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Talk show specialist Araiso had one with Takayasu today, to assure the fans he'll make it back to ozeki. Araiso told that he sees it as his goal after intai to get Takayasu to a yusho, and now he wants to push him back to ozeki: "10 wins are certain"

Both were asked what they would have become if not a rikishi, Araiso: "Curator of a dinosaur museum", Takayasu: "Pianist"

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21 hours ago, Otokonoyama said:

Nakamura oyakata & Araiso oyakata "Talk Special"

 

I worked up a quick translation of the interview highlights:

(K = Kitataiiki; I= Iwatomo; N = Nakamura; A = Araiso; G = Goeido)


K) Now that you've retired, has your lifestyle changed?

N) It sure has. There's nothing to be excited about anymore.

K) Does the 15-day basho feel different now that you're an oyakata?

N) Completely different. I no longer have a match to think about when I go to bed the night before or wake up each day. I'm now free of the pressure of fighting and way more relaxed.

K) Have you lost weight now that you're retired?

N) Nope, I'm still maintaining my fighting weight.

N) My retirement came about in a completely unexpected fashion due to injury, and similarly, the Hatsu basho yusho by Tokushoryu was completely unexpected. He completely upset the order of winning.

A) As a PhD of sumo, didn't you anticipate Tokushoryu winning?

N) Not even remotely.

A) Me neither--we're disqualified as commentators.

A) Since we're commentators now, we should go around to all the heya and try to predict who will win.

N) Naw, it's too hard.

A) Sorry I suggested it.

[At this point, former Goeido enters the room.]

I) We're filming for YouTube.

G) Is that so?

I) But you haven't changed. You said you'd start smiling after you retired.

G) I am smiling!

G) [Upon it being pointed out that the top button of his dress shirt is unbuttoned] "I just retired and I'm still too fat to button it."

A) Give it six months and you'll have 2-3 more cm of room!

G) Trying on his official blue oyakata jacket: "It's too small!" Zipping it up, asks: "How does it look?"

Everyone) Too Small!  [He tries on the next size up and it fits perfectly.]

[Back to Nakamura, talking about episodes with Kise during his career]

N) During keiko, when called by Kise, I would get fully amped to train with him.

A) Most other rikishi wouldn't come at me with full strength, only Yoshikaze.

N) That may be true, but if we went 10 times, I was only good for the first 2-3, then I'd be spent, while Kise wouldn't even be breathing hard.

A) Even so, my heated training with Nakamura was a big part of the reason I was able to become Ozeki, then Yokozuna. I always used my training with him as a barometer for how I'd do each basho.

N) After training with Kise just before the basho, I'd need the remaining time just to recover, so when the basho began, I was always at my peak and ready to take on Joi opponents.

A) When I got injured, Nakamura as always the first to call me with helpful advice. 

A) When I was close to making Yokozuna, Nakamura would always say to me: "Make it happen so I can be your tachimochi." So when I actually made it and he was able to fulfill that role, I felt his words helped me become Yokozuna.

N) The sword was so heavy, it left me with sore muscles.

A) When the other rikishi gathered to wrap the rope around me for the first time, it was moving that all these guys like Kotoshogiku, Yoshikaze, and Shohozan who were my rivals were there for me. It was the first moment it hit me that I was now a Yokozuna.

K) Is there anything you wish you had done while still active?

N) No, I did everything I could. But I do wish I could have matched up with Enho.

K) Why?

N) Because I'm confident I'd win. I liked facing small opponents. For a long time there was no one smaller than me. Then Ishiura and Terutsuyoshi came along and I never lost to them. I figured I'd just do to them what bigger rikishi always did to me and I'd prevail.

K) What would be your strategy for facing Enho?

N) It wouldn't matter. I'm confident I'd smack him down regardless of what he did!

K) If you could be reborn, would you enter sumo again?

N) Absolutely! I loved sumo.

K) Which rikishi are you focusing on for Osaka?

N) I want Tokushoryu to do well and have a performance similar to Hatsu, since all eyes will be on him.

A) If he can do that, it would prove he was the real deal.

N) I want him to climb up the banzuke. That would light up the sumo world.

