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Dejima!

An island near Nagasaki through which the Dutch were permitted to trade with the Japanese.

Is that the one? (Blinking...) (Applauding...)

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Yes indeed, if there is one rikishi who most resembles the Pilsbury Doughboy, Daydreamer is him! (Iron Chef) Pastey!

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Oh yeah, and he hails from Ishikawa prefecture, Kanazawa City. Nice town on the Japan Sea...great seafood, Kenroku gardens, old samurai quarter, and ninja-dera. (Applauding...)

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the only rikishi who is so pale that he is actually transparent. also a member of the ugliest heya along with the slug (miyabiyama) and angelina jolie (kakizoe) not to mention the walking hairball (buyuzan) and the kingpin (musashimaru). rounding out the heya from hell is musoyama who, while not particularly ugly is annoying for his general uselessness as an ozeki.

I guess Wakanoyama could be called hairball n. 2...

Quick thoughts about Dejima then:

Former College Rikishi, who took part in the Amateur Sumo World Championships I think (confirmation?), former Ozeki, won one Yusho and looked quite awesome at the time (I remember especially one incredible nage against Akebono) but has been the shadow of himself ever since, due to (surprise, surprise) injury and (if I recall) some weird disease... His sumo style, however, has not changed: perhaps the most good-tachi-ai-dependent Rikishi I've ever seen, Dejima knows only of one way (except for his nage mentioned above of course) to win - but also, quite often, lose -, that is, straight ahead, rhinoceros-style. He's even more one-dimensional than his former rival Taikai (who as a plan B can always use his tremendous pulling ability due to a great sense of timing) who got to the top of Makuuchi and to Ozeki at about the same time...

Edited by Azumaryu

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"The best way to train is to have training partners who can take your charge no matter how hard you hit". Dejima's comment from 2000 gives some hint to why Musashigawa-beya was optimal heya for him to join. Dejime never trained yotsu-sumo really. Even as a kid he was always told to forget the mawashi and push push push so naturally Dejima became a pushing machine.

Legs must be mentioned in reference to Dejima. Whereas in sumo legs play a big role, Dejima has been one of the most devoted in this too. In his university years he would do countless of squats with training partner on his back and often ran the stairs with training partner on his back. At Musashigawa-beya he had all the needed conditions to develop his immense de-ashi even further. Upon joining ozumo in 1996 he kept doing 50 training bouts a day against Musashimaru, Musoyama and others. He got through makushita and juryo with ease and was well on his way to ozeki already in Kyushu 1997 but then got a bad injury in a bout against Tamakasuga fracturing his ankle and rupturing ligaments. That serious injury didn't stop him though and his de-ashi was stronger than ever soon after returning onto dohyo. At his peak his leg power was unmatched. Not only did he have annihilating power in his legs he was also very explosive. Deadly combination and for example Akebono was totally devastated by his leg power and lost 6 times in a row to Dejima.

Azumaryu's comment refers to Dejima's sukuinage against Akebono in Nagoya 1999. He stopped Akebono at the tachi-ai, dug in and propelled Ake back to the tawara. Akebono resisted but Dejima turned the forward pressure into a neat sukuinage. Akebono's head yanked and the whole body followed. Very impressive win. They met at the play-off again where Dejima got aside of Akebono following the impact and caught Akebono upright dispatching him to win his only yusho in makuuchi.

Dejima is the easiest rikishi to figure out indeed. He does low oshi and nothing but. At some rare occasions he aims higher up but mostly it is just low oshi and then by pumping his still formidable thigh muscles he exerts all he's got. It is very true that a good tachi-ai by Dejima is a bad sign for all his foes but nowadays his tachi-ai has faded away. Still is good at times but more often than not, his tachi-ai doesn't give him big advantage in the bout. He has to start the bout all over when the tachi-ai has taken place. Still as evidence of his leg power, he can often generate the necessary pressure by renewing the attack from static position. Even when his foes get a good grip, Dejima can go for all out "I'll run you out before you throw me!"-habit of his which often results in flying rikishi*2. Also often his compact low oshi gives him morozashi and from there he can just put those pumping thighs in use again. In Nagoya basho he won some bouts after getting morozashi. A good example of the constant leg power win was his day 9 win against Kaiho in Nagoya. Robust.

