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  1. Octofuji

    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    The latest video is a behind-the-scenes look at Arashio stable, with Hiro getting a lot of access to the rikishi. I've got high hopes for this channel the way it's started out.
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    Corona and sumo

    Thank you! Yes that sounds just like the UK ( which I guess it may well be). The main reason for going (well apart from the sumo ) is to see family so I can live with the increase in restrictions. The good news is the local test centre in Oxford offers CLEIA tests for Japanese travel, and while it's been hard to find anything definite it does seem less likely to pick up dead virus. This problem of delayed positives with PCR makes me wonder how the NSK handles it, given how many wrestlers have been infected in the past and likely come up again the next time they've done a general round of testing.
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    Corona and sumo

    Thanks for the warning. I'll be there for six weeks so will be set up for working anyway, but not for the extra accommodation... Two years of escaping COVID and not going abroad has left me with a lot of learning to do! I hadn't picked up on this long tail for positive PCR tests until now. CLEIA tests (quantative rapid gen as opposed to qualitative) are accepted as well as PCR tests apparently and it seems they are less likely to give a positive based on dead virus. But how easy they are to get hold of in the UK I don't know. And I thought getting the visa was going to be the difficult bit!
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    Corona and sumo

    This is disturbing to hear as someone who's going to Japan in September and tested positive for COVID on Friday. If I get to travel I really hope my sense of smell recovers, one of the lasting highlights of visiting in 2019 was the aroma of bintsuke!
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    "Trickeration" has become "Esoteric moves"! There's a great camera angle for Shodai v Terunofuji.
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    It's the behind-the-scenes stuff that I have high hopes for, and that's got the potential to fill a gap for all fans, casual or otherwise. In particular interesting interviews, of which there is very little translated into English (although "Rikishi talk" is fun to read, it's definitely not because of the actual talk...). In contrast there's a lot of English written material on the history, culture, ceremonial aspects and even jungyo (Tachiai used to do fantastic in-depth coverage). There is a lot of Japanese video where you get to see more of the wrestlers' personalities like Junk Sports and the Oyakata channel, I would love to see something in this vein on Hiro's channel.
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    His commentary might be after the fact but I particularly liked "they fiercely go after each other!" as they both stand motionless in the centre of the dohyo
  8. Watching wrestlers pull the same inexplicable moves in training as they do in a basho is a good corrective to seeing everything through a yaocho lens. I'm thinking particularly of Aoiyama in the last joint keiko when after dominating the first bout with forward momentum he resorted to pulling (and losing) in the second.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Zero times in fact. Kyushu 2021 was close when Terunofuji went 15-0, the pattern spoilt on Day 14 by Abi being in contention for the yusho and Shodai underperforming.
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    Nagoya 2022

    I've just been looking at the banzuke for March 2019 when Ichinojo went 14-1 (this was the first basho I followed, and I've been kind of mildly disappointed in him ever since until now!). Only one wrestler was kyujo that whole tournament and Hakuho was matched against each of the other top 16 on the banzuke in precisely the proper order, just missing out on Ichinojo at M4W. That can't have happened too many times since then!
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    Nagoya 2022

    The kid lost to the goat, surely
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    Nagoya 2022

    I guess Takanosho has proved he can stick around in san'yaku and hopefully he's still young enough to turn things around. Wakamotoharu's looked good on the way up, definitely. While his sumo still impressed me this basho he hasn't managed to beat any of the (initial) joi unless you count Sadanoumi on Day 1. I would love to see Takayasu finally climb out of that pit but I fear that he's too old to overcome his injuries.
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    Nagoya 2022

    With Ichinojo's win half of the top 16 on the current banzuke now have a yusho (including each of the top 6). The remaining eight are: Hoshoryu, Abi, Kiribayama, Takanosho, Kotonowaka, Ura, Wakamotoharu, Takayasu. Of these I could certainly see the first 5 winning a yusho at least once in their career.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Those two bouts are the highlight of this basho for me, and go a long way to making up for the rest of the generally unprepossessing matches today. Kiribayama is always great to watch, win or lose, and has become my favourite too, as the guys I started following in sumo are fading away. At first glance I thought Ichinojo was back to his old self (giving up at the edge) but watching the replay it is indeed fantastic sumo from Meisei forcing Ichinojo into the grip change. Things are set very nicely for tomorrow now.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Nagoya last year it seems with 56 pages (Hakuho's last active basho), going by sorting the Honbasho page by number of replies. So a way to go yet, although if the basho is cancelled with Shodai at 7-7 then you never know