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01/01/09

Happy New Year

This year, in place of Tashiro-san, I, Ikeda, would like to update the blog from time to time.

What kind of year will this year be?

Tamanoi Oyakata is going to be retiring this year,

so each and every one of the rikishi will be doing his very best.

Please support us in our effort.

To change the subject a bit, we had a mochi-tsuki on December 28.

While we were pounding the rice cakes, a certain someone appeared, who said he was impersonating Haruna Ai-san doing an impression of Matsuura Aya-san . . . [see notes below]

I have a bad feeling . . .

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Yep. This character remains alive and well this year!

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Tamanoi Beya

Notes:

Matsuura Aya is a popular singer/actress. For some reason, guys of dubious sexuality like to do impersonations of her.

Haruna Ai is a "tarento" of ambiguous gender, whose impression of Aya is well-known.

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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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From the Tashiro Blog:

1/03/09

At Kinokuniya Bookstore

Happy New Year!

I hope for continued good relationship this year.

For New Year's, I have just been hanging around the house.

I had not seen the book at a bookstore since it was published, so I wasn't even sure it was actually out in the market. Since I wouldn't believe it until I saw it with my very own eyes, I went to several stores in the neighborhood but I couldn't find it. I was feeling rather down--disappointed . . .

So, today, I decided to go to a bigger bookstore . . . to Kinokuniya in Shinjuku.

Lo and behold!!!

While searching over the shelves, . . . tada!!!

It was there!!!

Displayed prominently!!!!

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Not only that, there were about ten copies all piled up!

Right next to [judo champions] Ishii Satoshi-san and Inoue Kosei-san.

Wow! Am I happy!

I hadn't been to Kinokuniya since my college days when I went looking for textbooks for my classes.

Not in my wildest dream did I think a book by me would be displayed in its storefront.

Those of you who haven't read the book, please give it a try.

You can also obtain the book from

Rakuten:

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Amazon:

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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'm actually liking the look of the book next to it on the left: Yokozuna no hinkaku (the dignity of yokozuna). Still, it would be interesting to see how much of an insider's view Tashiro gives in his book.

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01/06/09

New Deshi Introduction

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Hello. This is Ikeda.

Today, I would like to introduce a new deshi.

He is Azumaryu (東龍), who joined the heya last November.

Birth Date: May 12, 1987

Height/Weight: 190 cm; 135 kg

Hometown: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Birth Name: Todbileg Sanduijav

He joined Tamanoi Beya after attending Kyushu Joho Daigaku (Kyushu Institute of Information Sciences).

All the guys call him Tod.

I call him Chabo but he would get mad. (Laugh)

He will have his mae-zumo debut in Hatsu Basho.

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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Nearly 300 pounds in maezumo and trained by Tochiazuma oyakata? Sounds like a monster! (I am not worthy...)

Can't wait to see the otsuke in full effect...

Todjilla ganbatte kudasai!

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Todbileg is following the steps of some rather illustrious Mongolians rikishi. Back home, he went to the same junior high as Harumafuji. In those days, he was a free-style wrestler. He was scouted and went to Japan as an exchange student at Meitoku Gijuku High School, alma mater of Asashoryu and Asasekiryu. There, he started doing sumo and his accomplishments in high school and college have been reported elsewhere.

It was his intention at the time of his arrival in Japan to join ozumo after high school. As noted in Gaijin Guide, there was no opening for foreign rikishi at the time of his graduation, so he and his compatriots enrolled at Kyushu Joho Daigaku to bide time. His college coach arranged for him to have a trial stay with Tamanoi Beya last summer. After the September Basho, Takaazuma from Brazil retired from sumo and that opened a slot at the heya.

Tod was still a junior but he wanted to join ozumo ASAP. He had already completed all his classroom requirements and only his graduation thesis remained. It is his intention to complete that while doing sumo and get his degree.

Since he has been in Japan for almost six years, he has excellent command of the language. In fact, his favorite subject at school was Japanese. "I think kanji is very difficult," he admitted. "But I also find it fascinating."

