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Seems like I could use a thread for this - not only the new for Chiyonofuji and recently a new statue for Kitanoumi - just in time for the Kashiba jungyo a plaza of about 120sqm opened to show that the city claims to be the location where sumo originated - namely the location of the first recorded fight

On 10/10/2015 at 15:55, Akinomaki said:

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 location of this fittingly is Hipbreakfield, Koshioreda 腰折田.

The 1.8m high stone statue of a rikishi was designed by students of a local middle school, with a kesho mawashi showing 2 city symbols. The doyho is of Edo period size, 3.94m in diameter. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/local/nara/news/20171015-OYTNT50068.html

Nishiiwa (Wakanosato) was at the location

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so far Koshioreda had only this signboard:

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The one in Sakurai, where the sumo shrine claims to be at the location of this fight

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The Nara English PR video about it:

not statues but famous 2m sumo dolls from 1890 about the final stage of the fight - currently on display in the Kumamoto museum of contemporary art http://www.asahi.com/articles/DA3S13173731.html

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from other threads

On 6/6/2016 at 18:28, Akinomaki said:

Kokonoe-oyakata did fund raising for quake stricken Kumamoto, in front of his statue at a family temple in Tokyo's Taito ward. The statue was erected there 5 years ago.

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the recent statue at the Sumiyoshi shrine in Hakata ward, Fukuoka city, depicting an ancient-times rikishi

On 4/3/2016 at 16:28, Akinomaki said:

the stone statue of 1st yokozuna Akashi at the Gamou shrine next to the Hachimanyama park in Utsunomiya, which was erected in Apr. 2007, next to the Akashi stone monument from Jinmaku, moved there after the war

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On 7/13/2014 at 19:41, Akinomaki said:

Taiho's widow with the finished statue on the 11th: 2.27m high, 260kg, after an image of Taiho in his early twenties - next month to be sent to Sakhalin.
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On 6/29/2015 at 17:55, Akinomaki said:

Another bronze statue of Taiho was unveiled yesterday. At the Ryuko-ji in Suzuka, Mie pref.
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a small 1.3m Taiho

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I liked that part of the Nara PR video where the tourist and his son are sumo wrestling on the dohjo. Because you are 100% definitely never going to be permitted to do that if you actually go there in real life.

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Tatsutagawa (Homasho) visited the monument for 12th Yokozuna Jinmaku at his birthplace in Matsue, for the event of 150 years since Jinmaku was promoted to yokozuna. And he came for Matsue jungyo PR, which will be on the 27th - he met with the 13 kids who will take on the rikishi: "Gambarize and bring down the osumo-san, will you"

with local kids from a school near the monument

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another article on the new rikishi statue at Koshioreda in Kashiba

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With the recent shrine murder, the Tomioka Hachimangu appeared in the sumo news, with pics of the murdered chief priestess Nagako Tomioka with the 3 recent yokozuna on the days they had their name engraving ceremony at the yokozuna stone.

The shrine not only hosts the yokozuna stone(s), but also an ozeki stone, one for very big rikishi and more sumo monuments http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp/htmls/sumou.html
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yokozuna: older part from Asashio till Wakanohana

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new part with names of the recent yokozuna

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ozeki stone

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http://www.asahi.com/area/tokyo/articles/MTW20171116131520001.html

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hand- and footprints of very big rikishi

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Edit: more pics in this thread: http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/33210-kakuryu-visits-tomioka-hachimangu/

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This year had the 250th birthday of Raiden - and for this occasion his monument in Sakura-city, Chiba was renewed (not the cherry Sakura, but 佐倉 - and the adjacent Sobu-line station also is not what we might like it to be: Mono-i 物井 - lacks an i). He lived there with his wife after retirement. His graves are at 4 locations (also at his hometown, in Tokyo-Akasaka https://www.google.co.jp/maps/search/雷電の墓 and one other), but only in Sakura is one with his wife and daughter. It is hard to find and will be moved close to the monument for his next death anniversary Feb. 11th: each year the local Myokaku temple has a Raiden festival then. http://www.chibanippo.co.jp/news/local/465077

with the chief priest of Myokaku-ji

 

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the board to show the spot of the sweet sake tea house (amazake-chaya) of his wife's parents was renewed as well

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And the connection to the ongoing scandal: Raiden had a sake drinking contest with a Chinese scholar in Nagasaki, a famous drinker: both drank one 18l drum of sake and with this the scholar went down, but Raiden drank another one - and wasn't drunk from 36l of sake. http://www.news-postseven.com/archives/20171216_636173.html

He has of course also a monument in his hometown and at other locations http://tsubotaa.la.coocan.jp/kinen/h147-ht.html

On 2/27/2017 at 19:49, Akinomaki said:

Yesterday a ceremony was held in Toumi-city, Nagano, the birthplace of Raiden (winning percentage 96.2%), to commemorate his birth 250 years ago.

A descendant of Raiden in the 8th generation: "We'd like to have our Nagano local Mitakeumi surpass (ozeki) Raiden and get to yokozuna."

http://oozekiraiden.com/

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On 12/10/2017 at 14:43, Akinomaki said:

Tomioka Hachimangu

The shrine not only hosts the yokozuna stone(s), but also an ozeki stone, one for very big rikishi and more sumo monuments

A HQ video of a visit with a detailed look at many of the stones (best to watch without audio: youtube-dl -f 264 )

 

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On 10/18/2017 at 21:26, dada78641 said:

I liked that part of the Nara PR video where the tourist and his son are sumo wrestling on the dohjo. Because you are 100% definitely never going to be permitted to do that if you actually go there in real life.

