Former yokozuna Hakuho has swapped elder stocks with his ex-stablemaster, in the process becoming Miyagino oyakata and taking control of the stable associated with that name.

Makoto Tazaki — the previous Miyagino – assumed Hakuho’s former designation of Magaki, but whether the ex-maegashira will continue on in some capacity once he reaches the Japan Sumo Association’s official retirement age of 65 later this month is still unknown.

Tazaki, who fought under the ring name Chikubayama, had been in control of Miyagino stable for most of the past 30 years.