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9/18/05

Day 8

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Good evening! This is Tooyama.

Today is the nakabi of Ozumo Aki Basho.

We have reached the half-way point.

From Tamanoi Beya, Ikeda and Yoshiazuma-san have both achieved kachi-koshi.

Thanks to everyone, I too was able reach kachikoshi.

I truly appreciate all your support.

I intend to continue doing my very best for the remainder of the basho.

Well, today's photo was discovered at the Kokugikan souvenir stand!!

It is a Lego-like(?) "Tochiazuma-zeki block."

Being a Lego fan, I couldn't possibly let it go by so I ended up buying one for myself.

Does it really resemble Tochiazuma-zeki????

There were others of the Yokozuna and Takamisakari-zeki so

I'll make it a point to go check it out some more tomorrow.

There sure are some interesting stuff being sold at the souvenir stand.

To change the subject a bit, I received an e-mail that a fan from overseas is translating the Tamanoi Blog into English.

Though I knew that the internet connects the world,

I had never before really felt directly affected.

Gacktoh-san from Malaysia e-mailed me and told me about Madorosu-san from California.

Apparently, there are sumo fans from 78 countries reading the blog.

That makes me tremendously happy.

Thank you very much.

[Link to translation of Tamanoi Beya Blog]

Sumo fans of the world, Madorosu-san,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future!

[Korekaramo yoroshiku onegaishimasu!]

I will keep on doing my best tomorrow!!

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I wonder who is prouder now, Tooyama for being read or madorosumaru for being mentioned.

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I wonder who is prouder now, Tooyama for being read or madorosumaru for being mentioned.

They should both be proud. When I read madorosumaru's translation of the blog above, I too feel proud to be part of this community. (I am not worthy...) (Lifting weights...)

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I wonder who is prouder now, Tooyama for being read or madorosumaru for being mentioned.

They should both be proud. When I read madorosumaru's translation of the blog above, I too feel proud to be part of this community. (Lifting weights...) (West wins...)

YES! I AGREE!!

Not only madorosumaru-san and Tououyama, but also SF members ! (West wins...) (I am not worthy...)

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9/19/05

Day 9

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Good Evening! This is Tooyama.

Today, we went past the turning point. It's Day 9.

Tochiazuma-zeki got his seventh victory today with some calm, deliberate sumo.

He is now at the threshold of kachi-koshi!

Thanks to everyone, I, too, was able to win.

Thank you for cheering for me during my match.

I was able to meet a few of you blog readers. That made me very happy.

I will do my utmost to win the remaining two bouts.

Today's photograph shows one of the TV moniters located at the middle of the hanamichi,

where they do the NHK "Hanamichi Report."

We can see the backs of Toshinyama-san and NHK's (Yoshida?) announcer.

The photo was not taken today.

A rikishi coming down the hanamichi after his bout would often

watch a replay of his sumo on the monitor.

Under the monitor is a microphone that is used for the report.

You have probably often heard something like:

"XYZ-san (main announcer)! ABC-zeki just told me . . ."

Fatigue is starting to build up, but now comes the "crunch time" so

I am going to get a good night's rest so that I can maintain a top physical condition.

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Miscellaneous comments from Japanese readers of the Tamanoi Blog:

"Wow! Awesome . . . The power of the internet is quite amazing . . ."

"The English translation is amazing. It clearly explains matters about the heya, Tooyama-san and the other rikishi--even about McDonald's--in the form of answers to [member's] questions."

"It's wonderful that people, not just in Japan but all over the world, are reading the Tamanoi Blog." face_hohoemi.gif

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9/20/05

Congratulations! Kachi-Koshi! (Day 10)

Good Evening! This is Tooyama!

Ozumo Aki Basho Day 10.

Kachi-Koshi for Tochiazuma-zeki!

An audible sigh from us tsukebito.

For the time being, a sense of relief.

But the "Crunch Time" is yet to come!

I also have two more important bouts.

I will do my best!!

Another tsukebito, Nishitani, also achieved kachi-koshi today.

Gradually, the kachi-koshi or make-koshi of the various rikishi are being determined.

They will all do their utmost till the very end so please cheer them on.

Yesterday, it looked like the NHK broadcast had a feature on tsukebito.

Even though I am standing on the hanmichi, I couldn't tell if I'd be on the air.

When I returned to the dressing room, everyone told me "Wow! You were on TV."

I was a little embarrassed.

About the Senshuraku Basho Closing Party, there will be a lot of fun events.

So, please get together with your friends and join us.

I didn't have a chance to take a picture today.

I'll try to find more interesting things to photograph.

It pleases me that we are getting so many comments recently.

Thank you very much.

Newcomers to the blog are very welcome!

Sorry that the blog entries are so brief during the basho.

But you can be sure that I won't neglect my duty (play hookey) of doing updates.

I am doing my best to write the blog so please forgive me

even if the contents are not that interesting.

Well, it's almost time for lights-out (10:30 p.m.),

Good night.

I will continue to do my best tomorrow!

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From time to time, I will include some comments from Blog readers. These comments plus an occasional profile of a deshi may make the reading of the thread more meaningful.

