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Just to prove that some men look better when they get older, here's Kotozakura, current Sadogatake-oyakata.

I take this as a proof I still have hope. There are reasons why no fellow sumo fan has seen me in real life. :-)

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I take this as a proof I still have hope. There are reasons why no fellow sumo fan has seen me in real life. ;-)

What, not even Kaikitsune-zeki?

And if you want comfort, how about Kotonowaka's mug shot? That's another man improved by years! :D

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And if you want comfort, how about Kotonowaka's mug shot? That's another man improved by years! :D

I absolutely agree! I hadn't even recognized the mugshot

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What, not even Kaikitsune-zeki?

He keeps on dreaming of having seen me once in a TV quiz show humiliating myself in front of a million Finns.

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Have you got photo of Dewanoumi-beya new rikishi, Uchida ( from Nichi-dai )?

Here he is. Uchida, as requested by Tony.

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Do you have pictures to Chiyonofuji, Kitanoumi or Takanosato from sumo magazines or card? ( Because on the web I already search )

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The first picture is a mirror image. :-P

I'm sorry I'm being a little picking in details,

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(EDIT: Images given more contrast.)

I do think it is a mirror image. Consider Chiyotenzan's shikona:

tenzan.jpg

The last kanji is that very common yama/zan one (common in shikona, that is), isn't it? That's what caught my eye in the first place.

The image originally posted by Manekineko-zeki featured Tenzan's akeni like this:

orig-akeni.jpg

Naturally it's upside down. But the order of the kanji!

Let's see how it looks mirrored (back to its real orientation as I'm inclined to believe):

new-akeni.jpg

Now the kanji are in the correct order on a lid lying upside down. Or did I miss something? Aren't kanji read left-to-right when written horizontally?

Of course I have nothing to gainsay about your remarks on Kotonowaka's kimono and its details. Who am I to argue about those things with a native Japanese? (Blush...)

BTW, are the collars worn in Japan the same way by both genders? In Finland (and most likely in all Europe) men wear left collar up, women right collar up.

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More pictures!

Taiko drummers going to work.

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This picture is from that same photographer's page, with the same excuse for breaking the copyright...

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Mitoizumi, freshly retired, doing security duty in Kokugikan.

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Born to be a yokozuna. Current Takanohana, yes.

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Mainoumi posing with Japan's football team's shirt.

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Kyokushuzan, doing tyre-pulling excercise.

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More later...

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Or did I miss something? Aren't kanji read left-to-right when written horizontally?

I DID miss something!

Once Amanogawa-zeki gets well again, she might want to explain this issue by herself or let me cite her email here. The explanation is indeed quite a lot more complex than I thought by just simply rearranging the kanji into an order that seemed to suit me, a European :-/ , better.

How lucky we are to have a real Japanese on this forum to explain these details to us! I won't try (for a while) to sell snow to Eskimoes and sand to Touaregs. :-P Stupid me!

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Once Amanogawa-zeki gets well again, she might want to explain this issue by herself or let me cite her email here.

So, here's the explanation why the photo is not a mirror image:

Let me start from the writing:

The thing is,

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Undokai special! (most of the pictures here were sent to me by Nekonishiki-zeki, if I remember correctly, many thanks).

For uninitiated, Undokai are some sort of school sport-meet, only featuring rikishi instead of children (not that you can tell the difference :D)

Since it's sport, there were races, rope-pulling:

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pyramid-fights (does this have some official name? 4 men form a pyramid, and one pyramid tries to topple the other or snatch the headband from the top man):

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bales tossing (Chiyotaikai won that one):

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But there was also masquerading, each Ichimon (stable group) arranging a performance. So you had rikishi playing kindergarten children:

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Miyabiyama was their (female) caretaker. He wore fake set of breasts, not that he needed to... :-/

Here are Aogiyama and Terao as Lady Oscar and her lover Andre from "Rose of Versailles" manga. They even exchanged what was described as "hot" kiss, but you couldn't see anything from their wigs:

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Wakanohana and Kotonishiki as Alladin (from Disney's cartoon) and his Jasmine:

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Kaio and Kyokushuzan as Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet in "Titanic":

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Kaio even lifted his lady-love in his arms. When asked later what was Kyokushuzan like, Kaio moaned: "Heavy!" Hey, maybe that's the source of his back-pain... (Being sly...)

