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"Hmmm... Does this mawashi make my ass look fat?"

Does he want the answer to be yes or no?

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Kisenosato: "What do you mean this mawashi makes me look fat?"

Takanoyama: "That's what you wanted to hear wasn't it? You want some of this fat boy?"

Kisenosato: "Bring it beansprout!"

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Kotoshogiku and Kotooshu restarted keiko at the heya today. Kotoshogiku feared for aggravating the injury and did not enter the dohyo, pushing a sandanme of the heya doing suri-ashi etc.: “Depending on the angle of impact there is pain, but as I'm entering I'll do my best.”

Kotooshu did 6 with makushita. Pain remains, but: “If I'm fixated on the result there comes nothing good of it. Thinking about nothing, just doing it is the only thing.”

http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20140103/sum14010315500001-n1.html

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Image training? "Someday when I grow up I want to be this big!"

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he is into alternative forms of medicine.

Isn't that true of many of them? I've seen some rikishi after a "cupping"; they look like they've been attacked by a kraken or something.

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he is into alternative forms of medicine.

Isn't that true of many of them? I've seen some rikishi after a "cupping"; they look like they've been attacked by a kraken or something.

the 'cupping' (moxibustion) is very popular. Kisenosato has long been interested in and studied 'kampo' - which includes moxibustion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kampo

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he is into alternative forms of medicine.

Isn't that true of many of them? I've seen some rikishi after a "cupping"; they look like they've been attacked by a kraken or something.

In Japan, of course, it isn't "alternative" -- Chinese herbal remedies have been around since long before Western medicine took hold. One of my first friends in sumo was an elderly lady with a very wide circle of rikishi and oyakata among her clients. She had actually inherited the kampoyaku business from her deceased husband, but since she herself had been doing the actual work of measuring out the ingredients and grinding them up, she already knew the business. Some of my own early acquaintances were oyakata she asked me to give her little paper bags to.

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In Japan, of course, it isn't "alternative" -- Chinese herbal remedies have been around since long before Western medicine took hold.

To be sure, but so was old-fashioned Western medicine with its humors and leeches and herbs selected for their magical and not pharmacological properties, or simply because they were mentioned in some ancient source -- where, much as with TCM, if you did hit on a plant that was useful for something it was largely accidental. Yet, we call such medicine "alternative" nowadays to the extent it's still practiced.

What makes it a little less "alternative" in Japan isn't its antiquity, but the fact that belief in it is widespread enough that the national health care system pays for it.

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Kisenosato went to Oguruma beya today for the Nishonoseki Ichimon Rengo- keiko. He chose to battle Takekaze and Kaisei and was 21-3 against them. Yesterday he also faced Takekaze 13 times (16 times today) and is picking out a choice few opponents from the ten-ish sekitori who were there. "I'm looking to face the guys who look to be in good shape. Takekaze seems ready and I'm in good shape too.." he explained.

"Not cool that he isn't facing more rikishi as well.. Even if this is just keiko, he should not be losing," said Shibatayama Oyakata who was there and being very candid.

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Harumafuji's situation is worrying . His left ankle injury is still bothering him. He had 9 bouts at home today but could not generate any sharpness at the tachiai. According to his Oyakata, this was the first time he did any serious sumo since the injury at the end of last month. After facing Takarafuji for two bouts, he complained of the pain and was seen dragging his leg and taking long rests. He used a lot of throat pushing and did not use his head as a weapon at all. "All I can do is to go for it while consulting my body.." he summed.

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Harumafuji's situation is worrying . His left ankle injury is still bothering him. He had 9 bouts at home today but could not generate any sharpness at the tachiai. According to his Oyakata, this was the first time he did any serious sumo since the injury at the end of last month. After facing Takarafuji for two bouts, he complained of the pain and was seen dragging his leg and taking long rests. He used a lot of throat pushing and did not use his head as a weapon at all. "All I can do is to go for it while consulting my body.." he summed.

Maybe a good idea to take this basho off? He won't lose anything, and he'll be better off in March.

