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25 years of the Kehaya-za sumo hall in Katsuragi-city, Nara prefecture.
Taima-no-Kehaya was the one defeated and killed by a kick breaking his hipbone after a 7day fight to the death with Nomi-no-Sukune in the first recorded sumo bout, before the Tenno. Thus he is with Nomi-no-Sukune a "founder" of sumo. The hall is at the side of his tomb.
There's an admission fee of 300Yen for adults, but apparently tourists from overseas, also for longer stay and exchange students can enter for free on showing their passport.
From a peak of 6700 visitors a year in the 1992 season (April to March), the number dropped below 1500 in 2011. To counter this, in 2014 they started to have several events and other PR effective measures. They also have pamphlets in English and 4 other foreign languages now. In 2014 they had again 3200 visitors, this year the first half year up to September was 15% up compared to last year.
In the hall they have an exhibition dohyo the size of one at a main basho and exhibit several of their 12 00 sumo items.
From the 10th to the 12th they have the Kehaya-matsuri, where you can experience keiko with rikishi from Sadogatake-beya.
http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASHB13V1THB1POMB004.html
Google street-view access (you can nearly read the explanations to the exhibits)
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a banzuke from the Edo period, considered to be from November 1839
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a sekitori personal zabuton from Terao
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a collection of magazines etc.
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a yokozuna kesho-mawashi set from Kitanoumi
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On the 4th Ikioi was in the hall to sing jinku

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25 years of the Kehaya-za sumo hall in Katsuragi-city, Nara prefecture.

The hall has on exhibit the yokozuna kesho mawashi set Kitanoumi used for his first dohyo-iri.

It shows in pics the popular traditional 3 Japanese quality grades ShoChikuBai, pine (better), bamboo and plum (lower).

It reads Masuiyama-koenkai on the bottom, it was made for Kitanoumi's 1st Mihogaseki shisho, ex-ozeki Masuiyama I (the father) in 1949. It hadn't been used because Masuiyama didn't make it to yokozuna as expected. After his 2nd yusho (1st as ozeki) he failed to get kachi-koshi again because of injuries and soon retired.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/nara/news/20151126-OYTNT50273.html

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25 years of the Kehaya-za sumo hall in Katsuragi-city, Nara prefecture.

Taima-no-Kehaya was the one defeated and killed by a kick breaking his hipbone after a 7day fight to the death with Nomi-no-Sukune in the first recorded sumo bout, before the Tenno. Thus he is with Nomi-no-Sukune a "founder" of sumo.

in 2014 they started to have several events and other PR effective measures.

They had a manzai performance on the 16th - with the 2 comedians in mawashi.

On the 24th these 2 will present a reformed story of Taima-no-Kehaya: one where he won that bout with Nomi-no-Sukune.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/nara/news/20160118-OYTNT50364.html

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a manzai performance on the 16th - with the 2 comedians in mawashi.

On the 24th these 2 will present a reformed story of Taima-no-Kehaya: one where he won that bout with Nomi-no-Sukune.

This event had one special happening: former governor of Osaka Ota on the (here not sacred) dohyo.

As governor she had expressed the wish to present the Osaka governor's award at the Haru basho, but the NSK had refused to abolish the rule to prohibit women from stepping onto the (sacred) dohyo at a honbasho, or to grant an exception.

It was a whole play about Taima-no-Kehaya, with Yoshimoto-kogyo comedians and locals performing.

Ota in the final stage of the play entered the doyho as the (imaginary) riji-cho of the Ancient-Japan Sumo Federation.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/national/20160124-OYT1T50105.html

interviewed on the dohyo

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Nara pref. has published a nice video, first about the sumo shrine in Sakurai-city (this video tells the location) and then the Katsuragi sumo hall

- the whole Maho-roman PR series they posted yesterday also has English versions

the Japanese one


this older one tells the place as well

At the sumo summit, at one event in the city, but another hall, Hakuho had a sumo talk with about 1200 listening, analyzing the bout between the 2 sumo ancestors, which is the center of the whole summit and all the recent PR from Nara pref. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/nara/news/20160228-OYTNT50261.html

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An exhibition with a rare poster and photos of Kitanoumi now is in the hall, till the 14th.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/nara/news/20160407-OYTNT50113.html
In a campaign for wearing a seatbelt, the Hokkaido police had asked him to do it:

Inochi (life) no yoko-zuna - reading "yokozuna" as "seatbelt": a lifeline (=inochi-zuna) from the side
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Tagonoura-beya had a public asa-geiko session in the Kehaya-za hall, about 60 watched. Kisenosato was not there, he has another schedule. The heya gets invited by Katsuragi-city since 2014. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/nara/news/20160615-OYTNT50210.html
Takayasu and 5 others trained there for 2 hours
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Tagonoura-beya had a public asa-geiko session in the Kehaya-za hall, about 60 watched. Kisenosato was not there, he has another schedule. The heya gets invited by Katsuragi-city since 2014. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/nara/news/20160615-OYTNT50210.html

Takayasu and 5 others trained there for 2 hours

A video from the Katsuragi TV channel

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The 1st "Kehaya-za Comic Dojo" was held on the 14th. They had the play again:

On 28.1.2016 at 14:07, Akinomaki said:

a whole play about Taima-no-Kehaya, with Yoshimoto-kogyo comedians and locals performing.

But comedians also did a kind of shokkiri show - the articles doesn't use the name and just says a sketch comedy as an explanation of forbidden moves, so it might be a bit different from the usual one. http://www.sankei.com/west/news/160815/wst1608150031-n1.html

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On 16.6.2016 at 13:34, Akinomaki said:

Tagonoura-beya had a public asa-geiko session in the Kehaya-za hall. The heya gets invited by Katsuragi-city since 2014.

And Takayasu had a talk-show there today - not without talk about ani-deshi Kisenosato: "I had been hoping for this day to come and was as happy as if it had happened to me." http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/1784571.html

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A new use for the Kehaya-za sumo hall - and the opening of the dohyo for women?

For tomorrow a dohyo wedding is scheduled there. PR for the hall with a mock wedding by a pair that intends to really marry later - a PR event by wedding organizer Office C&N: "For sumo fans the dohyo is a place to long for. It should become a space open to all genders." They hope to interest people to really have their wedding like this: dohyo-iri style, led by the gyoji and yobidashi the couple enters - members of the local sumo jinku club sing, chanko as wedding banquet. http://www.wakayamashimpo.co.jp/2018/12/20181201_83241.html

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22 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

For tomorrow a dohyo wedding is scheduled there. PR for the hall with a mock wedding by a pair that intends to really marry later - a PR event by wedding organizer Office C&N:

The event today - no video yet

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On 01/12/2018 at 18:49, Akinomaki said:

dohyo-iri style, led by the gyoji and yobidashi the couple enters - members of the local sumo jinku club sing, chanko as wedding banquet

Still no video of the dohyo wedding  - the Katsuragi TV channel may post that end of the year http://www.city.katsuragi.nara.jp/index.cfm/21,0,68,450,html

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The local tourist association now accepts applications for this type of wedding - costs: 350 000 yen or more

 

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