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  1. Manekineko

    Some more pictures

    Well, I've stumbled on few more pictures you might find interesting, showing rikishi in the way most of us isn't used to seeing them. All pictures are from Sumo magazine, kindly scanned and sent to me by Hahanoyama-zeki. On with the show! This one is for Onnagumo-zeki, and any other Forum members who have an especially soft spot for K'waka. The picture was taken during winter 1999/2000 Okinawa jungyo. That's K'waka's son in his lap, his wife on his right. Careful observes may notice Hayateumi on the top right, dozing beside his akeni (luggage). I hope you recognise this dashing young fellow. Yes, Asashoryu, in Mongolian-sumo dress I believe. And couple Mongolians more. This picture was taken in 1992. I have no idea who the one on the right is, but the other two are Kyokutenho and Kyokushuzan, as shindeshi (newly entered pro sumo). More shindeshi! Can you recognise these three valiant Makushita-tsukedashi (ex university yokozuna enter sumo at higher rank than usual)? Did you know Hamanoshima loves fishing? Here he is, with a fine catch, and his hair down... looking incredibly handsome, if I might add... (Happy...) And in the end, Akinoshima, *smiling*! I apologise for exposing you tothis repulsive spectacle... (Sarcasm...) I might grace this thread with more pictures unless begged to stop. Be warned! :D
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    Advice for Poll authors

    Hello to all of you who like to poll Forum members! It has often been remarked how some poll results get skewered because the polls are allowed to run beyond their natural expiry date (start of the basho, for example, or withdrawal of some wrestler). Well, the only way to stop that and keep poll results as meaningful as possible is for YOU, the authors* to close the thread containing the poll. This can be done in two ways. 1. Enter your thread, scroll to the bottom of the page. There is a box "Moderation options" below the topic on the left. The only option is Close (or Open, if closed) this thread. Use it! 2. If the above is too complex for you - PM one of the mods. We'll groan a bit, but close the poll topic. Of course, closing the poll topic also effectively closes any further discussion on that poll, which is unfortunate. So my advice is that before you close the poll you add a post summarizing the results and inviting all interested to continue the debate in a more appropriate topic you will/already have opened. For good measure, you may consider adding the link to that new discussion topic in that final post. You can simply paste the link in the post, software is clever enough to automatically make it clickable. So, nothing could be simpler! You will keep the poll results relevant, and make jollier Forum all around. ;-) *Why you? Because we mods have too many other things on our minds to worry about poll expiry dates (unless explicitly nudged).
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    Shikona meanings, take 2

    Anyone remember this thread? I figure the rikishi (and Forum membership) ensemble has changed enough for it to be interesting again. With the usual disclaimers that literal meanings are not all that matters in shikona-giving, that there are traditional bits of shikona specific to a heya/oyakata, and so on. So! Who wants some shikona translated? ;-)
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    Sayonara to the Forum

    Hello, all Forumers who remember me, I've decided to briefly resurface to say goodbye. My interests have drifted away from sumo, mostly due to retirement of rikishi I knew and loved, and partly due to general changes in life and interests. I'll probably still visit the Forum once in a blue moon to check on the gossip, but I probably won't post anymore. The Forum was a great place to learn about and discuss about sumo, and I hope you keep it that way for a long time. I wish to thank all the Forumers who made it so by their fun and erudite postings, their enthusiasm and good will. I won't even attempt to list you all, for I would surely forget someone and embarrass myself. It was a pleasure to be a part of it, but all good things must come to an end. If you wish to contact me for any reason, send me a PM (I won't be deleting this profile). If any of you old guard are passing through Zagreb, I'll buy you a drink. Bye.
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    Latest kabu-babu changes

    Futagoyama was Takanohana's heya when he was active, AFAIK yes, he inherited it from his father, and since he was granted the ichidai-toshiyori name of Takanohana, the heya changed the name to fit the new oyakata. Man, that was long ago.
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    Hakuhou injured.

    Nope, there actually is a rule, although I won't try and dig out the mention of it. We're never mean when it comes to arcane sumo trivia. ps. OK, I lied. I did try and dig it out:
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    Asashoryu activities

    Loving the hats.
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    'cause it's all Greek: skopein ( σκοπείν ) = to look (at) In English just "scope" can mean other things as well, for example. Scope in the meaning you list is pro'lly just an abbreviation of telescope. Cinema is an abbreviation of cinemascope, "looking at movement" or sth like that (all my Greek comes from scientific terminology).
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    Happy birthday, Asashosakari!

    It's never too late to be too late! Happy birthday!
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    Happy Birthday, Manekineko!

    A very, very belated thanks to you all. I'm vacationing per usual, and it was too hot (and busy) for much internet. Have a lovely summer, everyone!
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    Intai notice

    A true sign of middle age - less time/interest in once all-consuming hobbies. Hopefully you'll keep enjoying sumo for a long time.
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    Former rikishi activities

    recognized star of sumo (suma = sum [of money] in various Slavic languages :-D) The Judah part is also probably wrong, but my Czech is... meh.
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    Happy Birthday Jakusotsu!

    Happy birthday!
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    Children's Day in Japan 2017

    Oh, my, Harumafuji hasn't changed his stern face at all. He did not appreciate that hair band at all.
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    Happy Birthday, Randomitsuki!

    Happy birthday!
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    Tamaasuka danpatsu-shiki

    Aww, that was precious. And a first? I don't remember seeing that before...
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    Hatsu 2017 - Promo and Days 1-15

    Kintamayama may have made a wrong business decision by having proper translations of the interviews on the Premium channel and the spoofs available to everyone.
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    New yokozuna Kisenosato pics overview

    Wow the picture flood. I don't remember seeing such shot-by-shot coverage of the dohyo-iri before, you can practically make a movie out of them. Well, I guess it's no wonder.
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    Quote of the Day-Hatsu 2017

    He sounds just like my students... It also reminded me of this quote by Leopold Ružička: Enthusiasm for a course of study cannot be a substitute for talent, intelligence cannot be a substitute for knowledge, and good will cannot be a substitute for success. Tough guy, our Leopold.
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    New kesho mawashi (pics)

    Aw, Tezuka's Phoenix (Hi no tori). Recommend read, for those at all interested in manga.
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    Geezers in ski-jumping

    I accidentally watched some ski-jumping after several years and was immensely cheered upon seeing Jane Ahonen still jumping. And Noriaki Kasai. Oh my. Slovenians have a new excellent jumper, not even 18 yet. I bet he won't still be jumping when he's 40... I guess I'll have to come back to watching ski-jumping in 2039 and see if I was right.
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    Kyushu 2016 - Videos- Days 1-15

    Who knew it was a thing.
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    Sumo Art

    Now I wanna stone Kitanoumi on my shelf. Sniff.
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    Musings about language (split from Kasugayama scandal)

    It's probably Bišćan, with the diacritics. š = sh, ć = soft ch, vowels pronounced as they would be in Japanese, German, or other normal languages. There are a couple of footballers (ie. soccer players) with that surname - it's not uncommon, but it's not terribly common, either. Google also found a car dealership and a construction company with that name. Samobor is now almost a suburb of Zagreb, the capital (where I live), so of course I've been. It's a quaint li'l town. It's locally famous for kremšnite, Or cremeschnitte, I guess. We're not related - my family's from the coast and only came to Zagreb in my parents' generation.