Tegata: A Piece of Sumo Tradition

Thanks to the wonders of the internet, sumo merch is now much more accessible to fans across the globe. If you, like me, want to own a tangible piece of your favourite rikishi, and the idea of stealing a used mawashi sounds too unappealing, then the next best thing is an authentic tegata. A real piece of sumo culture, tegata are truly special items to behold.

4 thoughts on “Tegata: A Piece of Sumo Tradition

  1. How much can you expect to pay? How can you tell an authentic from a replica? Is there a problem with counterfeits?

    • It really depends on who made it and when. For example, one from Takakeisho right after his Yusho would be more expensive than say one from Shodai. But prices I’ve seen range from $75 to $350, and the most I’ve spent was 250 for Hakuho’s (thiugh his tend to be a bit cheaper since he’s been making them for so long.)

      No two authentic tegata are the same. They will have different ink splatters or the hand print will be lighter on one but darker on the other. Reproductions for each rikishi will all look identical, and those of Yokozuna and Ozeki will lack the hanko stamps on them.

  2. Takayasu too high, getting moved around by Aoiyama — doesn’t win until he manages to lift Aoiyama’s mawashi higher than his own. Do I detect a bit of deference to ozeki rank…?

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