K) Finally, a message to the viewers.

N) Make sure to hit the like button and subscribe!


 

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On 26/10/2019 at 11:02, Akinomaki said:

Yesterday it was announced that Araiso has passed the entry exam to Wasada university graduate school (without having graduated from university). Next April he'll start in the sports science research master's course as 1st year. This course is for people with practical experience, independent from their academic background, if they have high level abilities in sports management or as sports coach. Araiso will study in between his work in the NSK.

Araiso yesterday had a lonely entrance ceremony to Waseda university. The general one was canceled due to you-know-what. http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2020/04/02/kiji/20200401s00005000417000c.html

with his instructor Hirata

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This was Kotooshu's approach too, i believe.  I will be interested if he (Araiso) also studies U.S. football training regimens and conditioning programs used by other sports, as he has mentioned in the past.

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Araiso oyakata looks absolutely dashing in a suit and tie. Like the Japanese James Bond or something 

 

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2 hours ago, since_94 said:

Araiso oyakata looks absolutely dashing in a suit and tie. Like the Japanese James Bond or something 

Ah, but would you make the same comparison if he was emerging from the sea wearing Speedos?

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49 minutes ago, RabidJohn said:

Ah, but would you make the same comparison if he was emerging from the sea wearing Speedos?

With those cute cheeks then yes!

 

Facially I mean of course!

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Araiso was interviewed by phone today, his 34th birthday.

He is doing no training with sumo bouts at the moment: "Lending my chest (for butsukari-geiko) to the young ones." o

About Takayasu: "He's getting better one by one, I think it's no problem." Takayasu will likely resume keiko at the start of next week. 

About his studies of sports management at Waseda university: "(Due to Corona) I can't go to the graduate school presently , 4 times a week, 3 hours a day I take remote classes. There's class work where I use excel. Rearing rikishi as well as how to go with (management of) a heya are some subjects of my research. Putting it together in a paper and making a presentation at the PC is what I also do."

"I barely manage to keep up with it. I mustn't fall behind schedule, using the PC is a first as well. Those were the last 3 months. A feeling of delight (that I'm able to study) may come from now on."

http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202007030000573.html

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On 03/07/2020 at 19:29, Akinomaki said:

About his studies of sports management at Waseda university: "(Due to Corona) I can't go to the graduate school presently , 4 times a week, 3 hours a day I take remote classes. There's class work where I use excel. Rearing rikishi as well as how to go with (management of) a heya are some subjects of my research. Putting it together in a paper and making a presentation at the PC is what I also do."

Araiso is trying to apply the triple mission model "wins, funds, popularization" for sports top businesses, devised by his teacher Hirata, to rikishi and sumo-beya etc. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202007030000573.html

Some day we may find his graduation paper among the list of ideas for other sports for the model google_q=triple+mission+model

Google top find of a Waseda paper about the use of the model http://www.waseda.jp/student/shinsho/html/69/6919.html

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Araiso is appearing remote as expert guest in a series on NHK BS, Ozumo Dosukoi-ken (-research), yesterday was the 2nd episode "Tachi-ai", the 1st "Uwatenage" was just before last basho (I though I had posted it then, but can't find anything)

ep. 1: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1pv411q79E

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ep.2: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV14v411C7gr

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On 07/09/2020 at 13:57, Akinomaki said:

Araiso is appearing remote as expert guest in a series on NHK BS, Ozumo Dosukoi-ken (-research), yesterday was the 2nd episode "Tachi-ai", the 1st "Uwatenage" was just before last basho (I though I had posted it then, but can't find anything)

ep. 1: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1pv411q79E

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ep.2: https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV14v411C7gr

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Wow, cool videos, sumo research! Thanks! I'll definitely watch them later when I have the time (watched the first few minutes of Uwatenage, apparently it contains the details and history of the technique, top performers in the past and current makuuchi etc.).

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12 hours ago, hakutorizakura said:

I'll definitely watch them later when I have the time.

Does that ever work?

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Araiso gets his own weekly radio program, on Mondays 19-19:15h JST, except during the basho. Start on October 5th, at the Nagoya based station Tokai Radio www.tokairadio.co.jp: "Araiso-oyakata yokozuna life-way 人生道"

With a corner "Ask Araiso-oyakata" and presenting his favorite "yokozuna-life cheering songs" from his active day.

