Tachiai Coverage – Kyushu Basho

Hello all, and welcome to the Kyushu basho. A few things to note about the site as we get ready for the tournament.

You may have already noticed that the ban on random sumo images we have found on the internet more or less stopped jungyo reports from Herouth. Sadly without someone in Japan to follow the tour around taking photos and video, there is very little to be done for jungyo now. As always, we are grateful to the effort Herouth put into compiling those reports.

This may impact our coverage of honbasho going forward. It’s tough to know if it’s ok to use video from Youtube of lower division matches, or if some fan is going to decide that is foul play. So if our coverage gets a bit thin for Kyushu, its all due to not knowing what is ok to use.

As always, Tachiai will be covering the tournament, but you will notice our use of images has changed. This is in direct response to a handful of sumo fans objecting to use of their images as part of our posts. I fully support their right to say “Don’t use my stuff”, and Tachiai will comply. But in this case, less use of media we did not source ourself may result in less content.

14 thoughts on “Tachiai Coverage – Kyushu Basho

  1. That’s a shame. As Corey says, it’s probably the right thing to do, but it’s a bit sad. I loved that content.

  2. I’m here for what you guys have to write, not for the pictures. So it’s all good. The quality of this site is in its written content.

  3. It seems a little absurd to be concerned about the feelings of someone who gets upset about a re-post of a bootleg video they are recording off of their TV screen.

  4. It seems weird to me too. As long as it’s not anyone private’s image in the photo or video it would seem weird to object with a photo or video being posted

  5. I agree with the previous couple of commenters, posting things online should be done with the knowledge your photos or other content may very well be reposted by other websites. I see larger news websites use online pictures in articles without permission all the time. Although if the pictures are used, I would hope you would provide us with the source, if not for the concerns mentioned in your article, than at least I would hope you do so for those of us who just want to see the rest of the source’s sumo-related content. I’m always wondering how the rikishi not mentioned in the jungyo report are holding up.

  6. Text is just fine: it’s why I come here. You could just post links to youtube videos I suppose.

    Another alternative would be for regulars to reenact important moments and post the results- here’s my recreation of Takayasu at Aki 2019:


    Uncannily accurate I think.

    As a wikipedian I know that images are a minefield. Real example “That image is from a cigarette card that was published in 1916, it’s out of copyright”, “Yes but I took that photograph of the cigarette card in 1988 so I own that image, so take it down now!”. etc.

    • The obvious counter to that argument is “then prove it”. The insanely/idiocy that is Wikipedia shouldn’t be relevant to anything else.

  7. Photos are great with your reports. A picture is worth a thousand words! Instead of a ban why not source photos? If they don’t like that they can ask you to remove.

  8. I love this site and your boundless enthusiasm for sumo. It is one of life’s great gifts to share one’s joy with others. Seems a great shame to be hampered by a few mean spirited people. If they don’t want to share their photos with sumo fans then don’t post them publicly, after all no one is forcing them to. Be bold and bring back Herouth…a million thanks for the pink zebra moment!

  9. I suppose these people object because they want to build up their own internet presence and see Tachiai as a threat to that. It seems a very “last century” attitude. Although I’m a keen sumo fan, I can’t spend all day looking for material and will continue to use Tachiai as my source. I won’t be looking for these other peoples stuff.
    As with some of the recent restrictions on streaming it seems that some in the sumo world are determined to set up a circular firing squad, rather than generously doing all they can to spread love for the sport, as Tachiai does. That’s a pity.

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