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  1. I wouldn't have keyed in on this had they not mixed their information by declaring that there is no weight class in Sumo.

    In fairness, since the heavyweight class in amasumo usually starts at 115 kg, there's really not much of a functional difference between that and makushita and upward on the pro side (where the Furuichis and Takanoyamas are decidedly a minority, too), so while inaccurate it's not all that misleading to state that somebody like Byamba is facing all types of differently-weighted opponents. (And then there's also the open weight category, of course...)

    Okay, that's a perspective I hadn't considered. The inaccuracies still bug me and I've seen the same inaccuracy so many times on NG or other channels with "science journalism" shows that I suspect it is intentionally misleading.

  2. Actually the recruit Onami's father is not a son of former Wakabayama but his mother is Wakabayama's daughter.

    Incidentally his father、Masashi Onami, was former Makushita 51 Wakashinobu and now operates Chanko Wakabayama in Fukushima City, where the new recruit is from.

    Just to clarify... Wakabayama is Onami's Great grandfather?

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    Looks like Asashoryu has pain in his elbow? Or is the picture misleading?

    Asashoryu might be "misleading" in a manner of speaking. Unaware the camera is right in front of him? Doubt it. Instead of padding his elbow, he's padding his case in the event he suddenly falls from the leaderboard...

    Kitanoumi made a great comment that both Yokozuna have complained about body pains and so forth; but if they were really injuries they shouldn't say a word to the reporters so that they can hide the weakness from their opponents.

  4. Is it just the camera angle or is he looking really small too? He looks tiny in the top picture. We'll know pretty soon...

    He's lost a lot of weight since he got tonyubyo

    Who is Tony Ubyo?

    Seriously, is that an ailment? Or it has something to do with Soy Milk?

    Lactose intolerance?

  5. These shows obviously go through a lot of research prior to shooting and throughout editing... so why is it that they always seem to muddy up the waters of "pro" and amateur wrestling? Is it really just so they can claim to have two "world champions" on the show? No disrespect to Byamba or the many "non-Ozumo" that we are so privileged to know via the forum, but this is not the same as having two Emperor's Cup winners on the show together. Yet they really try to give it the air that this is what they have, like: no contemporary sumo wrestler can defeat this guy! The result is the facts get squished around and it makes me lose respect for the whole "scientific" endeavour or so-called journalism.

    I wouldn't have keyed in on this had they not mixed their information by declaring that there is no weight class in Sumo. Yes Byamba started in Ozumo but he left before becoming sekitori and the only 4-500 pounders he has faced are either Maeta Orora or Kainowaka, or a truly obese Amasumo competitor who is leagues behind them in athletic ability. I'd wager Byamba doesn't have a hope against a Kaio, Kisenosato, Miyabiyama, Kotoshogiku, or Kotomitsuki. Okay maybe he could beat Miyabiyama these days or some of the others on their way out (Tamanoshima, Tosanoumi).

    And the real information was very interesting, so sorry for the rant.

    And thanks Nish for posting the link to the clip! Besides my little objection here it was very enjoyable.

  6. Here's my guess about East > West. The sun rises in the East. The day begins in the East so why not the banzuke?

    This rising sun thing seems particularly meaningful in Japan so I think this is not such a far fetched theory.

    East symbolizes the morning, youth, speed and quickness, reflexes, wit, etc. in just about every culture with active religious roots in animism, shamanism, spirit medicine or the like. Many rituals worldwide rely on a "spiritual map" often laid out much like the dohyo. In Japan, it is customary to sleep with your head pointing to the East or South since the West represents the "Autumn Years" of a life cycle and the North represents Death.

    So East and South are always considered superior in Japanese culture.

    EDIT: having read MB's past comments on the superiority of the North I can offer a little clarification to the seemingly opposing statements. They are not mutually exclusive...

    1) East and South preferences I mention here predate unified Japan, i.e. predate the first declaration of a Japanese capital. Which is not to say that it is more relevant, but perhaps not as conscious a factor. Customs that are developed in early written history or even prehistoric times are often re-interpreted by successive generations.

    2) North v. South is irrelevant to the banzuke question, but bodies in funerary rituals were placed pointing North way before it was done in deference to an Emperor... but in a case of co-opting that doesn't mean anything contrary to MB's anecdote

    And a side note - my general comments on associations of North and South only hold water in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere the implied meanings of these cardinals are flipped, with East and West remaining the same and globally universal.

  7. This entry is absolutely hilarious but my "translator" is out of town so i cannot read the comments.

    I am also desperate to find a higher-res file for that last image. Wow that cracks me up :-D

    Might be worth looking into a steady translation for the forum considering he is about the only one these days updating regularly with pictures. (Ranting...)

