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  1. Yamanashi

    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That explains the win over Ichinojo. While Takakeisho was loading up the oshidashi, Ichinojo was thinking "Mmm, dumplings ... "
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    Sekitori Torikumi Aki Basho 2018

    I call jinx (just in case).
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    Day 2 pics Aki Basho 2018

    The thread about Kisenosato's first-time foes got me watching the March 2005 bout between Kise and Aminishiki. Aminishiki may be balding now (see above), but back then he had great looking hair -- I mean movie star great. Tempus Fugit.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    This. Enho has been overachieving since he entered Grand Sumo. Went to college but started in Jk. 3 straight yusho and into Makushita (not starting in Ms or Sd). He's undersized and light (169, 95 at Hatsu dohyo); maybe that's why Hakuho (80 kg at H.d. ) picked him out. Maybe he'll be remembered as a Japanese Takanoyama, I dunno. But everyone wants to see his videos.
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    Database query

    Why am I not surprised. Among his first-time victims: almost everyone in Makuuchi now. Not counting incomplete tournaments, losses to: Endo (while Ozeki) and Ichinojo. Back in his Maegashira days, losses to Takekaze, Yoshikaze, and (inevitably) Aminishiki. He tended to win first matches against lower-ranked opponents (as one should). His only losses to rikishi ranked more than one spot lower were to the above, plus Wakanoho and Baruto. Nothing to be ashamed of there, as events have proved.
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    Videos Aki 2018 - Promo and Days 1-15

    "Kintamayama, you magnificent bastard, I've watched your videos!" - George Patton, or something
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    Sumo goods

    Thanks for the picture Banzuke. I make a screen capture of it and post it on my office door.
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    New recruits for Aki 2018

    The name has been resilient. The famous (and legendary) Marcus Valerius (~370 - 290 BC) received the cognomen (nickname) "Corvus" when a raven landed on his helmet during a mano a' mano battle with a huge Gallic warrior, distracting his opponent and leading to victory. The family name persisted through Imperial times, and was revived almost 1200 years later by the Hungarian royal house of Hunyadi, who claimed that the Roman family had extensive landholdings in Hungary, and that the Hunyadi were their descendants. Matthias Corvinus Hunyadi was one of the most famous of Hungary's kings. Helmets and Hungarians aside, many historians suspect that the nickname Corvinus was really associated with dark, jet-black hair, a color common to crows and ravens. Oh, and another variant on the name gives us the current British Labor Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who never seems to have had jet-black hair. Go figure.
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    Longtime sumo fan from Spain.

    Welcome, my friend To the show that never ends.
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    Rikishi and oyakata commercial activities

    Interestingly, this product is not available in the U.S.
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    Banzuke for Aki 2018

    Perusing the Banzuke, I ran across a truly great name (if you're American): Okinohama. I immediately started singing "O-O-O--kinohama where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain ... "
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    Banzuke for Aki 2018

    " ... and stop calling me Shirley."
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    Yae no Sakura

    OK, I've just finished Ryomaden. Over 48 episodes the "broad" acting style is a little off-putting, but I understand that the viewer needs some excitement every episode. The production values are very high, the cast was great, and the story was interesting. Now, here's my question; near the end of the story, Ryoma Sakamoto is staying in a heya, overseen by a character named Tokichi (I think), a sumo wrestler. I can't find the name of the actor in any list of credits (in English), but this guy is a dead ringer for Yoshikaze. Does anyone have information on this?
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    The Don, Hidetoshi Tanaka

    200 Billion dollars??
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    Barry Chuckle...

    I'll admit, I'd never heard of the Chuckle Brothers. I had to look them up on Wikipedia myself. It seems to be a show that could only appear in England! The pantomime circuit is also uniquely English, I think. Thanks for the posts.
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    Onna-zumo film Kiku to guillotine

    An NHK World VOD item on the Nippon Connection film festival in Frankfurt includes a review and clips from "The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine"; available through 8/18/2018: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/vod/jflicks/2036046/
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    Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    According to the archives of this site, Hiyonoyama et al. showed up in 2009. I can't be the only hominid on this planet who notices the resemblance to another 2009 rollout -- Angry Birds. Did the Finns file a lawsuit, and INWN?
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    Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    Apparently, bowling with Takakaze, Kotoeko, and the gang.
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    Former rikishi activities

    One of the top three eaters of all time is, of course, Nagano-born Takeru Kobayashi, now 40 years old and semi-retired; his world records include eating 93 hamburgers in 8 minutes and 150 rice balls in 30 minutes (= 20lbs = 9 kg of rice). His competitive dimensions: 173 cm, 58 kg.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Nice sentiment. However, as the censor of poetry would point out (except he didn't): This may work in Portuguese, but in English (translation?) your Haiku scans as 4-6-5, instead of 5-7-5.
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    Tochinoshin returns to Georgia

    I think I see Tochinoshin's glass, distorted as through a lens, behind the pitcher. Of course, if we're going all conspiracy-theory, let me say that "no human being would stack cookies that way ... "
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    Kunroku Ōzeki

    Sorry for the ironic cough; my sly winky emoji was disabled.
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    Kunroku Ōzeki

    Kotomitsuki was intai as Ozeki in 2010 ... cough ...
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    Retirements after Nagoya 2018

    Bando (Izutsu): Good God, there's almost nobody left in that heya!