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#826 madorosumaru

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 17:23

03/05/09


Shin Deshi Introduction - Onuki



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Hello! This is Sachiazuma.


I am going to introduce a new deshi.


Name: Koji Onuki 大貫 孝二

Hometown: Tokyo

Date of birth: May 27, 1993

Vital Stats: 168 cm; 120 kg



He is deficient in height and failed the secondary shin-deshi test, so he cannot officially join Ozumo this basho. He is currently working hard at the heya in order to be successful next basho.



Please cheer for him!




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

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 18:27

09/02/09


Tamanoi Oyakata Retirement



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Hello! This is Sachiazuma.

Today was Tamanoi Oyakata's retirement day.

It was the end of approximately 50 years of sumo life.


This morning, we had keiko as usual.

Even during the workout, I kept on thinking, "This is Oyakata's last day."

It's not that he is no longer going to be around, but somehow I still felt sort of sad.


When I was about to join the heya, I still felt a certain reluctance and thereby had an attitude.

The Oyakata presented me with a brand-new pair of sneakers, but

I thought if I accepted it, I would be giving in.

Even to this day, Oyakata would remind me of that story and we would have a good laugh.


Despite such a negative attitude, I ended up joining the heya and

the Oyakata received me warmly.

He persisted in teaching a total neophyte like me all about sumo.

Even now, he continues to tirelessly instruct and correct a hopeless case like myself.


He can be strict at times, but he also always have kind words for me.

Even after he is finished eating during chanko time, he stays and mingles with the deshi.

He would talk and laugh with us, with a smile on his face like a kind, loving father.


I've had the honor of being his tsukebito and I even washed his back today.

But it felt a bit different today.

Normally, I would scrub his back so hard that it would turn red.

Today, I thought I felt a certain sadness emanating from his back.


After keiko this morning, I was moved by Oyakata's words to us.

"This is the end of the line for me, but you guys must continue to gambarize on . . ."


Tamanoi Oyakata, who was loved by all those around him, is now going into his retirement life.

I think he will be spending a lot more time on his favorite hobby, golf.

I sincerely wish him many happy years.


I am sure I will continue to benefit from his kindness and teachings.

But I want to thank him for all that he has done for me so far.

All the rikishi will take everything we have learned from him over the years

And continue on our quest along the path of Sumodo.


Thank you, very, very much!



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

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 00:16

09/04/09


He Passed the Shin-Deshi Test

(Fanfare ♪♪♪ (`Д) ♪♪♪)


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Don't you think even the look on his face has changed?


According to him, he's ready and willing to do full-fledged keiko and even chanko duty. (Laugh)

Once he [officially] joins the heya, he will go to the sumo instructional clinic for about six months to learn the fundamentals.

When he completes that and graduates, he will be assigned to chanko duty.

Let's first get the sumo basics down pat and go from there . . . (Laugh)


Well, in any case, a new Tamanoi rikishi is born!


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Note: According to news reports, Onuki, who had failed the test twice, prepared intensively for this one. He lost 14 kg from 120 to his current 106. As a result, he improved his time for the 50 meter run by 0.9 second to 9 seconds flat and the vertical jump by 12 cm to 45 cm.

So, the third time was indeed the charm. "I felt this would have been my last opportunity," said the 16-year-old boy. He had lost his father three years ago and wanted to join sumo to make his mother happy.


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これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山
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I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 03:54

09/11/09


Homa Burning Ritual


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Hello, this is Sachiazuma.

Today, the Tamanoi Brigade, led by the new Tamanoi Oyakata, went to the neighborhood Nishi Arai Temple for the ritual homa burning.

Yamada had gotten ill [sic] and wasn't with us.

I understand he is on his way to recovery, but I don't think he will be able to participate in this basho.


We had the priest include him in the prayers for the Tamanoi Beya.


As for Karatsuumi, he is going to be kyujo again this basho, but at the heya, he is healthy enough to be quite a nuisance.

He and his contemporary, Ikinoshima, are constantly goofing around together. (Laugh)

Those two appear always to be arguing and fighting but they are in reality ridiculously good buddies. (Laugh)


So, we will be going into Aki Basho with 21 rikishi plus Onuki.

