Muhomatsu

Terunofuji and Japanese citizenship

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On 27/05/2021 at 22:29, Seiyashi said:
On 27/05/2021 at 20:53, Asashosakari said:

And apparently in the old days many of the smaller heya had none, and daily training was jointly held at the stable those small ones had branched out from.* I don't know when that changed, but I'd conjecture it was when heya started moving further apart from each other due to increasing real estate prices, and it became necessary to have practice grounds in every single one of them.

So it might be that the intended emphasis in "it's customary to have one dohyo in a stable" is more on "have" than on "one".

 

* Supposedly part of the reason they had that "rikishi within each stable group can't face each other" matchmaking rule for a couple of decades post-WWII. Same logic as in today's no matches among stablemates rule, just with bigger scope because certain heya were always training together.

Wow. I wonder what the point of branching out in those cases was, if you didn't even have your own dohyo.

Indeed. ;-)

 

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It's an interesting conundrum, isn't it. Face a bunch of conservative fogeys with an even more archaic example and appeal to the upholding of tradition!

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The two-heya-on-one-dohyo idea seems fraught with problems.  Of course the rikishi will get used to each other, but since they're from different heya they'll have to compete against each other during a basho  anyway.  Logistics, training philosophy, etc. would always be different between the heya.  They could maybe save on transportation and maintenance, but all the things that make a heya unique would only create friction.

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His first name is now Seizan  正山. So full name Suginomori Seizan. Why Seizan? The Okamisan suggested it, as Isegahama Oyakata's first name is Seiya 正也.  The 山 in his new name "brings back private memories.." explained the Oyakata. 

Seiya later, sez Ann.

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