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2020/09/11/kiji/20200910s00005000427000c.html

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On 22/06/2020 at 18:02, Akinomaki said:

Since he retired January 2019, Araiso-oyakata is advertisement character for メイヂ食品 Meiji foods CBD oil 大麻油, slogan: the tsuna of a yokozuna is made of hemp http://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000001.000054872.html

2 versions of the CM - in the first, he calls hemp taimasou 大麻草 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nroiuxjj9f0

in the 2nd as usual asa 麻 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkwKUZx652o

Taima alone is usually the word for cannabis as a forbidden substance

Version 1 of the CM with the national anthem as BGM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5W0SZ_xFQ8I

On 11/09/2020 at 14:27, Akinomaki said:

Araiso gets his own weekly radio program, on Mondays 19-19:15h JST, except during the basho. Start on October 5th, at the Nagoya based station Tokai Radio www.tokairadio.co.jp: "Araiso-oyakata yokozuna life-way 人生道"

With a corner "Ask Araiso-oyakata" and presenting his favorite "yokozuna-life cheering songs" from his active day.

The YT channel of Nagoya based Meiji foods announced they'll post the episodes of Araiso-oyakata's yokozuna life-way for those who can't listen to the station, he's their poster character. The managing director seems to have close connections to the local Tokai radio, he posted a remote interview with Araiso about the new radio program.

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On 03/10/2020 at 17:53, Akinomaki said:
On 11/09/2020 at 14:27, Akinomaki said:

Araiso gets his own weekly radio program, on Mondays 19-19:15h JST, except during the basho. Start on October 5th, at the Nagoya based station Tokai Radio www.tokairadio.co.jp: "Araiso-oyakata yokozuna life-way 人生道"

With a corner "Ask Araiso-oyakata" and presenting his favorite "yokozuna-life cheering songs" from his active day.

The YT channel of Nagoya based Meiji foods announced they'll post the episodes of Araiso-oyakata's yokozuna life-way for those who can't listen to the station, he's their poster character. The managing director seems to have close connections to the local Tokai radio, he posted a remote interview with Araiso about the new radio program.

The first program from the 5th was posted today

10 minutes, without songs obviously, but with the CMs for CBD oil from Meiji foods, which is the sponsor of the program. The managing director was there as well, and an interviewing announcer. Araiso remote - less than half of it is talk by the man himself.

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Araiso for the start of this month was interviewed by the world's largest financial newspaper, Nikkei shimbun, as part of their series: 100 years of fortune formation - manage your assets in an age where life expectancy is 100 years, with the title:  Find the kimarite for your investment http://ps.nikkei.co.jp/shisankeisei/contents/09.html

Q: What made you start with equity investment?

A: While active, I got enthusiastic support from a leading manager of a corporation. I thought, to have me support the corporation as share owner, I start equity investment.

Q: Are there many rikishi in the sumo world who build up assets?

A: In the past there was the splendid image of rikishi wasting their money, but recently, also a lot of Japanese rikishi steadily put money aside. The rikishi from Mongolia are assertive towards investment. At a jungyo in Mongolia it was impressive that as I was in a taxi, I got explained "This is the building of Asashoryu", "This is the building of Hakuho." Harumafuji after intai immediately built a Japanese style school.

Q: In the sumo world there is the old saying "In the dohyo, money is buried", isn't it?

A: The impression is, that in the young rikishi nowadays , the lust for money is weak, and the knowledge meager. The other day when I talked to a young rikishi, I mentioned concrete amounts: "When you drop from juryo, at least for 2 months you can't rise on the banzuke. How much income do you lose in those 2 months? Accumulated, how will it reduce your lifetime income on a yearly base?" It was a big surprise. I think that more education is needed concerning money.

...

Q: To have your own heya, capital is needed, isn't it?

A: If you have funds, you can provide an environment for keiko with an enhanced facility, this leads to wins. As proprietor of a heya, I want to build a good heya.

Q: Oyakata, you are now studying at graduate school, aren't you?

