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  1. 5 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

    Hisashiburi da naa. Nice to see you haven't lost interest completely.

    For the English recaps:

    Kintamayama has moved to rumble with his digests and still posts them in his basho video threads http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/43239-videos-kyushu-basho-2023-days-1-11/

    The official NHK daily ones https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/tv/sumo/


    Natto with HQ Japanese NHK content is also on rumble https://rumble.com/user/NattoSumo, better quality on telegram https://t.me/NattoSumo

    Bililibili also has a channel that posts some sort of recaps (BGM) https://space.bilibili.com/371662118/video

    It's definitely more and more time consuming to get/find the coverage

    Thanks. I'm going to try and drag myself back into it.

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  2. Hey, all. Long time no see. I can’t quite say why but I lost my passion for sumo around the time NHK and NSK began cracking down on the YT digest channels. That wasn’t the reason I lost it—I guess it had been slowly on the wane for a while—but it was a natural break and I never got the bug back. I keep forgetting basho are even on, though I have at least checked the banzukes and final results even if I haven’t watched a single bout for months. I’ve missed a lot of changes! People gone, rookies on the rise. Yet I just can’t muster the enthusiasm I once had to watch the daily recaps. Are they even still available? It’s becoming harder to follow this sport.

  3. Hey, guys. This is a personal request. I’d like to connect with an old girlfriend of mine in Osaka, but have no idea how to trace someone living in Japan. She’s not on Facebook and her old emails all bounce back. She had bipolar disorder, and was often in periods of deep depression, so I want to see how she’s doing. It’s been 13-14 years since I last saw her. I’ve tried a few times over the years to find her again, but no luck. I know her name and vaguely remember the street she lived on, but I don’t have much else to work with. Anyone know how to find people in Japan short of flying out and lurking on her old street to see if she passes by (where she might no longer live anyway)? Any tips would be welcome.

  4. On 19/02/2023 at 05:54, Reonito said:

    Want to follow sumo? Move to Japan! Want to follow the Premier League? Move to England! Want to follow the Tour de France? Move to France! Want to follow Major League Baseball? Move to the US. Want to follow more than one sport? (Scratchingchin...)

    I’ve worked around this by following online chess. 

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  5. 12 hours ago, sumojoann said:

    I don't know enough to comment on this idea specifically, but I like the idea of setting up some type of private arrangement accessible by members only.  If the NHK (or whoever) doesn't know it exists, they can't destroy it.

    The only question is whether that’s motivating enough for people like Kintamayama to do. Small audience, no likes on YouTube, etc.

  6. Just now, Eikokurai said:

    Is it possible to create an FTP site with videos and just share the link with a private group of members?

    Or even just a Google drive link. I have a guy who uploads uncensored issues of The Economist (which aren’t sold in China) to a Google drive link and his followers can get them there if they have a VPN (he used to put them in a Chinese cloud server but felt it was too risky).

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  7. Just saw the video of his final 'bout' against his son on Twitter and I'm not going to lie, I choked up a little. It made it final. When he retired, it was post-tournament so we didn't know we'd seen his last fight at the time we watched it. Although this one was a humorous exhibition, it was still emotional knowing it was the last time we'd see him on the dohyo in a mawashi. For me personally, that's significant because my time watching sumo began shortly before his Yokozuna promotion (Haru 2007, when he won the first of the two Ozeki yusho), so basically the entirety of the Hakuho era was my era as a sumo fan.

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  8. On 24/01/2023 at 19:33, Hankegami said:

    how the YDC will play an eventual 12-3D 12-3Y 12-3Y

    No complex calculations required: that’s a promotion. We’re talking about a guy with a solid record of JYs backing up three existing yusho, not some new kid on the block. That string of records there is unambiguously a promotion run.

  9. 2 hours ago, Reonito said:

    The last yokozuna promotion after 24 or fewer wins over 2 basho was in 1969. For 25, you have to go back to 1987, pre-Futahaguro. With 12-3, it would be the softest promotion in over half a century; 13-2 would be a little more defensible but would still harken back to an era with a different standard.

    We have only two historical precedents of an Ozeki going 12-3 twice in a row with a Y>JY/D or JY/D>Y sequence, and they were both in 1956 and actually the same guy doing it twice over three basho: Wakanohana between March and September. (Fewer tournaments in those days as this was pre-1958 reforms.) For D>Y or Y>D specifically, same as Takakeisho, there is only the one precedent.


    Also, re: soft promotion. That ignores all the other context about his previous 2 yusho and 8 jun-yusho, of which 3 were dotens. He’s not starting from nothing.

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  10. On Takakeisho, I’m not fully convinced a 12-3 would be enough for everyone in the Kyokai, but I think he’d still have sufficient support to get the nod. 13-2 or above will do it for sure. He has two yusho to his name already, both part of Y>JY or JY>Y combinations, so not like he’s a new arrival in sanyaku making his first attempt. He’s also been in very solid Ozeki form recently. His previous three records are 11-5, 10-5 and 12-3D. He already has a better-than-Kisenosato-like case with 2 x Y, 3 x D and 5 x JY. Add a third Y and it should be a straightforward ‘yes’.

  11. 2 hours ago, Yarimotsu said:

    Poor management of diabetes, as reported elsewhere on this forum. From what I understand of the condition it's very hard to do anything much with muscles when you're struck down with it. He looks like he's pulling all the right moves but with half the force of before. 

    Sad. Sounds like a career-ender, tbh. If he’s weak enough to fall two whole divisions in two basho, how does he come back?

  12. Very exciting bout but not sure Midorifuji’s strategy was the wisest. Getting into a harite exchange with Takakeisho is the Ozeki’s game and not a great way to try and move him. It looked great, but Taka absorbed it all fairly easily. Mido was also too immobile, even pausing mid-bout to reload, which also gave short-stamina Takakeisho a chance to breathe. Taka his no sideways mobility, so instead of returning to a slapfest head-on, Mido should have used more lateral movement. Still, top marks for entertainment!

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  13. 18 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

    No doubt it was highly entertaining for the fans, but should Asanoyama be having this much trouble with Rōga?

    Roga beat Terunofuji for the Jonidan yusho while the future Yokozuna was on his way back. Sure, Teru wasn’t in his absolute best of health, but he was still a former Ozeki at 7-0 and Roga was a rookie.

  14. 4 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

    I've been watching the replay again and again, and I still have no clue what prompted Takayasu to collapse like he did. Smashing his head at an opponents chest (who is already retreating) has been part of his daily routine for years.

    Perhaps I need another camera angle than abema's.

    Injuries/the body doesn’t work like that though, especially as you age. I’ve pulled muscles in my back just shifting in my seat. Something catches and … that’s it. Just because Takayasu is used to butting heads doesn’t mean the next headbutt won’t be an issue. 

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  15. 2 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

    I don't think they want to have 2 yokozuna-ozeki and no proper one

    They're not going to deny an undeniable record like a 14-1 or 15-0. It's only a bit grey if it's 13-2 or less, imo. But let's also see how Takayasu, Wakatakakage and Hoshoryu do next basho as well. The Kyokai can use its discretion to promote TY after 11-4 > 12-3, even though it includes hiramaku records. WTK has less of a case with 11-4 > 8-7, but he has a yusho and if he gets a second with a good record it could be enough to justify the nod. Hoshoryu makes the weakest case of all as this is his first double-digit KK at Sekiwake, so technically only the start of an Ozeki run, but if he somehow managed a zensho, that's a reasonable excuse to promote. If Takakeisho ends 13-2Y, and one of the other three can become Ozeki, it's easier for the Kyokai to give TK the rope I feel.

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