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Arawashi intai

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33-year-old former Maegashira Arawashi has retired after just over 17 years in ozumo - he was the last surviving rikishi from Araiso-beya, making his debut in November 2002. When that heya closed in 2008, due to the impending retirement of the shisho, Arawashi moved to Hanakago-beya which closed in 2012, since when he has belonged to Minezaki-beya.

He spent 21 basho in Makuuchi, reaching a highest rank of Maegashira 2 and winning three kinboshi, one each from Kakuryu, Hakuho and Harumafuji.

So far I haven't seen any indication that he's acquired Japanese citizenship.

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Wow, tough guy. Good career. Best of luck to him.

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I always liked how he conducted himself on the dohyo. Calm and respectful. 

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1 minute ago, Kintamayama said:

So no more Arawashi-Tamawashi wishy-washy?

I was looking through your videos for footage of cool Arawashi kimarite but I mostly found oshiwashi

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I always had a soft spot for him, since we share birthdays together.

Good luck for his future endeavors!

Very likely the first of many sekitori or ex-sekitori retirements we will see this year.

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Arawashi and Kotooshu made their debut together and fought in their first basho on the banzuke, a win for Kotooshu who went up the ranks a lot quicker. Arawashi dreamed of meeting him again in Makuuchi, but unfortunately he couldn't quite get there in time - Kotooshu retired one basho before Arawashi made his Makuuchi debut. A few pictures in the box.

 

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Kotooshu and Arawashi on the dohyo for the ceremonials at the end of their shindeshi basho.

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Naruto-oyakata presents Arawashi with a bouquet at his intai press conference.

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And a close-up of the bouquet courtesy of the atelier who created it.

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Picture from the Kyokai.

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And finally at the press conference with his shisho Minezaki-oyakata (former Maegashira Misugiiso).

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I always find it interesting when they are asked what their most memorable bout is. In Arawashi's case it wasn't any of his three kinboshi - he said it was his Day 14 win over Tamaasuka in January 2014 , because that gave him his first kachi-koshi as a sekitori.

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Kudos for his persistence. In 2007 he suffered a major injury on his right(?) shoulder, which sidelined him for many months. He came back heavily taped and didn't progress much for a while, but eventually reached sekitorihood. He was a good sekitori, but his power deserted more than a yeard ago or so, so good timing.

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(Bow...) Best wishes for him...

Chiyoshoumas makekoshi and Arawashis intai on the same basho...hard for the family...

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Arawashi has his danpatsu-shiki postponed. It was planned for May 31st - now the Natsu basho is on schedule then. New date is Feb. 23rd next year. Arawashi presently comes to the heya as a coach, his future plans are undecided. http://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/202004060000538.html

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Best of luck for him in the future, he was a great technician and was very entertaining to watch. We always joke about him being Chiyoshoma's twin but I think he is much better than what Chiyoshoma will ever be, besides Chiyoshoma is an annoying brat while Arawashi was always respecful.

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