Former College Rikishi, who took part in the Amateur Sumo World Championships I think (confirmation?),

In 1991 perhaps. He won world championship title in sumo for sure.

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Dejima has turned 30 in March.

Here some pictures:

Beating Akebono in Nagoya 1999 play-off:

DejimaAkebono.jpg

Posing with the Emperor's Cup at his prime:

DejimaNagoya99.jpg

Battling Kotomitsuki in Haru 2001 as a 26-year old.

MitsukiDejima01.jpg

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that aint mikey and dejima sure doesn't look like he is winning either

Before Dejima-thread becomes a "Who is that rikishi?"-thread, it is essential that all human beings on earth believe me without reservations and take this picture to be Dejima vs Kotomitsuki for sure (Applauding...)

It is Kotomitsuki for sure because:

a) That is Kotomitsuki sumo against Dejima

b) That is Kotomitsuki's body

c) That is surely from Haru 2001

d) I remember the bout

e) Mauritania was attacked by locusts (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3537314.stm)

And Dejima is losing badly that bout yes...

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With Nishi on this - but if it does turn out to be Kotomitsuki I'm off for an eye test.

(Applauding...) (Laughing...) (Blinking...)

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that aint mikey and dejima sure doesn't look like he is winning either

Before Dejima-thread becomes a "Who is that rikishi?"-thread, it is essential that all human beings on earth believe me without reservations and take this picture to be Dejima vs Kotomitsuki for sure (Laughing...)

Well, it sure looks like Tosanoumi to me.. And Mickey always has both elbows bandaged, no? Can't be Mickey. And let's return to the issue at hand-Dejima!

Edited by Kintamayama

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Then it's not Tosanoumi? Hmm..

Nah! it couldnt be, Tosanoumi has ridiculously thin calf muscles, those are reasonably muscled calves in that picture (Laughing...)

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hmmm... Dejima

i am expecting (not holding my breath though) a tegata from him through a Japanese friend of mine that lives next door to his father's home.

if he delivers he will be one of my favourites ... (Laughing...)

if not he will remain the pinkest person i have seen ....

:-P

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Here are many various stories I found on the SML archive about Dejima.

Quite interesting

The Sankei Sports - October 14, 1999

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Ozeki Dejima accepted a part-time teaching position at

his alma mater, Moriyamacho Public School in

Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa Prefecture (ed. the school's

home page at

http://www.city.kanazawa.ishikawa.jp/syou/moriyama/

).

He accepted the offer of a special lecturer/instructor

from the school principal when he visited the newly

built "Dejima Memorial Pavilion" at the school after

the Kanazawa Jyungyo, held on October 13. He will

start "teaching" in the next February when he comes

back for a home visit between the bashos.

It's been over 10 years since the ozeki last visited

the school. "I've known him since he was little. He

grew up normally and never became delinquent. He

really grew up to be a great ozeki. He is definitely

a wonderful role model for the students," the

principal said.

The principal said he wanted Dejima to tell his

experience to the kids as a special instructor.

Dejima responded, "I accept it with pleasure. I'd like

to help out anyway I can."

Dejima was also very impressed with the exhibits,

ranging from an sumo championship award he received

while he was attending the public school to a replica

of the yusho cup he got at the Nagoya basho.

Dejima graduated from Chuo University but he does not

have a real teaching certificate. However by

dedicating and devoting himself totally to sumo, he

has achieved the quick promotion to ozeki. He will be

a "living teaching material" to the students.

So soon after the Hatsu Basho next year, we will

witness the birth of a new "mage" teacher, "Lecturer

Dejima".