It’s up a mountain in the middle of nowhere. There is unlikely to be anyone within a couple of kilometers when you are there. The ring is totally open and there is no issue with going up on it. I did for a show we shot a couple of years ago. There may be a plastic sheet covering the ring though.

edit: I see you are talking about the one in Keihayaza not the one at the shrine. The museum curator is really friendly and if you show an interest I think he would let you. The dohyo is used regularly by a local kids sumo group

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That's cool to know. Maybe next time I'm in the area I'll look it up.

I'm sure asking nicely will land you a nice photo opportunity on the dohyo, I was more thinking of them (rightly) not being too interested in rowdy foreigners rolling around fighting each other on their dohyo...

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Kisenosato's tegata in stone has been added as the 5th to the Futabayama memorial Futaba-village in Usa. Hakuho's had been put with Futabayama's and Tanikaze's as those with more than 60 wins in a row, and then they started to have another place for all yokozuna since Hakuho - now Kise. With Tanikaze that are 6 though: + Harumafuji, Kakuryu - Futabayama has 2, maybe Hakuho as well.

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with the hand on the hand-print

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with the statue of Futabayama in the memorial hall

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pics from Futaba-village: https://www.tripadvisor.jp/ShowUserReviews-g1023440-d4326585-r484348993-Futaba_no_Sato-Usa_Oita_Prefecture_Kyushu_Okinawa.html#photos;geo=1023440&detail=4326585&ff=156846399&albumViewMode=hero&aggregationId=101&albumid=101&baseMediaId=156846399&thumbnailMinWidth=50&cnt=30&offset=-1&filter=7&autoplay=

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A(nother) stone monument in praise of Nomi-no-Sukune, the "founder" of sumo, was erected in Iinan town Shimane, the unveiling ceremony was on 18th. The town was part of the territory Nomi-no-Sukune's family ruled. The local Nomi-no-Sukune sumo jinku club had it built for about 3 million yen, collected as donations from the locals and with aid from the town - also thinking of the national sumo jinku meeting in October. http://www.sanin-chuo.co.jp/www/contents/1534641848747/index.html

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2000 copies of a book about the 1st till the 63rd yokozuna (Asahifuji) have been published, a tour to their hometowns to find out how they grew up, are remembered and were honored, written by 3 ardent sumo fans, Nagano pref. ozumo tozai-kai members, one of them a member of the Azumazeki-beya koenkai. http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASL8P4VCNL8PUOOB006.html

48th Taiho

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44th Tochinishiki

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the cover and 18th Ozutsu

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On 16/10/2017 at 16:28, Akinomaki said:

the stone statue of 1st yokozuna Akashi at the Gamou shrine next to the Hachimanyama park in Utsunomiya, which was erected in Apr. 2007

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A new statue of 1st yokozuna Akashi for JR Utsunomiya station was completed in China recently. The local Lions club will present it to the city, as a symbol for the station of the Light Rail Transit line that is under construction. The mythical yokozuna in "original" size: 221cm tall. The statue for the while will stay in China, to be transported to the location in time for the planned opening of the new line March 2022. http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASL9X35BHL9XUUHB002.html

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A new statue of 2 rikishi in a bout was revealed on the 10th on the plaza at JR Azuchi station in Omihachiman, Shiga, as PR for the place of origin of modern sumo. Oda Nobunaga, who had his main castle there, loved sumo and gave it much of its modern form sumoforum.net/forums/topic/31892-sumo-history-mystery - and he held regular sumo tournaments at Azuchi castle.

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A statue of Raiden in front of the city hall of Tomi, Nagano.

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a monument in Kobe for Okido, the only yokozuna from Hyogo pref. o

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On 01/10/2018 at 12:04, Akinomaki said:

A new statue of 1st yokozuna Akashi for JR Utsunomiya station was completed in China recently.

Honestly, I know it's all about cost, but I wish people would stop going to China for statuary. It's not good. The hands/wrists, feet/ankles are just awful.

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Just out of curiosity: Why are parts of the last picture blurred out?

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5 hours ago, Tsubame said:

Just out of curiosity: Why are parts of the last picture blurred out?

The how many-th yokozuna he was - I think it's part of a quiz/official test: If you can tell his yokozuna number (and similar trivia), you are a certified  Hyogo region expert

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A statue of local Tanikaze in the Koutoudai park in Sendai wiki/勾当台公園, made in 1971 by Kanji Okina 翁観二, born 1937 in Tokyo,  evacuated to Miyagi pref. during the war. In the past, some newly promoted yokozuna have performed dohyo-iri in front of the statue. http://www.kahoku.co.jp/tohokunews/201908/20190805_13046.html

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Posted (edited)

The newly styled Kotozakura museum in Uomachi, Kurayoshi, Tottori

the statue of Kotozakura in the museum is now visible from the entrance and they have a beautiful lawn

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plenty of pics of the style so far on google maps: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Yokozuna+Kotozakura+Memorial+Museum

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Posted (edited)

After pic after pic of statues with tsuna and kesho-mawashi rendered in stone, this one came as a bit of a surprise. Bit of a manikin vibe for me...

My first thought was that 'they shoulda put a tsuna on it', but then I wondered if there's anything in the photos (or if anyone knows) about the significance of the aged looking kesho-mawashi they've chosen to use. 

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8 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

the statue of Kotozakura 

Looks like Ikioi.

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It took me a second to realise he's holding a ball and not his stomach.

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1 minute ago, yohcun said:

It took me a second to realise he's holding a ball and not his stomach.

Took me days, haha. 

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On 03/09/2019 at 08:41, Houmanumi said:

does anyone know the specific location of the statue of Tochinoshin?

It's one of the rugby benches in front of the Tokyo Marunouchi building https://ameblo.jp/kudan-no-maki/entry-12480105381.html

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It was newly installed in June as Rugby Bench Art  https://marunouchi15.com/event02/

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