Ōtake stable

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Ōtake stable (大嶽部屋, Ōtake-beya) is a stable of sumo wrestlers, one of the Nishonoseki group of stables.

It was set up in 1971, as Taihō stable, by the 48th yokozuna Taihō Kōki on his retirement from wrestling. The first sekitori he produced was Shishihō in 1977. His most successful wrestler was Ōzutsu, who reached the rank of sekiwake. In May 1981 Taihō was persuaded by the editor of the English language sumo magazine Sumo World to accept a foreign wrestler, Philip Smoak of Texas, who was with the stable for just two months.[1] Taihō passed control of the stable on to his son-in-law Ōtake (former sekiwake Takatōriki) in 2003, as he was approaching the age for mandatory retirement from the Japan Sumo Association. As the name of Taihō was an ichidai-toshiyori (one-generation elder name) it could not be passed on, so the stable was re-named Ōtake. In 2004 the Russian Rohō reached the top division, but was dismissed from sumo in September 2008 after failing a test for cannabis.

In January 2010 the stable, along with the Takanohana, Ōnomatsu and Magaki stable, was forced to leave the Nishonoseki ichimon after Takanohana declared his intention to run as an unofficial candidate in the elections to the Sumo Association's board of directors. The ejected stables formed their own group, which gained ichimon status in 2014[2][3][4]. In 2018 the stable joined the Nishonoseki group.

Following the dismissal of the former Takatōriki for his involvement in a scandal over illegal betting, in July 2010 the stable was taken over by the former jūryō wrestler Dairyū, who had been working as a coach at the stable under the name Futagoyama. Its most famous recent wrestler is Ōsunaarashi, who was forced to retire in March 2018 after being caught driving without a license. As of January 2020, the stable had 15 active wrestlers.

In January 2018 the grandson of Taihō, Naya Konosuke, joined the stable.[5] Another grandson, Kosei, joined in November 2019.

Ring name conventionsEdit

Many wrestlers at this stable take ring names or shikona that include the character 大 (read: ō or dai), which is used in the first character of the stable's name and also is in deference to the last two owners, whose former shikona also included this character. Examples of wrestlers who have incorporated this include Ōsunaarashi, Ōsuzuki, Daiseiryu and Dairyuki.

OwnersEdit

Notable active wrestlersEdit

  • None

AssistantEdit

Notable former membersEdit

UshersEdit

  • Shirō (san'yaku yobidashi, real name Yoshikazu Shimada)
  • Gorō (makuuchi yobidashi, real name Masaharu Akayama)
  • Takahiro (sandanme yobidashi, real name Takahiro Shimamura)

HairdresserEdit

Location and accessEdit

Tokyo, Kotō ward, Kiyosumi 2-8-3
3 minutes from Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Toei Ōedo Line and Hanzōmon Line

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gunning, John (8 August 2018). "Entering sumo world not something to be taken lightly". Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Takanohana speaks out after six supporters kicked out of sumo faction". Mainichi Daily News. 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Takanohana group certified as ichimon". Nikkan Sports. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Takanohana group certified as ichimon". Nikkan Sports. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Family legacy weighs heavily on young sumo prospects". Japan Times. 18 April 2018. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  6. ^ Gunning, John (12 March 2019). "Sumo 101: Wakaimonogashira and Sewanin". Japan Times. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 35°40′56″N 139°47′45″E / 35.6822°N 139.7959°E / 35.6822; 139.7959