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ex-Wakanohana III as daimyo in the Hakone daimyo procession on the Culture Day today. Heading the procession are the tsuyu-harai (dew sweepers), who clear the way (and made the people bow to the ground), here not for the yokozuna but in their original office, for their Lords and Ladies.

The news24 video made it to to YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbKJqclneKA

http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00307413.html

(The video downloaded with Downloadhelper for this has the correct title, but is another another one)

In this long video, the procession starts at 6:40m and Waka appears at 10m

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Brazilian ex-ms Takaazuma presently repairs the damages from the recent severe flood disaster in Joso city, Ibaraki pref. His house wasn't swallowed by the mud, but the the water ruined the interior. He also helps his coworkers from the same employment agency for temporary work. He's married to a Japanese and has 3 kids.

Cristiano now

still helps other foreigners to restore the damaged properties, doing translations and repair work etc.

http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASHBX5CTVHBXUJHB00L.html

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As Mihogaseki-oyakata he was the 2nd shisho of Kitanoumi: now singer Masuiyama will open a "Chanko Masuiyama" at the keiko ground of the old Mihogaseki-beya, with the old name plates of Kitanoumi, Hokutenyu etc. on the wall like in the heya.
http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1572350.html
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ex-Takatoriki spoke about his gambling addiction at a forum for measures against it.
http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/nonsec/social/477709/
video at: http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye2646445.html
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In a wrestling forum it was mentioned that Akebono dropped the Triple Crown (All Japan Wrestlings World title) so that he can participate in Rizin.

Japanese articles confirm it. http://www.daily.co.jp/ring/2015/11/05/0008539410.shtml

He will become a free agent, because as a member of All Japan Wrestling he can't appear in other events, same as with the NSK. No details of what he has in mind, he denied in an interview that the wants another try at martial arts fighting (where he has a record of 1-12), saying the blank (9 years) was too long, but the papers speculate of course that he wants to be in the same event Baruto plans to be.

That would just be the right pairing for the New Year's Eve TV show.

Akebono will get a rematch after 12 years with Bob Sapp, who contributed to a nickname of Makebono then.

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/battle/news/2015/11/27/kiji/K20151127011586400.html

Pics from end of 2003 - the fight reached TV ratings of 43% and thus "won" against the traditional NHK KoHaku year end singing.

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By the way, what happened to Akebono's plans to run a marathon? I guess the last picture would have been similar...

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Wow, twelve years already? Seems like only a couple years ago.

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Good luck to Chanko Masuiyama. What memories! My first visit to this place (yes, it's the same place!) must have been in the later 1970s when I was first starting as the Foreign Press Center's employee taking foreign journalists to watch sumo training. The original Ozeki Masuiyama, then Mihogaseki oyakata, was in charge, and his son (later the second Ozeki and much later the shisho) and others were training. Halfway through the keiko session Andy Adams, who was working hard to publicize his English-language magazine "Sumo World" walked in without a greeting and helped himself to a seat on one side. The master gave me a withering glower, but I just pointed to my own group of young visiting journalists from all over Asia,who were sitting properly and just making notes. "No connection!" was the implication.

As I live nearby I have kept tabs on the building (which was first loaned to another shisho) and also to how things were going in the singing career. He seemed to have a charmed life and somehow stayed in his mid-forties for about 20 years. It seems now, however, that it is time to move on, and I wish all success to the newest venture. Whatever you call him, this is a good man, and a man of many talents. Best wishes in his old age.

Orion

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Former makushita 5 Kotoasaki (50) lost his girlfriend in the 1985 Japan Airlines jumbo plane crash, on the 12th of August now 30 years ago. He had remained unmarried but now wants to restart his life.

After intai in 1998 he opened a chanko restaurant in Osaka. Due to an impaired right leg after a cerebral hemorrhage in 2003 (right hand and speech impairment as well) he hadn't climbed up to the spot of the crash in the last years, but managed it this time, to report to his late girlfriend his decision:

When in 2012 he wrote and self-published a book composed of his thoughts about the crash, a woman (61) started to care for the the physical disabled man - and now they want to marry this year.

http://www.hochi.co.jp/topics/20150813-OHT1T50037.html

with his girlfriend in April 1984

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at the spot of the crash on the 12th

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The story was made into a kind of variety documentary drama this month, omitting though that he wants to marry.

http://datazoo.jp/tv/ザ!世界仰天ニュース/914375/2

And now on Hochi the story in detail again: with the news about his marriage registration.

http://www.hochi.co.jp/topics/20151205-OHT1T50026.html

http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/sumo/20151205-OHT1T50060.html

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As Mihogaseki-oyakata he was the 2nd shisho of Kitanoumi: now singer Masuiyama will open a "Chanko Masuiyama" at the keiko ground of the old Mihogaseki-beya, with the old name plates of Kitanoumi, Hokutenyu etc. on the wall like in the heya.

