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Makushita:

Dewahayate - 15 year veteran, highest rank Juryo 9, Makushita yusho in March 2015

Tochihiryuu - 13 year veteran, highest rank Juryo 7, Makushita yusho November 2017, Jonidan yusho  March 2007, July 2009

Sandanme:

Soranoumi

Torakiou (the Bulgarian from Naruto beya)

Hokutoshin

Jonidan:

Tamanoryuu

Ikeru - Jonokuchi yusho January 2011, November 2011, July 2013

Kotoharamoto

Hamamiryuu

Shunba - Jonidan yusho November 2005

Wakakosuge

Banzuke guy:

Yamanaka

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1 hour ago, Kintamayama said:

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Soranoumi

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The last rikishi giving his Shusshin as Korea.

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Still no official announcement from Hitenryu? I thought he was supposed to be a wakaimonogashira by now.

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Was there any announcement as to why Torakiou has left? Anything to do with the abuse scandal?

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35-year-old Soranoumi retires after 20 years on the ozumo dohyo. He joined Hanakago-beya in 1999, but when that closed in 2012 he and his fellow survivors moved to Minezaki-beya. He recently got married.
 

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Soranoumi's final bout took place on Day 13, with Minezaki-beya gyoji Kimura Kazuma officiating.

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After the bout Soranoumi was greeted with flowers by his stablemates in the hanamichi.

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His danpatsu-shiki took place at the heya's senshuraku party.

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Some words of thanks from heyagashira Arawashi. Tokoyama Tokoaki is the cutting guide.

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Wakahizen, another survivor from Hanakago-beya.

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I think this is Hikarugenji, also a survivor.

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Matsuda.

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Minezaki-oyakata (former Maegashira Misugiiso) makes the final cut.

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Soranoumi after a proper haircut and change of clothes, with his wife.

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And finally, a commemorative picture with some of his stablemates.

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Terunofuji is now the last surviving rikishi from Magaki-beya as his loyal tsukebito, 37-year-old Shunba, retires after 15 years in ozumo. After graduating from Kyorin University in Tokyo he joined Magaki-beya in 2004, needing to pass the secondary physical examinations. An early highlight was winning the Jonidan yusho in the 2005 Kyushu basho - Jonosuke reported his comments at the time:

On ‎27‎/‎11‎/‎2005 at 20:04, Jonosuke said:

Nakaita (Jonidan East 48, Magaki Beya), Jonidan Yusho

(A Tokyo's small Kyorin University grad, passing the secondary physical with 162 cm, 90 kg physique and made the dohyo debut at the 2004 Haru Basho)

"I realize sumo is hard so I decided to join to learn discipline. What I love about it most is that I too can beat bigger opponents. I have been thinking I could not beat my opponents by pushing them out so I ended up pulling in the past. But this basho I went out moving forward and that made a huge difference in my sumo."


When Magaki-beya closed in 2013 the three surviving rikishi moved to Isegahama-beya. In the 2017 Haru basho Shunba made his Makushita debut at 35 years and 2 months, even managing a 6-1 record there. However he gradually slipped down to Jonidan and was absent for the last two basho.
 

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Outside and then inside Isegahama-beya with Terunofuji and yobidashi Teruya, who also moved from Magaki-beya.

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With sekitori stablemates Terutsuyoshi, Takarafuji and Aminishiki.

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Danpatsu-shiki commences.

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Nishikifuji makes his cut.

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Isegahama-oyakata (former Yokozuna Asahifuji) makes the final cut.

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Shunba after a tidy-up haircut.

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With Terunofuji and Teruya again.

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And finally in front of the shisho's yusho portrait which decorates the heya.

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Hokutoshin retires after seven years, and will now work in a restaurant in his hometown of Yawata, Kyoto.
 

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A picture in front of a portrait of Hakkaku-oyakata (former Yokozuna Hokutoumi).

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The shisho gives a speech ahead of the danpatsu-shiki.

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Former Hakkaku-beya rikishi Shishio makes his cut.

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Some blurry people make their cuts. [2]

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The shisho brings the ceremony to an end with the final cut.

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A farewell speech from Hokutoshin.

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After a change of clothes.

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Tamanoryu's intai was announced ahead of the basho, I could only find a single picture from his danpatsu-shiki.

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An Izu Shimbun article reported that Tochihiryu's danpatsu-shiki will take place at Kasugano-beya on June 3rd.

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So not Homarefuji.  He somehow decided he wasn't well enough to compete until the last round?  That win will save him all of 10-12 ranks, which will be relatively meaningless when from how low he'll be ranked next basho the difference between 7-0 and 6-1 is around 30 ranks, and similarly for 6-1 and 5-2.

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I guess I am so used to seeing veterans soldiering on despite the lack of realistic chances of moving up again (Sagatsukasa, Tokushinho, Nionoumi, Keitenkai and the list goes on) that when I see someone retiring in a "timely" manner like Dewahayate and Tochihiryu I kind of feel surprised. But in a sense, when you were never cut out to be a solid sekitori - as I believe to be the case for both-, anytime is a good time to quit.

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Ex-Juryo Tochihiryuu's danpatsushiki:

With Kasugano Oyakata:

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Without hairdo:

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Ikeru joined Onomatsu-beya after graduating from Saitama Sakae high school, at the recommendation of sumo department director Yamada. His career began with a Jonokuchi yusho, but while technically adept he was also injury prone, and his career suffered several length interruptions. Ikeru would twice more win the Jonokuchi yusho after returning from injuries, but persistent neck and hip problems ultimately brought an end to his career.

His danpatsu-shiki took place on senshuraku but I was waiting to see if the okamisan would post some pictures, which she finally did the other day.
 

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With an oichomage for the first and last time.

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His older brother travelled from Amami Oshima to take part. Guiding the cutters is heya tokoyama Tokoyu.

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The wife of Saitama Sakae director Yamada makes a cut.

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Heya supporter Mr Nishimura next.

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House of Representatives member Takayuki Kobayashi takes his turn.

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Heyagashira Onosho.

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Onomatsu-oyakata (former Sekiwake Masurao) makes the final cut.

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Director Yamada tells some stories from Ikeru's time at Saitama Sakae.

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A speech from the shisho next.

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And now after a better haircut and a new suit, Ikeru himself makes a speech.

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A picture with the heya.

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And finally, with his brother and Onosho.

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