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  1. The length of my ignored list has tripled in the last year.
  2. 18. Kagayaki
  3. There was a strong push by forum members to do this about 5 years ago. There was a lot of hip-hip-hooray about starting it, but, as far as I know, it never got off the ground.
  4. And the consensus seems to be that Ura will have a career similar to Takekaze's.
  5. The video is blocked in the U.S.
  6. A cursory look at the 21 game results for the last year indicates we have averaged about 28.5 players per basho with the winner getting about 13.5 picks correct. The bottom dweller has averaged about 6.2 correct. The mean and median players have both averaged about 9.5 correct. Not surprisingly, 54.8% of our picks have been WRONG, and that includes 5 matches where everyone was given credit for a correct pick.
  7. Received the updated version. It is very similar to the original version. It has an upgraded introduction with more information about the Kanji system in general. The book has detailed information on each of the 2136 general-use characters including a very good radical lookup section. I highly recommend it as a starting reference for those learning the Kanji system. It also has a very good rundown on the Katakana and Hiragana phonetic characters.
  8. This is an excellent reference for looking up Kanji for pronunciation and meaning. I have an earlier 1974 edition that I have beat to hell. This looks like an updated version of the old standard. I can't vouch for it, but I have ordered one. These books only list the characters that are in common use. Some of the more esoteric characters used in some shikona are missing. Usually, only the 2 most common pronunciations for the character are given.
  9. It is, in fact, Chiyo-sho(u)-ma. The 'ma' is the Chinese 'ma'.
  10. 'ma' is the Chinese pronunciation for the character 馬, and 'da' (dai) for the character 大. 山 is 'shan' (zan). 海 is 'hai' (kai).
  11. It may help if you know the history of the Kanji character set. They were originally Chinese, and they started out as pictures of objects or concepts. The Chinese linked the name they used for the object to the picture. The Japanese adopted a subset of the Chinese characters for use with their language. They only accepted characters for very general concepts, but they already had spoken words for a variety of objects within the concept. Think of how many spoken words you could use that are associated with a body of water, a mountain, a person, a field, a dog, etc. The Japanese linked all of the existing specific spoken words to the single character for the concept. To top it off, they also often added the Chinese word for the character to their language. This is why there are many spoken words/sounds that are associated with each Kanji character. If you give a Japanese an arbitrary combination of Kanji characters, he will have no idea how to pronounce them. The shikona are basically an arbitrary combination of Kanji characters. The Japanese have a set of phonetic symbols (hiragana) for each sound in their language. Printed names are often followed by hiragana in parentheses to let the reader know how to pronounce them. This is why there is often some speculation on the forum on how a new shikona will be pronounced.
  12. When Kaisei is on, he is about average. When Kaiketsu was on, he was great. He was one of my all-time favorites.
  13. and Tochinofuji's post was later edited to switch Match 1 to a X. .
  14. I count 8 differences between the 2 entries.