Please cheer for us!


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これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山
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I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

Edited by madorosumaru, 12 September 2009 - 06:42.

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Posted 12 September 2009 - 05:57

. . . .

Despite such a negative attitude, I ended up joining the heya and

the Oyakata received me warmly.

He persisted in teaching a total neophyte like me all about sumo.

Even now, he continues to tirelessly instruct and correct a hopeless case like myself.


He can be strict at times, but he also always have kind words for me.

Even after he is finished eating during chanko time, he stays and mingles with the deshi.

He would talk and laugh with us, with a smile on his face like a kind, loving father.


I've had the honor of being his tsukebito and I even washed his back today.

But it felt a bit different today.

Normally, I would scrub his back so hard that it would turn red.

Today, I thought I felt a certain sadness emanating from his back.

. . . .

This is written so poetically and with such beauty in its emotion... how can it be coming form a self-described "hopeless case" ?
Once again I am reminded of the deep mystery of Ozumo. This is why I love it the way I do... :-(

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 00:42

10/04/09


It's Been A While


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Good Evening. This is Sachiazuma, a very fortunate man. (laugh)

To everyone, long time no see.

I am still alive!


There has been a blank period between blog entries but I haven't been playing hooky. (laugh)


It's not meant to an apology but I have a chock-full of stuff for you today.


Today, October 4, we held a joint celebration for the Retirement of Tamanoi Oyakata and the
designation of Tochiazuma as the new Tamanoi Oyakata.

Guests from all walks of life came from all corners of the country.

A large number of former Tamanoi rikishi were also in attendance.

As a result, I think we had a whale of a party.

It marked the commencement of a new era of Tamanoi Beya

But the former Tamanoi Oyakata is alive and well.


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Here are the two generations of Tamanoi Oyakata and their okamisan.

It is our intention for the heya to continue to gambarize as a cohesive unit.


Speaking of that, we found a conference room at the party venue.

The two tsukebito for the former Tamanoi Oyakata held an emergency meeting.


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Looks sorta like [a summit meeting] doesn't it? (laugh)

But we're just shooting the breeze.

The two of us can't carry the entire Tamanoi Beya by ourselves.

So, please, everyone.

Continue to provide your guidance in the future.


Now, I am going to change the subject.

There is something that I had forgotten to write about.

Azumaryu, who went undefeated in Aki Basho, had his hair tied into a mage for the first time.

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It was at the senshuraku wrap-up party.

Azumaryu bowing low to all the guys who participated in this "rite of passage."


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I took part too. I gave him a [customary] "Dekopin." (he he he)

It was quite a big hit. (Laugh)


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Sachiazuma went on to talk about going fishing during his week off after the basho.


I'll skip the details, but everyone on the boat caught a fish.

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Which turned into the following yummy sashimi.

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Afterward, they went to an onsen, which featured a bathtub made of 18 carat gold that cost a whopping 150,000,000 yen.


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

Posted Image"I am not yet a wooden rooster" - Futabayama

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 04:32

It's been a while since I translated an entry from the Tashiro Blog. He seems to be doing quite well in his new career and marriage. He periodically visits his friends at Tamanoi Beya and often helps out at their functions.

Here is a blog entry with a picture of him standing next to Yokozuna Takanohana, who was his sempai at Meidai Nakano High School. Tashiro, as regular blog readers know, was a classmate and teammate of Tochiazuma at that school. He went on to Meiji University but later joined Tamanoi Beya at the behest of his friend.


10/08/09


Nostalgic Picture


When I went to my parents' house the other day, I saw this photograph displayed by the entryway.

I didn't have a copy of it myself so I took a picture of it with my cell phone.


Here is the picture. ↓↓

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I'm sorry it's a bit fuzzy.

It's a photograph that was taken at a Meidai Nakano party.
I'm so nervous that I'm stiff as a board.


The picture is of Takanohana-zeki during his active days so it's rather precious.
It is one of our family's prize possessions.


Next week, I am going to be a guest on a radio show.

