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wow that is a hard choice...which one to be more scared of.

It's a choice of being hoisted up and down by Shaq and getting stomped OR being rolled on top by Shib and getting chomped.

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Another update from Tochiazuma Blog.

12/29/06

It sure is cold today.

I have resumed keiko against makushita opponent(s), starting today.

I still have a bit of concern but it's not really that bad.

I think I'll just work my way a step at a time.

Azuma working out with our favorite makushita rikishi.

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12/29/06

Year-End Tradition - Mochitsuki and EOY Party

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Hello! This is Tooyama.

There are only three days left to this year.

I suppose you are all having very busy days.

Yesterday, we had our traditional Tamanoi mochitsuki and End of Year (EOY) Party.

The picture above shows Tochiazuma-zeki pounding the mochi.

A de rigeur event at the Tamanoi Mochitsuki is, of course, "The Costume Mochitsuki" by a certain person.

Just take a look at this!!

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It's Amanowaka mimicking(?) Okamisan along with the similarly-built Hamaazuma.

Amanowaka's decolletage was emphasized but it wasn't the least bit sexy.

Okamisan (second from right) was totally flabberghasted but had a big laugh nevertheless.

Hamaazuma was supposed to be Cod's Roe from head to toe.

That night, we had our EOY Party at a local restaurant.

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Amanowaka with beer in hand and a weird look on his face . . .

At right is Karatsuumi, munching away at a piece of crab.

Then, as we headed toward the end of the party, That Guy started getting a trifle inebriated!

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He began singing Karaoke and started peeling off his clothes an item at a time . . . ase.gif

Then, he strutted off the stage, still singing, to shake the audience's hands one by one.

It was just as if we were at an Amanowaka Dinner Show!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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01/01/07

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! This is Tooyama.

Today's picture is of the new year's first sunrise.

Together with Tochiazuma-zeki and Toshinyama-san, I observed the first sunrise of the year from the rooftop of a building in Roppongi Hills, where a friend of ours lives.

I had never seen a new year's sunrise before so I was extremely moved!

We then returned to the heya for the New Year's Party that began at noon.

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Everyone from the heya was there to toast the New Year and to pledge to do our very best!

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We then ate a whole bunch of osechi ryori (New Year's food).

Here is another shot!

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It's sort of hard to see but the signs on the windows of Tokyo Tower have been changed to 2007.

We will keep gambarizing this year!

Please continue to cheer for us!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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Here is a special entry from the Tochiazuma Blog.

12/21/06

Post-Operation Status

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He had successful arthroscopic knee surgery yesterday.

He is still at the hospital but should be able to go home tomorrow.

those holes look pretty big. I had this surgery on my right shoulder in the mid-nineties but with holes half the size afterwards! KM - any opinion as the SF resident doc?

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01/08/07

Hatsu Basho Has Begun!

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Good evening! This is Tooyama.

Hatsu Basho started yesterday.

All of us from Tamanoi Beya will gambarize again this basho, so please cheer for us.

As for Fujiazuma, thanks to all your support, he was discharged from the hospital the other day.

He spent a very long 52 days of hospital life, but he is grateful for all the good wishes he received from you.

I am sincerely thanking you on Fujiazuma's behalf.

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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Special from the Tochiazuma Blog.

Thank you again today for all your support.

I can't seem to get the proper results but I won't give up. I will keep on gambarizing.

Please continue to cheer for me tomorrow.

There were 60 comments from fans to the blog each of the last two day.

"You've had bad starts before. I know you can do it. We are praying for you."

"Please keep on gambarizing. We will always cheer for you."

"Your knee must be pretty bad. You can't put any pressure on it. Please don't force it. We will be cheering for you regardless."

"I was at the Kokugikan today. Despite the results, I was happy to see you on the dohyo."

"This is only Day 2. I truly respect you for gambarizing."

"Keep on fighting."

"All we can do, as fans, is to cheer for you--always!"

"If you refuse to give up, good things will happen."

On an on . . .

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01/09/07

Hatsu Basho Day 3

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Good evening! This is Tooyama.

This is Hatsu Basho Day 3.

The photo above shows jonidan Oazuma.

He lost his bout today to go 1-1.

