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On 17/03/2023 at 15:16, Ragebaton said:

If memory serves, Kintaro's musings referred to  Asanowaka as little salt to Mitoizumi's big salt

Asanowaka had his own, uh, unique routine. Crossed the line into just making a mockery of the whole thing. 

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On 14/03/2023 at 00:26, ryafuji said:

I think Asahisho was another one? 

Also Masatsukasa briefly in between Kitazakura and Asahisho, if memory serves. It was a bit of a juryo-exclusive spectacle there for a while...

Ah, yeah, memory did serve.

On 07/12/2016 at 22:20, Asashosakari said:

I do have to say, equating huge salt throws with "character" has always struck me as a bit strange. Yes, those salt throws get the crowd going because they get noticed even by people who don't have any clue whatsoever about sumo. But what's there in it beyond that? Nothing. It's lowest-common-denominator showmanship. There's room for that, obviously, but it only works because not everybody is doing it. If anything, what's there to appreciate is more the fact that there seems to be an unspoken agreement that only one guy gets to fill that "role" at any one time. (From Mitoizumi to Kitazakura to Masatsukasa to Asahisho now.)

But as far as Kitazakura goes, I always thought that his character was a lot more on display in his frequent attempts to bait opponents into jikan-mae starts and his unusually energetic reactions to particularly hard-fought wins and losses. On the contrary, I have almost zero recollection of Masatsukasa now beyond the salt and his heavily taped body parts later on (at a time when we didn't have half of makuuchi and juryo looking like that yet).

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Rikishi are such a superstitious lot that I can't see any of them changing their pre-bout ritual once it's become established.

My prediction is that the next 'Salt Shaker' will be a toriteki coming up from makushita who simply decides he wants to be extravagant; i.e. he won't have been given or asked for permission.

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