The ground where is related to sumo

The ground where is related to sumo

Koto City is sumo and deep land of great connection. Sumo encouragement of new industry of the Edo era began in Kyoto, Osaka, but there was ban in a lot of troubles. Afterwards, ban relaxes, and it is Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine that sumo of the Shogunate official recognition was held for the first time. Therefore sumo has many temple and stables of sumo with relationship. Why don't you go around history of sumo and room of sumo wrestlers played an active part now?

List of sightseeing theme spots

1. Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine

Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine

Kanjin Sumo originated in the location on which Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine now stands, and was the first sumo to be officially recognized by the Edo shogunate. Among various sumo-related monuments within the grounds of the shrine is one dedicated to yokozuna, the grand champions of sumo wrestling. The Yokozuna sumo wrestler monument was erected in 1900 (the 33rd year of the Meiji era) to honor successive generations of yokozuna, and was the brainchild of 12th sumo grand champion Jinmaku Kyuugorou. Engraved on the monument are the yokozuna’s stage names, starting with Akashi Shikanosuke, the first ever sumo grand champion. When a new sumo grand champion is decided, an engraving ceremony is held here under the guidance of the Japan Sumo Association, with an entrance procession of wrestlers dedicated to the new champion.

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2. Insokuji Temple (insokuji)

Insokuji Temple

Yotsuguruma Daihachi was a sumo wrestler born in Akita Prefecture. Although he only rose to the rank of a third-level wrestler in the highest division, he was also known as one of the wrestlers involved in the ‘Megumi no Kenka’ incident, a brawl between firefighters and sumo wrestlers that was often used as the subject of stage plays and dramatic storytelling. He passed away at the age of 38 in April 1809 (the 6th year of the Bunka era), and was buried in Insokuji Temple, which at the time was in Fukuzumi Town, Fukagawa. Afterwards, Insokuji Temple moved to the current ground in (1927) in 1927. Within the temple grounds are the historic remains of the grave of Matsumoto Kushiro, who originated the Sunamura method of forced vegetable cultivation.

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3. Oguruma stable

Oguruma stable

In June 1877, Katsuyamazeki, a former Makuuchi (senior-level sumo wrestler) who had belonged to Tamagaki stable retired, succeeded to the name "Toshiyori Oguruma" and founded this sumo stable. From the Meiji era to the early Taisho era, it was a large sumo stable that produced Yokozuna Manemon Ohzutsu and Ozeki Kamenosuke Araiwa. In May 1940, the stable was temporarily closed. However, in March 1987, Kotokaze the former Ozeki (second-ranked sumo wrestler) who had belonged to Sadogatake stable broke away and re-started the stable after 47 years of inactivity. Wrestlers from the stable currently competing as ranking wrestlers are Yoshikaze and Takekaze (as of September 2014). ※General visit is impossible ※It is information as of September, 2014.

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4. Takadagawa stable

Takadagawa stable

Takadagawa VIII, a former Ozeki Maenoyama, retired in March 1974 and succeeded to the name "Toshiyori Takadagawa." In April 1974, he broke away from Takasago stable to which he had belonged, along with eight apprentices, and founded Takadagawa stable. At present, the stable is overseen by the stable master Takadagawa, who in his days as a ranking sumo wrestler was known as Akinoshima. ※It is information as of September, 2014.

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5. Shikoroyama stable

Shikoroyama stable

In September 2002, Toshiyori Shikoroyama XX (former Sekiwake Terao) who retired and became the Oyakata (stable master) of Izutsu stable, broke away from Izutsu stable along with two apprentices and founded Shikoroyama stable in January 2004. The current stable was built in December 2006. It is a large stable that receives considerable attention as being led by former Sekitori Terao, who was a popular sumo wrestler when he was active. At present, Homasho and Seiro are competing as ranking sumo wrestlers. ※It is information as of September, 2014.

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6. Otake stable

Otake stable

In May 1971, Taiho, a former Yokozuna (first-ranked sumo wrestler) who had belonged to Nishonoseki stable retired and succeeded to the name "Ichidai Toshiyori Taiho." In December, he broke away from Nishinoseki stable along with a few apprentices and founded Taiho stable. Because Taiho was retiring in May 2005, on January 1, 2004, Ohtake XVI became the master and the name of the stable was changed from Taiho stable to Otake stable. Subsequently, Dairyuu succeeded Ootake to inherit the running of the stable in July 2010 (the 22nd year of the Heisei period). Osuna-arashi is currently active as a ranking sumo wrestler. ※It is information as of September, 2014.

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7. Grave of Yokozuna Midorinosuke Ohnomatsu

Yokozuna Onamatsu Midorinosuke's grave

Midorinosuke Ohnomatsu was born into a farming family in Notonokuni Nanami-mura (Ishikawa). In 1815, at the age of 25, he became a disciple of Takekuma. Then, he was sent back to his hometown for a time and later became a disciple of Shikoroyama. After that, he was successful every year and became Yokozuna in 1827 at the age of 38. In the history of yokozunas, he was a late bloomer and a hardworking Sumo wrestler. He passed away at the age of 61 in December 1851 and was buried at Gyokusenin.

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8. Fukagawa Edo Museum

Fukagawa Edo Museum

Featuring a permanent exhibition space honoring the former sumo grand champion Taihou Kouki. Many panels of photographs from his days as a sumo wrestler are on display, along with valuable mementoes from his estate. Visitors can also see how both the townscape and the lifestyles of ordinary people appeared in the Edo era, when the ceremonials for sumo wrestling were first officially performed. In addition, temporary exhibition about sumo may be held.

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