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Former makuuchi Hochiyama (31) retired and became Kimigahama-oyakata in Sakaigawa-beya.

At the riji-kai in November the requirement for becoming oyakata was lowered to 28 basho as sekitori, if the former holder of the myoseki and the shisho as guarantors hand in a written application and the riji-kai (was today) approves. (I missed that this new rule was established).

Usually the requirement is 30 basho, Hochiyama has 29.

http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=spo_30&k=2013122000938

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Bowing out in style with a yusho clinching win in sandanme. Otsukare!

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The new rule from the rijikai on Nov. 17th hadn't been published before it's first use, PR chief Hakkaku apologized for that and explained there had been the suggestion to lower the norm a bit.
Looks like there has to be as a guarantor an active oyakata in addition to the shisho and the former holder, but the articles differ slightly in nuances about that.
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2013/12/20/kiji/K20131220007239560.html
Hochiyama intai press conference with Sakaigawa-oyakata:
http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20131220-1233975.html
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Former makuuchi Hochiyama (31) retired and became Kimigahama-oyakata in Sakaigawa-beya.

At the riji-kai in November the requirement for becoming oyakata was lowered to 28 basho as sekitori, if the former holder of the myoseki and the shisho as guarantors hand in a written application and the riji-kai (was today) approves. (I missed that this new rule was established).

Usually the requirement is 30 basho, Hochiyama has 29.

http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=spo_30&k=2013122000938

Now that's what I call a tailor-made rule...

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A couple more shots from Hochiyama's intai press conference. He revealed his most memorable bout was on the opening day of the 2007 Hatsu basho, his first bout against Wakanosato - both men are from Hirosaki in Aomori prefecture. Hochiyama won that one, but Wakanosato won their remaining four meetings.

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Sad news! His career was suprizing with spectacular up and down in hierarchy.

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Hochiyama retired because of his chronic diseases: lower back pain, diabetes etc.

He wants to repay the NSK for it's kindness of letting him become oyakata by lowering the requirements.

Sakaigawa-oyakata: “For several basho now he has said he has no confidence in his physical condition, this was the right time.”

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/sumo/news/20131220-OHT1T00198.htm

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Now one question remains:

Will he appear on the Hatsu 2014 banzuke?

The retirement was made public well after the banzuke re-arrangment,

but it could have already been processed internally before.

Any takes?

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Hochiyama (Kimigahama-oyakata) danpatsu-shiki in the kokugikan today. About 350 had a cut, among them high school sempai Mainoumi. Many women as well, he stepped off the dohyo for them (said to be unusual for a danpatsu-shiki).
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/06/01/kiji/K20140601008281410.html
Last cut by Sakaigawa-oyakata (pics)
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Baruto had his mother and maybe his wife do that. I suppose mothers and wives are special cases.

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Some more pictures from Hochiyama's danpatsu-shiki.

Outside the Kokugikan ahead of the danpatsu-shiki. I assume the lady here is his mother, also joined by stablemate Sadanoumi.

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New Juryo promotee Wakanoshima takes his cut. He and Hochiyama made their sumo debut together in the 2000 Haru basho. The gyoji is Kimura Yukihiro.

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Fellow Aomori prefecture native Homarefuji.

Hochiyama03_Homarefuji.jpg

Asasekiryu.

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Wakanosato, another from Aomori.

Hochiyama05_Wakanosato.jpg

Homasho.

Hochiyama06_Homasho.jpg

Yoshikaze.

Hochiyama07_Yoshikaze.jpg

Yoshiazuma.

Hochiyama08_Yoshiazuma.jpg

Fujiazuma.

Hochiyama09_Fujiazuma.jpg

Satoyama.

Hochiyama10_Satoyama.jpg

Azumaryu.

Hochiyama11_Azumaryu.jpg

Masunoyama.

Hochiyama12_Masunoyama.jpg

Dekiyama-oyakata (former Sekiwake Dewanohana).

Hochiyama13_Dekiyama.jpg

Hochiyama's Sakaigawa stablemates now take part, starting with Sadanofuji.

Hochiyama14_Sadanofuji.jpg

Sadanoumi.

Hochiyama15_Sadanoumi.jpg

Toyohibiki.

Hochiyama16_Toyohibiki.jpg

Myogiryu.

Hochiyama17_Myogiryu.jpg

Goeido.

Hochiyama18_Goeido.jpg

Sekinoto-oyakata (former Komusubi Iwakiyama), also an Aomori native.

Hochiyama19_Sekinoto.jpg

Sakaigawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Ryogoku) makes the final cut.

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