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Asashosakari

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20 in all.

Makushita:

Hakiai (Kitanoumi)

Sandanme:

Tochinosato (Kasugano)

Dewanosato (Dewanoumi)

Yoyonohana (Minezaki)

Yakunoshima (Chiganoura)

Gonoumi (Fujishima)

Daishodo (Otake)

Jonidan:

Notozakura (Onomatsu)

Ogifuji (Isegahama)

Sachiazuma (Tamanoi)

Takaeirai (Takanohana)

Minei (Shikihide)

Gyuo (Shikihide)

Asatodoroki (Takasago)

Kototakigawa (Sadogatake)

Jonokuchi:

Kosenho (Nishikido)

Hakuyuki (Azumazeki)

Kotoanbai (Sadogatake)

Nakata (Azumazeki)

Banzuke-gai:

Sadanohama (Sakaigawa)

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Something seems to be in the water at Sadogatake... no less than seven of the bottom ranked nine rikishi were absent this basho, they are filling up the (after Sadanohama's intai) empty banzuke-gai department (four from Sadogatake-beya along with Itoku from Shikihide-beya).

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Something seems to be in the water at Sadogatake... no less than seven of the bottom ranked nine rikishi were absent this basho, they are filling up the (after Sadanohama's intai) empty banzuke-gai department (four from Sadogatake-beya along with Itoku from Shikihide-beya).

And the four who are going banzuke-gai have all missed at least the last three tournaments, so they're not just random low-rankers who didn't have very far to fall; they're all coming down from sandanme.

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Just to add, Hakuyuki was the kid with the apparent Brazilian background, so neither he nor Indonesian-background Kotoanbai ever had an official bout.

Also, that was a quick end to Takasago-beya's hopes for the semi-promising duo they recruited two years ago. Collegiate Asanishimura already called it quits due to injury a few months ago, and now Asatodoroki (ex-Asaueno) is out, too.

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Tochinosato reached makushita within one year of his debut but never made it to Juryo, which makes it one of the most disappointing retirements of the last few basho. I don't believe that this is a very normal occurrence, but what do I know.

Also college Yokozuna Hakiai was a good candidate. I don't know how the knee injured affected his perfomance, as it happened before my time, but despite the energic sumo he never looked like Juryo material to me. He retired saying he gave his best. It certainly looked like he did.

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2015/05/22/kiji/K20150522010397420.html

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Assorted danpatsu-shiki pictures, beginning with Ogifuji.

Tsubakifuji was quite emotional as he made his cut, as he now takes over from Ogifuji as Aminishiki's lead tsukebito. [2]

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Aminishiki arrives to make his cut, and it was Ogifuji's turn to get emotional. [4]

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Even Isegahama-oyakata (former Yokozuna Asahifuji) had to wipe away some tears as he made the final cut. [6]

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Aminishiki and Homarefuji entertained the guests with a song and dance routine at a celebration afterwards.

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Now with a proper haircut, Ogifuji poses for a picture with former stablemate-turned-entertainer Aononami.

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Yakunoshima. He was one of four rikishi who went with the shisho when Chiganoura-beya branched out from Kasugano-beya in 2004. He has secured a job in Toyohashi, Aichi prefecture.

Masunoyama.

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Inagawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Futeno).

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Okamisan.

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Chiganoura-oyakata (former Maegashira Chikubayama) makes the final cut. [2]

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Proper haircut.

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And a farewell speech to the guests.

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Hakiai.

With an oichomage for the final time.

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And after a proper haircut.

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Sachiazuma.

Greeted by some of his stablemates and handed a bouquet of flowers following the final bout of his career.

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With Tamanoi-beya's tokoyama Tokotsuka, who prepared his oichomage.

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Sachiazuma's brother makes a cut.

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The remaining pictures are poor quality. The previous Tamanoi-oyakata also participated in the haircutting. [2]

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And now the present Tamanoi-oyakata (former Ozeki Tochiazuma) makes the final cut. [3]

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Finally, Teraofuji retired after the Haru basho but his danpatsu-shiki was held at Shikoroyama-beya's senshuraku party for this basho. He was one of two rikishi who joined the heya when it branched out from Izutsu-beya in 2004. He is now in the process of getting the qualifications he needs to become a childcare worker, quite a change of career path.

Tatsutagawa-oyakata (former Komusubi Homasho) makes his cut.

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And the shisho (former Sekiwake Terao) makes the final cut.

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Assorted danpatsu-shiki pictures, beginning with Ogifuji.

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Even Isegahama-oyakata (former Yokozuna Asahifuji) had to wipe away some tears as he made the final cut. [6]

Incidentally, Ogifuji had been there as long as the shisho has. He actually made his debut a month before Asahifuji took over at the then-Ajigawa-beya, but I'm fairly sure the six-deshi group who joined the stable in March 1993 was already recruited by Asahifuji. Fellow 1977-born Tomonofuji was also part of that bunch.

(Actually, is it perhaps possible the DB is slightly wrong and these six rikishi were with Asahifuji in Oshima-beya for their maezumo appearance before moving to Ajigawa a month later?)

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(Actually, is it perhaps possible the DB is slightly wrong and these six rikishi were with Asahifuji in Oshima-beya for their maezumo appearance before moving to Ajigawa a month later?)

(IIRC) I found a comprehensive list of all Heisei era rikishi with readings and heya history on the web, which was extremely valuable to clear up all name readings and heya histories. Of course, this list may be wrong, but so far it has held up the test of time quite well.
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A few extra danpatsu-shiki pictures.

Yoyonohana was one of the survivors of Hanakago-beya, moving to Minezaki-beya when Hanakago closed three years ago. He's moving on to a job as a landscape gardener, according to my source.

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Final cut by Minezaki-oyakata (former Maegashira Misugiiso).

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Yobidashi Masao gives a special jinku performance after the haircutting finished.

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And after a proper haircut, one more picture with the shisho and (I assume) the okamisan.

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Sadanohama. Kimura Chishu was the participating gyoji.

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Hakiai had a post-danpatsu karaoke party with a few friends. The following day, he got married to his girlfriend of about ten years.

Hakiai belts out a tune.

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Yobidashi Matsuo takes his turn on the microphone. On the left is Daishiryu. The guy in the checked shirt is supposedly former Kise-beya rikishi Kabutoiwa, who retired a couple of years ago.

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