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Yamahibiki stable (山響部屋, Yamahibiki-beya) is a stable of sumo wrestlers, part of the Dewanoumi ichimon or group of stables. It was set up in 1985 as Kitanoumi stable by former yokozuna Kitanoumi, who branched off from Mihogaseki stable. It absorbed Hatachiyama stable in 2006, following the death of its head coach, former ōzeki Hokuten'yū. In May 2010 it also absorbed Kise stable, which was forced to close after its stablemaster, former maegashira Higonoumi, was implicated in the selling of tournament tickets to yakuza members. As a result of this move the stable had 46 wrestlers, making it by some margin the largest stable in sumo at this time. It was the first stable to have over 40 wrestlers since Futagoyama stable in 1998, and had difficulty in finding room for so many. As a result, Kise was allowed to reestablish the stable in April 2012, and all former members of Kise stable, as well as newcomers Jōkōryū and Sasanoyama who had been recruited by Kise-oyakata, joined the reconstituted stable again.
Stablemaster Kitanoumi died of colorectal cancer and multiple organ failure on the evening of November 20, 2015. Former maegashira Ganyū, who had been serving as a coach at the stable, inherited it. The stable was renamed Yamahibiki, the elder name used by Ganyū, since the Kitanoumi name could not be inherited, due to it being a one-generation elder stock or ichidai-toshiyori. As of January 2021, Yamahibiki stable had 14 wrestlers. Following the demotion of Kitataiki after July 2017 tournament and Kitaharima after September 2017 tournament, it had no sekitori for the first time since May 2003.
Ring name conventions
A few wrestlers at this stable take ring names or shikona that begin with the character 北 (read: kita or hoku), meaning north, in deference to the stable's former owner, Kitanoumi. Some examples are Kitaharima, Kitataiki and Hokuseikai.
- 2015–present: Yamahibiki Kenji (riji, former maegashira Ganyū)
- 1985-2015: Kitanoumi (rijichō, the 55th yokozuna)
- Onogawa Akeyoshi (toshiyori, former maegashira Kitataiki)
Notable active wrestlers
Notable former members
- Hakurozan (former maegashira)
- Kitazakura (former maegashira)
- Kiyoseumi (former maegashira)
- Kitataiki (former maegashira)
- Ōrora (former makushita)
- Tasuke (jūryō yobidashi, real name Taisuke Kominami)
- Sōichi (makushita yobidashi, real name Sōichi Takahashi)
- Hiromasa (jonokuchi yobidashi, real name Hiromasa Nakamura)
- Tokoasa (1st class tokoyama)
Location and access
- List of sumo stables
- List of active sumo wrestlers
- List of past sumo wrestlers
- Glossary of sumo terms
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- "Sumo great Kitanoumi dies at 62". The Japan Times. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "八角親方、理事長代行に 「北の湖部屋」は山響親方が継承へ" (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
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