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From the new Tooyama Blog

10/25/07

A Business Trip to Kyushu

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Hello! I've been in Kyushu since the 22nd.

The picture above shows a scene from the dohyo-building that took place today.

All the rikishi will be arriving in Kyushu starting on the 28th, but five members of a group called the "Advance Party" come first to do such things as preparing the lodgings. The most important assignment for the "Advance Party" is the dohyo-building.

Of course, if the dohyo is not ready, they can't very well do any keiko, right? They start work at seven in the morning, and normally it takes about six hours to finish. However, it didn't even take four hours today. Everyone was really working his tail off.

It's almost the end of October, but it was really hot in Kyushu today.

Sweat, sweat, sweat . . .

However, one would get sick if one didn't sweat properly.

It was good exercise.

When we come to Kyushu, there is so much tasty foods that we end up on an eating marathon.

When you mention Kyushu, you think of . . .

Tonkotsu Ramen

Motsu Nabe (Hot Pot of Innards)

Mentaiko (Marinated Roe of Pollack)

etc., etc.

There are much, much more, but I would like to introduce this ↓↓ today.

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What do you think this is?

It sort of looks like Mapo Dofu, but it is

"Gyu Motsu Nikomi" (Beef Innards Stew Pot), the marquee dish of this restaurant.

In it, you'll find tofu and mounds of beef innards.

When you eat it poured over rice, it is unbelievably delicious!

But, without question, you will be careening down the "Metabolic Expressway."

In addition, there are premium "hormone-yaki" (barbecued beef organs) and pickled bonito over rice, etc.

Be careful not to overeat! If you eat too much, you'll inevitably get heartburn . . .

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The restaurant's name is right to the point, "Nikomi."

For more details about the restaurant, look here.

After we'd had our fill of eating, let's go to Nakasu!

Nakasu is Kyushu's most bustling entertainment district.

There are a variety of establishments there, but let me show you a place that the Tamanoi rikishi go.

It's not a nightclub or cabaret [with women]. . . sorry.

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It's a place with a live band called Grammy.

Over here, they will play and sing songs which the customers request--

mostly pop, rock and standard numbers from the 60's to the 80's.

The song that we always request is "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos.

When we go there, we all shout, "Layla." (Laugh)

We've been going to this joint for 4 or 5 years. At that time, Tochiazuma-zeki would lead us each evening on a run up and down the steps on the hill behind the heya. As we huffed and puffed the 200-step round-trips, the trainer would start singing "Layla," and somehow we would manage to finish the five trips, humming the tune. Since then, it has become something like our theme song during training. We feel we could gambarize more when we hear the song. The other day, when I heard it for the first time in a year, memories of those days came flashing back.

It's not just the music that is great at this place.

All the members of the band are really nice people and they treat us like family when we show up each year.

Now, it seems like we're going home whenever we visit the place.

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The folks from Grammy with, from left, Tokiryu, me and Ikeda.

If you have a chance to be in Kyushu, do stop by.

Grammy's blog is here.

There was a write-in on a yakitori joint in Kyushu, so here is my reply.

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This is the yakitori restaurant we frequent in Fukuoka called "Tori Ko."

It's a tiny place, but they serve great shochu (distilled spirits) and barbecued chicken.

I'll be returning to Tokyo today.

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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10/29/07

Kyushu Basho Banzuke Announcement

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Hello!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

All the rikishi arrived in Kyushu yesterday.

I received a photo from the Fukuoka lodgings, so I am posting it.

The new banzuke for Kyushu Basho was announced today.

The rikishi began the banzuke mailing process at six o' clock this morning.

The pictures shows, from left, Takahashi, Azumanami and Hanaoka-kun, who is scheduled to join the heya this basho.

The new deshi introductions are not ready yet, so I will be posting them anon.

I will also have a detailed banzuke soon.

Please cheer for us again this basho!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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10/29/07

New Deshi Introduction - Hanaoka

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Hello!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

I am going to introduce a new recruit at Tamanoi Beya.

He is Akihito Hanaoka-kun, who is scheduled to join the heya this Kyushu Basho.

