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From the pics threads:

Day 14

Last basho for the 2 top rank tokoyama Tokohachi and Tokomatsu - both retire in August  - only 1 special grade tokoyama remains - messages from the 2

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Day 15

Last basho day for top tokoyama Tokohachi ---
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flowers for Miyagino-beya's Tokohachi

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Responsible for the hairdo in the heya will be 17y old 5th grade tokoyama Tokoshun. He did the post-bout hairdo of Hakuho for the first time on day 11 - Tokohachi wanted him to have this experience. No decision has been made yet on a successor for preparing the yokozuna's mage for official appearances.  For Hakuho's whole career, Tokohachi did his hair. Tokoshun  joined the heya last year Natsu after graduating from Tottori middle school, since February this year he is employed by the NSK as tokoyama. He had met Hakuho at the makuuchi promotion  party for Tottori local Ishiura. He first wanted to become yobidashi, but was told that tokoyama are scarce. After an experience stay in the heya, where he saw Tokohachi at work,  he decided to join as tokoyama. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/column/sumo/news/201907210000356.html

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http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/32394-tokoyama-training/

http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/topic/37513-tokoyama/

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Does a tokoyama get a danpatsu-shiki?

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4 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

Does a tokoyama get a danpatsu-shiki?

That reminds me of the old paradoxical question: "Who cuts the barber's hair?"

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14 minutes ago, Yamanashi said:

That reminds me of the old paradoxical question: "Who cuts the barber's hair?"

That is very simple to answer: The barber's heir!

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On 23/07/2019 at 12:56, Akinomaki said:

Last basho for the 2 top rank tokoyama Tokohachi and Tokomatsu - both retire in August  - only 1 special grade tokoyama remains

Day 15

Last basho day for top tokoyama Tokohachi

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Today was the farewell party for Tokohachi, with about 160 guests, including also Kakuryu and Takayasu.

the last mage prepared - with Ishiura as the model

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Tokohachi entered at age 13 and was tokoyama for 52 years - he prepared the oicho of 5 yokozuna: Kitanoumi, Chiyonofuji, Futahaguro, Asahifuji and for Hakuho the whole sekitori career, since he entered juryo.

 

He calls Hakuho his lifesaver: at a Haru basho several years ago, he felt bad when he woke up and vomited blood for the first time in his life. He went ghastly pale in the face as he prepared Hakuho's mage after asageiko, but wanted to go to the basho. Hakuho urged him not to and to go for a check to the hospital - they found a 5cm cut between gullet and stomach and he had to stay in hospital for 10 days. That doctor told him that had he arrived in hospital a bit later, they might not had been able to save his life.

As for his 2nd life that starts now: "I have no hobbies, I have to find some".  http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/column/sumo/news/201907250000710.html

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On 01/09/2019 at 17:09, Akinomaki said:

Tokohachi entered at age 13 and was tokoyama for 52 years - he prepared the oicho of 5 yokozuna: Kitanoumi, Chiyonofuji, Futahaguro, Asahifuji and for Hakuho the whole sekitori career, since he entered juryo.

Kitanofuji (Dewanoumi>Kokonoe–TAKASAGO),  Chiyonofuji (Kokonoe–TAKASAGO), Futahaguro (Tatsunami–TATSUNAMI), Asahifuji (Ooshima–TATSUNAMI) and Hakuho (Miyagino–ISEGAHAMA) belonged to various stables (4) and Ichimon (3).  I would have expected a tokoyama (especially one with Yokozuna-grooming experience) to remain with stables within one Ichimon.  Interesting that he was poached by Miyagino Stable before Hakuho had even reached the Top Division.

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Dewanoumi-beya 4th grade tokoyama Tokoriki (26) is doing the oicho of Mitakeumi - he is in his 9th year. As primary school 5th grader he became interested in sumo and watched all he could get on TV. There he also saw a tokoyama at work for the first time - preparing the winner's mage on the final day, and he thought "Cool. This work I want to do."

In middle school he already had decided that he wants to join the sumo world. He had no connections there though, but in 2nd year high school a friend introduced him to Dewanoumi-beya. There he told the former Dewanoumi and his later shisho Tokoyasu straight:"I want to be tokoyama". His enthusiasm got through, he was accepted after graduation to enter for Nagoya 2011.

He learned from scrach and after one year could prepare an oicho mage - a remarkable speed. The (so far) peek of his career came Nagoya last year: there he could prepare the mage of yusho winner Mitakeumi on senshuraku, just like he had seen first on TV - a dream come true, but not really perfect: "I was nervous and made a mistake"- he wasn't satisfied with the work he produced, so: "I want revenge. Mitakeumi has to get at least 1 more yusho."

One goal for him now is to become 2nd grade tokoyama, for which 20years or more of service is required. That is the status of being generally accepted in the NSK, like a sekitori or for  gyoji and yobidashi juryo grade. To get to the top, the special grade as a tokoyama, one has to have 45years or more of service, be 60 or older and excel as tokoyama.

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On 04/09/2019 at 00:12, Amamaniac said:

Kitanofuji (Dewanoumi>Kokonoe–TAKASAGO),  Chiyonofuji (Kokonoe–TAKASAGO), Futahaguro (Tatsunami–TATSUNAMI), Asahifuji (Ooshima–TATSUNAMI) and Hakuho (Miyagino–ISEGAHAMA) belonged to various stables (4) and Ichimon (3).  I would have expected a tokoyama (especially one with Yokozuna-grooming experience) to remain with stables within one Ichimon.  Interesting that he was poached by Miyagino Stable before Hakuho had even reached the Top Division.

Tatsunami & Isegahama were the same ichimon group, just different heya leading the ichimon. 

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