He is 16 years-old and 195 cm tall. When he spreads his arms, he is huge.

He is someone whose future is very promising.

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Here is Amanowaka smiling like a Cheshire cat.

What he has in his hand is "Apple Cider Vinegar."

We eat a lot of meat, so we drink the vinegar for our health.

What Amanowaka is holding is a product called "Run Run Moi," which was sent to us by a member of the koenkai.

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You're supposed to drink it mixed with water, but Ikeda is trying to drink it straight.

All the rikishi are required to have semi-annual physical check-ups that includes blood tests, so

we are all conscious of maintaining our health from a very young age.

Sumo is possible only if we have our health so we would like to continue to watch out for our well-being.

Thanks to your support, I was able to get my first win!

There were many fans at the KK who called out to me, "We read your blog!"

Thank you all very much. I will continue to gambarize with both my sumo and the blog!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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01/12/07

Hatsu Basho Day 6

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Good evening! This is Tooyama.

This is Hatsu Basho Day 6.

The photo above shows Amanowaka-san.

Normally, he is quite funny and is the "mood-maker" that keeps us at Tamanoi Beya laughing,

but when he is on the dohyo, his look is all business.

So far, the young rikishi have completed three bouts.

Tomorrow is the the turning point to head into the second half of the basho.

From now on, each and every bout is going to be crucial in determining whether we make kachi-koshi.

We will all be gambarizing again tomorrow!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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01/14/07

Hatsu Basho Nakabi

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Good evening! This is Tooyama.

Hatsu Basho is already at the half today.

Starting tomorrow, we go into the second half.

The photograph above shows Toshinyama-san and Tooyama, entering the Kokugikan through the South Gate.

It has been particularly cold the past few days.

After the first half of the basho, there isn't anyone at Tamanoi Beya who is undefeated,

but there are five guys with 3 wins and 1 loss.

They will be going for kachi-koshi in their next bout.

Today, I would like to announce the availability of a certain video.

It was recorded last October at the heya.

Maron-san came to the heya and cooked for us!

The instructions for viewing the video are as follows:

I urge you to take a look!

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Click on the above picture to access the Japan Meat Information Service Center site.

At the top of the page, click on ビデオライブラリー (Video Library),

and then お肉de郷土料理 (Local Meat Dishes).

Choose "Story #7 - Maron's Local Meat Dish - Tokyo" to start the video clip.

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Information for the Senshuraku Party

Thank you for your continued support!

This is the information for the Hatsu Basho Senshuraku Wrap-Up Party.

Those who do not belong to a koenkai can attend the event by purchasing a ticket.

Please invite your friends and join us!

The party is going to be held at the heya so there is a limit to the number of participants.

Please make your reservations in advance.

Date/Time: Sunday, January 21. From 6:00 p.m. to around 8:00 p.m.

Place: Grand Hall, Tamanoi Beya, Adachi-ku, Tokyo

Fee: ¥10,000 per person

Reservations: web@tamanoi.com

You can reserve your place at the home page until Friday, January 19.

Please place your order early!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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01/14/07

Information for the Senshuraku Party

Thank you for your continued support!

This is the information for the Hatsu Basho Senshuraku Wrap-Up Party.

Those who do not belong to a koenkai can attend the event by purchasing a ticket.

Please invite your friends and join us!

The party is going to be held at the heya so there is a limit to the number of participants.

Please make your reservations in advance.

Date/Time: Sunday, January 21. From 6:00 p.m. to around 8:00 p.m.

Place: Grand Hall, Tamanoi Beya, Adachi-ku, Tokyo

Fee: ¥10,000 per person

Reservations: web@tamanoi.com

You can reserve your place at the home page until Friday, January 19.

Please place your order early!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

I may be reading too much into this but given that the basho ends at about 5.30 on Sunday - bar the prize giving etc, that Tochiazuma will be in one of the last bouts and that Tamanoi is about 1 hour north of Ryogoku by train (inc the 10/15 min walk from Daishi Mae), to have this part starting at 6pm would indicate the ozeki will be there. The drive from Ryogoku could have him there in time on a quiet traffic day but this is Sunday evening, he has official goodbyes to do in the Kokugikan and the party starts at 6am?