He was born on January 7, 1989.

His hometown is Kusatsu in Gunma Prefecture.

Please cheer for him!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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10/29/07

New Deshi Introduction - Azumanami

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Hello!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

I am going to introduce another new member of Tamanoi Beya.

He is Azumanami, who joined the heya last basho.

His real name is Toshimi Sato.

He was born on November 29, 1984.

His hometown is Namie in Fukushima Prefecture.

Please cheer for him!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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I am going to introduce a new recruit at Tamanoi Beya.

He is Akihito Hanaoka-kun, who is scheduled to join the heya this Kyushu Basho.

He was born on January 7, 1989.

His hometown is Kusatsu in Gunma Prefecture.

His birth date is the day on which the Showa-tenno died. I guess this makes him one of the few people born in the year Showa 64, going by Japanese way of counting years.

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His birth date is the day on which the Showa-tenno died.

His parents named him Akihito (明仁) after the Heisei Emperor, who took the throne upon the death of the Showa Emperor.

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"His real name is Toshimi Sato.

He was born on November 29, 1984.

His hometown is Namie in Fukushima Prefecture."

1984? Isnt he a little old to be just joining a heya?

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10/30/07

Congratulations - Juryo Promotion! Yoshiazuma-zeki

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Hello!

Yesterday was banzuke announcement for Kyushu Basho.

Since the retirement of Tochiazuma-zeki, Tamanoi Beya has been without the presence of a sekitori.

There is now finally a much-awaited birth of a sekitori.

Yoshiazuma Hiroshi

Juryo 14-mai West

Birth date: May 26, 1977

Hometown: Kashima, Kumamoto

Height: 196.0 cm

Weight: 165.5 kg

Please cheer for him!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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11/01/07

Yoshiazuma-zeki Making Tegata!

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Good evening!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

I just received some pictures from Fukuoka so I'll do an update.

Yoshiazuma-zeki, who was promoted to juryo this basho, engaged in tegata-making for the first time today!

Only rikishi who are juryo or above are allowed to produce autographed handprints. In a way, they are testimony to one's sekitorihood.

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Wow! There are lots of them. And his hand is so big!

When I get some more pictures from Fukuoka, I'll do another update.

The photo credit goes to Ikeda.

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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1984? Isnt he a little old to be just joining a heya?

No, he will turn 23 after the basho, so there's no problem with that.

The fact, that he is taking the last bus seems to implicate that he wants to try something new, after having worked in normal jobs. Of course, a real "sumo-maniac" would have joined much earlier.

Edited by Raishu

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11/08/07

Symbol of Sekitorihood - 2

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Hello!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

I received some photos by Ikeda from Tamanoi Beya in Fukuoka so I'll do an update.

Let's see. Do you know what they are doing in the above picture?

Do you know?

Well, here is another shot! ↓↓↓

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And, another one!

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Now, you should know!

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It's a kesho-mawashi!

A kesho-mawashi is a symbol of sekitorihood.

The pictures above show the folding of kesho-mawashi.

A kesho-mawashi does not consist of only the part with the design in the front. It is almost 10 meters long.

They use a donburi (large bowl) with calico cloth wrapped around it to fold the part in the back. They fold it like they do the regular mawashi, but there are variations in doing it, so they fold it as instructed by veteran ani-deshi or the oyakata.

This basho, Yoshiazuma-zeki will be using this kesho-mawashi for dohyo-iri.

It was presented to him by his alma mater, Kumamoto Agricultural High School.

Looks like it's going to get started soon!

When I find out about the torikumi, I will let you know.

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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So Moto-Tooyama is not there with them.

Must be a strange feeling. Poor him.

I thought the Keshomawashi is just the front part and an other Shimeikomi(was that the silk-Mawashi or am I mixing up terms?),

they could use as Mawashi during a Basho as well. Guess not. Nice one-for a first one.

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From the new Tooyama Blog

11/08/07

Since I Retired . . .

Good evening!

The other day, when I went shopping at a nearby supermarket, they were playing, "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer." I thought to myself, "Geez, isn't it too early?" Then, I realized it was already November.

