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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?
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    Pre-match/bout routines of certain sumo wrestlers

    Takayasu also has this "shoulder shrug" that reminds me of a large bear! I've noticed that some rikishi have a superstition about how they throw the salt, and some are determined to be the last to enter the dohyo.
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    Day 15 pics overview Haru 2018

    I recently saw a picture of rikishi lined up before an event about 3 years ago. Kaisei was very much the tallest! Comparison: Ichinojo 190 cm 6'2 3/4" Tochinosin 192 cm 6'3 1/2" Kaisei 195 cm 6'4 3/4" Kotooshu 202 cm 6'7 1/2" Akebono 204 cm 6'8 1/4"
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    Heya sizes

    Yes, Osh still puts on the mawashi and lends a shoulder; there seems to be a manager-type or maybe a member of the support group who helps out with transportation, etc. And, of course, the new heya mentioned in an adjacent thread (Nishiiwa) has a just-retired rikishi (Wakanosato) who also dons the mawashi. Others have been around the scene much longer and can give historical details. I think having a growing heya is like having a growing family: the older more experienced rikishi teach the younger ones, at least by example. And I bet after ten years of having upper-level behemoths pushing them around, ex-Kotooshu and ex-Wakanosato will begin to appreciate the dignity of sitting on the edge of the dohyo reading the morning paper and hollering at the rikishi .
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    Videos and promo-Haru 2018 - Days 1-15

    Ikiotoshi ...
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    Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    I'm a rank newbie, but that's how the bout looked to me, too. I figured if Ichinojo got into the mawashi and waited, the opponent was toast; this happened again and again (Mitakeumi went right at him before he could lock up). When Kakuryu got into a clench, it looked like a mistake. And when Ichinojo snapped out his hand and got that second grip, I thought "that's it." Ichinojo lifted Kakuryu, set him back down and then ... Kakuryu did some sort of Yokozuna stuff that I still don't understand after watching it five or six times! A little rocking, a little pushing, a little nudging, and all of a sudden Ichinojo is exiting out the back of the dohyo. Wow.
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    Yusho awards news

    Was this news promulgated before the start of the basho? It sounds like one heck of an extra incentive!
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    Trivia bits

    If a 300 kg+ rikishi would be named O, wouldn't the 50 kg rikishi be named I ?
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    Basho Talk Haru 2018 (SPOILERS)

    Probably not, but it may cut both ways after this bout. Tochinoshin seemed incredulous that Mitakeumi would pull a semi-henka.
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    Spirited rikishi Haru 2018

    There must be another meaning to the Japanese word besides "spirited", if they're applying it to Ichinojo.
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    Takanohana-devil's advocate

    "But I didn't know until this day, that it was Hakkaku all along ... "
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    Abema TV all sumo live

    Takakeisho ... smiling! Ichinojo ... smiling! Mitakeumi ... smiling?!? Tochinoshin ... taken during the 30 minutes between shaving and "5 o'clock shadow"
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    New recruits for Natsu 2018

    Ex-Tsurugidake, MIYAMOTO Kazuteru has been running the family Ryokan in Chichibu, Saitama, as the twelfth generation owner. A display of his kesho mawashi and other items on display there. (Sorry, maybe belongs in Former Rikishi activities).
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    Videos and promo-Haru 2018 - Days 1-15

    Heh, heh ... "moujou".
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    Dohyo and Injuries

    My two cents' worth: 1) Even if the majority of injuries occur on the dohyo, that doesn't make the raised dohyo a good idea. 2) I can't see how to avoid head-to-head contact at the tachiai without completely changing sumo.
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    Abema TV all sumo live

    To be explicit, in case yutarotanaka still sees the picture: we see a "tachometer" icon with "100%", "3rd Party Hosting Usage", and "to unlock your account visit: photobucket.com/p500".
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    Day 1 pics Haru 2018

    Wonderful pictures!
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    Kensho Haru 2018

    The Coca Cola website says Georgia Coffee was developed by Coca Cola Japan in 1975. It outsells "Coke" in Japan by two-to-one. The Wikipedia article claims that Georgia coffee is available in the U.S., but almost exclusively in Asian markets. I will investigate ...
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    My new Kesho Mawashi

    I hadn't noticed until yesterday, but I've risen to the rank of Juryo on the SumoForum. I shall humbly gambarize and shoot for san'yaku. Even more humbling, today I received a kesho mawashi from my koenkai group. It represents two important features of Lowcountry South Carolina: seafood and barbecue. The head of the local Pork Advisory Board has been a loyal supporter.