Hmmm. Bad form for him not there at the start given that he won't have won the yusho and folk WILL show up early - could Tochi be pulling out?

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01/15/07

The Change in Chanko

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Good evening! This is Tooyama.

The picture above shows a chanko meal.

It consists very typically of Pork Chiri Hot Pot, meat with potatoes, teriyaki eggplants, pumpkin salad, etc.

As we're eating, Oyakata is telling us some old-time chanko stories.

"You know, fellas, there were so many people in the heya in the old days that you couldn't put your chopsticks down. If you did, by the time you picked them up again, all the food would be gone. In those days, we would have whale meat or angler fish so often that we got sick and tired of eating them.

"When we had chicken skin for chanko, there would be a battle royale to grab for some."

Wow! These days, whale meat or angler fish would be expensive delicacies, but back then, they were food for the masses.

The origin of the term, chanko is also varied.

One is that the oyakata (father figure - chichi) and rikishi (child - ko) would eat together so it would be "chanko" (father-sons).

A second one is that they supposedly called the rikishi who cooked the meals "Chankou."

The third would be that it came from the Chinese dish "Chan Guo."

There are days when the menu is full of Japanese cuisine as in the picture above, but nowadays chanko has changed and there are times when we have spaghetti, hamburger or stew. There are gaijin rikishi and many others, like myself, who like Western food.

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Steak

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Hamburger

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Beef Stew

It looks like, before we realized it, even sumo chanko has become

Westernized!

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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01/21/07

Thank You for Your Support

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Good evening! This is Tooyama.

Thank you for your support again this basho!

As a result, 10 rikishi from Tamanoi were able to achieve kachi-koshi.

Yoshiazuma

Teruazuma

Isoazuma

Daiseiko

Karatsuumi

Amanowaka

Oazuma

Ikinoshima

Hoshiazuma

Tooyama

These 10 got kachi-koshi!

The photo above shows Azumaoshu and Oazuma with their first mage this basho.

Starting tomorrow, we have one week off from keiko.

We will take it easy and then start to gambarize towards next basho!

Thanks again for your support!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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The origin of the term, chanko is also varied.

One is that the oyakata (father figure - chichi) and rikishi (child - ko) would eat together so it would be "chanko" (father-sons).

A second one is that they supposedly called the rikishi who cooked the meals "Chankou."

The third would be that it came from the Chinese dish "Chan Guo."

There is another theory.

Back in the beginning of Meiji Era when they started getting so many recruits that they had to start cooking in their own heya. And during this time Dewanoumi beya was one of the largesst if not the largest. The heya's yokozuna 19th yokozuna Hitachiyama Taniemon was known to call the heya's chanko chefs (mostly oldtimers) affectionately as "Chan-kou" meaning more or less "Dear Father". And perhaps the name stuck to this day.

But most likely it came from Chinese as Mado-san writes. I believe a Chinese hotpot was called Chankou around Nagasaski and rikishis visiting the area during a jyungyo tour picked it up and carried it back.

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The origin of the term, chanko is also varied.

One is that the oyakata (father figure - chichi) and rikishi (child - ko) would eat together so it would be "chanko" (father-sons).

A second one is that they supposedly called the rikishi who cooked the meals "Chankou."

The third would be that it came from the Chinese dish "Chan Guo."

There is another theory.

Back in the beginning of Meiji Era when they started getting so many recruits that they had to start cooking in their own heya. And during this time Dewanoumi beya was one of the largesst if not the largest. The heya's yokozuna 19th yokozuna Hitachiyama Taniemon was known to call the heya's chanko chefs (mostly oldtimers) affectionately as "Chan-kou" meaning more or less "Dear Father". And perhaps the name stuck to this day.

But most likely it came from Chinese as Mado-san writes. I believe a Chinese hotpot was called Chankou around Nagasaski and rikishis visiting the area during a jyungyo tour picked it up and carried it back.

