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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Houshouryuu impressed in defeat, but Terunofuji really looked every bit the yokozuna today. Just too strong. Sincerely looking forward to seeing Houshouryuu challenge Terunofuji in bashos to come - if/when he gets his first victory it's going to be a great moment. Expecting the Takakeishou kyuujou any day now... I'm not sure he can produce a better performance vs Ichinojou tomorrow than the one he mustered in Nagoya. As far as freak shows go, Akinoyama vs Komanokuni is worth a watch. Two absurdly round lads clattering into each other, if that's your thing.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    OK, I take back my original point. Not only have they put the logo in those places, I just saw some bizarre advert of theirs featuring a Clint Eastwood looking cowboy on a boat, which makes perfect sense given Takara Leben are in the business of building and managing residential property.
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    Shikona Megathread: Translations and Trivia

    I imagine there may also be an element of not wishing to invalidate public familiarity with the shikona that the rikishi has established themselves with. Not to mention any merchandise bearing that shikona becomes outdated and probably loses some value as a result. As a toriteki not being subject to that level of publicity, surely it's easier to switch around your shikona since the biggest administrative effort is in the NSK updating their records in time for the next banzuke being written up.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    I know it's still very early days, but does anyone think that Takakeisho will finish the basho? Rewatching the Hokutofuji bout again. He goes in as usual, but then his thrusts look to be delivered with no more than 50% of his normal power. Opponent today is Kiribayama, against whom he is 4-1, winning the past 4 straight, but has the skills to put him away if he comes out like he did yesterday
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Mitoryuu showed that he is not yet ready for Makuuchi by reluctantly plodding towards Chiyonokuni until the honey badger turned up the heat and fires him out. Big smile on Mitoryuu's face after the loss. He should replace that with a scowl and adapt his sumo accordingly. Good win for Tobizaru, looked more assertive than usual. Ura failed to pull any tricks out against the impervious Takarafuji, and got politely guided over the tawara. Takayasu reminded me of the performances that put him in the hiramaku last year with today's showing against Wakatakakage. Not nice to watch. Meisei flubbed it against the man who will probably be occupying his slot at Sekiwake in 2022. A former Oozeki, I forget who (Kirishima maybe?), said Meisei needs to build his body more to stay at this level. I agree. Mitakeumi had Takanoshou's number today, digging into the armpits and following up with some strong oshi to finish the job. Houshouryuu was perfectly yawarakai for Shoudai's initial attack, turning the momentum around and applying an excellent gaburiyori to get his third straight win against the Oozeki. Promising start. Hokutofuji didn't give Takakeishou a chance to do anything but try and weather the storm, ultimately in vain. Impressive performance, but I hope to see a more focused and aggressive Takakeishou on day 2. Ichinojou vs Terunofuji went as expected.
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    Aki Basho 2021 - Discussion Thread (Spoilers!)

    Tuned in for Sandanme. Ooazuma's mage is something to behold. His sumo is not. Undefeated in regulation Fujiseiun goes to 15-0 after today's win. Naruto hopeful Murayama, veteran Shouketsu also with convincing victories. I have noticed less of the incessant Takara Leben adverts on the Abema broadcast, which is definitely a good thing.
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    Asahifuji kanreki dohyo-iri

    It is mentioned on Chiyonofuji's Japanese Wikipedia article that he had a fondness for the colour. Additionally at the afterparty he wore a red himo on his haori
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    strange Rikishi names

    In their case it is (was in Sachiko's case as she is married now) their real surname. Jumonji is also a town in Akita prefecture, not desperately far from Sendai city either. 十文字 itself just translates to "ten written characters" but I don't know if there's anything deeper to its meaning.
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    Aki 2021-GTB - RESULTS!! - 140 entries (22 newbies)

    Chuffed to bits to get that result on my first attempt!!
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    Aki Yusho Predictions?

    Following what my head tells me and not my heart (a Hoshoryu yusho would be great, though) Yusho: Hakuho, perhaps via another zensho Jun-yusho: Takakeisho Ginosho: Hoshoryu Shukunsho: Hoshoryu Kantosho: Takanosho Terunofuji to go kyujo after the first week. Takayasu will struggle, belying his performances at the godo-keiko. Now to contradict my first statement, I'll go out on a limb and suggest that Hokuseiho wins the Juryo yusho
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    Hakuhou caught watching Judo

    Many gnats were strained at over the course of this thread.
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    Araiso-heya branch out

    Mainichi Shinbun's coverage of the stable opening. Obviously no opportunity for a proper kaikaishiki at this point - they are just getting on with it.
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    Hakuhou caught watching Judo

    Each transgression Hakuho commits is a step towards the exit door with a progressively wound up middle finger pointed at the NSK brass. He just doesn't care. It's really hard to see him having any sort of future as an oyakata right now, ongoing kabu transaction notwithstanding. As for Shibatayama's postulations, to me, they are just feeble attempts at asserting control that probably even he knows are of little consequence, however necessary to maintain the illusion of order. Much ado about nothing...
  14. And with that the active legacy of Kashiwado comes to an end with a whimper. What will come of the vacant stock? If Nishikigi remains on his current downward trend, perhaps we can expect him to take it over after Tagaryu reaches retirement age in early 2023. With 23 bashos in Makuuchi and 14 in Juryo, he certainly meets the criteria to stick around.
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    I have been posting here for a little while but then I remembered my manners... それでは自分はご紹介させて頂きます... Lurked for a long time on this forum after getting into sumo a few years back - I really enjoy reading the spirited discussion that goes on here, as well as being able to deepen my understanding of sumo from the copious amount of information available. I hope my neophytism won't draw the ire of too many of you and we can have some good debate!! Cheers.