Comments received at Tamanoi Beya after "The Legend of Amanowaka, Part II."

I enjoyed "Legend of Amanowaka, Part II." It reminded me of the time I went to the Summer Festival, where Amanowaka-san, in charge of the "Game Corner," was being tormented mercilessly by a bunch of little tykes.

Kids: "Fatty . . . Fatty . . ." hiyo_shock1.gif

Amanowaka: "I am NOT fat!"

This went on and on. Amanowaka-san never lost his temper and quite gently "confronted" his tormentors.

It was quite a charming scene. kuma_fly.gif

* * *

Amanowaka-san's "I want to be called 'cute' too" statement was really, really "cute."

* * *

Like the person who wrote above, I too thought Amanowaka-san's statement

was really endearing. Please continue to show us the unusual side of everyone that we don't see on the dohyo.

* * *

It looks like all the people of Tamanoi Beya really get along well with each other. kaeru_love.gif (Love, love) (Laugh)

* * *

[in English] Thank you so much for writing to us fans.

We are very happy to get the chance to read all this funny stuff! Please keep on writing!

[in Japanese] A belated best wishes from Germany to all of you.sayonara.gif

Gambatte!

Japanese is so difficult . . . Sorry for my mistakes(?) hiyo_shock1.gif

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Geez, Amanowaka-san seems like a really pleasant person. I once saw Amanowaka-san in front of the old heya with a "Diet Machine" attached to his midsection. (an electric impulse machine that used to be sold by mail order) It hardly looked like it would ever reach his stomach muscles, but he was visibly shaking to the impulses coming from the machine.

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AMANOWAKA

Family name: Amano

Given name: Kiyotomo

Birthdate: June 28, 1979

Bithplace: Osaka

Height/weight: 175 cm 130 kg

Highest rank: Jonidan

Favorite waza: Tsuki/oshi

Nickname: Ama-chan

Blood type/Zodiac sign: A & Cancer

Hobbies: Pachi-Slo (slot machine game), cleaning up, massage

Favorite food: Akagai (Pepitona clam or ark shell)

Favorite phrase: We're all in the same boat. [as when we are in trouble]

Words to the fans: I'm taking applications for a girlfriend.

(Biographical information from "Rikishi Profiles" at Tamanoi Website)

Edited to correct reading of "Given name" - Arigato, Jonosuke.

Edited by madorosumaru

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AMANOWAKA

Family name: Amano

Given name: Seichi (Not positive. Kanji can be read in many ways)

Birthdate: June 28, 1979

I really enjoy reading about these Tamanoi happenings and their supporters. I am beginning to like Tochiazuma even more now.

Anyway people's names can be so difficult as there is no right way - it's just the way their parents wanted to read it.

In this case it's KIYOTOMO Amano. He used to be known as Bentenmaru. I imagine if I were named Benten anything I'd like a new shikona too.

I suppose it's worth mentioning from time to time the great site maintainied by our Hungarian member that's so helpful in a case like this if you know the year a rikishi was born. Anytime you need a bio, just go straight to http://www.szumo.hu/Sumotori/index-year.html and you won't be lost anymore.

Edited by Jonosuke

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...Anyway people's names can be so difficult as there is no right way - it's just the way their parents wanted to read it.

In this case it's KIYOTOMO Amano. He used to be known as Bentenmaru. I imagine if I were named Benten anything I'd like a new shikona too...

I was browsing one of my favorite Japan-related websites, when I noticed the name Benten...and I thought I'd seen that name recently...then I remembered SF! Here's a piece I snipped:

Interestingly, Lake Biwa (in Shiga prefecture) is supposedly the home of Benten, the goddess of music (her instrument is the biwa, or lute, the shape of which gives Shiga

Edited by Otokonoyama

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I suppose it's worth mentioning from time to time the great site maintainied by our Hungarian member that's so helpful in a case like this if you know the year a rikishi was born.  Anytime you need a bio, just go straight to http://www.szumo.hu/Sumotori/index-year.html and you won't be lost anymore.

Actually if you go here you can decide how to search-by name, birthdate,shusshin, or even by month of birth.

Truly awesome site.

Edited by Kintamayama

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I wonder who is prouder now, Tooyama for being read or madorosumaru for being mentioned.

They should both be proud. When I read madorosumaru's translation of the blog above, I too feel proud to be part of this community. (Happy goodbyes...) (Gathering...)

YES! I AGREE!!

Not only madorosumaru-san and Tououyama, but also SF members ! (Punk rocker...) (Whistling...)

And "hats off" to you, Gacktoh-san, for making Tooyama aware of the great translations of the BLOG done by Madorosumaru-san!! (Applauding...) (Sakke...)

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And "hats off" to you, Gacktoh-san, for making Tooyama aware of the great translations of the BLOG done by Madorosumaru-san!!  (Blushing...) (I am not worthy...)

(Applauding...)

But, what about Jonosuke? Anybody informed Futeno-zeki about his work? ;-)

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(I am not worthy...)

