Famous People in Japan


Date of Birth August 12, 1972
Place of Birth Tokyo
Real Name Hanada Kouji

Takanohana is the youngest Yokozuna. He is 185 centimeters and his weight is 160 kilograms. After he graduated from junior high school, he took a test and became a sumo wrestler.

His first appearance was Haru-basho on March, 1988. He is good at "Migi-yottsu" and "Yori". He belongs to Futagoyama-beya. His father Hanada Mitsuru is Oyakata, an elder in the sumo world and fought under the name of Takanohana. His grandfather was also a sumo wrestler. His brother, Wakanohana is also a sumo wrestler now and is also a Yokozuna.

He married Kohno Keiko who was a Fuji-TV announcer. Takanohana and Wakanohana have helped revive sumo as a popular Japanese sport.

References: http://www.wnn.or.jp

Reported by: Ueo Chie
Data verified by: Saito Atsuko
Date of Report: January 1999

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