I just received a script from the radio station with a basic outline of the proceedings of the program.
Now, I am getting really uptight.
I have no idea what kind of program it is going to be.

I think I probably would be a lot less nervous if I had to go on the dohyo for a bout.

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

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 22:06

09/24/10


Oazuma Yusho


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Hello, this is Sachiazuma.


Some of you may know already but . . .

Surprise, surprise!!!!


Oazuma won the jonokuchi yusho!


It's a yusho after he had injured his knee and missed [three] basho.

He's not quite back all the way but well done!

He's at a low rank but it's still not something easy to do.


Right now, he is being interviewed on television.


Attaboy, Oazuma!

When he gets back to the heya, I gotta give him a pat on the head.

Ahh, he's so darn tall that I may not be able to reach up there . . .


Well, I can't relax quite yet.

I still have another bout to go.

Thanks to all your support, I was able to get kachi-koshi, but

I need to aim for much higher.

Awright, [I am determined.]


In any case, congrats, Oazuma. Good boy. pat pat

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Note: A big disappointment on Senshuraku was Fujiazuma losing to Jumonji. If he had won, good ole Shibuya would have finally made it to sekitorihood. So darn close. And they scheduled a gimme against 3-11 Jumonji.
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Posted 28 September 2010 - 15:41

Some of you may have been concerned with the whereabouts of Tashiro-san, former Tooyama. He is alive and well and continuing to engage all sorts of shenanigans with his erstwhile Tamanoi cronies. For nostalgia purposes, I have selected a few of his recent blog entries. Here is the first installment.


09/19/10


Product Warranty


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At my house, there is a framed document.

It's something I received two and half years ago.

Upon closer inspection ↓↓↓

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It's a user's manual and warranty for me [TASY].

Reading carefully the text,

1. His lower body is weak and feeble so DO NOT let him do sumo.
2. His sleek and streamlined jaw is his pride and joy. DO NOT allow any sudden or sharp impact.
3. Even when raining, he has an elegant overhang above his eyes so there is no water seepage. DO be careful about dry eyes.
Etc., etc.

Furthermore:

* When he sees a salt shaker in restaurants, his personality changes. He goes hogwild in applying the salt. DO be careful of high blood pressure.

You know, warnings and disclaimers like that.

C'mon. When there is a plateful of rice, one would pour salt on it, right?
It's a habit of mine from way back when.

The guys responsible for the warranty are these three ↓↓↓

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[signatures of Amanowaka, Isoazuma, Ikeda]

Jeez, what good is it to be endorsed by these three [stooges].

This document was a wedding present from the three of them.

Even now, I have it prominently displayed at my house.

I just have to be careful that my wife doesn't decide to send me back for refund or exchange. (Sweat)

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これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山
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I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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Posted 01 October 2010 - 15:15

A rather funny and "touching" scene from the Tamanoi Blog.


09/28/10

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Hmmm.

Peaceful-looking, isn't it?

That Amanowaka-san is sure amazing to be able to keep playing his game under the circumstance.

Normally, it's inconceivable for anyone to use an ani-deshi's stomach for a pillow.

To be able to sleep so blithely would make one a most insolent fellow.

This went on for about 30 minutes without any effort to remove [the culprit].

We really have to applaud Ama-san's incredible tolerance and endurance.
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 17:14

9/10/10

Tasy Lure!?

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Isoazuma's new creation.

Tasy Lure!


I think, with this thing, the fish will be scared away. (laugh)

What an outrageous junior deshi he is, that Isoazuma!

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 01:09

I checked out the Tashiro Blog to see what he had to say about Shibuya's promotion but apparently he hadn't gotten to it yet. Instead, I found an entry about his trip to Kyushu Basho.


Here is a summary of the 11/21/10 blog entry.


Kyushu Basho

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Tashiro-san traveled to Fukuoka on an assignment for a magazine and attended Day 3 and/or Day 4 of Kyushu Basho.

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The photo above was taken very, very early in the morning. It was the first time he had observed a jonokuchi bout in over 10 years. Not even the die-hard Forumers were in attendance at that hour.

