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Posts posted by Yamanashi

  1. 2 hours ago, Kashunowaka said:

    There is an unusually high number of rikishi in the upper half of makuuchi at their highest rank: an ozeki, a sekiwake and no less than five at M1-M5. Counting rikishi at M5 or above at their highest rank, the last time (that I could find) with 7 rikishi was Aki 1986. To find a banzuke with 8, you have to go back to Nagoya 1961.

    Thanks for that.  I had kind of a Spidey-sense that this was unusual, but I've only been following for ~3 years. With two banged-up Yokozuna, is this some sort of Triple-Witching deal that means a great disturbance in the Sumo Force?  Or is it just the result of tread-worn Maegashira rikishi getting beaten by up-and-comers?  It's apparently rare, so ...

  2. 1 minute ago, Yamanashi said:

    On the other hand, the last five have been 3 Ms1's and two J14's.  The guy before Ryuden got screwed with an Ms1e.  Let's see, who was that guy ... some tosser named Shodai (Idunno...).

    And as for Nishikifuji, his fate doesn't seem to be common over the last 50 years, but is common over the last 20.  Rikishi in Nishikifuji's case got sent to Makushita 16 times in a row from 1967 to 2003.  After that, a 7-8 kept his rank 4 times (including Tobizaru and Kiziakumi in the last two years), dropped to J14 9 times (including Yago, Akesiyama and Hoshoryu), and went to Ms1 once (Asahisho).  Knowing why there's a change in philosophy with the new millenium is, of course, the purview of the gods and past winners of Forum Games.

  3. 4 minutes ago, serge_gva said:

    4-3 at ms2 is not great, but it is not uncommon to climb to J12 or J13 if the circumstances are appropriate

    On the other hand, the last five have been 3 Ms1's and two J14's.  The guy before Ryuden got screwed with an Ms1e.  Let's see, who was that guy ... some tosser named Shodai (Idunno...).

  4. 3 hours ago, Benihana said:

    *Well, in the end we all are going to die and this is just some silly poll in a forum for some obscure kind of lifestyle so it really doesn't matter in this case.

    So, I see you have chosen death; interesting ...

  5. 4 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

    The heya had announced the upcoming change on twitter, the shisho thought Takagenji should get more samurai (武士 bushi) power and for his sekitori restart added the kanji for samurai 士 http://twitter.com/chiganoura_beya/status/1315565254034640896

    Also, no stepping on cracks in the sidewalk.  And, replacing the daruma doll in his mawashi ("you can only get back up if you've already fallen") with a chicken doll ("because chickens ... well, you know").

    [I'd better note that this is parody, 'cause sometimes you wonder ... ]

  6. 4 minutes ago, sumojoann said:

    I'm thinking "Sumo Information" might be appropriate.  However, I don't think it gets in to the Feed in this category.  I would like it to get into the Feed so everyone who is interested will know about it.

    My pick would be "Featured Rikishi and Heya", but that seems to be a graveyard for some reason.  I trust the Moderators to come up with a good choice.

  7. You all may be interested in this week's edition of "Japanology" on NHK.  On a  segment of "Japanophiles", Peter Barakan interviews a Buddhist priest named Gyoei Saile.  He was born in Hamburg, moved to the U.S. at age eleven, and moved to Japan in graduate school.  Of course, he speaks Japanese, but in the interview he speaks perfect American English with a German accent.



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  8. 10 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

    Is that from the English IMDB? I just checked the Japanese Wikipedia page and I was able to identify several other rikishi, one yobidashi and one gyoji that were also in the film.

    Akebono, Tochiazuma II, Kotooshu, Takekaze, Daikiho, Fujisazuma, Toyohibiki, Masunoyama


    Daishi (Miyuki)

    Tasuke (yobidashi)

    Kimura Konosuke (gyoji)

    Thanks.  I don't know enough to be able to pick them out of the Japanese IMDB.

    I fondly remember the two movies.  Akebono had a good part as the top gladiator, and Kotooshu got a cameo.  Osh was also kind of a goodwill ambassador because a lot of the locations were shot in Bulgaria.  A great scene when Lucius (Hiroshi Abe) gets transported to the sumo jungyo(?).  Takekaze and Toyohibiki stand out of course!



    EDIT: You can see Kotooshu with the stars in one of their junket appearances.


  9. 6 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

    I'll call your bluff on that one.

    Have a listen to Ringo Starr. His Liverpudlian accent has been distinctly coloured by his post-Beatles life in California. He was way older than 12 when that started.

    I was born and raised in Lincolnshire and I had a Lincolnshire accent. Then I went to work in the Yorkshire coalfield when I was 17. By the time I left I had a distinct South Yorkshire accent. People always think I'm a Yorkshireman, but I'm not.

    Accent and language are 2 different things.

    I'm getting confused.  Which one of you is Skinner, and which one is Chomsky?

  10. 2 hours ago, Morning said:

    I would like another Thermae Romae movie, maybe they could have Hakuho in it this time, although I guess he'd need to retire first.

    He wouldn't have to retire, but I think Thermae Romae II was a special one-off [I'll bet there are some threads from 2014 in this Forum].

    Of the 8 rikishi who are credited on IMDB, two (Akebono, Tochiazuma) had retired, one (Kotooshu) was near retirement, two (Takekaze, Daikiho) retired in 2019, and three (Fujiazuma, Toyohibiki and Masuyonama) are still active.

  11. 6 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

    Well this is a sumo forum so I've never mentioned it, but... let's just say I'm familiar with Aelfwine, who heard the story of Iluvatar and the Song of the Ainur from the elves in the Cottage of Lost Play on Tol Eressea.

    Mae Govannen!

  12. Without knowing the inside scoop, but reading what's been posted here, it sounds like the Mayor felt bad about Yoshikaze's injury (and as a politician didn't want the public to blame his office) so he made the offer of a "friendly" suit.  Meanwhile, the lawyers in the Legal Division got their backs up and (quite rightly) didn't want to establish a precedent.  So it gets awkward for Yoshikaze and the Mayor.