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I was wondering what happened to the yusho portraits after they were removed from the kogukikan. Some are placed in museums, train stations, but it seems like the rest dissapear.

 

 

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The removed portrait becomes the property of the yusho winning rikishi.  He can then donate the portrait to museums, train stations, etc. as he sees fit, or keep it within his heya or family archives.

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I remember seeing a link from this forum to a Japanese variety show; the episode featured Baruto in his native country.  He had his giant poster in his living room!

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How many basho do they stay hung up for? I've tried to count without much success. Which ones were just taken down?

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There are eight on each side, 32 altogether. Now do the math! B-)

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10 hours ago, Jakusotsu said:

There are eight on each side, 32 altogether. Now do the math! B-)

Thanks. Eight is a nice number, but six would fit in much nicer with the year...

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Is there a place to purchase replicas (assuming they exist)?

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10 hours ago, Chanko Thief said:

Is there a place to purchase replicas (assuming they exist)?

Mainichi shimbun, who sponsors the yusho portrait awards, sells the small versions (like those in my avatar) for 9800 yen now, at least those since 2014. The recent ones are advertised in Mainichi articles, older ones to ask by phone. Tokushoryu: https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200315/ddm/035/050/047000c

On 28/04/2017 at 18:24, Akinomaki said:

Wikipedia https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/優勝額 tells that at first (1909) the yusho portraits were by Jiji shimbun and not official pre-NSK - there was no individual yusho system till 1926 - and in 1916 and 1923 all so far were lost in fires. In 1936 Jiji merged with the predecessor of Mainichi shimbun and they do the portraits. In 2014 they started to use digital color printing by Fuji film (till then colored by hand) and for the yusho since then they have the same data with which they produce both the full size and the small ones - so I guess one can order for the same 9200 yen any small portrait since 2014 in the exact quality as the "original".

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The advertised also memorial yusho portraits for Kitanoumi https://mainichi.jp/articles/20151212/ddm/035/050/102000c

and Chiyonofuji https://mainichi.jp/articles/20160807/ddm/035/050/199000c

but for 15 000yen - they had to be digitally remastered

http://mainichi.jp/search?q=優勝額を販売します

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On 09/05/2020 at 11:30, Akinomaki said:

Mainichi shimbun, who sponsors the yusho portrait awards, sells the small versions (like those in my avatar) for 9800 yen now, at least those since 2014. The recent ones are advertised in Mainichi articles, older ones to ask by phone. Tokushoryu: https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200315/ddm/035/050/047000c

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The advertised also memorial yusho portraits for Kitanoumi https://mainichi.jp/articles/20151212/ddm/035/050/102000c

and Chiyonofuji https://mainichi.jp/articles/20160807/ddm/035/050/199000c

but for 15 000yen - they had to be digitally remastered

http://mainichi.jp/search?q=優勝額を販売します

Thank you so much!

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On 10/05/2020 at 02:30, Akinomaki said:

Mainichi shimbun, who sponsors the yusho portrait awards, sells the small versions (like those in my avatar) for 9800 yen now, at least those since 2014. The recent ones are advertised in Mainichi articles, older ones to ask by phone. Tokushoryu: https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200315/ddm/035/050/047000c

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The advertised also memorial yusho portraits for Kitanoumi https://mainichi.jp/articles/20151212/ddm/035/050/102000c

and Chiyonofuji https://mainichi.jp/articles/20160807/ddm/035/050/199000c

but for 15 000yen - they had to be digitally remastered

http://mainichi.jp/search?q=優勝額を販売します

http://mainichi-podcasting.cocolog-nifty.com/premo2/cat20649852/index.html

this might make it easier. 

