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    Recent NHK Hakuho retirement documentary

    Also interviewed for the documentary, Asashoryu was depicted as the bad boy of sumo who Hakuho, upon becoming yokozuna himself, vowed to become the opposite of. During the airing he tweeted out "I'm the bad guy yet again."
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    Recent NHK Hakuho retirement documentary

    Did no one else watch? The documentary gave me a renewed appreciation for Hakuho in terms of his entire body of work. A reminder that he wasn't always the dirty-fighting Yokozuna that we became accustomed to toward the end of his career. That he shouldered the burden of the scandals that rocked the sumo world and almost single-handedly kept the sport alive through his dominance--to that end Kitanofuji, interviewed for the documentary, commented that sumo might not have survived had Hakuho not been there to keep it together. That it was he who was instrumental and doing support activities for the victims of the Fukushima earthquake and tsunami, and continued to donate both his time and money in the ensuing years. He talked about wanting to be loved by the Japanese sumo fans, wanting to model himself after Taiho and Futabayama. Yet as he continued to dominate, blasting through Taiho's record, and then repeatedly foiling Kisenosato's bids for yusho and promotion to Yokozuna, Japanese fans instead looked at him as the heel--to the point where he eventually embraced the role. He said that he had decided that Nagoya was to be his last basho even before it started, and wanted to go out like Takanohana had when he toppled Musashimaru for his final yusho. His knee was in terrible shape throughout, and he received constant therapy during the basho. Regarding the Shodai tachiai fiasco, he said that the night before the bout he tried to visualize beating Shodai, but could only see himself losing at tachiai, so his only recourse was to avoid it by moving back. Clearly at this point he was in desperate win-at-all-costs mode. And when he finally did, his victory shout after toppling Terunofuji was the joy and relief at having achieved his final goal. Just prior to mounting the dohyo for the final bout of his career, he could be seen in the video footage giving thanks to the dohyo for what sumo had given him. He was asked what hinkaku, and by extension, Yokozuna-sumo, meant to him. He replied that whether young or old, or no matter how kind you may be, as a Yokozuna it was either win or retire. So for him it meant being a devil in the dohyo and kindhearted outside of it--and winning at all costs. Kitanofuji and Araiso were also asked about hinkaku--for which there is no specific definition--and neither were able to give a clear answer as to what it means. He closed by remarking that he loved sumo more than anyone. That's all I remember off the top of my head. Feel free to add or correct whatever might be missing or wrong.
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    Araiso activities

    A quick search revealed that his many appealing qualities aren't quite enough to get him onto the list of top men women want to marry: https://yorozu-do.com/kekkonshitai-otoko/ (Japanese only)
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    What we do in our off-time

    A timely tribute to a soon-to-be-retiring David Lee Roth.
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    Hakuho retires

    Those of his stature who desire it are typically allotted one day out of the 15 for commentary duties. Even the talkative and popular Kisenosato only gets one day on TV (though I believe he also does radio). Hallway duty is less punishment and more a combination of welcome to your post-geneki career, you'll start at the bottom just like everyone in typical Japanese fashion; and they still don't have any other official responsibilities or know what's going on yet, so guard duty is one of the few brainless jobs they can be assigned to easily carry out.
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    Hakuho retires

    As did Kisenosato.
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    Who Is This Woman?

    They should let her though.
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    Hakuho retires

    I can't remember a time in recent memory when an Ozeki or Yokozuna (other than Harumafuji) didn't appear for a day on the broadcast the basho after they retired to look back on their career.
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    Ichinojo acquires Japanese citizenship

    You left out quoting the second part of my post:
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    Who Is This Woman?

    I have every confidence that however long it is, be it days or hours, she could challenge it.
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    Ichinojo acquires Japanese citizenship

    As an Oyakata though what matters is not just experience and ability but the ability to to teach, communicate, recruit, etc. He may be good at it or may not. I don't know. We'll find out eventually.
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    Ichinojo acquires Japanese citizenship

    Yes, but I meant in terms of being suitable for the job. I remember reading an article where I believe Asashoryu was quoted as saying that Ichi was such a country bumpkin that he was unable to even have an intelligent conversation with him. If true, hard to imagine him being an effective teacher/communicator.
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    Most underappreciated rikishi

    Seeing the thread about his danpatsu-shiki brought to mind Tochiozan. 77 basho in Makuuchi, 25 as a Sanyaku, 6 kinboshi. Never got the sense he was going to make Ozeki, but he was a Joi mainstay and consistent performer over the course of a long career.
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    Ichinojo acquires Japanese citizenship

    Can't really explain why, but Ichinojo has never struck me as having an Oyakata type of personality.
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    Hakuho retires

    I think it's safe to remove the question mark from the thread title.