12. Wakaichiro from Texas

    I don't remember from reading information about him, but does Wakaichiro have a background in football? His movements remind me of an offensive lineman, from what I remember of the drills back in the day.
  13. Basho Talk - Nagoya 2017 (SPOILERS)

    Wow...just saw Ura's day 4 fight. I'm really impressed that the gyoji (I believe it was Kimura Keinosuke) caught Onosho's foot going out before Ura's body flew over the tawara. The grumbling in the arena suggested that people were dissatisfied with the call, but the gyoji clearly got it right. If only baseball were adjudicated as well, I'd...well, no, I still wouldn't watch it.
  14. I was looking for highlights of Takayasu's fights for the most recent basho on YouTube (thank you to Kintamayama for posting such good content) earlier this week. When I went back to YouTube later, the suggested videos included this one of Takayasu singing karaoke: Takayasu Zeki Sings "Rainy Blue" Upon further investigation, it seems that Takayasu's mother maintained a YouTube page where she posted his matches, press mentions, and other personal content. She seems very proud as evidenced by the pile of videos on the page. If you're a Takayasu fan, it's worth taking a look as you can see some things from his recent history there you won't find elsewhere. I'm not sure if she'll post there again, but there's plenty of content already.
  15. Preparations of the Y/O-Natsu 2017

    Is there any indication that Kisenosato might pull out of the tournament? His training seems like a good sign, but those injuries can be very tetchy.