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"Where have all the flowers gone?"  (Cue Pete Seeger.)
Since the middle of the 20th Century, there always seemed to be sekitori with the kanji for flower 花 (ka/hana) in their shikona.  My sampling in the second half of the 20th Century was a bit sparse but in the mid-60's there were seven flowers in Makuuchi/Juryo.  When Takanohana retired in Jan. 2003, it left only Tochinohana as a flower child.  He fell to makushita  for six basho (2004-3 to 2005-1) but climbed back to makuuchi before dropping to Juryo in 2007-7 and retiring in 2008-1.
Since then, there have been no sekitori with flower in their shikona for 69 basho and since Terunohana changed his shikona for the Nagoya basho this year, the banzuke has been flowerless (all rikishi) for two basho.
The flower is used in many Japanese mon (crests) and is a common theme in Japanese art.  There is still Hanakago oyakata.  And there are four oyakata who could give a worthy deshi their hana-shikona.
I hope we don't have to wait long for a resurgence of shikona with flower.
"If you go to Ryogoku, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair."

 

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3 hours ago, Obana said:

"Where have all the flowers gone?"  (Cue Pete Seeger.)
 
I hope we don't have to wait long for a resurgence of shikona with flower.
"If you go to Ryogoku, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair."

 

Well, you still have me :)

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