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Okami-san gallery

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Last year Mainichi had a series about the okami-san of several heya. I always wanted to post from that, now an article with several of them appeared http://www.news-postseven.com/archives/20170118_484645.html

so here is the gallery so far

Takanohana-beya - Keiko Hanada, west yokozuna on the Shukan Post okami-san banzuke that also got an article last year, but was not published in full on the net. Top yokozuna was the Isegahama-okami-san.

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Yamahibiki-beya - Minami Hirano

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Ootake-beya - Ayumi Sato

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Minato-beya - Makoto Miura, still also works as a doctor, but esp. for Ichinojo

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Mainichi relay: http://mainichi.jp/graph/2015/11/03/20151103ddm035070038000c/001.html

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Tatsunami-beya - Misako Ichikawa

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Mainichi relay http://mainichi.jp/articles/20161101/ddm/035/050/032000c.html

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Asakayama-beya - Mitsuko Koga, the ex pro-wrestler http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160105/ddm/035/070/146000c

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Minezaki-beya - Fukiko Kamisawa http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160202/ddm/035/070/085000c

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Onomatsu-beya - Hisako Teshima http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160301/ddm/035/050/054000c

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Musashigawa-beya - Masami Musashimaru http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160503/ddm/035/070/113000c

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The home of cats Arashio-beya - Yuka Suzuki http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160706/ddm/035/050/097000c

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Isenoumi-beya - Kayo Kuga http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160802/ddm/035/050/068000c

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Onoe-beya - Izumi Hamasu http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160906/ddm/035/050/037000c

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Takasago-beya - Megumi Nagaoka http://mainichi.jp/articles/20161004/ddm/035/050/043000c

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Oguruma-beya - Fumie Nakayama http://mainichi.jp/articles/20161206/ddm/035/050/136000c

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Azumazeki-beya - Mami Sano http://mainichi.jp/graph/2015/12/01/20151201ddm035070029000c/001.html

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also articles in Sanspo http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20160316/sum16031605000001-n1.html

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http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20160323/sum16032305000001-n1.html

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The infamous one of Nishikido-beya - Yukiko Ono http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160607/ddm/035/050/028000c

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former:

Chiganoura-beya - Naoko Misuda http://mainichi.jp/articles/20160405/ddm/035/070/054000c

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15 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

Top yokozuna was the Isegahama-okami-san.

(Inastateofconfusion...)

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Can't wait for Real Housewives of the Heya. 

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2 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

Keiko Hanada, west yokozuna on the Shukan Post okami-san banzuke that also got an article last year,

wtf? We're posting rankings of women here?

 

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10 minutes ago, Fukurou said:

wtf? We're posting rankings of women here?

 

Guess the Banzuke just got a lot harder...

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In Japan everything gets a banzuke - and this isn't one of women, but of the 2nd half of a heya top -  a job occupied by women.

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5 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

In Japan everything gets a banzuke - and this isn't one of women, but of the 2nd half of a heya top -  a job occupied by women.

So they are ranked by hotness?

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Isegahama is likely top because she manages such a hot bunch of sekitori, esp. 2 yusho winners - and Terunofuji was still hot to become the next yokozuna when they made the banzuke.

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4 minutes ago, Rocks said:

So they are ranked by hotness?

According to the criteria published in the article

1. Heya rikishi/sekitori performance

2. Heya population

3. Oyakata's record

4. Okami's background

5. Looks

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16 minutes ago, Rocks said:

So they are ranked by hotness?

9 minutes ago, rhyen said:

According to the criteria published in the article

1. Heya rikishi/sekitori performance

2. Heya population

3. Oyakata's record

4. Okami's background

5. Looks

Translation: yes
(the first 4 categories are going to pretty much be a wash across sumo)

 

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Remember, this is Shukan Post that produced the banzuke They go for looks of course.

But okami-san get evaluated by their skill to manage the heya, for beauty contests we have the sekitori marriage threads.

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59 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

Remember, this is Shukan Post that produced the banzuke They go for looks of course.

But okami-san get evaluated by their skill to manage the heya, for beauty contests we have the sekitori marriage threads.

So I ask again, why are we posting rankings of women here? Especially since the primary ranking point is based on "looks" or "hotness"?

Edited by Fukurou

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6 minutes ago, Fukurou said:

So I ask again, why are we posting rankings of women here? Especially since the primary ranking point is based on "looks" or "hotness"?

Because it's sumo related?

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21 minutes ago, Rocks said:

Because it's sumo related?

Rating the okami by their looks is sumo related?  Does that mean rating school teachers, or even the spouses of school teachers, by their looks is related to education?

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I'm glad to see some recognition given to the okamisan.  They play a major role in heya operations and to keep these ladies hidden away in the shadows only for the men to take in the glory is not fair (Then again, this is Japan we are talking about).  I do question this media's ranking based on looks though :-/  That is just downright silly. To hold down a building full of relatively young men can not be an easy task.  

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5 minutes ago, Fukurou said:

Rating the okami by their looks is sumo related?  Does that mean rating school teachers, or even the spouses of school teachers, by their looks is related to education?

It's related to sumo. You can argue the value of it but it is in fact sumo related.

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10 hours ago, Fukurou said:

So I ask again, why are we posting rankings of women here? Especially since the primary ranking point is based on "looks" or "hotness"?

We are not posting rankings here at all, I have just mentioned that Shukan Post has published such a banzuke - which is NOT based on looks, but simply includes that as well: rikishi popularity is also influenced by their looks: why do you think Okinoumi and Endo got chosen to do the hugging?

I only mentioned that Hanada Keiko was put on the west yokozuna spot because that was the title of the article - and mentioned the east yokozuna - for all other okami-san no rankings are mentioned. And that ranking is not for looks, but for ability to manage the heya and make it successful.

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11 hours ago, Fukurou said:

Rating the okami by their looks is sumo related?  Does that mean rating school teachers, or even the spouses of school teachers, by their looks is related to education?

Speaking as a teacher, no it's not, but you wouldn't think so from certain students' attitude.  I know where your coming from.

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14 hours ago, Fukurou said:

Rating the okami by their looks is sumo related?

It is - it is heya related. The okami-san is not only managing the heya, but also an outward representative: at heya parties, facing the koenkai members, and we see her in that function at the promotion to ozeki and yokozuna or in the yusho pictures.

You can't compare looks with looks. I guess you would object to both of these as a ranking of women, but in a ranking of all US first ladies since 1900, looks will have a different meaning than in a ranking of female bodybuilders.

Looks for okami-san means to look good in Japanese clothing and have a good style and conduct - in her working dress for official heya occasions.

 

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Also, the okami-san might be acting as surrogate mother to the very young rikishi who enter the stable, supporting them when they have an emotional crisis, etc. After all, the stable is not also their collective house, but also a home.

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