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Retirees after Hatsu 2020

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In addition to Arawashi (note for the DB: 0-0-7 record, but yasumi only through Day 13) and of course Goeido, another 9 retirements have been announced:

Hamaeiko (Onoe)
Narumi (Onomatsu)
Takatenshu (Chiganoura)
Kotofukujuno (Sadogatake)
Kaishu (Musashigawa) - link
Rendaiyama (Kise)
Fujihisashi (Azumazeki)
Wakakoki (Shikoroyama)
Hokutoyu (Hakkaku)

34-year-old Hamaeiko was Onoe-oyakata's very first deshi back in 2003, recruited nearly three years before he finally branched off from Mihogaseki-beya.

Kotofukujuno made his makushita debut at just 19 years of age in 2011 and found himself up at Ms17 only a year later, but it turned out to be as high as he would ever go, with no kachikoshi above Ms52 since 2013.

(Meanwhile, Fujihisashi's intai reminds us that we have yet to find out what's going to happen to Azumazeki-beya...)

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Sorry for slacking, I finally gathered some danpatsu-shiki pictures today.

Large set of pictures from Chiganoura-beya for Takatenshu's danpatsu-shiki. He retires after a 12-year career and was the longest-serving of the remaining rikishi of Takanohana-beya. He will be working in a restaurant run by his family in the Nakano ward of Tokyo.
 

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Takatenshu served as tsukebito to Takagenji alongside Takamasaki - here they pose for a picture outside the Kokugikan.

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And now to the senshuraku party for the danpatsu-shiki.

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The scissors for the danpatsu-shiki were provided by the Kyokai.

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Takatenshu waits for the hair-cutting to begin. The gyoji is Kimura Hideaki.

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No sign of Takanohana, but at least impressionist Matsumura was there to fill in.

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Tokiwayama-oyakata (former Sekiwake Masudayama).

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Sewanin Ranbo.

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Sewanin Tochinoyama.

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Tokoyama Tokokatsu makes a cut in the oichomage he created.

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Tokosen.

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Yobidashi Hiroshi was absent from the Hatsu basho due to a wrist injury as you can see, but he was able to make a cut.

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Kimura Hideaki takes his turn.

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And now Takatenshu's fellow rikishi make their cuts, Takamasaki first.

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Wakaseiun.

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Former Maegashira Masunoyama.

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Takataisho.

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Takakento.

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It was an emotional moment when Takagenji arrived to make his cut.

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Takanosho.

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Takakeisho.

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Chiganoura-oyakata (former Komusubi Takamisugi) brings the danpatsu-shiki to an end with the final cut.

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One of the nice touches at a Chiganoura-beya danpatsu-shiki is that a picture is taken of each participant, printed out and given to them afterwards. Masutoo was in charge of the printing for this one.

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Takatenshu has a proper haircut.

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And finally, back on stage with the shisho for some farewell speeches.

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Hokutoyu retires after an eight-year career - though relatively undistinguished on the dohyo, he was in charge of the chanko at Hakkaku-beya, and this was served to visitors at the Kokugikan during the Hatsu basho.
 

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Fujinotani makes his cut.

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I think this is Hokutoshu.

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Hokutoyo.

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Next a couple of former Hakkaku-beya rikishi - Shishio first.

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And now Suzaku.

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Okinoumi.

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Hokutofuji.

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Heya koenkai chief Muneo Suzuki takes his turn.

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Hakkaku-oyakata (former Yokozuna Hokutoumi) makes the final cut.

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A farewell speech from Hokutoyu.

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And finally in a suit.

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Unfortunately no pictures have emerged so far from Kotofukujuno's danpatsu-shiki, which took place at the heya senshuraku party. But he retires after a 13-year career during which he served as a tsukebito to five sekitori from Sadogatake-beya. He was greeted with flowers in the hanamichi by Sadogatake-oyakata (former Sekiwake Kotonowaka) and some stablemates.

In the short term he has a job lined up thanks to the help of an acquaintance, but he will also be returning to education with the aim of becoming a radiology technician, something he developed an interest in after having x-rays for his own injuries, including several surgeries on his elbow.
 

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Hamaeiko retires after just over 16 years on the dohyo, much of which was spent in the Sandanme division. He was quite technically adept, winning with 32 different kimarite in his career including rarities such as sotokomata. His total of 10 uchimuso was second only to Nankairiki amongst active rikishi.

In the future he will be working in security in his home ward of Tachikawa, Tokyo, apparently for a company run by a heya koenkai member. His danpatsu-shiki is set to take place locally following the Natsu basho, for now just a couple of shots of him with his floral collection following his final bout.
 

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One other retirement to note, Nishiiwa-beya gyoji Kimura Koki has hung up his gunbai after a year. I believe he left high school early in order to take the one vacant gyoji spot that was available at the time, but continued studying and has now graduated. He received a bouquet of flowers from the okamisan at the heya's senshuraku party. After that the heya went out for a farewell meal, at which Nishiiwa-oyakata (former Sekiwake Wakanosato) presented Koki with a souvenir - his nameplate from the heya ranking board.
 

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Not sure if it was mentioned elsewhere yet but Arawashi's danpatsu-shiki will take place at the Kokugikan on May 31st.

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