(joe Kuroda)

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Komusubi Dejima has injured his right knee while going through

training matches with Musoyama on February 11. He went through the

detail examinations on 15th and was told it would take up to two weeks

for the recovery.

Musashigawa oyakata(former yokozuna Mienoumi) said, "We are relieved

that he would not need to undergo a surgery and are pleased that it

was not as serious as initially thought."

But Dejima won't be able to start training before March so it's

unlikely he can prepare himself 100% and be physically ready at the

start of Haru basho.

Dejima recovered from a serious foot injury suffered at Kyushu basho

in 1977.

(Joe Kuroda Feb 1999)

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Nikkan Sports - Feb. 26, 1999

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Dejima who is recovering from an injury to the right knee showed up at

the Musashigawa training room on February 25 to start light work out.

Though he did not attempt any dohyo training, he went through light

exercises including 'teppos' and squats. "I can't try 'shiko' (stomp)

yet but I feel motivated just putting the mawashi back on," said

Dejima with a smile.

When he was pushed out by Musoyama during training matches on February

11, he suddenly felt his right knee go numb and could not put any

weight on. Soon both sides of the right knee became swollen. He was

told it would take two weeks to heal when he was examined.

There was a distint possibility that he would miss the Haru basho,

starting March 14 in Osaka. Fortunately he has recovered rather

quickly, and since February 18, he has started a rehabilitation

program doing stair-climbing and leg curls.

At the moment he feels almost no pain in the knee. "I may do too much

too soon and re-injure the knee so I won't start the dohyo training

now I wait till (I go to) Osaka. I think I can make the Haru basho

somehow," said Dijima.

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With Dejima's promotion to Ozeki, I have dug up from the archive my March

7,1998, paean to Dejima. Dejima had a remarkable record rocketing from

Juryo 12 to sanyaku, having risen in Tochiazuma's shadow and surpassed him,

only to suffer a serious ankle injury. Please excuse the excesses in my

writing. But Dejima is not a fluke. He is not over his head. He's been

excellent all along:

"A few words on Dejima, whose presence I sorely miss.

In September 1996, Dejima was ranked at Juryo 12. In the space of 4 basho

(11-4, 9-6, 12-3, 11-4), he rocketed to Maegashira 3! There, in the

meatgrinder, he paused momentarily, going 7-8 at the 1997 Natsu basho.

However, he recovered in Nagoya, even though still in the meatgrinder at

Maegashira 4, making his kachi-koshi with 6 straight wins at the end of the

tourney, including a victory over Tochiazuma on Day 13. Promoted to

Maegashira 1 in September 1997, he beat Takanonami on Day 1! He beat

Takanohana on Day 3!! He beat Tosanoumi, Takatoriki and Akebono on Days 7,

8 an d 9 !!!!! He finished with 5 straight wins and an 11-4 record. At

about this time, I began to notice a little bit ....

At Kyushu, having been promoted to Nishi Sekiwake, following an opening

day loss to Oginishiki, Dejima reeled off six consecutive victories.

During this stretch from mid-Nagoya through mid-Kyushu 1997, Dejima

achieved a record in the upper ranks of the maegashira and sanyaku of 26-5!

However, at this juncture, Dejima was injured.

I have previously written about young rikishi storming the banzuke,

pushing experienced veterans like Mitoizumi, Kitakachidoki, Asanowaka,

Terao, Mainoumi, down to the precipice overlooking Juryo. Among these

exciting newcomers, Sekiwake Tochiazuma stands out, with a record of 150

wins and 68 losses in 20 basho. Tochiazuma, at 21, has already won a Shukun

Sho prize for outstanding performance, and two Kanto Sho (fighting spirit)

and Gino Sho (technique). But the achievements of Dejima, nearly 24, are

certainly comparable: in just 12 basho, he has accumulated a 91-43 won-lost

record, also winning a Shukun Sho, one Kanto Sho and two Gino Sho. But,

unlike Tochiazuma, Dejima has (as noted above) two kinboshi, from Aki 1997!