A: I'm studying at the sports scientific research department of Waseda university graduate school. From the advice of all the business proprietors who are with me in the course, I receive stimulating ideas, not bound to the customs of the sumo world, like "How about creating the heya in a combined facility". I want to build a heya like there never was before, so I'm thinking that first of all I study with utmost effort, and design the ideal of a heya.

...

Q: In what span are you thinking for the management of the heya?

A: Like the saying "keiko for 3 years ahead" symbolizes, rikishi don't get strong overnight. When rikishi grow stronger, capital accumulates. Raising deshi, I think that regarding all financial aspects, you have to think about it from a long term point of view. My goal is to raise middle school graduates to yokozuna, ozeki.

A: My feeling is that the sumo-beya from now on, needs to let rikishi tell in their own words what they are thinking. Getting them to the habit of having to think, aiming at training for the brain.

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7 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

A: Like the saying "keiko for 3 years ahead" symbolizes, rikishi don't get strong overnight. When rikishi grow stronger, capital accumulates. Raising deshi, I think that regarding all financial aspects, you have to think about it from a long term point of view. My goal is to raise middle school graduates to yokozuna, ozeki.

A: My feeling is that the sumo-beya from now on, needs to let rikishi tell in their own words what they are thinking. Getting them to the habit of having to think, aiming at training for the brain.

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3 hours ago, Kaninoyama said:

Araiso just continues to impress in his post-intai life. 

The sceptic in me says it's just talk at the moment. Let's see how it translates into results 10 years from now.

What has impressed me, however, is his diplomacy. Right from the start he's talked about doing things differently to how he was trained, which could be taken as a slight if he said it in the wrong way. Look how he used the adjective 'splendid' to describe to notion of past rikishi wasting their money!

Creating a heya "not bound to the customs of the sumo world" actually sounds as radical as anything Takanohana ever came out with, but Araiso says it without any overt criticism or antagonism. It could also be that his timing is more fortuitous in that he can ride the wave of change that has already started.

Makes me wonder if he and Hakuho will become political allies within the Kyokai, or if Hakuho will be regarded as the conservative!

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1 hour ago, RabidJohn said:

Creating a heya "not bound to the customs of the sumo world" actually sounds as radical as anything Takanohana ever came out with, but Araiso says it without any overt criticism or antagonism. It could also be that his timing is more fortuitous in that he can ride the wave of change that has already started.

Not bound to the customs of the sumo world is meant for the ideas for a heya he gets from those outside, the heya itself he wants to create will be bound to the customs of the sumo world. He wants something new, the ideal design he makes now might be, but the real one will not be overly radical.

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14 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

The sceptic in me says it's just talk at the moment. Let's see how it translates into results 10 years from now.

What has impressed me, however, is his diplomacy. Right from the start he's talked about doing things differently to how he was trained, which could be taken as a slight if he said it in the wrong way. Look how he used the adjective 'splendid' to describe to notion of past rikishi wasting their money!

Creating a heya "not bound to the customs of the sumo world" actually sounds as radical as anything Takanohana ever came out with, but Araiso says it without any overt criticism or antagonism. It could also be that his timing is more fortuitous in that he can ride the wave of change that has already started.

Makes me wonder if he and Hakuho will become political allies within the Kyokai, or if Hakuho will be regarded as the conservative!

I was speaking not only of his grand design for his future heya, but just the personality he has evolved into in his post-sumo career. 

He used to come across as a dour stoic (which in fairness to him, is just conforming to the "ideal" character of a rikishi), but as a commentator, he's become cheerful, talkative, and insightful. Add to this the fact that he's pursuing a higher ed degree and at least talking about taking sumo training into the 21st century, and it makes me mor of a fan than I already was.

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7 hours ago, Kaninoyama said:

He used to come across as a dour stoic (which in fairness to him, is just conforming to the "ideal" character of a rikishi), but as a commentator, he's become cheerful, talkative, and insightful.

Recently Araiso apologized to reporters for having been that character while active, saying that any comment other than the standard, stoic phrases would have given his opponents more insight into his tactics and allowed them to better study him. He'd make up for being that reporter's nightmare by now talking freely and absolutely open.

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