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I have kind of an odd request, and this thread seemed like the best place to ask.

I'm a big fan of the Nobunaga's Ambition game series, and their latest release (to the US, at least) has given the ability to customize retainers and create a custom clan. So, naturally, I'm making up a Sumo clan.

The request I have is regarding finding either stock art or stock photos that I can use to create the avatars. I found via the ukiyoe site (which someone actually referenced earlier in the thread) a handful of portraits that I could use for the big portraits (which you can crop within the editor). The little ones I'm just looking for headshots, either from Google image searches or from the official sumo site for current rikishi.

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So, what I'm looking for is an easily-accessed collection of art or portraits that can be used for the bigger images. It'd be nice if there was more ukiyoe out there, but I'm not necessarily married to trying to do them all in that style - just any consistent collection of sorts (like those playing cards I saw someone post). For current rikishi, I'll probably have a fall-back of using their official photos from the sumo kyokai site (anyone got those all saved and zipped up??).

And of course, in the off-chance that anyone out there plays this game, I'd love to collaborate on coming up with the clan...

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I have kind of an odd request, and this thread seemed like the best place to ask.

I'm a big fan of the Nobunaga's Ambition game series, and their latest release (to the US, at least) has given the ability to customize retainers and create a custom clan. So, naturally, I'm making up a Sumo clan.

The request I have is regarding finding either stock art or stock photos that I can use to create the avatars. I found via the ukiyoe site (which someone actually referenced earlier in the thread) a handful of portraits that I could use for the big portraits (which you can crop within the editor). The little ones I'm just looking for headshots, either from Google image searches or from the official sumo site for current rikishi.

So, what I'm looking for is an easily-accessed collection of art or portraits that can be used for the bigger images. It'd be nice if there was more ukiyoe out there, but I'm not necessarily married to trying to do them all in that style - just any consistent collection of sorts (like those playing cards I saw someone post). For current rikishi, I'll probably have a fall-back of using their official photos from the sumo kyokai site (anyone got those all saved and zipped up??).

And of course, in the off-chance that anyone out there plays this game, I'd love to collaborate on coming up with the clan...

Try Naganoyama's site http://heyaaz.nagioff.com/2015/2015.html (rikishi by heya). They're also presented by division. There are gyoji and yobidashi and other staff.

The finest art photographer, for me, is Denis Rouvre http://www.rouvre.com/fr/gallery/19/sumo

Old photographs, including lady rikishi https://www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/albums/72157604412233226

It's not difficult to find old or contemporary photographs and/or postcards on internet, just by typing 'sumo images' and launching a search, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, are all full of them, though the rikishi, or the source of the image posted, are rarely identified.

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If I think of anything else or find something useful in my stock, I'll let you know. Keep searching this thread.

Best wishes.

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Jean-Michel Voge, photographer http://www.jmvoge.fr/ The link takes you to his homepage. Run the cursor over the images to see the title of each album. 'Coulisses' is fourth down on the right, and 'Combats' is fifth down on the left. Click on each image in turn to view them. You can go straight to 'Combats' after 'Coulisses' by clicking on the right-hand arrow at the top.

36 beautiful images under 'Coulisses'

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And 35 under 'Combats'

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This is the fifth or sixth sumo artwork on the thread, from ancient to modern, with frogs or toads.

Why does sumo evoke frogs and toads? Is there a plot to make rikishi look batrachian (I got that word from Henry James Edith Wharton)? Could Sumo Art have its very own conspiracy theory?

Anyway, this sculpture is by Steve Worthington http://www.steveworthingtonart.com/styled-4/page6.html and anyone who likes sculpture and animals too should visit his site.

Enjoy!

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Takekaze, is that you?

Nah!

That's Harumafuji. I can tell by the legs. Takekaze is the one on the left in my last post.

Welcome to Sumo Art.

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Marcin Klocek, photographer

Blood

Sweat

and ...

Kyokutaisei's legs

For these images and 7 more, plus information http://www.traveller.pl/marcin-klocek-of-traveller-pl-shortlisted-for-sony-world-photography-awards/

Scroll down to find the slideshow.

Enjoy

Kyokutaisei in the background. Seems to be everywhere.

