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Ex-Makuuchi Soutairyuu retires

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Kintamayama    22,373

35 year old ex- Makuuchi  lightweight Soutairyuu has announced his retirement today. He will leave the Kyokai.

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Yubinhaad    7,070

Sotairyu's danpatsu-shiki took place in the Kokukigan today, with around 300 participants. A few pictures in the box.
 

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In front of the Kokugikan.

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With stablemate Toyonoshima.

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Aichi prefectural assembly member Tomoya Yamashita.

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On the dohyo for the last time as the danpatsu-shiki is about to begin.

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Yamashita again, making his cut.

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Unknown participant.

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Tokitsukaze-oyakata (former Maegashira Tokitsuumi) brings the danpatsu-shiki to an end with the final cut.

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Among the participants was former Hakkaku-beya rikishi Suzaku, shown here with Sotairyu at the celebration afterwards. They are both natives of Fukushima prefecture and both attended Tokyo Nogyo university.

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A speech from Sotairyu.

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Guests at the party received this cake (at least I assume it's a cake).

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And finally, as usual for a retiring former sekitori, Sotairyu's kesho-mawashi collection were on display at the party.

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CT3*    278

Back in 2013 I flew to Tokyo and attended my first basho. Soutairyuu was the first rikishi that I got to see up close and personal. He was walking down the street with his attendants a couple of blocks away from the Kokugikan. He cut a very imposing figure as he sauntered down the street and we scrambled to get out of his way.

Wishing him the best in his future endeavors.

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Washuyama    431
On 2/3/2018 at 07:51, Yubinhaad said:

Sotairyu's danpatsu-shiki took place in the Kokukigan today, with around 300 participants.

To include a Forum member (KotoViki) among those taking a snip. (from facebook, so unsure if everyone will be able to see it)

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