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Kakuryu on his Abema interview told smiling that he watched a load of films on the net during the many hours in the bus on the jungyo tour - it was not possible to sleep

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17 hours ago, Umizoi said:

Perhaps, or not. In aki 2017, the situation was the same for Harumafuji who finally won in play-off against Goeido.

Since this play-off, Goeido has learned the interest to move forward fast and strong ...

Here, we said that Harumafuji shown a yokozuna spirit because he didn't give up.

If Kakuryu isn't injured, let him fight !

 

Well Kakuryu is kyujo indeed... three consecutive kinboshi given and looking bad he had to pull out.

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53 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

Where does sumo not appeal to children?

Ozumo is not appealing enough for children to join - they rather go to high school and college first and some enter with already never to heal old injuries. The sumo way of "healing on the dohyo" only works with (some of) those who enter young enough.

Edited by Akinomaki

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2 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

They introduced the one-foreigner-per-heya rule to benefit Japanese rikishi (among other things) but it’s not led to any great improvement. All it’s really done is deny the sport another generation of Mongolian technicians and European brutes. Unless and until sumo becomes an attractive prospect, it’s unlikely to be of appeal to Japan’s best young athletes, so the pool of genuine talent is limited. We’re left with a lot of guys who can only push and slap a bit. A few, like Asanoyama, give some hope, but the future looks overwhelmingly oshi.

Am I the only one who likes predominantly oshi-zumo? Don't get me wrong, ideally there would be a full palette of contrasting styles making for diverse match-ups. But I also remember the dark days of sumo several years ago around the time of the yaocho scandal, when we had Hakuho dominating a bunch of slow, lumbering yotsu wrestlers and every match was decided by a boring yori-kiri with little movement. I find today's brand of sumo, where smaller, quicker wrestlers like Enho can compete, vastly more entertaining.

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31 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

Kakuryu on his Abema interview told smiling that he watched a load of films on the net during the many hours in the bus on the jungyo tour - it was not possible to sleep

And you shouldn’t be sleeping on the bus, bends your spine out of shape. 

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9 minutes ago, Kaninoyama said:

Am I the only one who likes predominantly oshi-zumo? Don't get me wrong, ideally there would be a full palette of contrasting styles making for diverse match-ups. But I also remember the dark days of sumo several years ago around the time of the yaocho scandal, when we had Hakuho dominating a bunch of slow, lumbering yotsu wrestlers and every match was decided by a boring yori-kiri with little movement. I find today's brand of sumo, where smaller, quicker wrestlers like Enho can compete, vastly more entertaining.

I don’t have a problem with it per se. Well executed oshizumo is fantastic to watch. Who didn’t enjoy Chiyotaikai pummeling his opponent’s faces? My concern is that even many of the oshi guys coming through aren’t that great, with a few exceptions like Takakeisho and Abi (although even he needs more power).

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I think there is a fair balance of both sumo.  Personally, I like to see a bit more yotsu sumo.   I like the mind game going on when two rikishi are figuring out what to do next.   

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16 minutes ago, WAKATAKE said:

It were not appealing to children, why do we see constantly shots of children cheering for the wrestlers? A great example would be the boy who was holding a banner for Enho. If sumo is not appealing to children, then why are there the various wanpaku sumo tournaments that are held annually, plus sumo being a sanctioned sport in the Interhigh? Where does sumo not appeal to children?

It should be clear enough that it is Ozumo that we are talking about, where one has to join a stable, unlike the amateur sumo. Maybe a better answer will you receive by  oyakata who run stables with 2-5 rikishi, shockingly one such has a current Yokozuna in it. How do we as fans explain this, who would not want to grow up as a rikishi watching and training with a Yokozuna? Izutsu in an interview I read some time ago said plain and simple that it is hard to make children join a stable. Mind not the sarcasm in my "WWE post" above (I could not resist the thought of how many people would take it serious). The idea is adapting to modern day requirements. Few years ago one might not take a "violence prevention committee" serious, but it happened. Just like the rikishi adapt to oshi-zumo we too have to as viewers. Like it or not, times change.

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