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  1. A decidedly disturbing, but sultry and sexy photo. I think it's a joke, but the two faces are pretty close.
  2. Harumafuji scandal

    I agree, but it appears to be substantially his own fault. It's still such a shame. I really liked him in the dohyo, even if he did give up quite a few kinboshi. Somehow I'm coming around to the position that Takanohana gets significant secondary blame, or shame if that helps my Nihonjin fellow sumo lovers.
  3. Harumafuji scandal

    Scanning back looking for some Kinta posts. You called that one, Joaoiyama.
  4. Hakuho's dominance to continue?

    LOL, I know a bar (that I love) in Ueno where you wouldn't want to say this out loud in Japanese. ;) I think Hakuho has challengers coming up, including Mitakeumi and Takakeisho, and Takarafuji for that matter. Aside from being slow as molasses, he's taken Hakuho 2 of his last 5 bouts, and should have gotten him on Day 13 this tournament. If Takayasu can recover from his injuries, he's clearly a threat as well, although I don't know his recent record against Hakuho. There is little question,however, that Harumafuji was the strongest challenger to the dohyo menace Hakuho. The flip side is that without major challengers, the Hak could go soft. ...nah, just kidding. The guy clearly lives to compete.
  5. Harumafuji scandal

    Ah, kanjio yomimassen. Sadly. And, Google translate made such a mess of it that I got little from the article. Thanks for sharing the link though. As so many others here, I'd love to know what really happened.
  6. Harumafuji scandal

    So, my Japanese friend says the story he read suggested Takanoiwa was hit 40-50 times, and that a couple of the big questions people have are: 1) Why didn't Kakuryu or Hakuho intervene? 2) There is speculation that match fixing is involved in this dispute and that Takanoiwa may not have been playing along. I haven't seen either of these two issues discussed here, but I know several of you read Japanese kanji and follow what's written about sumo. So, what gives? Either of these points have any merit?
  7. Harumafuji scandal

    What? We don't get to use the front door? These wheel barrows are heavy. Your translations were very helpful and well appreciated. Domo. I need to start working "gambarize" into my every day vocabulary.
  8. Harumafuji scandal

    Girls just want to have fun? My Japanese buddy who's into sumo says he rather stopped following the last basho when the Harumafuji scandal broke. I was in Japan for most of the basho and although my Japanese isn't good enough to follow the news yet, it was big news in Japan even a week after the story broke.
  9. Steroids, HGH and other performance enhancing drugs?

    I suppose I should be ashamed asking questions that I know perfectly well that I could hunt through the forum and find myself. Particularly when Akinomaki pastes a handful of threads (I'll check a couple of those out). But, no, you fellows seem so willing to help us newbies come up to speed, I just go on and ask. Hey, we have to have something to talk about until January. neonbelly makes an excellent point about steroids vs. general weight gain in terms of danger to the athletes. I suppose I'm old school here and really feel like folks should play straight in competition and that the differences between winners and losers shouldn't com from a syringe or a pill bottle. That's a bit naive, I know, and in truth I've used dexamethazone myself when mountain climbing in my earlier years. Well, I used it until a doctor at a high altitude clinic in Nepal told me to stop. "That medication should only be used to help you get down off the mountain in an emergency, not to help you get to an altitude at which you do not belong." Duh.... When I repeated that to the physician who'd prescribed it to me, we both looked at each other and laughed, knowing we could have figured that out on our own. They make a big difference, IMO. I'd say on the low dosage I was taking, I performed about 30-40% above my true capability. Either way, I'm hooked on sumo whether they're juicing or not. I'm thinking about returning to Japan in May again, and catching one day of the basho, but for the first time maybe we'll get a lower level box and have a little picnic with a bottle of imo shochu. Fine way to spend a day, IMO. Knocks the socks off of baseball, no offense to fans of that sport.
  10. Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS)

    It was a really good basho, all of the kyujo notwithstanding. For me, the highlight bouts were both Hakuho the weird loss to Yoshikaze and the Day 13 amazing comeback, Takakeisho I think). The Hak is such a character, and so entertaining, as well as the definitive Bad Ass of the year. And, I wonder what it says about all of us sumo fans that the Harumafuji Scandal thread is longer than the Basho Talk Kyushu 2017 (SPOILERS) thread?
  11. I'm sure this has been discussed, but the Harumafuji incident made me particularly curious. The combination of steroids and alcohol is a combo pretty donducive to momentary violence So, do these guys juice?
  12. Harumafuji scandal

    And, add to that, when are we likely to find out?
  13. Videos -Kyushu 2017- Promo and Days 1-15

    Kinta-san, thanks for all the vids. Having been sucked in by one of your translations last basho, I refrain this time around. I do like your highlights the best of all the posted ones I've seen. I enjoy hearing the Japanese along with the bouts here and there. And, like a bit of nihonshu or shochu, a little wit is also well appreciated. Como arigato gozaimasu.
  14. Sugoi desu!

    OK, sorry if this seems like bragging, but I've been drinking shocuhu, mizuwari, while watching the live tv broadcast of today's sumo, which just ended. Really good day etoday, IMO, and tomorrow we have tickets for first row, second level. Fukuoka is an great city, and we're about to head out to to a yatai for dinner. I'm the guy with the white hair and whit heard. Maybe I should have posted this in the Ozumo section, but like I said, I've been drinking and the sumo was sugoi desu. (awesome). I am so cranked to watch live tomorrow. Hakuho has won both basho that I've seen live, and I suspect now, that it will cone down to Takayasu vs. Hakusho, and despite inebriation, my money's on Hahkuo. So, tell me what you folks think? Gomen nasai for the slightly drunk post. I am sop psyched!
  15. Videos -Kyushu 2017- Promo and Days 1-15

    Thanks for the report, Kintamayama-san. I've given up on looking for sumo news. I just don't see much reporting in English, and from your video I hear that you're not getting too much in multiple languages. Ura should have had surgery already. I've had two ACLs. If he's blown the knee, surgery is the only hope and not a sure thing. I hope he pulls out, as if he's limping on the way to the dohyo, there's no chance of a good showing, IMO. Probably, it's looking like another Kise-Hakuho showdown, but having watched for only a year, or so, it's pretty obvious that anything could happen.