http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1572350.html

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PR at his Chanko Masuiyama for the former ozeki's new single 男のコップ酒 "A man's cup-sake"

http://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_geinou/articles/hot_20160120_080.html

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Good luck to Chanko Masuiyama. What memories! My first visit to this place (yes, it's the same place!) must have been in the later 1970s when I was first starting as the Foreign Press Center's employee taking foreign journalists to watch sumo training. The original Ozeki Masuiyama, then Mihogaseki oyakata, was in charge, and his son (later the second Ozeki and much later the shisho) and others were training. Halfway through the keiko session Andy Adams, who was working hard to publicize his English-language magazine "Sumo World" walked in without a greeting and helped himself to a seat on one side. The master gave me a withering glower, but I just pointed to my own group of young visiting journalists from all over Asia,who were sitting properly and just making notes. "No connection!" was the implication.

As I live nearby I have kept tabs on the building (which was first loaned to another shisho) and also to how things were going in the singing career. He seemed to have a charmed life and somehow stayed in his mid-forties for about 20 years. It seems now, however, that it is time to move on, and I wish all success to the newest venture. Whatever you call him, this is a good man, and a man of many talents. Best wishes in his old age.

Orion

Trying to find the right place to post this: This last week I was taking a walk in the area south of Ryogoku and found that there has been a transformation in the old Mihogaseki-beya: front door has big fancy new glass windows, first-floor wall has been tidied up, and -- Tadaaa! -- the place is now Chanko Masuiyama and has turned into a restaurant. Some time ago I observed that the master could easily pass for a man 20 years younger. But -- it happens to us all eventually -- the last time I saw him on a singing program it was clear that all those missing years had suddenly crashed down on him. The applause was as warm as ever, but it was clear that in appearance and in voice he could no longer cut it. Presumably the family has now turned to other means of making a living -- and I say, good luck to them! Father and son Ozeki Masuiyama, and father and son Mihogaseki stablemaster, have a great legacy.

I saw the father, as a rather distant person, in my very earliest days of taking visiting journalists to watch asageiko, when the son was active and on the rise. I watched Masuiyama II come up and, apart from his sumo kudos, found him a very approachable man. Very best wishes to Chanko Masuiyama!

Orion

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Ex-Makuuchi Ryuuhou who has fallen to Jonokuchi (first ex-Makuuchi from the Showa era) due to a serious injury has announced his retirement today. He suffered a knee and lower back injury during the May ability basho and has been injured ever since.

Former makuuchi Ryuho had his danpatsu-shiki and wedding reception in a Tokyo hotel.

Now he is deputy chief priest at a temple on Ie island, Okinawa, and also teaches sumo to kids.

He entered priesthood soon after intai and last July moved with his wife Yuuka (also 38) to the Shotai temple in Ie village, which was in search for a successor. http://www.okinawatimes.co.jp/article.php?id=155992

he still can't bend his left knee and has to sit on a chair when reciting sutras.

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It's Yamamotoyama via buzzfeed

Now internet ppl will think the great "world champion" loss to someone with no experience.... they really should have explained that it was the world amateurs champion....

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Unfortunately there will probably be people who believe that, just as there seems to be people who saw araiba's HL video and now think Takanoyama is the greatest rikishi ever and that weight is irrelevant in sumo ('you see, any skilled guy in good shape could beat these fatties!' 'this shows that they shouldn't gain that weight!').

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Yama also is not going to give 100% when facing someone who's not Byamba. Even *I* once successfully took him down with a shitatehineri and it was because he was having fun and letting me go crazy.

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Yama also is not going to give 100% when facing someone who's not Byamba. Even *I* once successfully took him down with a shitatehineri and it was because he was having fun and letting me go crazy.

Man, you're killing me. Makes me want to move down to California... even to Japan

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Ex-Takatoriki recently appears in all kinds of events and lectures about gambling addiction as advisor, talking about his addiction as having been very severe. Now he tells about the dreadfulness of baccarat. http://www.hochi.co.jp/topics/20160408-OHT1T50031.html
He owns 11 restaurants now, this is sushi-riki (on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sushiriki/ )
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Ex-Terusegawa, another Shodai from Kumamoto (but from Kumamoto-city), right after intai became a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. After he knew that due to injuries he'd have to retire soon, he planned for the future - a switch to a new life from age 30 on. He graduated from a correspondence high school and as active rikishi passed the police entrance exam, with mage and kimono at the job interview, just at the limit age of 29.

http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/list/201606/CK2016061702000256.html
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Ex-Takatoriki recently appears in all kinds of events and lectures about gambling addiction as advisor, talking about his addiction as having been very severe.

