Ex-Kisenosato To Become Nishonoseki-oyakata; Nishonoseki-beya To Become Hanaregoma-Beya

Name changes and Heya moving

Over on Twitter, Herouth brought us some interesting news of a name change, and a stable moving.

With the looming retirement of Nishinoseki-oyakata, the kabu name and titular head of Nishinoseki-ichimon would become available. There are two The Japan Sumo Association has approved transfer of the name to former Kisenosato. The stable itself will become Hanaregoma-beya, and be run by former Sekiwake Tamanoshima (obviously now known as Hanaregoma-oyakata).

Hanaregoma-beya is under construction in the Adachi section of Tokyo, which borders Saitama. Current Nishonoseki is in Chiba, pretty close to the Tokyo border. For those who think of Narita airport when they think of Chiba, the current stable is about half as far from central Tokyo.

However, as we can see from the map, Adachi will not be that much closer to the hub of the sumo world at Kokugikan, than the current lodgings in Funabashi. But there are several stables in the surrounding area. Tamanoi and Sakaigawa-beya are there in Adachi now, and Oitekaze is very close — just over the border in Saitama.

If the reopening stays on track with more opportunities for degeiko, the move also brings the future Hanaregoma beya closer to fellow Nishonoseki ichimon stables of Minato (Ichinojo) and Tokiwayama (Takakeisho & Takanosho), while moving further from Sadogatake (think Koto-) and Onomatsu (Onosho).