[sumo] Sumo World magazine, January 2008 edition

Jezz jejima at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 10:41:26 EST 2008


I have just received a copy of Sumo World for the past basho (thanks
to John Gunning, aka Nishinoshima).  I am amongst the many that are
owed copies due to a subscription made way back.  Despite that, I
really like Sumo World.  This issue has some interesting articles,
including one on Ichinoya, and another on other 'old rikishi' in the

However, Sumo World is never fully proof-read.  Sometimes the writers
get 'flowery' with their language, which can be comedic if taken

Below are some examples of the above from this issue (there are others).

Page 2:    Yokozuna Hakuho performs the dohyo on the 15th day of the
Kyusho Basho.  [Basically, he just lies down spreading himself out,
and lets a yobidashi paint two white lines on his back.]

Page 2:  Subscribers are strongly recommended to send cash by
registered mail (dollars or yen) or by international postal order.
This saves time and money both for Sumo World and subscribers.  [No
mention of receiving magazines in return. There be the catch ;-)]

Page 3:  Hakuho - He should have little difficulty winning 11 or 12
bouts, but will is not likely to go beyond runner-up status unless
Asashoryu falters.  [Hakuho changed his shikona, as he is a big fan of

Page 4:  Kotooshu - he is likely to hold his rank with 8 or 9 wins
[I'd go far as saying 'guaranteed to hold his rank with 8 or 9 wins'.]

Page 4:  Kotoshogiku - ....with a credible 9-6 record in November....
[Why would anyone not believe this?] ....that included an opening day
upset over Asashoryu.  [Aha!  Now I see why.  I personally find this
record incredible, as Asashoryu was in Mongolia at the time.]

Page 7:  Wakanoho - He needs to avoid....winning by unorthodox
methods.  [Yes, if he is on the brink of winning by such a method, he
should immediately fall flat on his face, just in case.]

Page 16:  Until many other veteran rikishi in the lower divisions, who
specialize in preparing chanko for their heya, Ichinoya, whose hair
was starting to turn gray , continued training seriously until the end
of his career.  [Run that by me again...]

Page 17: Ex-Kiyokuni had a long string of misfortunes after his wife
and children were killed in a plane crash in 1985, and as a result
only two low ranked rikishi remained at the end of his tenure.  [The
misfortunes only began *after* his family were killed?]  Wakafuji
Oyakata, then 64 years old and close to retirement himself, took over
the heya briefly, but closed it down and transferred the remaining
personnel to Kiriyama Beya and other heya after the January 2007
tournament.  [I suppose the heya could have had a gyoji or a tokoyama,
but basically the 'remaining personnel' can only be the two
aforementioned rikishi.  So one went to Kiriyama Beya, and the other
one didn't?]

Page 19:  Shinnyumaku Profile Ichihara.  Hobby: Cleaning.  [Not a
proof-reading error, but it still makes me laugh thinking about it.]
If he develops more speed in his sumo, he has the potential to be one
of the most promising young Japanese rikishi.   [So if he gets
speedier, he can *potentially* become *promising*?]

Page 20:  If [Ichihara] watches his weight, is high [sic] likely to be
a sanyaku regular in the coming years.  [I thought it was his speed
(see above) that was the issue, not his weight.  No doubt he will now
be joining Weight-watchers.]

Page 20:   Tochi[nohana] told scribes after his last bout....  [My
Collins dictionary has three definitions for 'scribe'.  1.  a person
who copies documents.  2.  a clerk or public copyist. 3. a teacher of
the Jewish Law.  *Note: It is not a synonym for journalist.*  I
suspect a party of rabbis were in attendance at the kokugikan that

Page 23:  For the first time in the history of sumo, the two head
tokoyama were listed on the January 2008 banzuke.  [The tokoyama who
cut the hair on other parts of the rikishi bodies will have to wait to
be listed.]

Page 24:  slighty paunchy Asashoryu [Asashoryu is slightly paunchy?]

Page 24:  Farther down the ranks, Sekiwake Ama might be THE rikishi
for 2008, if he can put on some weight and not get the odd loss to
lower rankers.  [Beating the top-rankers is a given?  Or is
unnecessary if he wants to become THE rikishi?]  He has the fire and
technique, but occasionally falls asleep.  [Most rikishi suffer from

Page 24:  With about 30 heya represented in the top division, there is
no telling who will be hoisting [to hoist = to raise or lift up,
usually by mechanical means] the heavy metal at the end.  My bet is on
Asashoryu, assuming he is in fighting condition.  [I like that

Page 25:  [Kotomitsuki] humilated Hakuho in the final bout of the
tournament.  [Well he beat him, but was Hakuho humilated by Mickey?]

Page 25:  Ozeki Chiyotaikai....suddenly came to life.... [Thanks to Dr

Page 29:  Hoshihikari:  While still a beanpole at a paltry 111
kilograms.... [beanpole?  paltry?  111 kgs?]

Page 30:  Kitazakura got off to a good start in November, but seemed
to loose [sic] steam in the last week....  [That steam needed to be

Spot the eek!  When I was living in Japan, and bought Sumo World every
basho, there was always at least one 'eek' in every issue.  Sadly,
this issue of Sumo World seemed to be eek free.

Finally, my favourite from this issue....

Page 24: Baruto...  But barring an unfortunate accident on the dohyo,
he could be in the mix on day 15.  [Otherwise, he could literally be
'in the cr*p'?]

That's it!


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