For 1997, Dejima ranks SIXTH among all rikishi in John Jermanis's "power

ratings" For the 1997 Aki basho, his "Quality Ranking" was FOURTH!

In sumo today, we have several exciting young men -- Tochinonada,

Tochiazuma, Dejima, to name three. In baseball half a century ago, there

was not only Joe Dimaggio, but also his brothers Vince and Dominic. Dom, a

slender and compact singles hitter, prowled centerfield beside Ted

Williams, sweeping up anything hit his way, as the Red Sox challenged the

fearsome Yankees. In Boston, the song went, "He's better than his brother

Joe, Is Dominic Dimaggio!"

Now, I love watching Tochiazuma, especially as many commentators have said

he's too small, too weak, ever to challenge Akebono and Takanohana....But,

to stretch the analogy, as with Dom and Joe, Dejima emerges from the

shadows of the spotlight accorded Tochiazuma to reveal a brilliantly

promising talent!

A salute to Dejima! May he soon return, happy and healthy, to resume his

winning ways at the pinnacle of the sumo world!

(Chuck & Luisa Finberg Aug 99)

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Nikkan Sports - January 8, 2000

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Ozeki Dejima has finally got to meet his dream girl in

person. Dejima's wish came true on Bay-FM Radio's

"Mayumi Takeuchi's Tokyo Bay Morning Active Weekend",

when Kumiko Endo ("En-Kumi") dropped by to say "hello"

to Dejima who has been telling everyone that one day

he wanted to meet his "idol", "En-Kumi". "This is

like my heart jumping out of my body," said Dejima,

blushing throughout the encounter.

He could not contain his delight when he was presented

with an En-Kumi calendar and doll. "I'd put them next

to my pillow every night and pray that I could do my

best," said Dejima, adding it would motive him to get

the Yusho at Hatsu Basho and yokozuna soon after

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this isn't much of a spoiler, as i am not going to be talking wins or

losses, and will also be referencing bashos past...

is it me, or does dejima's sumo seem really wild? i've been paying close

attention to his sumo since he is one of my bench sumo rikishi, and i have

noticed all basho, win or lose he seems really wild, to the point of out of

control. i haven't been in japan since aki 1996, so i have never seen him

do makuuchi sumo live, but i have been on the sumo list for most of the time

since then so i have been able to follow dejima's rise.

i have often heard report of his very powerful tachiai, and that his sumo

style is about power, so it would make sense that his tachiai would be a

little wild. but having been told of dale's sumo movie site(thank you very

much dale), i have been able to watch every match this basho. and in all of

his matches, his sumo seems to go way beyond strong right into wild and out

of control. he seems to have to actually recover from his own tachiai much

of the time. i don't see how that helps him.

am i wrong? is it just since he hasn't fought any of the other strong

rikishi yet? will he calm down when the other guy has power on his level?

or am i just imagining this and should go back and watch the movies again?

i will go back and review his matches anyway, just so i can reference

specific ones if anybody asks.

chabonowaka Jan 2001

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May 2001 from our own Manekineko

Just wondering, what is wrong with him? He is a loss away from mk, and he

wasn't really brilliant last basho either.

I know Musashigawa ozeki has grown to be a derogatory term, but why is

Dejima so bad? He and Chiyotaikai were perfectly OK ozeki (compared to

Takanonami and Miyabiyama) few basho ago, even if only managing 9-6

scores...

I don't even like him, but this worries me...

Jelena Macan

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Dejima is ranked at Sekiwake at Aki-basho and he needs

to win at least 10 wins to get back to Ozeki next basho in

Kyushu.

He does not need to face two Yokozuna.

He does not need to face three Ozeki, either.

He has 5 losses to spare.

He has to face 1 Ozeki, 1 Sekiwake, 2 Komusubi.

That's all "yaku-rikishi" he needs to face this basho.