With his size and experience, he already has the ability to go toe-to-toe on an even basis with makushita rikishi at the heya. His preferred stance is migi-yotsu, from which he initiates throws or yori attacks. He has been advised by the heya coaches not to rely on grabbing the mawashi but to constantly move forward with thrusts and ottsuke pressure.

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01/09/09

Memento

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Good Evening. This is Ikeda.

We received an e-mail from a member of the Osaka Support Group (Koenkai).

The subject concerns mementos for Tamanoi Oyakata's retirement.

Look at the CD pictured above. Tamanoi Oyakata is singing on it.

The name of the song is Sumo-do.

The lyricist is a classmate of the oyakata and he had written that song for him.

But due to various circumstances, an enka singer named Mizuta Kaori had sung that song in the past.

Now, with the oyakata's retirement approaching, it was decided to record it on a CD [with the oyakata singing].

I may be a bit biased, but the oyakata is quite good! ♪

I've loaded a "pirated edition" onto my iPod and listen to that from time to time. (Laugh)

Oh, yeah. There is one other thing.

Apparently, there is going to be a tray, which will be a retirement souvenir.

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They plan to have the oyakata's name imprinted on it.

As his deshi, I am extremely pleased that

he will be honored in this way.

Thank you very much, N-san of the Osaka Koenkai, for putting this together.

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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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01/13/09

Tonight, tonight . . . ♪♪

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Shabu Shabu!

Ahhh . . .

Sorry about that. This is Ikeda. (Laugh)

I got a little carried away.

Well, after all, there were even guys like Isoazuma-san, who wanted to eat it while still raw.

We've got all the conveniences at Tamanoi Beya.

Chunks of meat that start out like this . . .

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By virtue of this slicing machine

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End up in beautiful slices as pictured above.

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All that is left to do is to eat 'em.

Six trayfuls were gone . . . in a jiffy.

This year is the Year of the Cow!

Let's eat some beef and go gangbusters!

But, we shouldn't eat too much red meat!

Of course, there are those that disagree with that concept.

"What the heck do the cows eat anyways?"

"Ummm. Grass . . . right?"

"In that case, we are eating grass just like the cows . . ."

"Uh-huh. I suppose that makes sense."

I guess we'll just have to cut down on the afternoon snacks. (Laugh)

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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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01/15/09

Thank You Very Much

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Hello. This is Ikeda.

Azumaryu made his dohyo debut on Day 3.

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I asked someone to take this picture.

It's hard to get hold of pictures like this so I really appreciate it.

Thank you, very, very much!

Since I'm so pleased, I am going to post another one. (Laugh)

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Yoshiazuma-san and Toshinyama-san.

I'm envious of their overcoats. (Tears)

You can't wear them until you're in makushita, so I better gambarize and move up the ladder.

That's about it for today.

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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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01/19/09

Hatsu Basho Day 9

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Hello. This is Ikeda.

Thanks to your support, I was able to achieve Kachi-Koshi!

In addition, Nishitani reached KK today.

Furthermore, on Nakabi yesterday, Azumaryu was formally introduced [by the Kyokai].

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They borrow kesho-mawashi from sekitori and oyakata for the New Deshi Presentation.

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After joining ozumo, we all get to wear the kesho-mawashi at least once.

I sure would like to wear it again by becoming a sekitori.

I shall gambarize in my remaining bouts!

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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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01/21/09

Hatsu Basho Day 11

This is Ikeda. Hello.

I lost today.

I don't want to end up with only four [wins].

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About last night, I went to a chiropractor that I frequent for treatment.

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When I am not quite right, I go there for therapy.

The "sensei" is always all smiles, but

"Snap, Crackle, Pop!"

The treatment is quite "thorough" and very effective.

When my session was over, I ran into someone rather familiar.

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It was Chris, former Takaazuma.

He told me he is working now, but that he was off duty so he was there to see the therapist.

"Kesuke-san [sic], how ya doing?

I go visit heya soon, OK."

Said Chris, whose Japanese seems to have gotten lousier.

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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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01/24/09

Hatsu Mage

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Hello. This is Ikeda.