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This picture is kind of sad and scary. The rikishi on the right is wearing a colored mawashi, so it must be at least juryo. Being on assingment, Tasy was sitting in masu seats in the shomen side. Look at all the empty seats. News reports had the attendance of Day 3 at 3686 (capacity 7500), a little over 200 more than Day 2 when Hakuho's winning streak was ended. Upper masu was virtually unoccupied and even lower masu seats were sparsely filled on the East and West sides where the TV camera doesn't show.

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This is the temple which Tamanoi Beya uses as their Kyushu lodgings. Tasy waxed nostalgic about the 10 years he stayed there as a rikishi. He wrote that he and his buddies would go to places like Nakasu (see earlier entries of Tamanoi Blog) and come back after curfew. There were rice paddies surrounding the temple, and, of course, no street lights. Nevertheless, the moon was so bright that he "could even see shadows." He reminisced what how much practiced artistry was needed to not make any sound with their setta footwear so they would not caught by the oyakata.
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 17:59

From the Tashiro Blog:


11/14/10


I'm sooo busy!


There are so many things to do I've been running around all flustered.
Before I realized it, it's already mid-November. Another month and half and the year is over.

There are lots of things I want to post, but

Why don't we start by taking a look at the following video.

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http://www.sekisuiho.../087/index.html


I watched this commercial and was much affected.


As a result,


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(The names of the owners are Sonoe and Yoshinori Tashiro. The latter being Tashiro's given name)

We built a new house!

Sonoe is my mother's name. My father . . . . . . . um, six years ago . . . . . .


celebrated his Kanreki [60th] birthday.

He is still alive and kicking. (ha ha)


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The front entrance.


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This picture was taken when the house was still under construction.


Thankfully, the house is now completed, but I wouldn't be living there for a while.
It's my parents' house.


On paper, I am one of the owners.


Well, shall we have a barbecue?
It is my dream to host a barbecue at my house on a day off.

I'm thinking of building a wooden deck or something like that in the backyard and maybe a brick bbq pit.

When I go home for New Years, I like to have a barbecue even if it's cold outside.


Just thinking about that made me want to have a barbecue party.

So, as a trial run, I hosted a table top barbecue at my apartment the other day.


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Here is a picture of the encouragement party I held before the guys left for Kyushu.

We turned my home into a yakitori joint.


However, the smoke got so thick that we had to stop midstream.

The veggies were fine but anything with fat on it was NG [not good] . . .

Fortunately, the smoke alarm didn't go off, but I will never try to pull a stunt like that again.
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 20:40

I think it would be appropriate to celebrate Shibuya's promotion with the Tamanoi Blog entry. Congrats, Fujiazuma-zeki! For a while, I thought the day would never come.


12/03/10


Two Sekitori



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Hello, this is Sachiazuma.

I just returned from Iki yesterday.

Before I left for Iki, the phone rang at the heya.

Tamanoi Oyakata put down the phone and yelled.

"Hey, you've been promoted to juryo!" to

Fujiazuma as he walked away with a grin on his face.

The new sekitori, who had just become Fujiazuma-zeki,

began sharing his joy with the guys around him,

shaking their hands and bumping fists.


The news woke everyone up from their morning stupor.

And I was able to leave for Iki in a nice mood.

Unfortunately, I was not able to witness the press conference,

but I heard he couldn't stop smiling throughout.

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Getting a firm handshake from the oyakata.


I know all the travails the sekitori went through.

What a great scene!


In addition, Yoshiazuma-zeki made it back to juryo.

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We'll be able to see him with an oicho again.

Next basho, we will have two sekitori all at once.

It should be a good inspiration for everyone at the heya.
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Posted 20 December 2010 - 20:41

After Kyushu Basho, Sachiazuma stayed behind to head a group that cleaned up the lodging and settled all the miscellaneous matters. Then, he was sent on an assignment to Iki Island, off the coast of Fukuoka.

12/11/10


Iki


This is Sachiazuma.

I would like to write a few things about my trip to Iki.

