Wakanohana Kanji I, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Wakanohana Kanji I

Sumo wrestler

Date of Birth: 16-Mar-1928

Place of Birth: Aomori Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 01-Sep-2010

Profession: rikishi

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Pisces

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About Wakanohana Kanji I

  • Wakanohana Kanji I (??? ??, Wakanohana Kanji, March 16, 1928 – September 1, 2010) was a sumo wrestler, the sport's 45th yokozuna (the highest-ranking position). Wakanohana's younger brother (by twenty-two years) was the late former ozeki Takanohana Kenshi and he was the uncle of Wakanohana Masaru and Takanohana Koji.
  • He won ten top division yusho or tournament championships during his career and at a fighting weight of around 100 kg was one of the lightest yokozuna ever.
  • He had a long-standing rivalry with Tochinishiki and was one of the most popular wrestlers of the 1950s.
  • After his retirement in 1962 he established Futagoyama stable and was also head of the Japan Sumo Association from 1988 until 1992.

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