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Yokozuna are Grand Champions of Sumo Wrestling, the popular Japanese sport. Yokozuna is the highest rank possible for a sumo wrestler. In the 1980s the Japan Sumo Association decided to revitalize the old Sumo nishiki-e tradition and commissioned a series of sumo wrestler woodblock prints to the publisher Kyoto Hanga-in and the artist Daimon Kinoshita, born 1946.
First Publication: August 2009
Latest Update: April 2013
Kashiwado (1938-1996) was a very popular wrestler and the arch-rival of Yokozuna Taiho Koki. After he won the championship in 1961, he and other wrestlers were invited by Air France to a sumo show. At the airport, Kashiwado was mistaken by airport officials as the wife of Kasugano, his sumo mentor because of the sumo wrestler's traditional hair style. Embarrassing!
The 48th Yokozuna, Taiho Koki dominated the scene together with his arch-rival Kashiwado in the 1960s. The Sumo Association awarded him the title of "Ichidai Toshiyori Taiho" and allowed him to open his own sumo school after his retirement in 1971.
Akebono became the 64th "Yokozuna" grand champion wrestler. He came from Hawaii and weighed 212 kg!
Takanohana and his big brother, Wakanohana, became the first Yokozuna brothers in the history of sumo.
Takanosato Toshihide had overcome diabetes from which he had suffered since his childhood, and became the 59th Yokozuna.
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