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as he perceived that Chiyonofuji was growing and developing to be a great rikishi.
Yokozuna Chiyonofuji’s last basho was in May 1991. He was west yokozuna (Haridashi). He faced then-Takahanada on day 1 and lost. However, he did not announce his retirement until after day 3, when he lost to Takatoriki. Losing to a young turk like Takahanada, he had already resolved to retire, but he did not decide to actually do it until he lost to Takatoriki. In a way, it was fitting as there was no other rikishi, including yokozuna Takanohana and Wakanohana, that admired ozeki Takanohana more than Takatoriki did.
Here was Chiyonofuji’s record at the May 1991 basho:
Day 1 loss to Takahanada
Day 2 win over Itai
Day 3 loss to Takatoriki
Day 4 loss (Fusenpai) to Daishoyama
As a bonus, here’s a fact you may find interesting:
Yokozuna Chiyonofuji retired in 1991. Ten years before, in 1981, ozeki Takanohana retired. Ten years previous to that, in 1971 Yokozuna Taiho retired.
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Enjoyed your article “What Will Become of the Dynasty?” (Aug. issue. -ed.) However, believe the last bout Takanohana I lost was against Chiyonofuji not Zaonishiki as stated in your article, and Chiyo’s last loss was against Takanohana II. I was here in Japan then and it was touted in the Japanese press. I started watching Sumo early ’70’s when I first got to Japan, Takanohana I was one of my favorites, never cared for his sons. Enjoy your webpage, keep up the good work.
Dear “Graz” –
Thank you for your letter and your close attention to our column. One of our staff writers has researched the original comments, and it appears that the original author, Brian Lewin, is correct. We often seek balance and harmony in the
universe, and the stuff that legends are made of quite often supersedes the pure facts. This is the actual sequence of events:
Ozeki Takanohana Kenshi’s last basho was the 1981 January tournament. He was east ozeki then and announced his retirement on Day 7. His torikumi record for this basho is as follows:
Day 1 loss vs. Masudayama by oshidashi
Day 2 win vs. Houhou by yorikiri
Day 3 win vs. Kuruohimeyama by yorikiri
Day 4 loss vs. Kaiki by oshidashi
Day 5 loss vs. Kirinji by oshidashi
Day 6 loss vs. Zaonishiki by oshidashi
Day 7 loss (Fusenpai) by Asashio
So, in his last basho, ozeki Takanohana did not face Chiyonofuji. However, he did state he could confidently retire,