Takasago stable

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Takasago stable (髙砂部屋 or 高砂部屋 Takasago-beya?) is a stable of sumo wrestlers, one of the Takasago group of stables.

It is correctly written in Japanese as "髙砂部屋", but the first of these kanji is rare, and is more commonly written as "高砂部屋".

The stable was established by former maegashira Takasago Uragorō as Takasago Kaisei-Gumi (高砂改正組?) in 1873 and joined to Tokyo sumo in 1878. Takasago stable has produced many successful wrestlers, including six yokozuna and American wrestler Konishiki, as well as the 33rd Kimura Shōnosuke, the tate-gyōji or chief referee.

In February 2002 the stable merged with Wakamatsu stable, with Wakamatsu's coach, former ōzeki Asashio, taking over.[1] Future yokozuna Asashōryū was among the wrestlers transferring over.

The demotion of Asasekiryu to the makushita division for the January 2017 tournament saw the stable without any sekitori for the first time since 1878.[2] However, at the end of that tournament Asanoyama earned promotion to the jūryō division, ensuring sekitori representation once again from March.

Ring name conventions[edit]

Most wrestlers since the mid 1990s and all since 2003 at this stable have quickly taken ring names or shikona that begin with the character 朝 (read: asa), in deference their coach and the stable's owner, the former Asashio, as well as many of his predecessors who had the same shikona in their active years.


Notable active wrestlers[edit]

See also: sekitori



Notable former members[edit]


  • Kimura Asanosuke (jūryō gyōji, real name Katsuya Ishida)
  • Kimura Satoshi (makushita gyōji, real name Satoshi Maeda)


  • Rikinojō (jūryō yobidashi, real name Riki Tsuchida)
  • Kunio (jūryō yobidashi, real name Kunio Maekawa)


Location and access[edit]

Tokyo, Sumida ward, Honjo 3-5-4
10 minute walk from Honjo-azumabashi Station on the Toei Asakusa Line


  1. ^ Newton, Clyde (2002-03-10). "Two Ozeki aiming to boost promotion hopes in Osaka". Japan Times. Retrieved 2008-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Banzuke Topics - Nihon Sumo Kyokai Official Grand Sumo Home Page". Japan Sumo Association. January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 

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Coordinates: 35°42′10″N 139°48′14″E / 35.7028°N 139.8038°E / 35.7028; 139.8038