Joe-san, thanks, as always, for your valuable input. Actually, "Chankou" (父公) was mentioned as the second possible origin by Tooyama-san. However, you did flesh it out with the interesting story of Hitachiyama and Dewanoumi Beya. Hitachiyama did call the veterans who were cooking by that affectionate or even teasing name. The term is very seldom used and I wasn't sure how to translate it. You have it as "Dear Father," and in my draft, I had it as "Daddy Dearest." With that, I was trying to conjure up the memories of "Mommie Dearest," where Joan Crawford would discipline her children for not following her dictates. "What did I tell you?" she would scream. "No wire hangers!" Many young rikishi, mere teenagers, would shudder to hear their fearsome anideshi yell, "What did I tell you? No more henka!" (Sign of approval...)

As for the Chinese origin of the term, as you wrote, the hotpot came to Japan through Nagasaki. The Chinese pronounciation for "naga" (long) is "chang" and, as mentioned earlier, pot is "guo or kuo" depending on the transliteration. Thus, it would be the pot from Nagasaki. In the dialect(s) of the Chinese merchant/sailors, the pronounciation could be even closer to "chanko."

Further, one of my favorite meals as a kid in Japan was "Nagasaki Champon." Unlike many of the noodle dishes of the time, Nagasaki Champon was topped with a whole bunch of ingredients. In fact, "champon" became a slang for "mixture of a lot of things." This dish, invented by a restaurant owner in Nagasaki during the middle of the Meiji Era, was an immediate success as a kind of pseudo-Chinese food. In the restaurant, it would be served by the bowl but one can easily imagine the rikishi chef cooking up a whole batch of noodles in broth with whatever ingredients they could get their hands on. These were not gourmet chefs. Even the veterans were guys in the 20s who were batching it in a male enclave. The culinary standards were quite low. The vast majority of the deshi were poor kids from the country; all they wanted was to be able to eat till their bellies were full!

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01/26/07

Information on the Snowball Fight Tour

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Hello! This is Tooyama.

This is a week that we have off from keiko.

In the Ozumo world, we celebrate the New Year after Hatsu Basho and

we all head back to our respective homes.

I, too, have been home since Monday.

I visited the graves of ancestors and had meals with family members.

It sure is nice to be back home once in a while.

Today, I would like to post some information on the International Snowball Fight, which we had also participated in last year.

Last February, we entered the International Snowball Fight that was held in Uonuma City in Niigata, a sister city of Adachi-ku [where Tamanoi Beya is located]. We went there to cheer the local folks up after the big Nakagoshi Earthquake and the Blizzard of 2006. We treated the people to chanko-nabe and competed in the snowball fight!

Well,

this year, we are once again going to participate in the snowball fight on the 11th of next month.

And,

this time we prepared a plan like this!!!

Join the Rikishi! Niigata, Uonuma Snowball Fight Tour!

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We are looking forward to your participation!

* If more people sign up than we can accommodate, we will pick the particpants by lottery.

We urge you to apply as early as possible.

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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01/28/07

Setta Society

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Good morning! This is Tooyama.

Our break from keiko ends today and we start our workouts again tomorrow.

Yesterday, we were invited to a dinner event by a Tamanoi Beya koenkai in Kawasaki called the "Setta Society."

The "Setta Society" has been around since the establishment of Tamanoi Beya. In those days, when Tamanoi Beya consisted mainly of jonokuchi and jonidan rikishi, the koenkai was formed to cheer for the young deshi--"Hurry up and become strong enough to wear setta!" A group of very kind people have kept up that tradition to today.

* Well, I suppose I am not a young rikishi anymore, but . . . (sweat)

the folks of the "Setta Society," who have been nice to me from my shin-deshi days,

allowed me participate as a "chaperone."

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Karatsuumi and Ikinoshima, who each won 5 bouts this basho.

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The "Setta Society" event was held at Santokuen, a yakiniku restaurant near the Kawasaki Daishi [Temple].

Yakiniku was incredibly delicious!!

And the Gom-tahng Ramen [in Korean-style oxtail soup] that I ordered in secret to wash everything down was

Sooo Good!

Please give the restaurant a try when you are in the neighborhood.

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Tamanoi Beya

Note: Setta - Traditionally, jonokuchi and jonidan rikishi are allowed to wear only wooden geta. Upon promotion to sandanme, they are able to wear basic "setta." As they move further up the banzuke ladder, their footwear will become fancier. A simple setta, as seen below, goes for approximately ¥12,500.

