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  1. Thundersnow

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Well said. Of course I'd think so, since it's precisely my own opinion. Enho mixes it up pretty good, all things considered. He's good with some oshi-zumo or can yotsu-up, in his own style, of course. I'm guessing he's getting some extra attention and counseling from Hakuho, since he's kyujo. Probably a bit like having more than one oyakata? It's extraordinary in my opinion that he's so quickly battled his way up to M11. He's wily and fast and obviously quite strong. All attributes I also attribute to his beya's Yokozuna. If he can win one of his last three matches and goes KK, I'll do a little dance in front of my tv.
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    Women in sumo? Around the world and in Japan

    LOL, this is what I meant, when I said "afraid of." If you're talking about the FC Dallas under 15 team, this statement is a major exaggeration. It won't be happening, but the US Women's soccer team would crush most US college men's soccer teams in a real match. I played collegiate soccer, and I'm fairly confident if not certain, of this statement. I have an anecdote about a pick-up game I was once in as a fifty year old with female US college players, but it doesn't really add much here. Clearly, I was trolling a bit with the "afraid of" statement, but I thought the video was really good. I enjoyed it, was generally impressed and I'm pretty certain that Yamanaka-san would dispatch many of the male forum members here readily, myself included. Of course, most of us are not in our prime and many of us have never stepped into the dohyo. That said, I doubt she would last long in Jonokuchi. I am truly interested in what views folks have from different parts of the world. It seems to me as a human being, not as a man, that women are the great repressed majority on this planet. And, I find myself often pulling for the underdog. As with Enho, I don't expect everyone to be with me. I guess I believe in equal access and treatment, but historically it's a rather new concept, and definitely not embraced everywhere. Anywhere? I get the Shinto side, though, a good point. Religions do have a tendency to realign with social values as they change, as opposed to going the route of institutional seppaku.
  3. Thundersnow

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    LOL, I think that may be it, but I can't read it because I've maxed out on Japan Times without subscribing. My friend who was with me at the time and I still laugh about that article, and how embarrassed the author must be to have written such rot. He and I are not only fairly serious sumo fans (ignorant as we may still be, we at least watch the highlights every day of every basho), but we've drawn a number of other folks into watching the sport, including some of our Japanese friends. OK, to draw this back to the current basho, Kotoshogiku may be struggling a bit, but Enho is better than a lot of folks here are willing to admit. What he's doing is exceptional. I could see Kotoshogiku staying in Makuuchi for a couple of more years. He's not sanyaku material at the moment, but I wouldn't count the boy out on any given day.
  4. Thundersnow

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    When I first started watching sumo five years ago, I recall an article in the Japan Times strongly suggesting that Hakuho should retire. Before he embarrasses himself... (not exact wording, but captures the flavor of the article). I'm not certain how many yusho he racked up over the next four years, but I know that he won 3 of the 4 basho that I personally attended.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I predict you get no more than two. of them correct... :)
  6. So, I've understood that women are not allowed in professional sumo in Japan, not only forbidden to compete but even to enter the dohyo. I try to be culturally sensitive, although I screw up all the time, so I'm not trying to convince the Japanese of what they should do. A few of the folks who are ragging on Enho got me thinking, though, if some people are opposed to a small rikishi who is outside the norm, what would they think of women competing? I am very curious about what folks think on this subject, particularly from countries around the world, which makes this forum a perfect place to pose the question. I know that in the US women do compete in sumo and with a tiny bit of research have found that there are women in Japan who also wrestle (I was a little bit surprised!). OK, I said I try to be culturally sensitive, but in this case I can't help myself, "What are you big beefy guys afraid of?" Here's a really interesting video, IMO. Please jump in with your opinions.
  7. Hi Exil,

    I wonder if there's a mechanism for changing one's alias on the sumo forum? I've hunted around for such a function, but don't seem to see it. Kintamayama told ma a while back that my alias translated to Japanese would be Kaminariyuki, and I'd rather like to change it to this, if possible, and f it's not too much trouble (LOL, and if it doesn't mean starting all of my profile back at zero). 

    I also wanted to thank you for your work on the sumo forum. I've learned quite a lot here over the last few years, since watching my first sumo matches and becoming a fan. Sumo Forum rocks!

    Domo agitato gozaimasu,

    Mark (aka - formerly, I suspect, Thundersnow)

  8. Thundersnow

    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Wow, it's already been two years since that match? It was rather impressive. I thought the Kisensoato-Terunofuji play off might have been the most recent, but it was earlier in 2017.
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    Videos Aki 2019 ~ Days 1-12

    It was very nice to be able to watch this on my lunch break, as opposed to waiting until I get home this evening to watch the NHK highlights. Even though I don't get any shochu when I'm still at work, I appreciate Kintamayama's efforts here. Very much appreciated.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Is a hiramaku yusho a yusho by a rank and file megashira? The term is not in the glossary, but I see from an internet search that hirumaku is another term for megashira.. Three of the megashira still right in the thick of it, including Asanoyama who seems to be wrestling well again.
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    Enho - predictions?

    The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing - John Wesley Powell
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Well, I can see the dead body argument, but the statement above is a gross exaggeration. Watch it again, the fist flinging around was by Enho and then he backed Azumaryu up almost to the hay twice. The last 10 seconds was all the big guy, I concede. Additionally, the back of Enho's heel did not touch first. He clearly lifted his leg from the clay. Azumaryu's knee touched first, at least it looked that way to me. I am a partisan Enho fan, of course. Gyoji's seem to be having trouble this basho. Very strange not-a-matta call earlier on Day 9, and some days the Gyojis are having a difficult time staying on the dohyo, even if nobody touches them.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    I wonder if this is what's giving Tochinoshin a problem? I don't mean to be intrusive to the guy's medical issues, but I've noticed he's been wearing large band-aids on his keister the last four or five bashos, and I'd wondered if he might be having trouble with shingles. This is just idle curiosity/concern, so I'm not asking anyone to disclose something that's too private to share. Of course, it's hard to hide much if you're a professional sumo wrestler...
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    Spirited rikishi Aki 2019

    I'd really like to see more of the Juryo matches, but I feel lucky to be able to see Makuushi. Kotonowaka seems to be thrilling the crowd in Juryo. I look forward to eventually seeing him wrestle.
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    2019 Aki Basho Discussion (spoiler alert!)

    Quite the chatterbox, isn't he? If not an oyakata, maybe a future talk show host?