I have been going around in short-sleeves, so I had no sense of the season.

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Since I started life out of the heya after my retirement, I would go on my days off to buy various furniture and household items. If I buy a whole set, I would end up with all sorts of items that I would never use, so I am purchasing them gradually as the need comes up.

My place is finally starting to look like a home. As for cooking, I have been doing that for a long time at the heya so it's a piece of cake. The only problem is the volume. I am used to cooking in large quantities for the heya, so I always end up making too much.

You know, I have to use my head when I go to buy things like fresh vegetables.

Hats off to the housewives!

They are able to take into consideration assorted menus as they are buying groceries.

When I go to the supermarket, I used to just pick up items without too much thought. Now, I realize that I need to look at things like expiration dates . . .

All these things are ordinary, day-to-day matters, but to me, it is a learning process.

How much it is for the electricity; for the gas; for the water . . .???

These are things that I never thought about when I was a rikishi. The heya took care of everything.

I had no idea what anything would cost.

During my sumo days, we used to point to someone and say, "That guy is sure out of touch. He doesn't know anything about the outside world." Now, I realize painfully that the ignorant guy who isn't world wise is me!

Everyday is truly a learning experience. There are so many things that I don't know that I am at times totally befuddled. I remind myself daily that I really need to get my act together.

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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Poor guy. Living on his own for the first time at age 30+. He must be really overwhelmed, sure seems that way.

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11/12/07

Kyushu Basho - Shonichi!

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Hello!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

Kyushu Basho has finally started!

I was off from work yesterday, so I watched the sumo telecast on satellite feed.

The photo above shows the "Yoshiazuma"-zeki's banner flying in front of the Fukuoka International Center.

Unfortunately, he lost yesterday.

However, it has just begun.

Please cheer for him again this basho!

Makushita Tokiryu got injured in his bout yesterday. I'm rather worried.

I will report on it when we get some details.

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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11/13/07

Tokiryu . . .

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Good morning!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

Tokiryu and Fujiazuma returned from Kyushu to Tokyo yesterday.

Tokiryu fell off the dohyo in his bout on shonichi and dislocated and broke his arm in two places.

Because of that, he was urgently checked into the hospital yesterday. He is smiling in the picture, but it seemed to be quite painful.

He may have to undergo surgery in the next few days. It's too bad. Let's hope he recovers quickly and returns to the dohyo soon.

I will report on him again later.

As for Fujiazuma, his knee had been bothering him even before the basho. When he had his bout on Day 2, he could not put any pressure on it. To be on the safe side, he is taking the basho off and plan to have treatment in Tokyo.

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Tamanoi Beya

Note: Tashiro-san wrote some more on Tokiryu in his personal blog. His former heya-mate and friend has a dislocated left shoulder, broken left upper arm and broken left elbow.

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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His former heya-mate and friend has a dislocated left shoulder, broken left upper arm and broken left elbow.

Ouch, ouch and ouch! I guess Nishinoshima can relate.

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The hospitalized Tokiryu implored Tash to write about him in his blog. Our very loyal and kind blogmeister did exactly that, resulting in a whole batch of messages of encouragement from readers.

Tash took a print-out of his blog with the messages and visited his friend in the hospital. Below, you will see a picture of a very emotional Tokiryu, who, by the way, will undergo surgery next week.

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Tash wrote in his blog that when he last visited Okinawa, he saw a newpaper ad featuring none other than the Dr. Honda of the Asashoryu incident. Then, while watching TV, there was a commercial for Dr. Honda's clinic. Apparently, the guy is a major celebrity in Okinawa.

Take a look at the blog. There is a link for the commercial.

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11/19/07

Tokiryu Report

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Hello!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

Tokiryu underwent surgery last Saturday. I heard it was a success.

He sent me a photo after the operation, so I will do an update.

If you take a close look, he has his thumb up.

I suppose that means he is okay (daijobu).

I understand he started rehabilitation the next day.

Let's hope for a quick recovery.

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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11/21/07

Fujiazuma Report

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Hello!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

I went to the hospital to visit a patient yesterday.