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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01/31/07

Physical Check-Up

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The picture shows Kadowake, Tokiryu and Yoshiazuma getting blood drawn.

Hello! This is Tooyama.

Today, we had our semi-annual Physical Check-Up.

Because there was the physical exam this morning, we were off from keiko.

The check-up took place starting at nine-thirty at the clinic in the basement of the Kokugikan.

They weighed us and measured our height. We had X-rays taken and gave blood and urine samples.

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Shibuya getting weighed. That is Toshinyama peering from behind.

When the numbers on the digital scale finally stopped, Shibuya let out a yell,

Awwwright! I did it!!!

We took a peek at the scale . . . .

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179.85 kg!!

Apparently, he was happy that it was under 180 kg.

That's a rather fine difference, don't you think?

Then, on the way home from the Kokugikan . . .

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He ate the gyudon he had been dreaming about . . .

Now, he's definitely over the 180 kg threshold.

Oh, BTW, he ate a jumbo-portion gyudon and the pork & salmon platter.

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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02/01/07

Information on Mame-maki

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Hello! This is Tooyama.

I have some information on Mame-maki (bean tossing)!

February 3 is Setsubun!

Once again this year, Tamanoi rikishi will participate in the bean-tossing.

Tochiazuma-zeki will be at Zojoji and Nishi Arai Temple.

Teruazuma and Tooyama will be at Hoshoji in Hachioji.

And several other rikishi will be tossing beans at the Fresh Produce Market - Sanyo in Adachi-ku.

I still don't know the exact times, but

those of you who are close by, please come and join us!!

By the way, don't forget about the Snowball Fight!!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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02/02/07

Motley Crew of Apples

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Hello! This is Tooyama.

About today's picture, recently at night in the Big Room, we can see a number of apple-shaped lights glowing in the dark.

What are they?

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Up until now, I was the only one at the heya who owned a personal computer,

but when Ikeda bought a MacBook, Ikinoshima followed suit right away.

Then, even Shibuya went and got himself a Mac. A black one to boot!

I had also recommended PC with Windows but . . .

they all ended up getting Macs.

Amid all the excitement . . .

while we were taking pictures.

"Hey, guys. Don't forget to include me!!"

came the voice of Amanowaka. Uh, oh. I've got a bad feeling.

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"I have a Mac, too!!"

Note the icy glare of the two next to him.

There is a noticeable drop in temperature.

This may be total trivia, but

there is currently a MacIntosh Boom at Tamanoi Beya!

White, Black, Silver . . .

What a motley crew of Mismatched Apples.

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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Big Mac......... (I am not worthy...)

Why don't they advertise for Mac? Would be pretty cool (I am not worthy...) , dark room, just apples glowing, sound of typing then all light and Amanowaka walkes in "I got a mac too" MUNCH (Laughing...)

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Okay, how do these guys that are unpaid afford macbooks?($1700 give or take)

They mugged Kyokutenzan when he paid a visit to the Ozeki. (I am not worthy...)

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Okay, how do these guys that are unpaid afford macbooks?($1700 give or take)

Now you know the real reason Tochiazuma has to keep on entering a basho, crippled or not...

Actually this is a great incentive to get new recruits. Pictures of guys with a brand new MacBook can be a great attention grabber to attract more potential kids from joining a heya than seeing them showing how to put on a mawashi on a cold day.

If only Isegahama gave out an Wii or PSP3...

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Okay, how do these guys that are unpaid afford macbooks?($1700 give or take)

The "young guys" do not get a salary, but they receive basho stipends plus "transportation money" and bonuses for winning. They get free room and board, have no girlfriends nor any wardrobe expenses.

In addition, they get periodic "cash gifts" from sekitori and oyakata, especially at New Year. Since many are still kids, they may get money from home and relatives. Note the timing of their computer purchases in January when they are "flush with cash" from Hatsu Basho and "otoshidama."

Guys who are tsukebito frequently also receive little envelopes when they accompany the sekitori to various events and affairs or the sekitori would often divvy up some of his booty with his "men." I am sure a veteran like Tooyama, who hasn't received a yen in salary, has a nice little nest egg in the bank--quite possibly more than an average American single man of corresponding age with his "yen" for conspicuous consumption.

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