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Former Ozeki Takanonami has passed away

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He stopped his habits of drinking 5.4 liters of sake.

Who arrived at this figure and how did they arrive at it?

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Awful news after spending a weekend offline.

Does anybody remember who dubbed him the "Evil Ozeki", and why?

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The 5.4 liters a day figure is just jaw-dropping. It roughly translates to three isshoubin 一升瓶 sake bottles, each of which holds 1.8 liters of sake, the biggest you see in an every izakaya at the counter. It is still a lot of alcohol and sugar.

Rest in peace.

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Awful news after spending a weekend offline.

Does anybody remember who dubbed him the "Evil Ozeki", and why?

Post 16 of this old thread.... http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=2791 ....mentions:

"In later years, Takanonami has also earned him self nicknames such as "The Evil One" and "Matta King". I think these are related, and allude to his tendency to stall the tachiai until he gets it the way he wants it, thereby causing an extraordinary amount of matta. But I don't know for how long matta has been associated with Takanonami. Wasn't there a rule change regarding the tachiai a couple of years ago, or at least a stricter interpretation of the rules? I seem to recall that Takatoriki had difficulties adjusting to the new rules, and that his tachiai suffered because of that."

I'm not sure if that is true or not..... (In jonokuchi...)

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the wide shows were full of long or short features, some may end up on the net (the boring part of one is there already)

the long version of the best one (with one of those awful CMs, thus the link to start at the right place)

Miyane-ya wide show

Edited by Akinomaki

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Takanonami was one of my favourites when I was a child. Watching the old bouts makes me happy and sad at the same time.

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At the tsuya with about 300 guests, all in Nagoya, where the family home is
Arriving
Takanohana and 2 more ichimon oyakata: Onomatsu and Otake
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ex-Kaio (Asakayama)
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Ichinojo (Minato-beya is in the "wider" Takanohana-group)
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while in high school he went for training to Takanohana-beya and got instructed by Otowayama-oyakata
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Takayasu
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Tamanoi-oyakata
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leaving
Taka
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Yamahibiki-oyakata (ex-Ganyu)
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at the funeral service with again about 300 guests
arriving
Otake-oyakata with Osunaarashi
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greeting those attending
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with the widow
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unchanged decoration and the changing digital photo frame from the tsuya, with his posthumous Buddhist name:
貴勇院 釋貞誠 Kiyuu-in Shakuteijou
http://www.daily.co.jp/sumo/2015/06/23/0008146711.shtml
貴 Ki is the Taka (noble) from Takanonami, 勇 is courage, 院 -in is the standard ending of a Buddhist name
釋 means disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni (usual form at the Jodo-Shinshu sect), 貞 is the Sada from his first name Sadahiro (unlike in SumoReference in his real name apparently read Tadahiro), means truth
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the procession with the coffin following, I guess behind the widow are the mother and the sister
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carrying the coffin
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bidding farewell as the car with the coffin leaves
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That deshi behind Takanohana (you can see him clearly in the last photo) seems deeply stricken...

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That deshi behind Takanohana (you can see him clearly in the last photo) seems deeply stricken...

And the one next to him too. Could they be the twins, Takagenji and Takayoshitoshi?

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I never suspected he smoked and drank so much (not so rare in the sumo world or indeed Japan). Somehow I just put him on a higher pedestal than that. Huh.

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Dear Tenshinhan,

Thank you for the great video post!

I will always remember Misawa City Hall putting out the Takanonami banners during the bashos.

He started sumo about 2 years after I started following the sport; and although I had no exposure to the lower-divisions at the time, he caught my attention in '91 with his first makuuchi matches against the Hawaiians.

Hats off and glasses raised.

shimodahito

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