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  1. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Sumo and Nationality Prejudice For me, this was the best basho in a while. Some excellent and very exciting sumo. When I'm in Tokyo, there's a tiny sports bar in Ueno that I really enjoy watching the Makuuchi bouts when possible. Unbelievably, (since I've been to this place 15 or 20 times) I had to talk my way in on Saturday having been in there already the two previous evenings. There's not a word of romaji in the place, but most of the staff know me, and a few seem to like me. I can order drinks and food easily enough in Japanese and that seems to be the biggest issue with this place. The bouncer/kid at the door just didn't know me I guess. In any event, the crowd is usually quite somber during the matches, uttering no more than a grunt at any given outcome. The Japanese sometimes have an issue with loud foreigners (I really don't like being grouped in with the Chinese, but there you go... The Chinese and sometimes the Americans and the Europeans can be a little loud, particularly when drinking). During the Tochinoshin-Hakuho bout, though, the joint absolutely erupted. Never heard anything like it, but when I watched it again on video the next day I could tell the same thing happened at the Kakugikan. Some sumo fans really don't like the gaikokujin element, although most are OK with it. For some reason, though, having spoken to a number of folks at my fav bar, the crew likes Tochinoshin much better than the Mongolian crew. Even with his pink skin, he seems more Japanese in his demeanor and approach. Any thoughts on Japanese nationalism and sumo? I'm not being a troll here. I'm genuinely interested in folks' opinions, particularly the Japanese folks who are on this forum. So, to be clear, I'm not going to debate anyone or try to cause a debate between others. I'm just curious about how the Japanese feel about the non-Japanese in their allegedly national sport. (we all know that baseball is much more popular). ...and, to a lesser extent, in their bars.
  2. Basho Talk Natsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Same here, although I watched mostly live, as I happened to be in Japan during the basho. And, for me, imo shochu rokkude onegai shimasu.
  3. Videos and promo-Hatsu 2018-Days 1-15

    Y'all are really too entertaining...
  4. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Not until the fat lady sings? Oh, wait, wrong sport I reckon. ...until the skinny guy sings. It's Tochinoshin's to lose, and as a small and very fair lad, I'm pulling for the tall pink guy. Definitely the best sumo I've seen from him. Tomorrow's match between Mitakeumi and Kakuryu, anybody see the reverse direction pull in play? I'm guessing not. Takayasu is not yet to be counted out of the yusho race, but on Day 13 it doesn't hurt to have a 1 match lead, eh? Banzai Tochinoshin! Now's the time, buddy.
  5. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Good planning and adept execution on Tamawashi's part. And, he dealt Tochinoshin back into the yusho hunt! I've not been a fan long enough to see a European take a yusho. I'm pulling for the tall pink boy. He's wrestling well, so it seems he has a shot. Maybe we'll get an extra match on Day 15?
  6. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I'm hoping Ura will sit out six or seven bashos.
  7. Videos and promo-Hatsu 2018-Days 1-15

    Holy cow, the book's in English? We need a title, please. Must read. Well, maybe hthe earlier poster put it up and I missed it...
  8. Videos and promo-Hatsu 2018-Days 1-15

    Good question! ...and, I'm certain there's a reason.
  9. Videos and promo-Hatsu 2018-Days 1-15

    Day 9 - Nice bow twirling, and an awesome day of sumo. Sugoi desshita!
  10. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Seriously tough match today, but I think he's got a shot at the yusho. I'm pulling for the large pink boy.
  11. Basho Talk Hatsu 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Tochinoshin appears to be healthy for a change and completely on. I think he may have gotten a little gyoji gift yesterday against Takayasu, but it was hard to see for sure.
  12. Hakuhou injured.

    Ah, the Hak won't stay and give up six or seven more kinboshi? He and Kisenosato both look really off their game.
  13. Preparations of the masses- Hatsu 2018

    No, Ura will definitely not be back this basho. I've had two ACL surgeries myself. True recovery can take up to a year if one fully recovers at all. I woud thik summer at the earliest, but it could be fall.
  14. Preparations of the masses- Hatsu 2018

    Tachiai reports: For fans eager to hear news of Ura, we have some updates. News comes from a pair of tweets that report that on December 17th, Ura was discharged from the hospital where he underwent surgery to rebuild his damaged knee. The surgery reportedly took place on or around November 30th, and from the photo shown, it appears that quite a bit of work was done. There is no word yet on how he is doing, or the condition of the knee. Fans should keep in mind that Ura will not be able to even begin sumo practice for a few months, if ever. Everyone who delighted in his twisty-turny, physics defying sumo hope that he takes the time needed to get healthy, regardless of any possible return to sumo. Using US sports medicine guidelines, Ura should not even consider training until the 4th month after surgery, and return to competition no sooner than 6 months. Given the rigors of sumo and the risks of re-injury unless his lower body is strong and solid, we may not see Ura return to the dohyo until late in 2018.