I had my seventh bout today, and thanks to your support, I won to finish with a 5W2L record.

Though my injury is still not fully healed, I am happy because I will be able to return to sandanme.

When I got back to the heya after my bout,

there were two guys, happy about something else.

They were Kimiwada and Yamada, who are shown in the picture above.

As soon as they saw me at the doorway, they came over to inform me about their Hatsu Mage (First Topknot).

As a matter of procedure, they go to the oyakata, okami-san, ani-deshi and all other heya personnel to "formally announce" and show off their new hairdo.

They do that because they get something in return. (Laugh)

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This is it!!!

It varies according to the individual. Some do what I am doing.

Others give the "Knuckle Sandwich" or the "Wasabi," which is a bop on the nose.

I suppose they call it that because the recipient gets a burning sensation in his nose like when he eats wasabi.

Hey, it's not like we are hazing. (Laugh)

It's a time-honored custom? in the sumo world. Or something like that.

The "victim" is all smiles.

And the "perpetrator" is also grinning from ear to ear.

Why is the "victim" smiling?

That's because, for getting "victimized," he will receive a monetary gift. ♪

"Hatsu Mage" is an occasion for celebration!

Those of you with long hair, try it with your family members. ♪

You can say,

"Thanks, [Mom and Dad]. Due to all you've done for me, I am now able to . . . "

They may indeed raise their hands to your forehead, . . . but it would be to check to see if you are running a fever. (Laugh)

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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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01/27/09

Fujiazuma

Hello. This is Ikeda.

The post-basho hiatus started yesterday.

I didn't even eat dinner last night and went to bed early.

When I woke up in the morning, I found out that I had slept 15 hours. (Laugh)

The guys were teasing me,

"We thought you were dead."

As a result, I am now totally famished.

In any case, on the morning of Senshuraku,

There was a dampatsushiki for Fujiazuma.

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He had been suffering from a knee injury and will retire from sumo as of this basho.

Here is a message from Fujiazuma.

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For the past five years, I have dedicated myself to sumo-do.

But due to repeated injuries, I have decided with the deepest regret

to retire as of this basho to begin a second career.

In the future, I would like to fully utilize all the experience I have garnered in sumo

and embark on the road toward a career in the health care field as a male nurse, physical therapist or

chiropractor.

I shall always be grateful to all of you, who have given me cheers, support and guidance, as I

gambarize in my new life.

I sincerely thank you for the past five years.

Masayuki Sato, formerly Fujiazuma

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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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02/04/09

Setsubun

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Hello. This is Ikeda.

Yesterday, February 3, was Setsubun!

I went with Teruazuma-san and Ohidake-san to a bean-tossing

at a place called Hoshoji in Hachioji.

We were properly attired like feudal magistrates in outfits called "kamishimo." (Laugh)

We had a grand time tossing the beans!!!

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Hey, Teruazuma-san, I had you covered.

Later, I discovered [a statue of] a sleeping Buddha so . . .

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Is there going to be divine grace? (Laugh)

Or would it be damnation?

Either way, it's OK with me because I had a great time.

Afterward, we went to a fishing pond in the proximity of the temple called

"Ongata Bass Fishing Pond," where you can catch black bass and rainbow trout.

Even though it was a holiday, they opened the place just for us.

We really, really appreciated that!!

Although I am not that good at bass fishing,

When the attendant started throwing bait into the water, the fish attacked the chum en masse.

In the resultant frenzy, I was able to catch a fish even by using a lure like this one. (Laugh)

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A "bunny lure" that I got from a tackle shop owner who is a friend of mine.

If you ask them, they will cook the rainbow trout that you have caught.

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↑ Don't mind the lure that is attached. (Laugh)

It turned out to be a really fine day!!!

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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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02/09/09

We're Home . . .

Good Evening! This is Ikeda.

We just returned from Niigata today.

What a great place! Uonuma!

The people were all very nice and they were so hospitable to us.

We went there on the Bullet Train, and upon arrival,

we headed to this particular noodle place.

Everyone's sense of expectation was at a fever pitch!!