So, that means as long as he beats all regular maegashira rikishi,

he could be re-promoted to Ozeki for Kyushu-basho in November

with 11-4 record.

Since all he needs is 10 wins, he could lose to one of his regular

maegashira opponent, and still record enough wins to get back to

Ozeki.

Is it possible?

So far, he has lost to two regular Maegashira rikishi, Kotomitsuki

and Tosanoumi. That's 2 and one more than he is allowed. On the

other hand, he beat Ozeki Chiyotaikai and that win covers one of

the two losses to the regular rikishi. As long as he could beat all

his opponents in Maegashira rank, he could get back to Ozeki. To

do so, he needs to beat Asashoryu and other young rikishi, such as

Tamanoshima, Takanowaka, and Tokitsuumi.

His projected opponents this basho would be:

Chiyotaikai W

Tochiazuma ?

Wakanosato ?

Tamanoshima ?

Kotonowaka ?

Asashoryu ?

Kotomitsuki L

Takanowaka ?

Tosanoumi L

Tamakasuga W

Kaiho ?

Tokitsuumi ?

Takanonami ?

Tochinonada ?

Kyokushuzan ?

How do you think?

If he misses this basho, it would be much harder to get back to

Ozeki for him. This might be the only chance for him for Ozeki.

If Miyabiyama gets demoted from Ozeki after this basho, he will

be in the same position as Dejima this basho. I think Tochiazuma,

Wakanosato, Asashoryu, Kotomitsuki and possibly Takanowaka are

all better rikishi than Miyabiyama and Dejima right now, and these

young rikishi will be only getting better.

-Toshiyori Masumiriki

(Masumi Abe after Dejima dropped to Sekiwake in Sept 2001)

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Only one week after his hospitalization, former Ozeki

Dejima started a last minute preparation for the May

Basho at Musashigawa Beya on April 21.

Dejima suffered a paralysis on his left side of face

during the Haru Basho, apparently due to a virus

entering through his ear. He even had a trouble

swallowing water as it left his lips and mouth numb.

He eventually finished the Haru Basho with 6 wins and

9 losses. After the end of Haru Basho, he was

admitted to a hospital and ended up staying there for

three weeks.

Dejima has experienced one injury after another in the

past year and has not had a kachi-koshi basho since

his Ozeki days. He also suffered a serious case of

Phlegmonous which caused him to stop training for a

while.

Though he still needs to take daily medications, he

feels he can still be successful once he can get going

as he is an oshi-zumo type of rikishi.

"I want to get back into a good enough shape so I can

start training with sekitoris as quickly as possible,"

said Dejima who may be facing Juryo demotion if he

doesn't get a kachi-koshi next time as he is likely to

be ranked around Maegashira 12 at the May Basho.

Joe Kuroda April 2002

Edit - wrong date (Laughing...) (spotted by Kashunowaka)

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Edited by sekihiryu

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Thanks for the great ML sum up!!! (Applauding...)

Among those articles there was already a hint of his proneness to somewhat less common rikishi health problems. Facial paralysis, streptococcal gastroentiritis etc. During his college career he got his opponent's finger deep into his eye causing temporary blindness and almost tearing his retina. Took some time to get over the fear of foe's fingers at tachi-ai.

His descension from ozeki was fast and conspicuosly health problem-driven. He had that long standing inflammation in his calf which made his sumo very difficult for quite a long while. Then just when his calf inflammation was getting conquored finally, his pulled his thigh flexor in a bout against Tosanoumi.

In ozumo Dejima's closest rivals of sort are Tamakasuga and Tochinonada. Tamakasuga was his senior in college. This is how Dejima speaks of Tamakasuga in 1999:

"Tama-zeki is one of the people I respect the most. I've been trying to emulate him, both personally and in my way of doing oshi-sumo, by relying on pushing techniques. I have never held a grudge against him (he refers to the bout against Tama where he broke his ankle). On the contrary. I actually felt a sense of satisfaction although it may sound strange. Tama-zeki is 2 years senior to me. As a member of the sumo club at Chuo Daigaku he trained me hard in my first two years until his joined Kataonami-beya in 1994. So I owe him a lot. On that particular day of my injury, even though we were at good terms, we could still fight with all our strength as rikishi. That is how I got injured. We trained with each other and always went to limit regardless of how close we were as friends."