During the off days after Kyushu Basho, I went to Iki.
Azumanami and I took a high-speed boat and off we went to Iki Island.
There, we joined up with that certain fellow . . .

When it comes to Iki, you immediately think of Ikinoshima.

As soon as we arrived at the inn, he fixed us some tea.

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Being a native of the island,
he certainly knows how to brew the local tea.

The purpose of this trip was to attend the dohyo opening at the junior high school.

We put on our mawashi and headed straight there.

We did some sumo with the kids and participated in the dedication ceremony.

It was a very fine dohyo!

It is our fond wish that some kids would
learn about sumo on that dohyo and be inspired
to become a rikishi in the future.

That evening, we went to a pub called "Ikinoshima,"
operated by Ikinoshima's mom.

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People gather there, eat some chanko and have a good time.

That night, we made the Tamanoi specialty, "Salt-flavored Chanko."

We typically use a lot of garlic.

I took a look at the garlic and . . .


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The label says "Product of Iki."

You go to the bathroom and . . .

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Also, from Iki.

Furthermore . . .

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Iki, Iki everywhere . . .

I don't know how many times I have written "Iki" in this article.

Truly amazing.

The place is totally self-sufficient.

As for the milk, it has the nutrients of 24 sardines.
You can get a mental image of a school of fish by looking at the carton.

When you glance around the pub,

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Pictures of Ikinoshima as a peewee.

The people of the island have a certain sense of unity and warmth.

I was a little under the weather from the cold that had been going around the heya.
So, I excused myself and called it a night early.

OTOH, Azumanami disappeared into the Iki night . . .
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Posted 24 December 2010 - 00:48

12/21/10


Today is Banzuke Announcement Day.

I finally managed to get out of sandanme into makushita!

It took a full 10 years!

I guess that would be considered slow progress.

I need to gambarize some more.

My record was pretty good last basho, so my shikona wasn't exactly bad luck, but

the lower part was changed to Tadayoshi 忠義.

I received the coveted Hakata Obi.

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Oyakata presented it to me today.

I will wear it with pride and strive to reach even greater heights.


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From time to time, former Tamanoi rikishi appear on the blog.

Here is Toshinyama, who was a regular when Tooyama was writing the blog. He was a long-time ani-deshi at the heya, who got involved in an unfortunate incident with a taxi driver a couple of years ago. He retired from Ozumo earlier this year and is apparently working now at a bar/restaurant owned by the former Tamanoi Oyakata. Sachiazuma had a reunion with him recently when a koenkai supporter hosted a dinner party for the boys.

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When Sachiazuma was taking care of matters in post-basho Kyushu, he spent some time with a former Tamanoi deshi named Tsurusaki aka Azumaryu, who lives in the area.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 07:30

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From time to time, former Tamanoi rikishi appear on the blog.
Here is Toshinyama, who was a regular when Tooyama was writing the blog. He was a long-time ani-deshi at the heya, who got involved in an unfortunate incident with a taxi driver a couple of years ago. He retired from Ozumo earlier this year and is apparently working now at a bar/restaurant owned by the former Tamanoi Oyakata.

As an aside, his old shikona has been picked up this coming basho by another Tamanoi deshi, Motokiyama.

What do you get when you cross an insomniac, an agnostic and a dyslexic?

A guy who is up all night arguing with himself over whether or not there is a dog.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 09:03

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From time to time, former Tamanoi rikishi appear on the blog.
Here is Toshinyama, who was a regular when Tooyama was writing the blog. He was a long-time ani-deshi at the heya, who got involved in an unfortunate incident with a taxi driver a couple of years ago. He retired from Ozumo earlier this year and is apparently working now at a bar/restaurant owned by the former Tamanoi Oyakata.

As an aside, his old shikona has been picked up this coming basho by another Tamanoi deshi, Motokiyama.

I don't think so. Moto-Toshinyama's shikona was 東心山, while Motokiyama's new shikona is 東信山 which is similar, but not a pick-up..

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 14:19


As an aside, his old shikona has been picked up this coming basho by another Tamanoi deshi, Motokiyama.