  8. Thank you Fay as always :-D

    It is great fun for Makuuchi where I absolutely know every rikishi, but a nice gaming aid for oracle nonetheless. With my difficulty in seeing Juryo matches it REALLY helps to remind me of the newer sekitori guard. Gameface can be an invaluable peek at a rikishi's overall performance level. And of course in makushita I have only the records to go on with the occasional news report or ketteisen/bonus footage, so I was really happy that you put this out for us!

    And for those who have just discovered Ozumo you are doing so much to bring them into the fold (Ranting...)

  9. . . . .

    Despite such a negative attitude, I ended up joining the heya and

    the Oyakata received me warmly.

    He persisted in teaching a total neophyte like me all about sumo.

    Even now, he continues to tirelessly instruct and correct a hopeless case like myself.

    He can be strict at times, but he also always have kind words for me.

    Even after he is finished eating during chanko time, he stays and mingles with the deshi.

    He would talk and laugh with us, with a smile on his face like a kind, loving father.

    I've had the honor of being his tsukebito and I even washed his back today.

    But it felt a bit different today.

    Normally, I would scrub his back so hard that it would turn red.

    Today, I thought I felt a certain sadness emanating from his back.

    . . . .

    This is written so poetically and with such beauty in its emotion... how can it be coming form a self-described "hopeless case" ?

    Once again I am reminded of the deep mystery of Ozumo. This is why I love it the way I do... :-(

  10. I thought I'd also add what I know about Birth Registration and Birth Certificates in Japan and the US.

    If you are born outside of Japan with citizenship, your birth is registered at your mother's "county seat" and as far as I know you are only allowed to use your mother's surname. And that will be only in Kanji so it can only be a Japanese name. Even when married to a foreigner in Japan, a Japanese woman cannot change her registry to a foreign name.

    That seems to conflict with what Viki writes, so I could have that wrong or I misunderstood her. So in the case of being born outside of Japan, a child could have two completely separate and totally different names, from beginning to end, and each could be considered valid on its own turf. Maybe this is what she meant about being able to pick and choose...

    However if you are born outside of America, I believe the information from a Foreign Birth Registry is translated directly into a Foreign-Born Certificate and there may not be a chance to "pick a new name." I suppose transliteration of kanji would provide a chance to "cheat" that process but I digress.

    Or if they waited to create the birth certificate until they were older, such as to facilitate moving to and settling down in America, it may have just been natural to go with the name they'd been called by all their lives. After all, in Japan, the position of the family name is usually before the given name so they have always thought of themselves as 'Saito.'

  11. Remember the "How A rikishi Should Behave" manual, complete with pictures, which the Kyokai promised to distribute after the drug stories? Well, it was distributed a few days ago. It includes a manual and a DVD. Title- "Member of the Kyokai-How it Should Be" (協会員のあり方) .According to Isenoumi Oyakata, it will be distributed to all Kyokai beings before the Banzuke announcement on August 31st. The manual is some 50 pages long and mentions the regulations concerning illegal drugs. Still, it's a work in progress and the regulations will be updated/revised according to circumstances. "It is definitely not the final version", said Isenoumi Oyakata. Picture, anyone?

    Well, it took some searching, but the cover can be found here.

  12. Am I assuming to much in thinking they have dual citizenship?

    AFAIK it's not possible with a Japanese citizenship, but there probably are ways.. They will definitely be regarded as Japanese for all Sumo intents and purposes.

    Anyone can feel free to correct me if I am wrong, but...

    Half-Japanese children who have a parent of another nationality can be issued dual citizenship. By Japanese law they are supposed to choose one over the other at the age of 20 but there seems to be very little follow-up to make sure that they have done so. In fact, there may be no legal avenue for the Japanese government to do so. However you can be nailed for this at customs if you do not use the same passport for entering and exiting Japan. Even so the punishment is not harsh and apparently only raises the issue at which point you could be "ordered" to renounce one citizenship or the other. Of course the latter scenario may have become more harsh in the past few years as immigration policies have apparently undergone some drastic reforms.

    I am certain that most of this is true for half-Japanese children born on foreign soil. Both of my children have dual citizenship. I would assume the reverse is true, as in their case. And definitely so if they were born on an American base.

  13. Last time I was in UB I tried on an ankle-length fox fur coat

    That's one long fox.

    Dunno how many foxes were used, but they were ranched by an indigenous people (Lapps). Makes the whole ethical fur debate a bit off-key, doesn't it? Incidentally the coat was a fearsome thing, dyed purple and black, and with sleeves that go right over the hands like a muff.

    Now, do you reckon I bought it or not? :-)


    Come then, we must see a picture!