Fujizakura Yoshimori

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Fujizakura Yoshimori
富士櫻栄守
Personal information
Born Hideo Nakasawa
(1948-02-09) February 9, 1948 (age 66)
Kōfu, Yamanashi, Japan
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 129 kg (284 lb; 20.3 st)
Career
Stable Takasago
Record 788-827-30
Debut March, 1963
Highest rank Sekiwake (March, 1974)
Retired March, 1985
Championships 1 (Jūryō)
1 (Makushita)
Special Prizes Technique (3)
Outstanding Performance (3)
Fighting Spirit (3)
Gold Stars 9 (Kotozakura (1), Kitanoumi (2),
Wajima (3), Wakanohana II (3))
* Up to date as of July 2012.

Fujizakura Yoshimori (富士櫻栄守) (born 9 February 1948 as Hideo Nakasawa) is a former sumo wrestler from Kōfu, Yamanashi, Japan. His highest rank was sekiwake. He wrestled for Takasago stable. He has one of the longest professional careers of any wrestler, fighting 1613 bouts in total, of which 1543 were consecutive.[1] This latter record is second only to Aobajō. He began his career in March 1963. He did not reach the top makuuchi division until September 1971, but he was a runner-up in only his second honbasho or tournament in the division. He fought in makuuchi for 73 tournaments in total, winning eight special prizes, and nine gold stars for defeating yokozuna. He was a favourite of Emperor Hirohito, a noted fan of sumo.[2] His May 1975 bout with Kirinji in which he thrust at his opponent over 50 times but lost, was named one of the "Best 10 All Time Battles in Ozumo" by the Nikkei newspaper.[2] He retired in March 1985 and became an elder of the Japan Sumo Association, opening up Nakamura stable in 1986,[3] which he continued to run until the end of 2012 when it folded. He also served as a shimpan or judge of tournament bouts for over 20 years.[2] He retired from the Sumo Association upon turning 65 in February 2013.

Career record[edit]

Fujizakura Yoshimori[4]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
1963 x (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #25
4–3
 
West Jonidan #61
3–4
 
East Jonidan #73
2–5
 
East Jonidan #87
4–3
 
1964 East Jonidan #60
4–3
 
East Jonidan #39
2–5
 
East Jonidan #56
3–4
 
East Jonidan #60
5–2
 
East Jonidan #18
5–2
 
West Sandanme #75
4–3
 
1965 West Sandanme #56
3–4
 
West Sandanme #66
2–5
 
East Sandanme #89
3–4
 
West Jonidan #1
4–3
 
West Sandanme #83
1–6
 
East Jonidan #13
5–2
 
1966 West Sandanme #73
5–2
 
East Sandanme #45
5–2
 
West Sandanme #16
3–4
 
East Sandanme #22
5–2
 
West Makushita #83
5–2
 
West Makushita #58
3–4
 
1967 East Makushita #69
4–3
 
West Makushita #58
3–4
 
West Sandanme #11
4–3
 
East Makushita #59
3–4
 
West Sandanme #7
2–5
 
East Sandanme #22
3–4
 
1968 West Sandanme #28
6–1
 
West Makushita #54
6–1
 
East Makushita #28
6–1
 
East Makushita #11
3–4
 
East Makushita #17
3–4
 
West Makushita #22
3–4
 
1969 West Makushita #27
7–0
Champion

 
East Makushita #1
1–6
 
West Makushita #15
4–3
 
East Makushita #12
5–2
 
East Makushita #3
3–4
 
West Makushita #5
5–2
 
1970 West Jūryō #13
9–6
 
West Jūryō #6
5–10
 
East Jūryō #13
10–5
 
West Jūryō #5
6–9
 
East Jūryō #11
9–6
 
West Jūryō #7
6–9
 
1971 West Jūryō #11
10–5
 
East Jūryō #4
8–7
 
East Jūryō #3
9–6
 
West Jūryō #2
10–5
 
East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
West Maegashira #6
11–4
F
1972 East Maegashira #1
7–8
 
West Maegashira #2
6–9
 
West Maegashira #5
9–6
 
West Maegashira #1
9–6
 
East Komusubi #2
4–11
 
West Maegashira #5
5–10
 
1973 West Maegashira #9
6–9
 
East Maegashira #12
6–9
 
West Maegashira #8
8–7
 
West Maegashira #4
7–8
 
East Maegashira #5
8–7
West Maegashira #2
10–5
T
1974 East Komusubi #1
9–6
T
West Sekiwake #1
2–13
 
East Maegashira #8
8–7
 
West Maegashira #3
5–10
 
East Maegashira #8
8–7
 
West Maegashira #6
6–9
 
1975 East Maegashira #10
10–5
 
East Maegashira #3
8–7
 
West Maegashira #1
7–8
 
East Maegashira #2
10–5
 
West Komusubi #1
7–8
 
West Maegashira #1
9–6
 
1976 East Komusubi #2
3–12
 
East Maegashira #7
8–7
 
East Maegashira #2
7–8
East Maegashira #3
7–8
 
West Maegashira #3
8–7
West Komusubi #1
6–9
 
1977 West Maegashira #2
5–10
 
West Maegashira #7
8–7
 
East Maegashira #4
9–6
 
West Komusubi #1
5–10
 
West Maegashira #4
7–8
 
West Maegashira #4
9–6
 
1978 East Maegashira #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #4
8–7
O
West Maegashira #1
7–8
 
West Maegashira #2
9–6
O
West Sekiwake #1
5–10
 
East Maegashira #3
7–8
 
1979 West Maegashira #4
10–5
T
West Komusubi #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #2
3–12
 
East Maegashira #12
5–10
 
West Jūryō #2
10–5–PP
 
West Maegashira #11
9–6
 
1980 West Maegashira #3
7–8
West Maegashira #3
3–12
East Maegashira #11
7–8
 
West Maegashira #11
5–10
 
East Jūryō #3
12–3–P
Champion

 
East Maegashira #10
8–7
 
1981 West Maegashira #6
10–5
F
West Komusubi #1
3–12
 
West Maegashira #4
5–10
 
West Maegashira #9
7–8
 
West Maegashira #10
7–8
 
West Maegashira #10
9–6
 
1982 West Maegashira #4
3–12
 
West Maegashira #7
7–8
 
East Maegashira #9
10–5
 
West Maegashira #1
7–8
 
West Maegashira #1
4–11
 
East Maegashira #6
7–8
 
1983 West Maegashira #6
4–11
 
East Maegashira #11
7–8
 
East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
East Maegashira #6
6–9
 
East Maegashira #10
10–5
F
East Maegashira #1
4–11
 
1984 West Maegashira #10
0–4–11
 
West Jūryō #5
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Jūryō #5
8–7
 
East Jūryō #2
6–9
 
East Jūryō #6
10–5
 
West Jūryō #3
4–7–4
 
1985 West Jūryō #9
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Jūryō #9
Retired
3–12
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Schilling, Mark (1994). Sumo: A Fan's Guide. Japan Times. p. 77. ISBN 4-7890-0725-1. 
  2. ^ a b c Michiko Kodama (February 2009). "Heya Peek: Nakamura Beya". Sumo Fan Magazine. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Sharnoff, Lora (1993). Grand Sumo. Weatherhill. p. 200. ISBN 0-8348-0283-X. 
  4. ^ "Fujizakura Yoshimori Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 

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