Taikoubana

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About Taikoubana

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  1. Taikoubana

    Hatsu 2022 discussions (results)

    What a shame, I enjoy Inosuke's energy but he isn't exactly honoring the rank. And here I've been looking forward to a new Kimura Shonosuke sometime soon. Don't suppose they can bump one of the sanyaku gyoji up to Shonosuke instead? Also going to withhold my comments on Mitakeumi. I'll just be throwing salt over my shoulder and rubbing a rabbit's foot until the basho is over.
  2. I recall a tournament, sometime between 2013-2017, where the dohyo-iri was ready to begin (can't recall what day it was, or if it was juryo or makuuchi), and Kimura Yodo was late. I remember Osunaarashi was there, because he was poking his head out of the line, looking around and laughing. The camera cut to the back halls of the kokugikan, and Kimura Yodo was quickly power walking to the front of the line. Does anyone remember that moment? And if so, does a clip still exist of it? I'd love to see it again. Also a sort of off-topic question, but the gyoji who announce the names, birthplaces, and heya of each rikishi as they step up during the dohyo-iri -- what determines which gyoji are assigned that duty? Is it only gyoji from a certain division? Thanks again.
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    Pokemon collabs with Sumo

    Pokemon is the highest revenue media franchise in the world, beating out Hello Kitty. So I don't think sumo could get a much better collab than this! That being said, Pokemon is getting exposure in sumo for a couple basho. But is sumo getting exposure in Pokemon? If not, can you really call it a "collaboration"?
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    Pokemon collabs with Sumo

    It seems the Pokemon Company will be teaming up with the Nihon Sumo Kyokai for the next couple of tournaments. The Pokemon Company will have banners at both the November and January basho. They'll also be sponsoring kesho-mawashi, and at the January basho, the gyoji will don a special Pokemon-themed outfit. https://www.sumo.or.jp/pdf/kyokai/211027pokemon.pdf Looks like the sumo pokemon, Makuhita, will be getting the spotlight alongside company mascot Pikachu.
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    Hakuho retires

    Nothing much to say that hasn't already been said. I just feel incredibly grateful and lucky that I was alive to witness the greatest dominance in sumo. Hoping that new heya works out, as I'd love to follow the careers of his deshi.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    What color was the macaroon? I missed it.
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    Sumo and the Olympics

    How disappointing. At this rate we may never see sumo in an olympics opening ceremony again. I guess they thought Nagano 1998 was good enough to warrant never including it in the schedule a second time. (Half-joking.)
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    I'm almost positive I saw something important in the world of sumo that was crafted by an older lady and a younger man. Maybe it had to do with the fibers that they're laying in the fabric of the rope in the above video? Anyway, thank you for the link, @Seiyashi
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    Terunofuji is the 73rd Yokozuna.

    I was excited to watch the promotion ceremony with my family. Saddened to see how he seemed to have only worry written on his face, not really any sense of accomplishment or pride. A heavy burden rests on his shoulders. It will be bittersweet if the 73rd really has such a short run at the top. (Somewhat unrelated, but does anyone happen to have a video of a Yokozuna tsuna being crafted? I saw it once, being crafted by an older lady and presumably her son, but I haven't been able to find the video since.)
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    Hokuseiho - Shot at a record?

    I love the way he accidentally said "juryo yusho" in his interview before correcting himself to say "makushita yusho." His head's already in the next tournament.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Instead of a trophy, a macaron, and a myriad of prizes, I vote that the winner of this tournament gets a blue ribbon and a pat on the back. But in seriousness, I'm rooting for Terunofuji. This is a good opportunity to make a push for his return to Ozeki, which I consider one of the best storylines in sumo presently. And maybe an Ura juryo yusho...
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    Improvement idea for Yokozuna promotion

    Preceded by the appetizer, a swordfish-bearer.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    We've lost another one to the "I must gambarize" demons... It's astounding how any rikishi who tears their ACL looks at rikishi with the same injury of the past who had forgone surgery, and thinks "Y'know, it really went well for those guys, this must be the right decision."