[sumo] Despite goofball reputation, Takamisakari had solid career | The Japan Times

Patricia Yarrow yarrowp at gmail.com
Tue Mar 10 18:49:12 EDT 2020

Yes, thank you, Jonosuke. A touching story indeed.

*Patricia Yarrow  *

On Wed, 11 Mar 2020 at 07:25, Jeffrey Anderson <jpaitv at gmail.com> wrote:

> A thousand thank You’s for your knowledgeable stories, Joe!
> Gai
> On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 1:32 PM Jonosuke Gomen <gomen.jonosuke at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Ah...Takamisakari.   He gave us a plenty of fun watching sumo when he was
>> still active.
>> As far as his record as a Makuuchi rikishi, he was more or less
>> mediocre.  In one stretch of 10 basho, he finished 7 win - 8 loss seven
>> times. He barely made Sanyaku (highest being Komusubi).  To mirror that
>> rather undistinguished record he finished his career with one more loss
>> than win (564 losses vs 563 wins).
>> Though he joined his elementary school sumo team only because his teacher
>> told him he could only get extra serving of school lunch if he did, he
>> became pretty much a standout back in Aomori days - he was Middle High
>> Yokozuna and was good enough to join Nihon University Sumo team.
>> Unfortunately for him there was another talented superstar joined the
>> university team at the same time as him.  He always was under the shadow of
>> his super talented team mate, Tamiya (later Kotomitsuki).  However he even
>> won the All Japan Sumo Championship to become Amateur Yokozuna (I don't
>> exactly remember but I think Tamiya did not participate due to injury or
>> something).
>> That got him to join Ozumo as a Makushita Tsukedashi and gave him a great
>> start. During training sessions he was known to show less that spirited
>> effort, only to come out on the dohyo a changed man with full of vigor.
>> His pre-bout antics certainly helped him to get himself psyched up.
>> During his active career he vowed never to become a heya owning oyakata
>> saying he was no good at accounting or business management but with the
>> sudden death of the former Azumazeki oyakata he has become the heya master
>> so that the legacy of his heya mate Ushiomaru continues.
>> Unlike his mediocre active career he may turn out to a good heya master
>> knowing not all rikishi would end up as Yokozuna, Ozeki or even a sekitori,
>> he may motivate his deshi by letting them know, by sheer effort and trying
>> to be all one can be, one can be successful in life.
>> During scandal Yaocho days, he was singled out again and again as one of
>> a few bona fide Gachiko rikishi, clearly never have known to have cheated
>> in his bouts all his life and he was not even investigated by the Kyokai
>> for gambling. No one doubted his sincerity.
>> Gome Koumuru,
>> Jonosuke
>> ------------------------------------------------------------
>> From: Jeffrey Anderson <jpaitv at gmail.com>
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>> Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2020 09:57:20 -0400
>> Subject: [sumo] Despite goofball reputation, Takamisakari had solid
>> career | The Japan Times
>> https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2020/03/10/sumo/despite-goofball-reputation-takamisakari-solid-career/
>> Gaijingai
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> Gomen Komuru,
>> Jonosuke
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