Quote was from Sumo World January issue 2000.

Tochinonada competed in same tournaments as Dejima and if I recall correctly, they are friends. Very vital information for every sumofan to know this.

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His makuuchi career stats reveal a strong forward emphasis.

149 oshidashi

18 oshitaoshi

110 yorikiri

12 yoritaoshi

19 hatakikomi (4 against Tosanoumi with whom he has very even rivaly with

13-13)

9 hikiotoshi+tsukiotoshi+okuridashi+okuritaoshi altogether

Then some throws like 3 shitatenage, 2 uwatenage (both against Nada whom

he dominates in face to face although lately Nada has notched up more wins

against him), 5 kotenage etc.

Twice he carried Nami out with deep morozashi.

Seems content to stop Kokkai in his tracks.

Studied law in college, doesn't enjoy keiko, liked emailing with humans in 1999

at least. Pretty calm and quiet as a kid but determined. Liked baseball too.

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Update 19.4.2006

Since Nagoya 2004, Dejima has been a quite steady high-middle maegashira rikishi with 6-9 wins as a norm depending on the banzuke position. He has also gotten married and has not changed his sumo style much at all. This year he scored 8-7 at M6 in Hatsu basho and 6-9 at M4 in Haru basho. He is now 32 years old.

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Dejima is continuing to break his own record as a rikishi with the most active bashos since Ozeki demotion. As of this Haru Basho, he had 28 bashos since his demotion from Ozeki after the 2001 September Basho. He was 27 years old when he fell and since the demotion, he had two sekiwake bashos, two komusubi bashos and 24 Hiramaku bashos. He had returned to Sanyaku once during the period.

His record since the fall is 181 wins, 172 losses with winning percentage of .513. Prior to the demotion, he had 27 bashos with 220 wins, 139 losses with winning percentage of .613.

Everything being equal, one day his record should be taken over by his heya mate, Miyabiyama, now with 27 bashos since his ozeki demotion as Miyabiyama is still only 24 years old. An amazing thing about Miyabiyama is unlike many who fell from Ozeki, he keeps continuing to excel in a certain sense as he returned to Sanyaku six times and had six bashos as sekiwake, 4 bashos as komusubi since his fall.

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An amazing thing about Miyabiyama is unlike many who fell from Ozeki, he keeps continuing to excel in a certain sense as he returned to Sanyaku six times and had six bashos as sekiwake, 4 bashos as komusubi since his fall.

He'll be back , despite etc.. etc..

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An amazing thing about Miyabiyama is unlike many who fell from Ozeki, he keeps continuing to excel in a certain sense as he returned to Sanyaku six times and had six bashos as sekiwake, 4 bashos as komusubi since his fall.

He'll be back , despite etc.. etc..

I'm looking forward to his win about Tochiazuma in the May Basho :-P .

Miyabiyama for OZEKI.

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Everything being equal, one day his record should be taken over by his heya mate, Miyabiyama, now with 27 bashos since his ozeki demotion as Miyabiyama is still only 24 years old.
is = was

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Everything being equal, one day his record should be taken over by his heya mate, Miyabiyama, now with 27 bashos since his ozeki demotion as Miyabiyama is still only 24 years old.

...

erm... He is nearly 29.

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Miyabiyama has his own thread. It is greatly distressing to see featured rikishi threads digress like this. Shame on you Kintamayama! Old Veteran should know better. Godfather!

Dejima and wife:

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She must be fluent in English btw since she studied English in Australia. Not so common I guess for a makuuchi rikishi to have a wife fluent in English.

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