Perhaps, that feeling showed itself when this happened . . . (Laugh)

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Just a bit more and we would have oshidashi'd the sign. (Laugh)

[Of course] we fixed it right away.

Well, this is the "hegi soba" that we heard so much about.

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It was delicious, just as they say.

The "katsu-don" was also deelish and we ended up eating half of it before the hegi soba arrived.

The meal was simply wonderful with plenty of other delicious dishes.

We posed for a snapshot with the owners of "Soba Shoppe, Tominaga."

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The Tamanoi participants are, from the left, Nishitani, Toshinyama and Ikeda.

The two in the middle with the wonderful smiles are the owner and his wife.

The two at the right are T-san, an Uonuma native who accompanied us on this trip, and O-san, who is involved with us in the planning of the chanko cookout at the snowball fight.

After we ate our stomachs' fill, we went to a nearby sake store.

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Appropriately for an authorized distributor of a sake called Midorikawa,

this store carried a variety of sake from Midorikawa Brewery.

They let us taste test the delicious sake

and even served us some pickled vegetables to go with it. (Laugh)

Since we still had work to do, we kept our drinking in moderation

and headed over to our main task of chanko preparation.

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Here, we met up with Tashiro-san, former Tooyama, and the owner of Sanyo Market, who is a member of our support group.

This time around, the chanko was "Motsu Nabe," using local products.

As we were working, there were some ladies preparing something next to us.

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Looks really yummy

and the redolent aroma . . .

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It is not a matter of the limit of physical capacity. This really tests the limit of our ability to refrain from temptation.

But, we knew it was for the Snowball Fight Eve Festival, so we all passed on it.

From there, we went to the much-anticipated "ski sloops." [sic] (Laugh)

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The view from the ski lift was simply marvelous.

It was the first time I had been on one and I found it exhilarating.

For someone like me, who had never been to a place like this, everything was new and fresh. (Laugh)

When we reached the top of the hill, we took a requisite photo.

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They were nice enough to let me ride on a snow-mobile.

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While I was still all excited from all the new experiences, I went over to the hotsprings at the Koide Ski Resort.

Wow! What a nice warm bath. I was in it too long and got a bit over-heated in the head.

As a result, it ended up like this!

(Regrettably, I must self-censor the photograph. It shows me diving into a mound of snow next to the alfresco baths.)

I'm really sorry, everyone!

I thought it would be nice and cool but the snow presented a whole another element.

I guess I underestimated the snow.

My body hurt all over!

The warm water felt really good.

After that, we had the Snowball Fight Eve Festival.

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We drank some delicious Midorikawa sake.

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We were enjoying ourselves to the max! (Laugh)

Then, we went to the home of T-san.

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We had some really delicious home cooking.

Our stomachs were full as were our hearts!!!

Thank you very much, Noboru-san and Chizu-san.

Thus ended a very full and exciting day!

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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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A wedding reception was held for Tochiazuma Oyakata and his bride, Yuki, at a hotel in Tokyo. Approximately 500 guests, including Musashigawa Rijicho, Takanohana Oyakata and Olympic gold-medalist Kitajima, attended the event.

The couple had registered the marriage in December. The current Tamanoi Oyakata, Tochiazuma's father, will be retiring in September. It is the plan for his son to take over the heya after Nagoya Basho.

Tochiazuma told the press, "I would like to use this as further motivation to gambarize in the effort to develop deshi and help the heya and Kyokai flourish."

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02/12/09

Tochiazuma Wedding Ceremony

Since Tochiazuma Oyakata's wedding ceremony was held yesterday, I am going to

table the entry on Niigata and show a bit of the proceedings.

When we arrived at the venue, it was still during the preparation stage and huge number

of the hotel staff were setting the tables and adjusting the lights.

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Almost half of the guys from the heya were there to help with things like manning the reception tables.

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We couldn't wander around the venue so I couldn't take that many pictures but . . .

I found them!!!

The feature attraction of the day.

The bride and the groom

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Wow! Tochiazuma Oyakata sure looked spiffy!

And the bride, Yuki-san, was also beautiful!