I don't just recognise Harumafuji's.

Call me frivolous.

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The second posted pic of Asahisho's belly, is that an appendectomy scar?

edit: I'm amazed at what we can find these days with a simple search. Almost kind of scary.

The scar from cecum operation is mentioned here in a short video. I suppose that's close :-P

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Whatever it is, hats off to the lad for not letting it cramp his style.

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Exceptionally good woodblock prints by Junichiro Sekino

http://scriptum.com/artist_collection.cfm?Jun-Ichiro-Sekino&artist_lname=Sekino&artist_fname=Jun-Ichiro

There are these three sumo-inspired prints, plus the one of Kitanoumi on page 4 of this thread, and many others you should go and see.

Takanohana and Isaburo

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Wajima

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Wakanohana

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The new Kotoshogiku T-shirt http://shop.kokugikan.jp/?pid=98038078

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I like that one!

On the website (http://shop.kokugikan.jp/?mode=f1) it looks like they have a real shop, not only an online shop, but I can't figure out, where that might be. Can somebody help with translation?

I'will be in Tokyo for some weeks, are there other "real" shops for sumo stuff?

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On the website (http://shop.kokugikan.jp/?mode=f1) it looks like they have a real shop, not only an online shop, but I can't figure out, where that might be. Can somebody help with translation?

I'will be in Tokyo for some weeks, are there other "real" shops for sumo stuff?

I posted details about that in Kokugikan specials for the Natsu basho

Another thing of importance in the kokugikan are of course the sumo goods. You can get a limited overview of what is sold there at the kokugikan-shop site (at which you can order without going there) and plan what you want buy and what to spend. There is more in the shops than on the site though.

and also in Natsu Basho 2014 PR

NSK Twitter Photos Hatsu Basho 2013 have many pics of the shops

(search: http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=search&andor_type=and&sid=f15034f5de5f609c8f63140332f37226&search_author=Akinomaki&search_app_filters[forums][sortKey]=date&search_content=both&search_app_filters[forums][noPreview]=1&search_app_filters[forums][pCount]=&search_app_filters[forums][pViews]=&search_app_filters[forums][sortKey]=date&search_app_filters[forums][sortDir]=0&search_app_filters[forums][searchInKey]=&search_term=kokugikan+shops&search_app=forums&search_app_filters[forums][searchInKey]=&search_app_filters[forums][sortKey]=date&search_app_filters[forums][sortDir]=1)

There are also other shops in the Ryogoku district, a few streets away from the kokugikan

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Ah, now I understand, the shop is _in_ the Kokuhikan (I thought it's just the name of the shop) and it is open while there is no tournament. Very good, I will do some shopping there in 3 weeks, it's just one stop on the Sobu Main Line from our apartment.

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Little nippers from early in the 20th century:

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Found here http://www.japansugoi.com/wordpress/young-boys-in-sumo-competition-from-early-20th-century/

There are other photographs and videos available on the same page, including "Sumo wrestlers dressed up as cheerleaders 1960s".

Enjoy

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Here are some pics I took, I don't have a lot on this computer. I just found the art section, if photography counts, or if it should just be under pics. When I go to a basho I try to catch the rikishi in their own moments and not just in action. I haven't done much post processing so they could be better. I try to get the box over the hallway at the Kokugikan, then I can peep down where they wait.

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Here are some pics I took, I don't have a lot on this computer. I just found the art section, if photography counts, or if it should just be under pics. When I go to a basho I try to catch the rikishi in their own moments and not just in action. I haven't done much post processing so they could be better. I try to get the box over the hallway at the Kokugikan, then I can peep down where they wait.

Post some more please.

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Sumo and music

Akinomaki has put up a great post of a music video with Harumafuji in it here:

http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=32145&page=13#entry293218

I can't explain why, but John Coltrane's playing (2:39 to 4:20) on this video always makes me think of Harumafuji. Apologies to those who don't like semi-difficult jazz, or don't like jazz at all, but the whole piece is worth listening to. Miles Davis on trumpet, John Coltrane on tenor sax, Wynton kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.

If Miles Davis = smooth = Hakuho,

Coltrane = high tension = Harumafuji

Wynton Kelly = understated = Kakuryu

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