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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Ah, Natsu basho Sumer is icumen in Back to Tokyo
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    Sumo Wrestlers Featured in Movies

    Many of the Hawaiian rikishi ended up in American movies, mostly playing sumo wrestlers in TV dramas. Taylor Wily (Takamishu) was well-known for a recurring part in the reboot of Hawaii 5-0. Robert Suetsugu (Matsuyuyama) played sumo in two movies, and became a chef in Washington state. Reid Asato (Wakayashima) played sumo wrestlers, and was the Cyclops in a 1990's TV telling of The Odyssey.
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    Sumo Wrestlers Featured in Movies

    Thermae Romae 2 had several rikishi; the Roman bath architect (Hiroshi Abe) transports to modern Japan and ends up taking a stable of wrestlers back to ancient Rome. Akebono had a major role as the unbeatable gladiator in the Roman Circus (his name was -- I'm not kidding -- "Akebonus"); he acquitted himself well! Kotooshu had a less major role. He was probably chosen because the location scenes for the Roman countryside were shot in Bulgaria. The IMDB article for the movie has several rikishi listed under the full credits, including Azumasato, Daishi, Isoazuma, Sadanokuni, Mutsukaze, Hatachijo, and Hakkairyu.
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    Sumo Reference Updates

    Still getting a 404 error at 9:15 PM EDT.
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    TV Japan no longer on Dish Network

    We should form a Forum subgroup ... .
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    "Hey, why are you allowing that woman to climb onto the dohyo?" "Well, we're Reformed Shinto."
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Oh, great, then we get the Thirty Years' (Sumo) War.
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    Women mount dohyo during emergency at jungyo

    Thank goodness the moderators haven't stepped in and suppressed all this religion (or nonreligion) talk ... er ...
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    Haru jungyo 2018

    The non sequitur of that second symptom is risible -- like "Reason for kyujo: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ... and elbow stinger."
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    Ozumo Consecutive Match Tracker

    Yes, they are: essentially a non-prize. But this isn't a Participation Award -- it's a Constant, Unrelenting, Never Non-Participation Award.
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    Ozumo Consecutive Match Tracker

    Well, I don't know about dumb; when I was a kid the Perfect Attendance Awards were usually won by the smart kids. Maybe the award should be like a Lifetime Achievement Award, or an Ironman Award. What's really sad is not receiving a Special Award for no absences: it's receiving no award and being unknown except to a bunch of data jockeys in Germany and the Americas .
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    Rijikai elections results on hold

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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    This is true, but it shows how small the margin for error is at the Ozeki level. Since the start of his Ozeki run in 2017, he's been 5-6 against Yokuzuna, 9-1 against Ozeki (not counting fusen), 20-8 against Sek/Kom, 39-9 against M1-4, 2-3 against M5-8, and 1-1 against M9-12. Only 3 of those losses against M1-4 were during his 3-basho Ozeki run. Is 13 losses against Maegashira too many over ~7 basho? Harumafuji gave away 9 kinboshi during 2017; but he was already "behind the rope". I guess it's insanely hard to reach Yokozuna ... as it should be?
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    Day 15 pics Haru 2018 - the bouts

    Yeah, I noticed that, too. However, at the time of the photo Kaisei would have been pushing, not pulling his opponent; is there a hansoku for "hair pushing"?
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    I was looking at Kotonishiki's second yusho in Kyushu 1998 on the Sumo DB. There is film of the famous 13th day bout against Takanohana ("snow in Kyushu"), but the day 14 bout against O1w Takanonami is a real hoot: not only does he blast the Ozeki off the dohyo, but the gyoji gets ejected, too!
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    Fixed; also Yokozuna number has been added.
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    That's right. I don't consider that to be a "bug", but a "feature", since it shows concentrated "momentum" (or something). Most interesting was Musashimaru, who ran up a big string of runs after making Ozeki, then went fallow during 1995-1996, then popped off two Yusho in a row. Veteran members of this forum may know the story behind that data, but I don't.
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    Should-have-been Y/O

    This is an interesting topic; many of you have experience seeing upper-level rikishi in action over the years, and your comments are appreciated. So that I wouldn't miss possible Yokozuna candidates that had even a chance of promotion, I asked the DB to find Ozeki runs as Ozeki: i.e., how often can an Ozeki maintain that level of performance at the Ozeki rank? The results [33 wins over three basho, first as Ozeki]: Bold names advanced to Yokozuna. This query doesn't count yusho; a rikishi could get two yusho and go to Yokozuna without having a three-basho run. So, I'd start my internal conversation with the men on this list that didn't make it, starting with Konishiki. (Previous list)
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    Sumo-themed restaurants not in Japan

    Googling for the U.S. shows a few Izikaya-style restaurants selling chanko (in Southern California) and a planned sumo-themed restaurant in N.Y. in 2015 (vaporware, apparently). So, the ground floor is wide open!
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    Takanohana pics overview March 2018

    My thoughts exactly. If it shows up at Nagoya, it's a fetish.
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    Retirees-after Haru 2018

    Kyokuhikari's first basho was May 1992; the yusho was won by Sekiwake Akebono. Astonishing.
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Haru 2018

    I heard that back in deep storage at Tokyo Disney is a set of costumes that never saw the light of day, the Seven Sumo Dwarves: Hinkaku, Chikara, Teppo, Basho, Henka, GrumpyGills and Kawaii.
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    Dohyo and Injuries

    Now let me just run this up the flag pole and see if anyone salutes: "Sharks, Baby!"
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    Natsu jungyo 2018

    Narrow glasses, tousled hair: has Sendagawa always had the Cool Millennial look?