22/06/2016

Daidozan Bungoro Sumo

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Daidoozan Bungoroo, Daidôzan Bungorô 大童山文五郎 Daidozan Bungoro
(1788 - 1822)

. WKD : sumoo 相撲 Sumo wrestling .
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source : ameblo.jp/giantlimited/entry

碁盤上げ Goban age
写楽 Sharaku

A young Sumo wrestler, Bungoro, is using a wooden Go board to fan out the candle.
This was a new amusement for the people of Edo.

. wa roosoku 和蝋燭 Japanese candles .

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The Great Child Mountain
Daidozan Bungoro, the Great Child Mountain, who at the age of seven stood a fairly modest 3'10", but weighed a staggering 183 pounds, was a popular figure in 1795. Wrestling fans enjoyed Daidozan’s performances. To the excitement of the fans, the ‘Yobidashi’, announcer, would sing a delightful chant calling Daidozan into the ring. Daidozan would perform his ceremonial ritual. Then the ‘Gyoji’, referee, would signal Daidozan to begin. The little butterball would perform all of the Sumo wrestler methods of ‘tuki’, thrusting, ‘yori’, clinching, and ‘oshi’, pushing. After the exhibition, his fame would spread into other areas of Japanese culture.
An example, is a woodblock print showing Daidozan drinking sake and being offered tea by the famous beauty and teahouse waitress Okita of the Naniwaya and biscuits by her rival Ohisa of the Takashimaya.


This stamp is the fifth of 5 single issues that commemorates Sumo champions.
The fifth single-issue stamp commemorates the Daidozan, Great Child Mountain, in Ring-entry Ceremony.

Daidozan was not the only child prodigy to appear as a Sumo wrestler. Among his successors were the seven year old, Jintsuriki, weighing 174 pounds. In 1836, an eight year-old called Oniwaka who weighed in at 156 pounds. In 1859, Maizuru Komakichi, at the age of eight, who displayed his 218 pound frame to the wrestling fans at the Eko-in. Wrestling fans have enjoyed these performances. In addition, the exhibitions of adult wrestler giants were frequently done side by side with the child prodigy for the enjoyment of the fans. This presentation would reveal the uniqueness of the body of both wrestlers. The adult wrestlers who appeared with these prodigies were also prized above all for their size. These wrestlers would give a collectible artifact of a hand-print, impressed in either ink or cinnabar, to their admirers. These desirable artifacts, given to the admirers, are used as comparisons of the span that their puny hands have over the massive ones of the adult and prodigy wrestler.

In woodblock prints, both child and adult wrestlers were treated quite differently from other subjects, and always in a way to accentuate their size. What the wrestler prints displayed was the bulk and phenomenal strength. These qualities emerge most clearly in portraits of individual wrestlers with rippling muscles exaggerated to the point of caricature. In other prints, they are seen to be associated with the delicate fragility of the geisha and the cherry blossom.

Since these prints were all designed for commercial profit, it seems reasonable to assume that in emphasizing their size, the designers were giving the public precisely what it wanted. This is why the wrestlers could spend unlimited time for their stately warmingup exercises. It also explains why a whole day could be spent on ceremonies in which they displayed themselves. Again, giving to the public precisely what it wanted. This is not to say that the wrestling bout was not as desired by the public, but that both are equally important.

- - - - - A Synopsis of the Artist
... Saito Jurobei, pseudonym Toshusai Sharaku....
- source : Do You Know This Stamp.com, Inc -

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Daidozan Bungoro
Highest Rank - - Maegashira 5
Real Name - - BUNGORO Shiono
Birth Date - - February 15, 1788
Shusshin - - Yamagata-ken, Higashine-shi
Death Date - - December 20, 1822 (34 years)
Height and Weight - - 159 cm 169 kg
Heya - - Isenoumi
Shikona - - Daidozan Bungoro
Hatsu Dohyo - - 1794.11 (Maegashira)
Intai - Retirement - - 1813.01
- source : sumodb.sumogames.de/Rikishi -

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Sumô Wrestlers Tanikaze and Daidôzan Bungorô


Utagawa Toyokuni I

Lifting a money box
. Senryobako 千両箱 money box .

Daidôzan Bungorô, Boy Wrestler, Age Seven
Katsukawa Shun'ei

Wrestlers and Umpires Contemplating the Child Wonder Daidozan Bungoro
Toshusai Sharaku

- More ukiyo-e prints of Bungoro 浮世絵
- reference : ukiyo-e.org/search -

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- Reference - 大童山文五郎 -
- Reference - Daidozan Bungoro -

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