[sumo] Article about Kimikaze
Barbara Ann Klein
baklein at attglobal.net
Tue Aug 2 09:02:43 EDT 2011
A rare sekitori from Waseda U.
IN THE NEWS / Expectations high for juryo division debutant Kimikaze
Yosuke Matsuda / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
Upon earning promotion to the sumo juryo division, the wrestler who was born
as Toshiji Naoe changed his ring name to Kimikaze in time for September's
Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
Kimikaze is the first sumo wrestler from Waseda University to be promoted to
the juryo division in 78 years, following Kasagiyama, who rose to become a
Stablemaster Oguruma, who is the former ozeki Kotokaze, chose the kanji
character meaning "becoming the ruler" for the first character of Kimikaze,
which replaces Naoe, the 24-year-old's family name. Oguruma hopes he "will
win again and again, and become the king of kings."
"I know what people expect of me, and I'll have to do my best," Kimikaze
Kimikaze first started practicing sumo at Fuchu Sumiyoshi sumo training
center in Tokyo as a fourth-grade primary school student.
After graduating from Nakano Senior High School, which is attached to Meiji
University, he entered Waseda University's School of Sport Sciences via the
recommendation system. However, he sustained a serious injury to his left
shoulder as a second-year student.
Kimikaze subsequently quit the sumo club at Waseda University as a junior to
start job hunting like other students.
However, he wanted to continue with sumo until he had achieved a level he
could be satisfied with.
Kimikaze then joined the Oguruma stable, to which his mentor at Fuchu
Sumiyoshi sumo training center belonged, to start life as a professional
Two-and-a-half years after making his debut, Kimikaze was promoted to the
In the early Showa era (1926-89), Kasagiyama headed the Dewanoumi stable's
efforts to topple legendary yokozuna Futabayama.
"Kasagiyama is far ahead of me, but I want to get as close to him as
possible. Making use of my strength and speed, I want to decide bouts with a
single burst from the outset," Kimikaze said.
Because his father manages a home fixtures store, Kimikaze is interested in
management and reads business books in his free time.
"I wish for my knowledge to be useful in future," said Kimikaze, who
embodies a man of both the pen and the sword. "I enjoy gaining various types
(Aug. 2, 2011)
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