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How does the tokoyama-system work? Do tokoyama join a specific heya or are they assigned? What's with smaller heya like Asahiyama-beya which don't have a tokoyama? Do they care for themselves at the heya, do they visit a heya with tokoyama or does a tokoyama drop by on a daily basis?

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Tokoyama are affiliated to a particular heya just the same as gyoji, yobidashi and so on.

Regarding visits to other heya, Nishonoseki-beya's Tokoshima is a regular visitor to Sadogatake-beya, which has a lot of rikishi and only two lower-ranking tokoyama, whereas Nishonoseki has far fewer rikishi and another high-ranking tokoyama to take care of them. The two heya are in the same ichimon but geography is also important here, they are a few miles from each other in Chiba prefecture. I imagine other heya probably have similar arrangements, but that's the only one I know the specifics of.
 

From the archives, Tokoshima with Kotootori:

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What happens when a rikishi travels abroad, i.e. for a visit home? Are the bearers of oichi-mage accompanied by a tokoyama?

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