I would like to show you a few more pictures.

Look at the height of the wedding cake! (Laugh)

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The cake-cutting. I just happened to be inside so I was able to take this shot. I am a bit far away though.

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They were showing the proceedings at the venue on a giant screen like this.

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And this is the final family portrait.

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What the . . .

I think there's something there.

Something strange.

Obviously, it's not one of the relatives. (Brr brr, shake, shake)

It concerns me so I'm going to post the image.

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Oh, Yukinosuke-san.

It was Kimura Yukinosuke, the gyoji (Laugh)

I'm glad it wasn't a picture of a departed spirit.

Well, that's about it.

Ikeda, reporting.

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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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From the Tashiro Blog:

02/12/09

Tochiazuma Oyakata Wedding Ceremony

Good evening.

It's been a long time since my last update.

Yesterday, I had the honor of being invited to attend Tochiazuma Oyakata's wedding reception at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo in Shiba Park.

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Congratulations!

I was really amazed that the number of guests totaled over 500!

At my table were classmates from middle school so it felt almost like a reunion.

There was a friend that I had not seen for a very long time and we were able to reminisce about the old days.

We had studied together for only one year but he remembered all sorts of things,

so although it had been 18 years since I last saw him, I felt that we were able to fill in all of the blank period.

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The four Meiji Middle School classmates. Two from the sumo team and two from the rugby team.

The one in the back is Kurosaki-kun, the coach of Meiji University rugby team. The one in the front is

Wakadanna of the Japanese reggae group, Shonannokaze.

There is an entry about the wedding at the Wakadanna Blog, so please take a look.

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We were from the same year at school but he is much more mature than I am. Truly, I respect him.

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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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02/10/09

Snowball Fight Day 2

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Hello. This is Ikeda.

We had fine weather again on Day 2.

The weather was nice but it was cold! (Laugh)

The chanko this time was "Motsu Nabe."

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From the picture, it looks like it's almost all cabbage.

I assure you there were innards--the main ingredients--and other stuff in there. (Laugh)

There was a tinge of metallic taste in this year's nabe which affected the flavor somewhat, but

people said it was delicious so we were relieved!

When we had some free time, I "borrowed" some leek from the chanko nabe and went ahead and built on my own a mascot for

DOSKOI SNOWBALL FIGHT TEAM TAMANOI

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Arghh!

Somehow it looked like an easy target for snowballs! (Laugh)

The chanko nabe was all gone (eaten) and the winning teams were already determined.

It was finally the time for the grand entrance of Team Tamanoi.

Captain Sanyo-san and the Elite Five!!

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An exhibition match against the winners of the children's division.

It started off with some intimidation!

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No need for rules.

It was the very last snowball fight so something like this inevitably happened. (Laugh)

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※ We received special dispensation so please don't do it in a real match. (Laugh)

It was "Hakkeyoi-Nokkotta" against the barriers that are indispensable for hiding during a snowball fight.

Well done. A quick yorikiri, after which he hightailed it out of there.

But the snowballs from the children were merciless.

He dodged them left and right until he was totally pooped.

The snowball fight was finally over and that night we were invited to the home of a local resident.

We went into the warm house and noticed this.

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A wood-burning stove that is rarely found these days!

It was so warm and toasty. It was wonderful.

Next to it was a hearth where they were cooking fish for us.

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Toshinyama-san started chomping on one immediately!

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We all had some of the delicious fish.

Then, there was the natural refrigerator that could only be found in snow country.

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They're frozen solid! (Laugh)

We were thankful for all the wonderful hospitality on Day 2 also.

Thank you, everyone!

If you leave a container outside the hotel window.

Next morning you can have an ice cold drink.

It was a very educational Day 2!

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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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02/21/09

Sekitori? Nah? . . . Rikishi!?

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Hello. This is Ikeda.

This is a scene that one rarely sees.

The fellow in the picture is not a sekitori. He is, in fact, not even a rikishi.

He is Tokotsuka-san, the tokoyama of our very own Tamanoi Beya.

That is not a wig!!

It's an oicho with his own hair.