Fujiazuma had a knee operation yesterday, so I went there last night to see how he was doing.

[As you can see in the picture] Tokiryu, who had surgery the other day, was also there visiting(?).

Actually, he is recovering in the same hospital room.

Tokiryu looked pretty well. He said it still hurts but he is OK and will gambarize in his rehabilitaion.

As for Fujiazuma, he had just undergone surgery, so he was still in a bit of pain. However, he too said he would gambarize.

I will continue to report from time to time on these two. I will also keep you updated on the situation in Kyushu.

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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11/26/07

Thanks for Your Support During Kyushu Basho

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Hello!

This is Tashiro, the blogmaster.

Yesterday was the last day of Kyushu Basho!

Thanks for all the cheers this basho!

Here are the records of Tamanoi Beya rikishi:

Yoshiazuma - 4W 11L

Takaazuma - 4w 3L Kachi-koshi

Tokiryu - 0W 1L 6A

Teruazuma - 1W 6L

Shibuya - 3W 4L

Toshinyama - 5W 2L Kachi-koshi

Karatsuumi - 4W 3L Kachi-koshi

Ikeda - 3W 4L

Isoazuma - 4W 3L Kachi-koshi

Mise - 4W 3L Kachi-koshi

Oazuma - 4W 3L Kachi-koshi

Nishitani - 3W 4L

Ikinoshima - 4W 3L Kachi-koshi

Takahashi - 2W 5L

Amanowaka - 4W 3L Kachi-koshi

Azumaoshu - 2W 5L

Hoshiazuma - 4W 3L Kachi-koshi

Hamaazuma - 3W 4L

Fujiazuma - 0W 1L 6A

Azumanami - 4W 3L Kachi-koshi

Hanaoka - Mae-zumo (Passed First Round)

10 deshi had kachi-koshi!

And, Hanaoka passed mae-zumo in the first round!

It was too bad Yoshiazuma-zeki suffered make-koshi in his juryo debut,

But the boys will gambarize again next year so please continue to support them!

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Tamanoi Beya

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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Tashiro has not been updating the Tamanoi Blog with much regularity or enthusiasm. Instead, he is putting his efforts in his own blog, which is rapidly becoming one of most popular of its kind.

11/26/07

Hospital Visit

Hello!

How did you spend the recent long weekend?

When I was a rikishi, normal holidays had nothing to do with us so I didn't pay any attention to them.

But, now, whenever there is a holiday, I have a dilemma. Should I go out somewhere?

I get the feeling that it would be such a waste if I didn't.

Well, I didn't go anywhere far, but I did go visit the [Tamanoi] rikishi that are in the hospital.

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Tokiryu with an unshaven look.

When I go on a hospital visit or rather when I go visit Tokiryu, there is something that I must bring in a large quantity.

Do you know what that is?

The answer is water!

Each time, I bring 4 or 5 2-liter bottles, but they would be gone by the next visit.

He sure gets bad mileage. (laugh)

Both of the guys looked rather genki. Fujiazuma was walking around, albeit very gingerly.

Tokiryu was sick of watching TV and was reading a magazine . . .

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. . . . . . .

. . . . .

. . .

. .

.!?

Isn't that "Town Work?"

Hey, you shouldn't be looking for another job!!

Well, that was a joke. I had picked up an issue of "Town Work" at the convenience store and

asked him if he wanted to read it. He said, "Sure, I wanna."

"Hey, this job sounds nice . . . but I am not going to retire!" he said, in the manner of a comedy routine. (laugh)

As for the other guy,

I better not forget the Ronaldinho of Tamanoi Beya.

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When he doesn't have his hair tied in a mage, he certainly does look like Ronaldinho.

Yep, the Ronaldinho from Fukushima Prefecture.

Bonus photo

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This is an X-ray of Tokiryu's arm.

It's from right after the operation. You can see the break clearly

and the bolts that are holding the bone together.

He e-mailed the image to me.

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「世界の相撲ファンのみなさん、

これからも宜しくお願いします!」- 東桜山

"Sumo fans from around the world,

I hope for continued good relationship in the future." - Tooyama

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