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Legends of the Dohyo – 2 – Ayagawa Gorōji

Ayagawa Gorōji

Ayagawa Gorōji

Personal Information

  • Birth Name – Ayagawa Gorōji
  • Date of Birth – Circa 1703
  • Place of Birth – Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
  • Date of Death – March 14th, 1765 (62 years)

Professional Information

  • Debut – N/A
  • Shikona – Ayagawa Gorōji
  • Heya – N/A
  • Height – 6’7″ / 2 m
  • Weight – 330 lb / 150 kg
  • Promoted to Yokozuna – Circa 1915
  • Retired – N/A
  • Career Record (Win/Loss) – N/A
  • Career Record (Yusho) – N/A

Ayagawa Gorōji came from the Tochigi prefecture and is recognized as the second yokozuna. In 1717, he received his promotion to ōzeki and, according to sumo folklore, he was the strongest rikishi in the Genbun era.

Despite being famous in Edo, Kyoto, and Osaka, precious little is known about Ayagawa’s career in sumo. It wasn’t even until 150 years after his death that he was recognized as a yokozuna by the twelth yokozuna Jinmaku Kyugoro.


This information was taken from Wikipedia and Sumo Database.


Ayagawa Gorōji

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Reconstruction Time

Hey, everyone. I apologize that it has been an eternity since I posted here, but I’m going to be getting back at it in the next little while. That being said, there’s going to be some changes going on. The biggest of these changes is the widening of the scope of content to include not only sumo, but other topics from Asiatic cultures as well. It will make posting here more regularly much easier for me.

Other changes will include new pages being added to the blog, the complete restart of the Yokozuna spotlights, and much more.

Also, for those of you who might have forgotten, the Natsu Basho started today so make sure to watch it when you can.