And finaly, for me the most ridiculous of them all: Sailor rikishi!

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I forgot who played Sailors Venus and Jupiter, but Sailor Mercury (blue) is Chiyotaikai, Sailor Mars (red) Chiyotenzan, and Sailor Moon (center of first picture) is Toki, recognisable by his lovely sideburns. Other parts were played by Asanowaka (Chibimoon), Mitoizumi (Tuxedo Mask), and Kaiho (Queen Beryl). I admit it, I'm Sailor Moon fan, and I couldn't stop laughing when I watched this: what a perfect union of my two hobbies! (Jumping of joy...)

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Toki as Sailor Moon!!!  

Fantastic!

It will be impossible to watch Sailor moon again though...

Go watch Sailor Moon in "The return of the sideburns"!!! 8-O

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What a great thread!  I can't believe I only located it now.  Thank you everyone for posting these excellent pictures, and the kanji explanation as well.  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures to contribute at this point  :-(

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I have some 15 minutes to kill in a busy day, and what better way to relax but to post some more pictures!

Most of them are jungyo pictures...

Akeni (luggage) being packed for the road.

akeni.jpg

Aminishiki, resting after roller-excercise.

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Asashoryu in his maegashira days, doing "who's the man" act.

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Two Chiyos, Kuniazuma, and assorted tsukebito, returning from a swim.

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Musashimaru with some homeland friends.

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Daishi does what Daishi does best: jinku.

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And some jungyo keiko (practice).

jungyoKeiko.jpg

Enjoy!

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Asashoryu in his maegashira days, doing "who's the man" act.

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Man, I'm really ignorant with regard to rikishi's faces. If you wouldn't have have written that he's Asashōryū I would have thought this is Wakanosato's mug. :)

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Thats cos its Asashoryu pulling a funny face and Wakanosatos got one to start with,HaHaHaHa!!!!! Im not telling him though.

Dont sweat about the faces though Doitsu,you cant be any worse than me.

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Time for some more pictures:

Kasugano-beya rikishi (I recognise Tochinonada and Tochisakae) having their hair washed (jungyo picture):

KasuganoHairwash.jpg

Musashimaru, not looking very yokozuna-like. :D

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Takamisakari, squinting at camera (yearbook picture):

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Takanowaka, picture of innocence. :p

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Who wouldn't want to have their photo taken with these two handsome lads! Aminishiki and Mitoizumi waiting for customers.

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Buyuzan, pensive. ;)

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Hi,

Very cool pictures -- thanks  :-P

My favorite of this batch is Musashimaru at the beach  :-D

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I don't think I've ever replied to my own message ;)  

Anyways, just wanted to second Tony's request for Chyionofuji pictures.  My fav rikishi of all time.  (Note...)

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And more pictures (working on Friday? what's that?)

Is this Terao's boy? Yearbook picture, akeni in the background.

Terao7.jpg

Jungyo picture! Preparing the ground for practice are Kotonowaka and, um, who?

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Kotonowaka doesn't appreciate being filmed in his hard work.

;)  The fuzzy smile in the background belongs to Aogiyama.

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Weary Tochiazuma revels in the luxury of having his hair done.

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Asashoryu reading about himself in the papers. I didn't know Mongolians used cyrillic script... The title of the paper is "Tavan Cagarig"

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Tokitsuumi doing the hand-stand...

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And for all those shocked by baby-blue mawashi last basho, here's Toki in (gasp) navy-blue.

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That's it for today!

Re: Chiyonofuji. Unfortunately, I don't have his pictures, since the scans (sent to me by Hahanoyama-zeki, millions of thanks) are from recent years. There is one artucle about yokozuna of old, so I'll check it for pictures and post them later.

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And for all those shocked by baby-blue mawashi last basho, here's Toki in (gasp) navy-blue.

Great pictures  :-D   Thank you!

I like navy-blue on Toki, and on anyone else in fact.  It's one of my favorite colors.   (Feeling artistic...)

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And who would have thought that stoic Tochiazuma wears colorful patterned undershorts! :)

Cheers

Zenjimoto

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Can anyone tell what those drinks are (3 cans) to the left of Toki?

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Thanks again Manekineko-zeki, great pics!

I guess I don't have to tell you which one I like best

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