In its modern form it dates from 1941 when it was established by Futabayama, who was still an active wrestler at the time. It was known as Futabayama Dojo until it was re-named Tokitsukaze stable in November 1945 when Futabayama retired. (The stable has the names of both Futabayama and Tokitsukaze at its entrance.) Upon Futabayama's death in 1968 the former Kagamisato took charge for a short time, but Futabayama's widow wanted Yutakayama Katsuo to take over, which he did upon his retirement in 1969. He in turn passed control of the stable on to his successor Futatsuryū in August 2002. As of January 2020 it had 16 active wrestlers, three of whom are sekitori.
The death of 17-year-old junior member Tokitaizan (real name Takashi Saito) in a hazing scandal on June 26, 2007, eventually resulted in the dismissal and six years in prison for the head of the stable, Tokitsukaze (real name Jun'ichi Yamamoto). This compelled Tokitsuumi, a long time top division wrestler from the stable, to retire from active sumo and take over as the new head of the stable.
Ring name conventionsEdit
Many wrestlers at this stable have taken ring names or shikona that begin with the character 時 (read: toki), meaning time, which is the first character in the stable's name, such as Tokitsunada, Tokibayama and Tokitenku. However this has fallen out of favour in recent years with Tokisakae being the only active wrestler using this kanji as of 2019. A number of wrestlers have also included the character 豊 (read: yutaka) in their shikona in deference to the last ōzeki produced by the stable, Yutakayama Katsuo, and the successor to his shikona, Yutakayama Hiromitsu. Examples include Yutakafuji, Tosayutaka and the active wrestler Yutakayama Ryōta.
- 2007–present: 16th Tokitsukaze (iin, former maegashira Tokitsuumi)
- 2002–2007: 15th Tokitsukaze (former komusubi Futatsuryū)
- 1969–2002: 14th Tokitsukaze (former ōzeki Yutakayama Katsuo)
- 1968–1969: 13th Tokitsukaze (former the 42nd yokozuna Kagamisato)
- 1941–1968: 12th Tokitsukaze (shunin, former the 35th yokozuna Futabayama)
Notable active wrestlersEdit
Notable former membersEdit
- Kagamisato (the 42nd yokozuna)
- Kitabayama (former ōzeki)
- Ōuchiyama ( former, ōzeki)
- Yutakayama Katsuo (former ōzeki)
- Kurama (former sekiwake)
- Ōshio (former komusubi)
- Ōyutaka (former komusubi)
- Tokitenkū (former komusubi)
- Yutakayama Hiromitsu (former komusubi)
- Tokitsunada (former maegashira)
- Tosayutaka (best rank maegashira)
- Sōtairyū (former maegashira)
- Tokoyoshi (1st class tokoyama)
Location and accessEdit
- Gunning, John (20 January 2020). "Legendary Futabayama set standard for sumo greatness". Retrieved 21 January 2020.
- "Former stable master gets six years for young wrestler's hazing death". The Japan Times. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- "Tokitsuumi replaces fired elder". The Japan Times. 10 October 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
- Homepage (in Japanese)
- Facebook site (in Japanese)
- Japan Sumo Association profile
- Article on Tokitsukaze stable