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Hakuhou went to Tokitsukaze beya for degeiko and faced the likes of Toyonoshima and Chiyotairyuu for 17 bouts, winning them all convincingly. He has 27 yushos under his belt. "I'd like to have 30 by this time next year. People always expect a Yokozuna to win the yusho but that is easier said than done. I shall gambarize!!" he declared.

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Kisenosato started keiko for this year on the 2nd as planned, no bouts, just the basics. Plans for keiko are today at the heya and tomorrow joining the Nishonozeki-ichimon rengo-geiko.

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Qigong ?

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This is not qigong, but zhanzhuang, an exercise for finding your center and balancing. This may be the secret of his great balance.

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Harumafuji's situation is worrying . His left ankle injury is still bothering him. He had 9 bouts at home today but could not generate any sharpness at the tachiai. According to his Oyakata, this was the first time he did any serious sumo since the injury at the end of last month. After facing Takarafuji for two bouts, he complained of the pain and was seen dragging his leg and taking long rests. He used a lot of throat pushing and did not use his head as a weapon at all. "All I can do is to go for it while consulting my body.." he summed.

Maybe a good idea to take this basho off? He won't lose anything, and he'll be better off in March.

I am not sure he wouldn't lose anything. Harumafuji has never lost a single bout due to injury. I have a feeling he will not be throwing that away easily.

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Kisenosato went for de-geiko again at the Nishonoseki rengo keiko which was held at Sadogatake beya today. He faced Takekaze and Shouhouzan for 13 bouts and won 12. After the session he was seen favoring his right leg. "No problems, I just stretched it a bit," he said. He was not relying solely on his favorite hidari-yotsu left hand grip (like a gyoji referee..), but shoved his opponents out as well. "It's all in the flow.. I'm pretty much ready to go. I ain't got no worries no mo.. Oh no no no..." he summed. (He did not say the last two things.)

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Kisenosato went to Oguruma beya today for the Nishonoseki Ichimon Rengo- keiko. He chose to battle Takekaze and Kaisei and was 21-3 against them.

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140105-1239939.html

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http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/general/2014/01/05/0006616030.shtml

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http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/01/06/kiji/K20140106007330210.html

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water from Shohozan

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/sumo/news/20140105-OHT1T00155.htm

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Final butsukari-geiko

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/p-sp-tp3-20140106-1240238.html

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http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/sports/sumou/221005/

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Tospo larger pic at: http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/sports/sumou/221005/attachment/稀勢の里-15/

Kisenosato went for de-geiko again at the Nishonoseki rengo keiko which was held at Sadogatake beya today. He faced Takekaze and Shouhouzan for 13 bouts and won 12.

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http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/general/2014/01/06/0006617995.shtml

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Nishonoseki rengo keiko which was held at Sadogatake beya today.

Kotoshogiku can't do sumo yet – going into the basho without other preparation than this:

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140106-1240507.html

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Kotoōshū was 12-0 with 5 sekitori: Takekaze, Tamawashi etc.

http://mainichi.jp/sports/news/20140107k0000m050029000c.html

http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/general/2014/01/06/0006619242.shtml

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Kotoōshū on the 5th did 14 bouts, with Shohozan 3-4, losing 3 in a row, but winning all the rest against Takekaze, Tamawashi, Takayasu etc., doing his first moushi-ai keiko with sekitori, looking strong at times.

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140104-1239585.html

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Hakuho started keiko on the 4th, doing 21 with Daikiho, Ishiura, Hokaho etc.
http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/sumo/news/20140104-OHT1T00092.htm
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http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140104-1239638.html
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http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/01/05/kiji/K20140105007321930.html
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Hakuhou went to Tokitsukaze beya for degeiko and faced the likes of Toyonoshima and Chiyotairyuu for 17 bouts, winning them all convincingly. He has 27 yushos under his belt. "I'd like to have 30 by this time next year. People always expect a Yokozuna to win the yusho but that is easier said than done. I shall gambarize!!" he declared.

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/chuspo/article/sumo/news/CK2014010602000124.html
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