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  1. Yamanashi

    Sansho for Aki 2018

    Considering Yoshikaze's turnaround from 2-13 to 11-4 this basho, I'd call that Fighting Spirit. I guess that goes to show, translations from Japanese to English might not catch the nuances. Looking back on his career, he's made more than 10 wins in Makuuchi 5 times: 11/2008 M12E 11-4 Kanto-sho 9/2010 M11W 11-4 Kanto-sho 7/2015 M8E 12-3 Jun-Yusho Kanto-sho 9/2015 M1W 11-4 Gino-sho Shukun-sho Kinboshi (2) 9/2018 M15W 11-4 ... Nada-sho. EDIT: To be fair, the PTB have not been kind to rikishi with 2-13 followed by 11-4. It's happened ten times from the Maegashira ranks (last by Ichinojo in 2016) and only twice have they awarded a Kanto-sho
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    And MLB fans are separated into two groups: Yankee fans and Yankee haters.
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    Have a go at a Haiku!

    September starts Fall So why do I have to keep the A.C. turned on?
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    Videos Aki 2018 - Promo and Days 1-15

    I hate it when I'm late to Font Day.
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    Masuiyama activities

    That's from the great 70's Hakuho show, "The Love GOAT".
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    Aurora breaks the record and Aki weigh-in

    I fear that this will not end well -- the poor guy will collapse, perhaps in public. Then hundreds of articles and news shows will call for investigations and action against the NSK. Suddenly everyone will realize what a tragic, pathetic story this is.
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    Local characters with sumo touch

    So sad. Young mascots dine on cabbage for years to get such large heads, and then retire at 30, no longer kawaii, with a lifetime of headaches awaiting them.
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    Local characters with sumo touch

    Relaxed rules, no doubt, as none of the contestants can get their hands on the ground before tachiai.
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    Another one from Spain

    Interesting personal History! Welcome to the Forum.
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    Another from Oregon, USA

    Welcome! Jump right in.
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    Aki Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Are you saying that it's exceptional to be this mediocre?
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    What is the closest martial art to Sumo?

    Fascinating stuff. The Lucha Canaria seems much closer to Grand Sumo than the Leonesa version. Similar body types, too.
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    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 CM 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."