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Hakuho retires

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The trouble with the word xenophobia is too many people automatically conflate it with racism. Sign of the times, I suppose, but it's really a spectrum with racism at one extreme and the kind of harmless nationalism represented by supporting a national sports team at the other. (And if you're thinking "but that's not irrational so it can't be a phobia", let me assure you that the hopes and expectations of the average English football fan during any major tournament are hopelessly irrational.)

The NSK (and the YDC and the 'Oh' committee) wanting to preserve the 'Japaneseness' of ozumo does not lie on the racist side of the xenophobia spectrum IMO. I'm fine with one gaijin per heya and Japanese citizenship being a prerequisite for kabu eligibility in the same way that I'm fine with Champagne having to be made in the Champagne region.

Hakuho is responsible for some very significant lapses in hinkaku over 14 years as yokozuna, and now is the time of reckoning.

But I can't help it if I find some of the noises coming out of that reckoning a little distasteful - and I'm no snowflake.

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2 hours ago, RabidJohn said:

The trouble with the word xenophobia is too many people automatically conflate it with racism. Sign of the times, I suppose, but it's really a spectrum with racism at one extreme and the kind of harmless nationalism represented by supporting a national sports team at the other. (And if you're thinking "but that's not irrational so it can't be a phobia", let me assure you that the hopes and expectations of the average English football fan during any major tournament are hopelessly irrational.)

It's possible to have such an intense nationalism that you believe everyone who's not your countryman is no good.  My favorite novel is Islandia, a fantasy about a nation/society living on a small continent in the Southern Hemisphere.  They argue that they aren't racist because a) they don't think any ethnic group is inherently any worse than the others; b) they don't want anybody else coming to live in their country.

The real problem with the word xenophobia is the -phobia part, which has been misused on purpose for decades now. [and that's all I'm going to say about that](Sigh...).

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I'm a bit new her so late to the message but I made this video last tournament when I thought he'd do one more. 

He was amazing to watch and I'm excited to see what he does in retirement. 

 

 

 

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A shame that we won't get to see a Hakuho-Terunofuji yokozuna rivalry, however brief, especially as we were robbed through injury of a Hakuho-Kisenosato yokozuna rivalry as well. 

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With Hakuho towing the line, and nobody getting busted for drugs, or for violating covid rules at hostess bars, or random Olympic speculation...the gap between basho feels longer than ever. 

I already miss the yokozuna and his wacky antics. 

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4 hours ago, Benevolance said:

With Hakuho towing the line, and nobody getting busted for drugs, or for violating covid rules at hostess bars, or random Olympic speculation...the gap between basho feels longer than ever. 

I already miss the yokozuna and his wacky antics. 

Obviously you don't know about the Sumo scandal in Kashmir.(Sigh...)

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14 hours ago, Benevolance said:

With Hakuho towing the line, and nobody getting busted for drugs, or for violating covid rules at hostess bars, or random Olympic speculation...the gap between basho feels longer than ever. 

It was around this point in August that someone started a discussion on trans athletes it sumo.  The boredom is getting worse but we haven't plumbed those depths this time around.

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In for work: the course for NSK members about drugs and SNS at the kokugikan, in a proper suit (unlike Goeido in the back)

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In before someone makes any grumblings about Hakuho's "extravagant" dress sense..... (Laughing...)

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He maintains the "hand over button" stance of oversized gentlemen who aren't quite confident in the integrity of their suitings. Otherwise it's 10/10 from this style guru. Love that tie!

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3 hours ago, orandashoho said:

He looks very spiffy.

Notice the classy little Louis Vuitton bag he's carrying (more visible in last photo).  I can't figure out how he is supposed to tell the time on that watch!!

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Well, the little hand points to the hour, and the big hand points to the minutes...

:-D

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I'm serious about that watch.  If you magnify the first picture as much as possible, you will see that the face of the watch is covered by some weird design.  No matter if it has hands or is LED, I don't see how he could read it.  The design looks like tentacles!

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It looks like one of Richard Mille's watches although it is a bit too blurry.

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On 09/10/2021 at 15:49, hakutorizakura said:

Ssshh, lower your voices... he's here.

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This is blasphemy!

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Cool tie. Looking forward to seeing Hakuho in his winter attire, especially what his scarf choices would be.

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16 minutes ago, Masunofuji said:

Cool tie. Looking forward to seeing Hakuho in his winter attire, especially what his scarf choices would be.

Here's the reason for my disappointment: It's easily scarf season already for my liking. There should already be extravagant scarfs or weird hats. That man simply looks sharp. =(

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14 hours ago, Hakuhonofan said:

t looks like one of Richard Mille's watches although it is a bit too blurry.

It does indeed look like a Richard Mille and I'm disappointed. That's a vulgar, flashy option which tells the world "I have lots of money and no taste". Much beloved of r'n'b stars, soccer players and others with more money than sense. If you go for a vintage Rolex or Patek Philippe you still have more money that sense but at you will at least look like you have a modicum of class.

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20 hours ago, Masunofuji said:

....especially what his scarf choices would be.

 

No, no, no, please...not another Takanohana.

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2 hours ago, Hakuhonofan said:

No, no, no, please...not another Takanohana.

There's probably a no-scarf clause on that document they made him sign...

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How about some traditional Mongolian attire to troll the NSK. At least the hat....

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