But, what about Jonosuke? Anybody informed Futeno-zeki about his work?  (Applauding...)

Jonosuke IS Futenou.

Edited by Kintamayama

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Actually Moti's name has been bantered around everywhere from Takasago Beya's BBS to all well recognizable (and some not so well recognized) Japanese sumo websites. He is more well known in the sumo world than the Israeli Prime Minister.

But it's great to have sumo people know that many of us are as fanatical about sumo as Takanohana oyakata (OK, not that much).

It's also great to know that they know one of us cares enough about them to let the whole English speaking world know about them.

Edited by Jonosuke

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And "hats off" to you, Gacktoh-san, for making Tooyama aware of the great translations of the BLOG done by Madorosumaru-san!!

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But, what about Jonosuke? Anybody informed Futeno-zeki about his work?  (Applauding...)

Yes! I've done it twice, but no responses from Futenou so far.  :'-(

Thank you but I believe he has far more in his mind than us. However I'd like to see Asashoryu's message if he ever posts one there (I am not worthy...)

I really like Tamanoi one as it's a lot more fun than Futeno's there is far less psycho talk...but one is a Komusubi (at least for now) so there is a lot more at stake.

I know there are several European sekitoris who speak English. I wonder if they read our forum...as it's certainly less strain on their eyes than a Japanese BBS sumo site.

Edited by Jonosuke

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Thank you but I believe he has far more in his mind than us.

I hope so...think his blog could become his "illness". Because of the hype he can't stop it anymore. Big stress- that's the reason for his mk...

However I'd like to see Asashoryu's message if he ever posts one there  (Laughing...)

Why...don't we hear enough of him... (Cheers...)

I really like Tamanoi one as it's a lot more fun than Futeno's there is far less psycho talk...but one is a Komusubi (at least for now) so there is a lot more at stake.
The Tamanoi blog is simply better because there's no pressure. A Sekitori isn't allowed to "open a window wide". Tooyama is free and can have fun. Futeno must have a "big brother is watching you" feeling. I really hope the 12 comments a day-level will not rise much at the Tamanoi blog.

Isn't it mad, just 12...A Rikishi is a Rikishi, Sekitori or not, and Rikishi are very special. (Hugging...) should get more support by the fans at all.

I know there are several European sekitoris who speak English. I wonder if they read our forum...as it's certainly less strain on their eyes than a Japanese BBS sumo site.

Hm...we don't know...

What is so strange at (on)the japanese BBS sumo site?

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However I'd like to see Asashoryu's message if he ever posts one there  (Laughing...)

I've found some messages which HN are 朝青龍, but I think all of them are fake. (Hugging...)

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I really like Tamanoi one as it's a lot more fun than Futeno's ...

I guess Tooyama (7 bouts) has a little more free time than Futeno (15 bouts), so it's clear that Futeno has nothing else in mind than analysing his own bouts from a psychological point of view. But I wonder what Futeno's blog would look like if he was more successful this basho. Up to now his blog was really almost depressing to read...

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9/22/05

Day 12

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Good Evening! This is Tooyama.

Day 12 just ended. There are only three days remaining!

Kotooshu-zeki is strong!

It looks like he has the momentum to go all the way.

It was a disappointment for Tochiazuma-zeki again today.

Thanks to everyone, as of today, there are twelve of us with kachi-koshi from Tamanoi Beya.

Win or lose, there are only three days left!

We will all be doing our very best so please cheer for us.

I have my seventh match scheduled for tomorrow.

I will apply my own sumo and do my utmost!

Well, today

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9/22/05

That is a television set which you see hanging from the ceiling.

All the rikishi watch the daily prodeedings before

heading for the dohyo

The TV shows the NHK sumo telecast in its entirety as it is aired so

we are able to listen to the commentators and watch the torikumi as they happen.

Tamanoi Beya Blog

Tamanoi Beya Website

complete triv but there is another TV too - closer to 'us' as this is looking from the Ys seating position but from what I can see, this is the nishi shitakubeya so no Y has been in there for a while.

And that NHK singing show - talk about 'R&$(%('%&'

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There sure are some interesting stuff being sold at the souvenir stand.

You may recall that Tooyama-san discovered a Lego-like block figure of Tochiazuma-zeki at the Kokigikan souvenir store. What other items are sold at that fascinating emporium? This is what I found out in an article from Kyodo Tsushin (Japanese).

Aside from the usual towels and tea cups, there are Kokugikan-exclusive candies and knickknacks. The yokozuna and Takamisakari are reportedly neck-to-neck in the sales of such things as chocolates and senjafuda (votive) cards with their images on the them. However, Robocop has an ace in the hole--confections made from the famous Aomori apples of his home prefecture.

Foreign fans seem to prefer T-shirts with kanji-lettering. Here, the favorite is Yokozuna Asashoryu.

Kotooshu was seen buying some wood-block prints of himself to send home as souvenirs. According to the artist who does the prints, those of Robo consistently outsell all others. During the first part of the basho, Futeno prints were selling like hotcakes but recently the demand has been close to zilch. On the other hand, the Osh prints are all sold out.

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