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Starting June 1st, Mainichi shimbun presents the yusho portraits for sale on a new site https://www.mainichi-sumo.com/. 380 exist on film, from 1951 till Hatsu 2020. Till Hatsu 1967 for 20500 Yen, from Haru 1967 till Kyushu 2009 16500Yen, from Hatsu 2010 till Kyushu 2013 13000Yen, and those since the introduction of digital format in 2014 are sold for 9800Yen. https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200525/ddm/008/050/003000c

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24 minutes ago, Akinomaki said:

Starting June 1st, Mainichi shimbun presents the yusho portraits for sale on a new site https://www.mainichi-sumo.com/. 380 exist on film, from 1951 till Hatsu 2020. Till Hatsu 1967 for 12500 Yen, from Haru 1967 till Kyushu 2009 16500Yen, from Hatsu 2010 till Kyushu 2013 13000Yen, and those since the introduction of digital format in 2014 are sold for 9800Yen. https://mainichi.jp/articles/20200525/ddm/008/050/003000c

Thank you for keeping us updated, much appreciated. As soon as the pandemic clears up I’ll be placing my order.

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I have a Hakuho portrait from 2014 and the quality is excellent (both the portrait and the framing).

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On 24/05/2020 at 20:19, Akinomaki said:

Starting June 1st, Mainichi shimbun presents the yusho portraits for sale on a new site https://www.mainichi-sumo.com/. 380 exist on film, from 1951 till Hatsu 2020.

They restarted hoisting the yusho portraits after the war in 1951. The oldest picture on film in existence is from Hatsu 1951, Terukuni

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Mainichi posted a selection of yusho portraits as PR for the new site (will the site show pictures of all 380 portraits in that quality?)

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On 24/05/2020 at 20:19, Akinomaki said:

Starting June 1st, Mainichi shimbun presents the yusho portraits for sale on a new site https://www.mainichi-sumo.com/. 380 exist on film, from 1951 till Hatsu 2020. Till Hatsu 1967 for 20500 Yen, from Haru 1967 till Kyushu 2009 16500Yen, from Hatsu 2010 till Kyushu 2013 13000Yen, and those since the introduction of digital format in 2014 are sold for 9800Yen

The pictures are on the new site now. The full size is on the individual selling page and can be displayed easily as full image. The new digital format pics are shown in worse resolution than the old originally painted-on-photo ones. Nearly all photos all have a watermark - mihon=sample - across the middle - this instead has an image error: http://www.mainichi-sumo.com/items/27234380

I corrected the price for the old portraits in the old post.

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5 hours ago, Akinomaki said:

Starting June 1st, Mainichi shimbun presents the yusho portraits for sale on a new site https://www.mainichi-sumo.com/. 380 exist on film, from 1951 till Hatsu 2020.

Delivery for portraits ordered from the site is only within Japan.

Size of the original portrait is 3.17m tall, 2.265m wide, the small ones are 32 cm tall, 23cm wide and 1.5cm thick. Also the small portraits without frame in the sample photo on the site have a wooden frame.

Before 2014 Fuji film took over, for 62 years, painter Suzue Sato 佐藤寿々江 alone put the color on 3 b/w photos put together to make the portraits.

18 portraits are lost and can't be produced:

1951 Natsu (o Chiyonoyama) and Aki (y Azumafuji) - 3 basho a year then

1952 Natsu (y Azumafuji) and Aki (s Tochinishiki)

1953 Hatsu (o Kagamisato) and Haru (o Tochinishiki) - 4 basho per year

1954 Natsu (o Tochinishiki) and Aki (o Tochinishiki)

1955 all 4 are missing: 2 x y Chiyonoyama, y Tochinishiki, y Kagamisato

1956 Hatsu (y Kagamisato), Haru (s Asashio) and Natsu (o Wakanohana)

1957 Haru (S Asashio) and Aki (y Tochinishiki) - 5 basho per year

1958 Nagoya (y Wakanohana) - 6 basho per year

After the yaocho scandal canceled 2011 Haru basho, the skill evaluation Natsu basho had no cup, no award ceremony and no yusho portrait

http://www.mainichi-sumo.com/about/

Taiho's 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th yusho have the apparently same base photo (with different kesho mawashi) and there are more double faces and poses like that -  if there were 3 b/w photos put together, maybe only the part with the kesho mawashi was replaced. Wajima's 3rd and 4th look exactly the same photo, with slightly different coloring.

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