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Ozeki Kotoshogiku won the Jan. 2016 sumo tournament at the Kokugikan, the first Japanese sumo wrestler to do so in 10 years.His Sadogatake Sumo Stable is in Matsudo, Chiba. On Feb. 21, 2016, they held a victory parade for Kotoshogiku in central Matsudo near Matsudo Station.
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They passed out free paper flags for Kotoshogiku's victory parade.
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The place was crowded.
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Streets along the parade route were packed four or five-row deep.
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People waited like this for an hour or so for the parade.
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In front of Matsudo Station.
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First they had presentation on stage where Kotoshogiku and his stablemaster appeared and said a few words.
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The sidewalks were so packed you could not move anywhere. Poor crowd control. But they expected only 20,000, when 55,000 showed up.
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Kotoshogiku showed his trademark back bend dubbed "Koto Bauer." Matsudo, Chiba
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The huge turnout is evidence of how much people yearned for a win by a Japanese wrestler. They all wanted him to be promoted to yokozuna.
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Too many people in front to get a good shot of the car with Kotoshogiku.
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Look at that crowd!
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Sitting on the right is the Sadogatake Stablemaster, former Kotonowaka who married the daughter of his late master former Yokozuna Kotozakura.Victory parade in Matsudo, Chiba.
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A video still in front of Matsudo Station.
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After the parade, they take down the banners.
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My short video of Ozeki Kotoshogiku's victory parade in Matsudo.
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One claim to fame in Matsudo is the number of sumo stables in this city. Six of them, all listed on this panel in Matsudo Station.
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Matsudo Shrine
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Matsudo Shrine worships legendary warrior and prince Yamato Takeru.
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Matsudo Shrine is popular for New Year's prayers.
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Matsudo Shrine
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Matsudo Shrine is near Matsudo Station.
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Matsudo Shrine omikuji paper fortunes.
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Ema tablets
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About Matsudo Shrine in Japanese. Worships Yamato Takeru.
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Dragon water fountain
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Matsudo Shrine's bulletin board in 2010.
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Matsudo-juku was also a shukuba post town on the Mito Kaido Road connecting Edo with Mito.
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Mito Kaido has almost no remnants of the shukuba post town.
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Local tourist information office in a traditional building on the Mito Kaido.
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Drawing of Matsudo-juku.
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Site of Matsudo-juku's Honjin lodge for VIPs. Now occupied by a condo/apartment building near the Edogawa River.
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Marker for Matsudo-juku's Honjin lodge.
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About the Matsudo-juku's Honjin.
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Edogawa River bank.
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Public bath
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Condo in Matsudo with a Hawaiian name and marijuana leaf logo. Not a good idea...
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Private residence with a torii in the backyard.
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Manhole in Matsudo, Chiba showing koala bears.
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Manhole in Matsudo, Chiba showing boat crossing.
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Small river in Matsudo lined with early-blooming Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms.
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Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms.
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Kawazu-zakura cherry blossoms.
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JR Matsudo Station
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Outside Matsudo Station
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