Recently he was on TV again, the gambling addiction advisor as usual talks about his million dollar losses.

With many scenes from his sumo life.

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Former jd Tsunanofuji is now member of the song chorus group Junretsu.

They did some cheering for the Japanese Olympic team, in the colors it did wear at the opening ceremony. In the photo only he, Yujiro Shirakawa had to wear red trousers: he had tried to display his specialty - shiko stamping - and this tore apart the white one. http://www.daily.co.jp/gossip/2016/08/12/0009381428.shtmlf_09381429.jpg

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Former sd Seigo saved a mother and her 2 small kids from drowning in the river. He works at Togami Control in Saga city - they now have (like I thought) the story on top of what's new on their homepage - the page of the paper with this story as pdf.

http://www.saga-s.co.jp/news/saga/10101/340476

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On 5.12.2015 at 16:25, Akinomaki said:

 

On 5.12.2015 at 16:25, Akinomaki said:

Former makushita 5 Kotoasaki (50) lost his girlfriend in the 1985 Japan Airlines jumbo plane crash, on the 12th of August now 30 years ago. He had remained unmarried but now wants to restart his life.

After intai in 1998 he opened a chanko restaurant in Osaka. Due to an impaired right leg after a cerebral hemorrhage in 2003 (right hand and speech impairment as well) he hadn't climbed up to the spot of the crash in the last years, but managed it this time, to report to his late girlfriend his decision:

When in 2012 he wrote and self-published a book composed of his thoughts about the crash, a woman (61) started to care for the the physical disabled man - and now they want to marry this year.

The story was made into a kind of variety documentary drama this month, omitting though that he wants to marry.

And now on Hochi the story in detail again: with the news about his marriage registration.

http://www.hochi.co.jp/topics/20151205-OHT1T50026.html

The time of the plane crash again and a followup on him: this time with his new wife. Several videos of the whole program are on YouTube already - aired at about 20:30 JST today.

Several things may need update in Sumo Reference: His real name is given in the old Hochi article (still there) as Kakuta (also on the National Diet Library page for his book), not Tsunoda, wikipedia gives his first shikona also as Kakuta and Kotokakuta, not Kadota and then Kotokadota - Sadogatake-beya standard for the first shikona is Koto- with the real name. https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/琴旭基太造

That real name is different now anyway - he took on the name of his rich wife, Yokose 横瀬 (he hasn't changed it on his blog yet though).

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On 12.8.2016 at 18:15, Akinomaki said:

Former sd Seigo saved a mother and her 2 small kids from drowning in the river. He works at Togami Control in Saga city

And today he received a certificate of appreciation from the Saga wider area fire department. http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/national/list/201608/CK2016082602000235.html

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Big in the news.

He went with his clothes into the river: "Butsukari-geiko has become useful" to stand firm against getting washed away. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1700509.html

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On 3.11.2015 at 11:04, Akinomaki said:

ex-Wakanohana III as daimyo in the Hakone daimyo procession on Culture Day today. Heading the procession are the tsuyu-harai (dew sweepers), who clear the way (and made the people bow to the ground), here not for the yokozuna but in their original office, for their Lords and Ladies.

And he was special guest this year as well - of course again in the tono-sama role.

NTV news about the event http://www.news24.jp/articles/2016/11/03/07345487.html

 

 

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More about some who run ramen and chanko restaurants.

In Iwakuni city, Yamaguchi, former sd Tsurunomai has a ramen restaurant. He had to retire because of knee injuries. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/yamaguchi/news/20161106-OYTNT50049.html

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Recently a channel about formerly known persons has some info about rikishi - unfortunately the videos have just 2 photos - former and now - and a running text. Usually I skip that kind of videos, but the information in these are not just copied from some recent articles that I read anyway.

Nearly the whole makuuchi career of Kotobeppu falls into the period of my 2nd stay in Japan and he was one of my favorites. Apparently he is the only one so far who dropped from (new) juryo straight (over 1 year kyujo) to jonokuchi and then came back to reach makuuchi. After intai he trained ramen making for 3 months and had at first one shop in Chiba pref. and then returned home to Beppu, Oita, to open one there: "Ramen Itchan Kotobeppu-ten" - where also chanko nabe is served. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKKY8mS2lpk

Good-looking yumitori performer Hokutoasahi has a chanko restaurant in Soka-city, Saitama: "Shokuraku Kyokudozan" - he was Kyokudozan's tsukebito - Kyokudozan's blog entry about the opening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF2_cWONpBg

A visit to the restaurant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns3R3QuH91M

more from that channel:

Mitoizumi's younger brother Umenosato should be helping his brother run Nishikido-beya https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiCu8ou1R_c

He wasn't mentioned yet in connection with the problems there.

About well known Yamamotoyama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIcWHTaACQM

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