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    Gyoji and Yobidashi

    In 'Discover Sumo' — a book I've read that was written by a former top-ranked yobidashi — it's said that they don't believe a foreigner could become a yobidashi, as the kanji would be too hard for them to read/pronounce. To my knowledge, there have been no foreign yobidashi or gyoji thus far.
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    Gagamaru retired

    And thus we bid farewell to one of the greatest Yokozuna prospects of our time.
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    Corona and sumo

    If they're smart, they'll isolate for a few more weeks, even if they are out of the hospital. I've heard this thing can be carried and spread for 20+ days after recovery.
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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    Who are the men in the photos at 1:20?
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Takayasu just can't catch a break.
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    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    http://www.realmofdarkness.net/sb/crowd/ An audience soundboard, for anyone who wants to enhance the experience.
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    I hope the pro sumo scene honors Byamba in some way.
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    This is such heartbreaking news. I remember first seeing him with his appearance on Whose Line Is It Anyway, and I saw him on many entertainment shows while watching Japanese variety TV growing up. Seemed like such a chill guy. Such a big man leaves such a big hole in life. May he watch over the dohyo and all who wrestle on it.
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    Corona and sumo

    Just when I thought the NSK might finally make some smart decisions, I wake up to this. Although I shouldn't be surprised. They've never truly cared for the rikishi's health on a beneficial level. These band-aid solutions, like not sharing water, isn't going to cut it. These men are making full body contact every match. If even one of these guys has the coronavirus, it can still easily spread. How many would have to go forced-fever-kyujo before the NSK thinks to themselves, "Hmm, maybe this wasn't wise after all." Yes it could all go perfectly swell, but I don't see the point of all this unnecessary risk. Do they really need the TV and ad revenue that badly?
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    Corona and sumo

    Matches without an audience might remind the sekitori of their jonokuchi days.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Haru 2020

    Still rare to see a 50-0 though, but you are right.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Haru 2020

    Wow! Asanoyama is either suddenly in really bad shape or Kakuryu is suddenly in really good shape.
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    Corona and sumo

    This would be a wonderful time for aaaaaaall these rikishi currently nursing injuries to actually take more than two months to properly rest up. Even if they still do keiko, at least they won't be competing in a tournament, which is where a lot of these injuries happen or worsen. Frankly I would love to see how they all preform after a 4 month, maybe 6 month break. I just hope the virus doesn't get into one of the heya. Infiltrating one heya still equals a lot of infected rikishi and staff.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I haven't seen Terunofuji up close since the photos of him at his lowest, and wow, he's really come back into form. Dunno yet about the quality of his sumo but he's rebuilt his body quite well.