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- (sumo) a member of a heya ("stable"); trained by its shisho
- disciple, mentee, follower
1917, James S. Benneville, The Yotsuya Kwaidan, edition Reprint, The Gutenberg Project, published 2006:
- At eight years of age Kichitaro[u] was placed as disciple (_deshi_) at the Jo[u]shinji of Fukagawa.
2008 September 8, Richard Halloran, “Japan’s rapid succession of prime ministers belies its global role”, Taipei Times, Taipai, page 9:
- After him came several deshi, or followers he had mentored.