Ōkido Moriemon

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Ōkido Moriemon
大木戸 森右衛門
Okido Moriemon.jpg
Ōkido, circa 1912
Personal information
BornUchida Mitsuzō
(1878-11-02)November 2, 1878
Hyōgo, Japan
DiedNovember 7, 1930(1930-11-07) (aged 52)
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight125 kg (276 lb)
Career
StableMinato
Record143-20-22-10draws (Makuuchi)
DebutSeptember 1899
Highest rankYokozuna (December 1912)
RetiredJanuary 1914
Championships10 (Osaka makuuchi, unofficial)
* Up to date as of August 2008.

Ōkido Moriemon (Japanese: 大木戸 森右衛門, November 2, 1878 – November 7, 1930) was a Japanese professional sumo wrestler. He was the sport's 23rd yokozuna. He was the second yokozuna to be recognised from Osaka sumo, and the only yokozuna who spent his whole active career in the city.

Career[edit]

His real name was Uchida Mitsuzō (内田 光蔵). Okido made his debut in Osaka sumo in September 1899. Between January 1908 and May 1909, he recorded 28 consecutive wins without a single draw or hold, a rarity at the time. At this time the Osaka Sumo Association attempted to promote him to yokozuna, but Ōkido's friendship with Tokyo sumo's Hitachiyama, who was not well liked in Osaka, derailed this.

In January 1910, he was finally promoted to yokozuna by the Osaka Sumo Association, but without the agreement of Tokyo sumo association and the house of Yoshida Tsukasa. The house of Yoshida became very angry and the Osaka Sumo Association apologized to the house. He was awarded a yokozuna licence officially by the Tokyo association in December 1912.

However, he suffered from cerebral hemorrhage and retired from active sumo in January 1914.

Osaka sumo top division record[edit]

  • Osaka sumo existed independently for many years before merging with Tokyo sumo in 1926. 1–2 tournaments were held yearly, though the actual time they were held was often erratic.
Ōkido Moriemon[1]
First Second
1903 West Maegashira #6
6–3
 
West Maegashira #1
6–2–1
 
1904 West Komusubi
8–0–1
1d
Unofficial

 
West Sekiwake
8–0–1
1h
Unofficial

 
1905 West Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
West Ōzeki
6–1–1
2d

 
1906 West Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
West Ōzeki
8–1–1
Unofficial

 
1907 East Ōzeki
3–1–4
2h

 
East Ōzeki
7–0–2
1h

 
1908 East Ōzeki
7–2–1
 
East Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
1909 East Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
East Ōzeki
9–0–1
Unofficial

 
1910 East Yokozuna
6–2–1
1d

 
East Yokozuna
8–1–1
Unofficial

 
1911 East Yokozuna
7–1–1
1d
Unofficial

 
East Yokozuna
6–2–2
 
1912 East Yokozuna
7–1–1
1d

 
Not held
1913 East Yokozuna
5–3–2
 
Sat out
1914
Retired
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up Retired Lower Divisions

Key:d=Draw(s) (引分);   h=Hold(s) (預り)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

*Championships for the best record in a tournament were not recognized or awarded in Osaka sumo before its merger with Tokyo sumo, and the unofficial championship above are historically conferred. For more information, see yūshō.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 横綱力士幕内星取表 (in Japanese).

See also[edit]


Preceded by
Tachiyama Mineemon
23rd Yokozuna
1912–1914
Succeeded by
Ōtori Tanigorō
Yokozuna is not a successive rank, and more than one wrestler can hold the title at once