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Meiji era Yokozuna photo

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Saw this on Retronaut first. Supposedly Meiji era Japan. Name that Rikishi!

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It should be Umegatani II, but I'm not very sure.

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It should be Umegatani II, but I'm not very sure.

Here he is. I'd bet on it.

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Found an other picture of him for better comparison.

The right earlap and the hair line looks identical to me.

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Found an other picture of him for better comparison.

The right earlap and the hair line looks identical to me.

You are too funny, you missed to mention the big elephant stomach in the room? Back then this body type was far from the norm.

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There was an article I remember reading from Sumo World magazine that had a 13 year old future yokozuna in a picture with the Emperor Meiji. At first I thought it might be Futabayama but he was born in 1912 and Emperor Meiji died in 1912, so it couldn't be him.

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Found an other picture of him for better comparison.

The right earlap and the hair line looks identical to me.

You are too funny, you missed to mention the big elephant stomach in the room? Back then this body type was far from the norm.

Yeah, I was going to say there's no way that was a Meiji era rikishi as he was way too fat. I also thought that initial photo looked rather doctored, but that's probably a result of the terrible hand-coloring job. After seeing the other (uncolored) photos, I certainly can believe it. Literally every other photograph I've seen of guys from before the era when Yokozuna were marked on the banzuke have been significantly skinnier than the average sekitori today. Sure, they look big in wood-block prints, but that's an idealized portrayal.

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Found this link with the same photo that torquato posted. This site is in Korean Hangul. When you scroll down to the same photo, the caption below also reads "the second Umegatani D(t)otaro" (2대째 우메가타니 도타로).[/size]

I got the picture from the Japanese version of the site. I feel a bit more compfortable reading Japanese. ;-)

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Oh lord, I didn't even notice that (Laughing...) Thanks! I think it's bedtime after a 48 hour day..

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