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Retirements after Nagoya 2022

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Found a couple of articles describing Shohozan announcing retirements after the Nagoya basho (feel free to fact check this since I'm not great at translating from Japanese...):

retired rikishi:
Shohozan (Hanaregoma) (K) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=6614
Amanoshima (Hakkaku) (Ms17) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=11939
Gorikiyama (Takadagawa) (Ms17) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=523
Miyabishin (Futagoyama) (Sd53) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=12391
Wakaseido (Asahiyama) (Sd70) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=12404
Tagomaru (Tagonoura) (Sd91) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=12403
Kototaiko (Sadogatake) (Jd7) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=11860
Tanaka (Sakaigawa) (Jd80) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=12740
Machi (Shikoroyama) (Jd25) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=12643
Chiyonomichi (Kokonoe) (Jk21) - https://sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi.aspx?r=12766
 

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No shocks here. It always seems a bit unreasonable to me that the retirement have to be published so soon after the end of the basho. If I was on the way down and facing relegation I would want to talk things over with my family and have a good think about things before making an announcement. The current system leads to blank spaces on the banzuke, like with Shohozan in Nagoya, and that's not fair on wrestlers who miss out on the makushita promotion zone.

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Shohozan! I enjoyed his streetbrawl sumo along with Yoshikaze's berserk when they were still active and kicking. Otsukaresamadeshita...

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Amanoshima (CR Ms17) spent eleven year at Hakkakubeya.  His rise was slow, making Makushita after 6 year, but staying there through most of the rest of his career.

Gorikiyama - see Yubinhaad's post in the Nagano 2022 thread.

Miyabishin (Sd53) from Kanagawa had a five-year career, mostly see-sawing between upper Jonidan and lower Sandanme.

Wakaseido (Sd70) is another young retiree at 24 years of age, injured twice and off the banzuke twice.

Tagomaru (Sd91) retires at 21 after spending 10 of his 27 basho out of action.

Kototaiko (Jd7) spent twelve year without quite rising to Sandanme, including a five-basho kyujo in 2019-2020.

Yuta Tanaka (Jd80, not the anime director) has never had an MK on the dohyo; one 4-3 basho and then gone.

Machi (Jd25) retires at seventeen after 12 basho and a second run through Maezumo.

Chiyonomichi (Jk21) leaves after zero bouts in three basho.

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4 hours ago, Yamanashi said:

 Wakaseido (Sd70) is another young retiree at 24 years of age, injured twice and off the banzuke.

Son of Asahiyama Oyakata. 

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The Gorikiyama post

On 24/07/2022 at 06:30, Yubinhaad said:

This was the last basho for 43-year-old Aichi native Gorikiyama, who is retiring at his home basho after over 28 years in ozumo. (Sadgoodbyes...) He had to sit out last year's Nagoya basho due to a neck injury, the resulting drop to Jonidan ended a run of 57 consecutive basho in the Sandanme ranks.

Perhaps retirement mode kicked in a few weeks ago, as he lost all of his bouts this basho - against opponents who were all born after his ozumo career started.

Before leaving for Nagoya, he had a commemorative picture taken with the rest of Takadagawa-beya.

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On 27/07/2022 at 14:25, Tigerboy1966 said:

No shocks here. It always seems a bit unreasonable to me that the retirement have to be published so soon after the end of the basho. If I was on the way down and facing relegation I would want to talk things over with my family and have a good think about things before making an announcement. The current system leads to blank spaces on the banzuke, like with Shohozan in Nagoya, and that's not fair on wrestlers who miss out on the makushita promotion zone.

On the flip side, one could say that by the first few days of a basho it's pretty clear to you if the writing is on the wall. Also usually most declines are slow enough that an MK putting you in a dangerous spot the basho before ought to be ringing the alarm bells.

That said, it's not as if the NSK can intimate to a rikishi to hurry up and retire, so it's really down to the individual rikishi being considerate. It's well known that the banzuke meeting is on Wednesday after a basho. If a rikishi makes that deadline, bully for a replacement, but if he doesn't, well...

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On 27/07/2022 at 12:23, mt fuji said:

Found a couple of articles describing Shohozan announcing retirements after the Nagoya basho (feel free to fact check this since I'm not great at translating from Japanese...):

 

Actually after Natsu. He announced retirement quite late though, just few days before the Nagoya banzuke release

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Gorikiyama's danpatsu-shiki took place on senshuraku, but only a commemorative group shot and a post-danpatsu picture were posted. He notched up more basho in the Sandanme division than anyone else, and his career outlasted that of his older brother by a very long way indeed.
 

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Amanoshima had intellectual disabilities in childhood and attended the Oki Special Needs School in Shimane. He aspired to join ozumo but at first devoted himself to wrestling, since his school had no club for that he would instead practice with the club at Okidozen High School. He achieved strong results in national competitions and the Kokutai, attracting the attention of Hakkaku-beya scouts. The shisho (former Yokozuna Hokutoumi) made regular support visits to welfare facilities during his active years and also donated to facilities for the disabled in his home prefecture of Hokkaido, so Amanoshima felt the heya was a good fit.

He would often utilise his wrestling skills in bouts and retires with far more ashitori wins than any other rikishi in the available records. His danpatsu-shiki took place last month at Hakkaku-beya, and he has since visited his old school - a picture from that is in the box. Apparently he will return to the world of wrestling in future, in what capacity I don't know.
 

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Miyabishin was one of the uchideshi recruited by former Ozeki Miyabiyama at Fujishima-beya, before they branched out to found Futagoyama-beya. His danpatsu-shiki took place last month at the heya.
 

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