I don't think so. Moto-Toshinyama's shikona was 東心山, while Motokiyama's new shikona is 東信山 which is similar, but not a pick-up..

Semantics aside, I'm pretty sure (100%?) that the use of Toushinyama, spelling notwithstanding, has something to do with the old Toushinyama..

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A guy who is up all night arguing with himself over whether or not there is a dog.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 20:36

Former Tooyama's personal blog is a combination travelogue and foodie column with an Ozumo angle. In a recent entry, he had pictures of various food he ate at home and in restaurants around the country. Here are a few that might be of interest.


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Salmon roe on rice, a real delicacy. Tashiro-san received a Care Package of fresh seafood, featuring salmon and scallops, from his mother's family in Iwate Prefecture.


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Clam and rice. Not just ordinary clams--Hokki-Gai from northern waters. He sampled this dish at former Tamanoi Oyakata's restaurant, where former Toshinyama works.

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Chanko-nabe featuring beef tendons and seasonal veggies--also at Tamanoi Oyakata's place. Tashiro-san made sure he included the address of the restaurant and reminded the readers that it was closed on Mondays.

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Ingredients for a barbecue dish at a restaurant in Adachi Ward called Genghis Park, where former makuuchi rikishi, Wakatoba, is currently employed. This eatery features a rather unique European-Mongolian fusion menu. To wit, see the risotto below.

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Tashiro-san did not forget to include the website of Genghis Park. Three of the most popular dishes outside of the featured barbecue are 1. lamb potstickers 2. lamb stew 3. cheese fondue.

Next, we have another Genghis Khan restaurant--"Yukidaruma" (Snowman), owned by former makuuchi Wakatsutomu.

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Actually, there are two branches of Yukidaruma--one in Nakano and the other in Motoyawata in Chiba. The one in Motoyawata is managed by Wakatsutomu's younger brother, who was one year ahead of Tashiro-san at Meidai Nakano High School. Readers of the blog may recall that the current Tamanoi Oyakata, former ozeki Tochiazuma was a classmate of Tash.

Website of Yukidaruma. If you scroll down, there is an album of Wakatsutomu's childhood and career. There is a picture of him and his teammate, Takanohana, at Meidai Nakano Junior High. In high school, he helped lead Meidai Nakano to Inter-High championship by defeating former ozeki Dejima. Interestingly, Dejima became his teammate at Chuo University, along with former sekiwake Tamakasuga (current Kataonami Oyakata) and former juryo Mutetsuyama. Together, they won the All-Japan Gakusei Championship.

The picture with Takanohana is at the top left of the 1985-1988 section. I think you can recognize Taka even as a middle school kid.

In the 1988-1991 section, you will find the photo of him pushing out Dejima in the finals of Inter-High.

The four Chuo Univ. teammates , who later became sekitori, are seen at the right of the 1991-1995 section. Dejima is to the right of Wakatsutomu and Tamakasuga to the right of Mutetsuyama.

In the 1995-1996 section, there is a picture of him at the shindeshi test. He writes that although he was a bit shy of the height requirement, he was passed because of his achievements as a college rikishi.

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 19:06

Sachiazuma writes about some pre-basho activities at the heya.


12/24/10

Hello, this is Sachiazuma.
I am on telephone duty today.
Normally, I write the blog stealthily in the darkness of night, . . .
Well, I suppose not so secretly.
But sometimes, I do it in broad daylight.


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After keiko today, there were lots of tegaka strewn all over the tatami-area.
Shin-juryo Fujiazuma-zeki was in process of making handprints.

He would press down in good tempo and
one of his tsukebito would toss it to the back
while the other would collect them as they dry.

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The new sekitori has a self-satisfied smile on his face.
It must feel good to wear the white mawashi.


BTW, I was putting on my new Hakata-obi when Amanowaka-san dropped by,

"Gee, it's nice. That Hakata-Obi. It looks really spiffy."
"Are you going to wear the outer coat, too?"
He let out a big sigh, "Ahhhh . . ."


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Meanwhile, near where Fujiazuma-zeki was making tegakata,
new prospects, Mori-kun and Sato-kun
were trying on the kimono they will be wearing after they join.
I'm so glad to see some new faces.

