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Daigaiguma

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Hi there, this is Daigaiguma - Big Foreign Bear. I joined the sumo forum during the Natsu Basho and so far I'm very glad I did.

Just a brief introduction. I currently live in Kure, Japan (in Hiroshima-ken). I'm working as an AET (assistant English teacher) at 2 junior highs and 4 elementary schools. Last year, I lived in Taiwan and worked as a conversation teacher at two high schools. I will be returning to Taiwan come July 22nd. My hometown is Silverdale, Washington.

I was a casual fan of sumo from about age 12 (around the time Akebono became yokozuna), but because it wasn't on cable TV a lot, I didn't have much chance to watch it. I visited Japan as an exchange student when I was 16 and I got to see the Kokugikan from the outside. Since then it was my dream to actually go there and watch live sumo. I became a big sumo fan when I first arrived in Japan about 11 months ago. I watched the tail end of the Nagoya Basho and got all wrapped up in the Aki Basho, including an awesome match between Asashoryu and Kotoshu that cemented me as a big Asashoryu fan. I've been to Fukuoka and watched the Kyuushuu Basho and lived my dream by going to the Kokugikan and watching senshuraku of the Hatsu Basho. A week before I leave, I'll be heading up to Nagoya on nakabi for one last live glimpse. Not a bad year.

Like I said, I'm a big Asashoryu fan, and I also like the ever-grumpy Kisenosato. When I was younger, I loved Mainoumi, Kotonowaka, and Takanohana. Aside from Asa, I'm a big fan of my ken-brother Kitazakura.

I look forward to rooting for all my favorites at the next basho. I really enjoy all the comments posted on here and hopefully as I grow more knowledgable, I'll be able to post some things myself. Until then, thanks for this great site and all your contributions.

As Always,

'Guma

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Welcome!

I know Kure quite well.

I used to live and work on Noumi-jima - a couple of islands and bridges away. I would sometimes go across to Kure to visit friends, and to eat steak, (and drink cheap beer) at the American Army base there - which must be one of the tiniest bases in the world (only about half-a-dozen guys, but the base had EVERYTHING!)...

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Hi Daigaiguma and welcome to the forum (Nodding yes...)

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Welcome Daigaiguma from another big Asashoryu fan. (A yokozuna...)

Chuck in your salt (Nodding yes...) and join the fray.

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Welcome to the forum (Clapping wildly...)

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(Dohyo-iri...) to the forum Daigaiguma and greetings from Germany. Have fun.

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:-S to the Forum, Guma-san! I hope you will enjoy all the great info and discussions here! (Shaking head...)

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