Shikihide stable

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Shikihide stable (式秀部屋, Shikihide-beya), full name Shikimori Hidegoro stable, is a stable of sumo wrestlers, part of the Dewanoumi ichimon or group of stables. It was set up in 1992 by former komusubi Ōshio. The stable did not produce a sekitori until 2012, when his top wrestler Senshō of Mongolia finally won promotion to the jūryō division in the January tournament after eleven years in sumo. The nineteen years and nine months Shikihide stable took to produce a sekitori is the longest by a newly established stable since World War II.[1] As of January 2019, it had 18 wrestlers. It is situated in Ibaraki Prefecture, and along with Tatsunami stable is one of the stables furthest away from sumo's heartland of Ryōgoku.[2]

All members of Shikihide stable have to complete their high school education, and Shikihide has also introduced yoga to his wrestlers after they have finished training for the day.[3]

Ring name conventions[edit]

Some wrestlers at this stable take ring names or shikona that end with the character 桜 (read: sakura or zakura), in deference to their coach and the stable's owner, the former Kitazakura. Examples as of 2017 include Wakatozakura, Abezakura, and Hattorizakura. The last named has attracted some attention for his persistence in the face of an almost complete lack of success: as of June 2019, Hattorizakura had recorded only three wins in 151 bouts.


Notable active wrestlers[edit]

  • 2015-present: Hattorizakura, famed for having lost 111 bouts before his second career win against Soga in the Nagoya Basho of 2018.

Notable former wrestlers[edit]



Location and access[edit]

Ibaraki prefecture, Ryugasaki City, Sanuki 4-17-17
10 minute walk from Sanuki Station on the Jōban Line

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2012 March Grand Sumo Tournament Banzuke Topics". February 2012. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012.
  2. ^ Gunning, John (16 January 2019). "Sumo 101: Stable locations and layout". Japan Times. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  3. ^ ""It's not a sport. It's a lifestyle." A Conversation with John Gunning – Part 3". 10 March 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.

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Coordinates: 35°56′06″N 140°08′24″E / 35.9349°N 140.1401°E / 35.9349; 140.1401