“I want to be a kind master who cares about his students.
Former yokozuna Hakuho, 36, of Magaki Oyakata, spoke of his future aspirations at his retirement press conference held on October 1.
Former yokozuna Hakuho (36, Magaki Oyakata) spoke of his future aspirations at his retirement press conference on October 1. Although Hakuho has achieved many great records, his succession to the rank of stablemaster was an unusual one. The Japan Sumo Association asked him to sign a pledge to become a leader, citing his past criticism of referees and his gut-punching after winning.
“He was asked to sign a pledge to become a leader. Hakuho agreed to sign the pledge, saying, “As a new stablemaster, I will listen carefully to the instructions of the chancellor and my seniors,” and “I will observe the traditional culture, spirit, manners, and customs of sumo, and will not say or do anything out of line. Hakuho agreed to the terms of the agreement. Hakuho agreed to the terms of the agreement, signed it, and his succession to the title of stablemaster was made official.
It must have been humiliating for the great yokozuna, a 45-time champion, to have his distrust of himself confronted in the form of a written pledge. However, in order to continue his career as an oyakata, he cannot be at odds with the Sumo Association. At the aforementioned retirement press conference, he spoke auspiciously.
“I regret what I said and did, and I feel sorry for myself.
The aborted “Ginza Glass Ceiling” project
From now on, he will be the stablemaster of the Miyaginobeya, the stable to which he belongs, and will be responsible for teaching his disciples. However, it seems that the time when he will be able to go independent is not so far away.
“His master, Miyagino Oyakata, will reach the mandatory retirement age of 65 next August, and although he can apply to extend his retirement to 70, he is not in good health. It is possible that he will step down from the Sumo Association. If that happens, Hakuho can automatically become the master of the Miyaginobeya.
At a press conference after winning the September tournament in November, Hakuho said, “I would like to open a stable in Ginza.
“I want to open a stable in Ginza. I’d like to open a stable in Ginza, with a glass-walled training room. I’d like to open a stable in Ginza, with a glass-walled training room, so that people from all over Japan and abroad can watch me.
It is said that there was an actual move to make this a reality.
“It seems that he was serious about the ‘Ginza Glass Room’ project. There was a restaurant called “H” in Ginza run by a former chankoban of Hakuho’s Miyagino-room. He wanted to use it as a foothold. However, it had to be cancelled due to lack of budget. Hakuho is said to have prepared about 2 billion yen for the establishment of the stable. Considering the price of land in Ginza, that’s a bit short.
Hakuho is said to have already decided on his next candidate.
Hakuho has already decided on his next candidate, “Nihonbashi. Hakuho has already decided on his next candidate: “Nihonbashi,” he said, “but not in the area where department stores such as Mitsukoshi and Takashimaya are lined up. Whether it’s Ginza or Nihonbashi, he wants to build a room in a town where traditional Japanese culture is still strong.
The Miyaginobeya is a large family, with nearly 20 rikishi, including Maegashira Ishiura and Juryo Sho. He is thinking of building a new building to house his family. He will probably build a new building and live there with his family. I heard that they are aiming to complete the new room in 2011, after they become independent,” said a reporter for a sports newspaper.
Reflecting on his past actions and words, Hakuho has begun his “second life” as a stablemaster. In Nihonbashi, Hakuho will work hard to train a new yokozuna who will break his own record.
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