More about them after their nyumon becomes official.


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Certain things don't change.

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Yoshiazuma, the other juryo promotee, did not make an appearance on the blog, but Sachi included him by having some fun. That's Ikinoshima, Sachi's pal and Yoshi's newly-appointed tsukebito, plastered against the wall.

On his back is Yoshiazuma's tegata with the message: "To Tai-chan (Iki's name) . . ."

Regarding Amanowaka's sad lament, when a rikishi is promoted to makushita, he is allowed to wear a Hakata-Obi (silk sash for the kimono) and a winter coat. As noted earlier, Sachiazuma received a personalized Hakata-Obi from Tamanoi Oyakata.

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 18:58

From Sachiazuma's Tamanoi Blog:


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Fujiazuma T-shirts.

Unfortunately, they are not available for purchase. The shirts were specially made to celebrate Shibuya's promotion.
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Posted 02 January 2011 - 23:36

New Sekitori Fujiazuma Interview.


Q: You were in makushita for a long time. What motivated you this time?
F: I've been going to Sakaigawa Beya for degeiko. Recently, guys who joined about the same time as I did like Sadanoumi, Sadanofuji and Shironoryu have all become sekitori. That really got me going. My approach to each bout changed dramatically.

Q: As a sekitori, you will be assigned attendants to take care of your needs. Who are your new tsukebito?
F: Oazuma, Azumanami and Azumasato.

Q: What about your new shimekomi (silk mawashi)?
F: It's going to be purple (eggplant color).

Q: Kesho mawashi?
F: Tamanoi Oyakata (former Ozeki Tochiazuma) is giving me one with Mt. Fuji on it that he received from the Adachi Koenkai.

Q: You'll be obligated to go to many dinners and banquets. Can you hold your liquor?
F: I'm on the strong side. I like hot shochu and sake in particular.

Q: You're still single. What kind of girls do you like?
F: Someone lively and active with short hair. I really like Miho Tanaka.

Q: If you were born again, what would you like to come back as?
F: I would want to be thinner and a cooler guy. (laugh) I don't think I would be doing sumo.

Q: How would you describe yourself?
F: I'm too shy. Once I get to know someone, it's fine but when I first meet someone, I don't say anything. As for sumo, I tend to think too much about my losses. I just can't let go and that affects my subsequent bouts.

Q: What does your shisho have to say?
F: Don't lose psychologically to the opponent. He is just as nervous and anxious.
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Posted 09 January 2011 - 01:00

01/08/10

Fujiazuma Juryo Promotion Celebration Party


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Hello. This is Sachiazuma.

Hatsu Basho starts from tomorrow. Yesterday, we held a juryo promotion party for Fujiazuma-zeki.

When a rikishi reaches juryo, people from all over the country gather to celebrate.

I think it's neat that he has become such an existence. I'm going to aim for it, too.

In any case, here I am in a two-shot with the sekitori.

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On the platform are the new kesho-mawashi and akeni (storage box).

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Also, the shimekomi (silk mawashi) he will be wearing during the basho.

All these are gifts from koenkai members.

Isn't it nice to have so many people supporting you.

With the two sekitori leading us, we at Tamanoi will strive as an unit in gambarizing.

Since the two gents in formal montsuki are together . . .

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 19:52

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The picture shows the ocean as seen from the camp lodging.

Tamanoi Blog with more pictures of what used to be.

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As many of you have already read, Tamanoi Beya's Soma Camp facilities were completely washed away. According to a news report, "All that remains is an empty lot." The previous Tamanoi Oyakata (former sekiwake Tochiazuma), father of the current shisho, grew up in Soma City, so it had a been a tradition to hold summer camp every August there. If you scroll to that month of each year on the blog, there would be articles and pictures.

Former ozeki Tochiazuma, the current oyakata, said, "It makes me very, very sad, since we have so much fine memories of the place. [As soon as it is feasible] I will bring a group of rikishi to cook up some chanko and otherwise assist and encourage the victims [of the tragedy]."
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