In all the time I have been a rikishi, I have never seen anyone, who is not a rikishi, wearing an oicho mage.

Apparently, he let his hair grow for two years and eight months to get to this point.

He had the mage lopped off by the rikishi from the heya, so now he is clean-cut with short hair.

As for myself, I'll be "invading" Osaka tomorrow as a member of the "Advance Party."

People of Osaka,

Watch Out!

When all of us rikishi pour into Osaka,

the temperature in Osaka is expected to rise by 2゜C. starting tomorrow.

The humidity will go up and there will be many days when it will be difficult for laundry to dry.

Sorry about that!

Everyone in Osaka. We'll be counting on your hospitality starting tomorrow.

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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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02/23/09

Advance Party Activities

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Good evening. This is Ikeda.

Today, I am going to tell a story about the teppo pole, which stands next to the dohyo.

The teppo pole that is normally used to practice "tsuppari" and "oshi."

What you see lying on the ground in the picture is the teppo pole.

On the left, Nishitani is digging a hole to bury the teppo pole.

That hole can be quite deep!

If it is too shallow, the pole will tilt over from the sumo-san's pushes and thrusts!

To make it easier to see how deep it is . . .

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What do you think?

Do you see what I am saying?

Even this might not be deep enough.

By the way, these two guys . . . why are they wearing matching outfits?

Ahh, there is no sense worrying about that.

Well, that's about it.

See ya!

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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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03/01/09

Osaka Invasion

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Good evening. This is Ikeda.

Early this evening, the rest of the rikishi poured into Osaka!

Osaka will probably start warming up.

I snapped a photo of the guys unpacking after they arrived at the heya.

The population density of the heya went up suddenly.

I feel it is getting somewhat more difficult to breathe.

Tommorow is Banzuke Announcement!

Also, tomorrow, yours truly, Ikeda,

would like to make an announcement!

Well, till then, fare thee well!

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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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03/02/09

Banzuke Announcement

Hello! This is Ikeda.

Today, there was the banzuke announcement and

everyone is preparing to send [copies of] banzuke to various places.

To get to the point right away,

here is the announcement I wrote about in yesterday's blog.

Starting today, Ikeda will be . . .

Sachiazuma Keisuke! 幸東 圭介

I had a shikona change.

Sachi is a character I have always liked.

Azuma is a character given to me by the oyakata.

Keisuke 圭介 is the precious name I received from my parents so I left it the same.

In addition, there was [the bad luck of] of my getting hurt last September Basho.

Just simple reasons [for the change].

Since I changed my shikona, this is what I write on the banzuke

I am sending out this basho.

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(From Sachiazuma, formerly Ikeda)

From next basho, it will be only Sachiazuma.

There is no real celebration for a shikona change, but

a friend sent me this present!

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A humongous senbei!

I wanted to save it so I took just that one bite.

Starting today, I will gambarize with renewed spirit!!!

Please continue to cheer for everyone from the heya!

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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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03/03/09

Shin Deshi Introduction - Sakaguchi

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Hello! This is Sachiazuma.

I am going to introduce a new deshi.

Name: Yasuyuki Sakaguchi 坂口 靖幸

Home Prefecture: Ishikawa-ken

Date of birth: August 24, 1986

Vital Stats: 186 cm; 160 kg

He graduated from Kanazawa Municipal Technical High School, the same as [heyamate] Mise.

He then went to Toyo University before coming to Tamanoi Beya.

Please cheer for him!

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Tamanoi Beya

Note: Kanazawa Tech is known for its sumo team. Alumni of the school include Dejima and Tamanoshima. The latter also attended Toyo University.

Tamanoshima wearing kesho-mawashi from Kanazawa Tech Alumni Association

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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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03/04/09

Shin Deshi Introduction - Mori

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Hello! This is Sachiazuma.

I am going to introduce a new deshi.

Name: Daiki Mori 森 大貴

Home Prefecture: Kagoshima-ken

Date of birth: November 1, 1993

Vital Stats: 178 cm; 103 kg

He has no sumo experience but is full of burning drive.

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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