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  1. Shio-kago

    Hatsu Basho 2019 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Even speaking as one of those odd fellows who insists on supporting Goeido, I can only be happy for Nishikigi. His growth has been so gradual that it's gone mostly unnoticed, but he's become a really good wrestler. I love it when hard work and persistence pay off. Keep going and teach people to take you seriously, Nishikigi!
  2. Shio-kago

    Have a go at a Haiku!

    Morning of fresh starts Don't take things so much to heart! My resolution.
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    To relate this to my own experience-- I served in the army, once upon a time, and violence was my profession. The days when it was an accepted part of that culture for superiors to abuse or assault their subordinates are shrinking in the rearview mirror. It doesn't make anyone a better soldier. The whole military community is better because of this. I despise a bully. People who take advantage of vulnerable people, who do injury to those who are at a disadvantage because of their inferior social position, are despicable. I value the preservation of sumo culture and traditions, exactly as they are today, less than I do protection for people who are at the mercy of thugs. I recognize that Sumo doesn't belong to me, and none of this is up to me. I joined this community to share my enthusiasm for sumo, to learn from more experienced fans, to express my views, and maybe make a few friends along the way. So far, so good. I'm powerless to effect the behavior of anyone in sumo, anyway. I'm not uncomfortable to be judged a sanctimonious, western, Johnny-come-lately. However, Sumo itself is visibly struggling to change it's own standards and norms. The wider Japanese culture, of which Sumo is only a sub-culture and to which the sumo community belongs, has begun to reject Sumo as it has been. The Sumo Association is trying to steer the sumo community into line with the expectations of the broader society, and I'm just on a guy on the sidelines, cheering. In short, I have picked a side. Some of the posters here seem to think that things are better off the way they are; whatever their reasons may be-- I disagree. Others say that they're bothered by the violence and abuse; but not, apparently, as much as they are by people voicing their objections. I've seen that before many times. I'll applaud the sumo association when it deals sternly with brutes who take advantage of their subordinate's vulnerability. I think that Japanese law-enforcement treating a talented rikishi the same way they would some hooting dickhole who beat up his girlfriend would be a very healthy thing. If we could get similarly reliable intervention for football and basketball players here in the States, that would be much appreciated as well.
  4. Shio-kago

    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    You're not the only one who has been misunderstood in this thread...
  5. Shio-kago

    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    Not even to that extent, huh? Oh dear. Anyway-- Thanks for making that known to me, Kintamayama.
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    Why on earth isn't assaulting people outside of the context of competition or physical training treated as a crime? I'm unfamiliar with Japanese courts and law enforcement-- In the US, the District Attorney has discretion to press charges, even if the victim is unwilling to do so on their own behalf. Does Japan afford it's legal authorities no such powers? It would put a stop to most(though I'm sure, not all.) of this horseshit. Grown-ass men should not be hitting and hurting each other. This shouldn't be so hard. Edit: To be clear, I recognize that being under house arrest means the authorities are involved. What I'm looking for is, like-- Courts and jail time and such. Jail time would seem to be in order for violent offenders instead of business-as-usual, "Let the Sumo Association handle it's own business, in house." garbage.
  7. Shio-kago

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Mr. Benjamin is welcome to think what he likes about it, of course; I'm an Oregonian and I like that sort of thing very much. What do you think of it yourself, Amamaniac? I'd like to hear your thoughts.
  8. Shio-kago

    Kyushu 2018

    Well, I may have missed my guess for Takanosho, and *nobody* seems to have foreseen what would happen to Mitakeumi; But, it is sweet to revel in the extravagant prestige that attends the man who correctly guesses the color of the macaron! To be raised up so high, I feel as though I've had too much wine.
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Did anyone else notice the exchange that passed between Mitakeumi and Takayasu as Takayasu got to his feet? Mitakeumi offered his hand and Takayasu took it, and patted it, nodding. Great empathy and respect all around; really special! Best moment I've seen in sport in a while...
  10. Shio-kago

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Many people criticize Takakeisho for having an arrogant look about him. I can sort of see it, if I try to, but it's not the impression he makes on me. To me he's always looked very placid and detached; like he's making every effort not to get caught up in the excitement and weight of of the occasion, because he's afraid that if he does then the pressure will get to him and he'll lose his confidence. At the risk of making an insulting comparison, he reminds me of a pasture animal grazing. No thought, but to do go about his business and do the thing. I think he tries to reestablish that attitude after a match too, but with somewhat less success.
  11. Shio-kago

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Let's not forget how many women participate here on the forum. I really appreciate the contributions of Fay, Akugyoseki, Zannah, SumoJoann, and many others I haven't interacted with yet. I can't look up in the night sky now, without thinking of Doreen. I never imagined that those three stars would make me so sad. Mighty Orion!
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    My wife turns hostile it if i even say a Japanese word, because she assumes it's about sumo or go. It makes me kinda sad actually, but I sure as hell don't want to listen to her ranting about "Vampire Diaries", so I guess live and let live is a healthy policy. It's only fair. My sister is my sumo buddy though! I wish she lived closer...
  13. Shio-kago

    Have a go at a Haiku!

    A costly treasure Fallen to the floor and smashed. What an awful mess!
  14. Shio-kago

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    We're more in agreement than not, then. I haven't previously thought of that left side attack as one of Takakeisho's main weapons, so I felt that the difference in the way that the two men left themselves open to it was the most significant point. You may be right that the attack itself is something deserving special respect. I'll be watching for it in the future.
  15. Shio-kago

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    I think he payed attention well. When the match started I actually said to myself "Attaboy! Make him come to you. He won't get your timing." Then he went and pulled a different blunder. After not getting suckered into a pushing match, I think he anticipated that Takakeisho was going to try and come in hard and low, so he dropped his shoulder to take the charge and instead Takakeisho stepped to the outside and shoved him from the rear. It was pretty foolish of him, and an embarrassing way to lose, but I think the resemblance to Kisenosato's loss the day before was superficial.