Fujinishiki Takemitsu

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富士錦 猛光
Fujinishiki Takemitsu
Personal information
Born Akira Ichimiya
(1937-03-18)March 18, 1937
Yamanashi, Japan
Died December 17, 2003(2003-12-17) (aged 66)
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 136 kg (300 lb)
Career
Stable Takasago
Record 576-560-5
Debut March, 1953
Highest rank Komusubi (March, 1960)
Retired November, 1968
Championships 1 (Makuuchi)
1 (Makushita)
Special Prizes Outstanding Performance (2)
Fighting Spirit (4)
Technique (1)
Gold Stars 7 (Wakanohana I (1), Tochinoumi (3), Kashiwado (2), Sadanoyama (1)),
* Career information is correct as of Sep. 2012.

Fujinishiki Takemitsu (18 March 1937 - 17 December 2003) was a sumo wrestler from Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan. After his retirement he was the head coach of Takasago stable.

Career[edit]

Making his debut in 1953, he first entered the top makuuchi division in 1959 and was runner-up in two tournaments that year. His highest rank was komusubi. He spent a total of ten tournaments at that rank but never managed to earn promotion to sekiwake. The highlight of his career came in July 1964 when he took the top division championship or yūshō with a 14-1 record. He was ranked as a maegashira at the time and did not meet any ōzeki or yokozuna during the tournament. He was perhaps fortunate that yokozuna Taihō, who won four championships in that year alone, dropped out after five days. He wrestled for Takasago stable and following his retirement as an active wrestler in November 1968 stayed there as a coach. In 1988 he became head of the stable, following the death of former yokozuna Asashio Tarō III. He coached Konishiki and Mitoizumi amongst others. He also served on the Japan Sumo Association's board of directors. In February 2002, in failing health, he passed on ownership of the stable to former ōzeki Asashio Tarō IV. He died of liver disease in December 2003.

He was seen in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice, fighting in a bout against Kotozakura.

Career record[edit]

  • The Kyushu tournament was first held in 1957, and the Nagoya tournament in 1958.

                  

Fujinishiki Takemitsu[1]
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
1953 x Shinjo
3–0
 
West Jonidan #26
5–3
 
Not held East Jonidan #10
4–4
 
Not held
1954 East Jonidan #5
5–3
 
West Sandanme #50
4–4
 
East Sandanme #48
4–4
 
Not held West Sandanme #44
6–2
 
Not held
1955 East Sandanme #29
5–3
 
East Sandanme #8
4–4
 
East Sandanme #3
3–5
 
Not held West Sandanme #5
5–3
 
Not held
1956 East Makushita #53
5–3
 
West Makushita #43
6–2
 
East Makushita #35
6–2
 
Not held West Makushita #24
7–1–P
Champion

 
Not held
1957 West Makushita #6
2–6
 
East Makushita #15
7–1
 
East Makushita #3
3–5
 
Not held East Makushita #8
4–4
 
East Makushita #8
5–3
 
1958 West Makushita #4
6–2
 
West Jūryō #24
8–7
 
East Jūryō #23
11–4–P
 
West Jūryō #14
8–7
 
West Jūryō #10
11–4
 
West Jūryō #2
11–4
 
1959 East Maegashira #18
5–10
 
East Jūryō #3
12–3
 
West Maegashira #18
9–6
 
West Maegashira #14
12–3
F
West Maegashira #3
4–11
 
East Maegashira #11
12–3
F
1960 East Maegashira #2
9–6
 
West Komusubi #1
7–8
 
West Maegashira #2
5–10
 
West Maegashira #6
5–10
East Maegashira #7
6–9
 
East Maegashira #11
11–4
 
1961 East Maegashira #4
10–5
F
West Komusubi #2
8–7
 
East Komusubi
7–8
 
East Maegashira #1
9–6
 
East Komusubi #1
8–7
 
East Komusubi #1
8–7
 
1962 West Komusubi #1
4–11
 
East Maegashira #5
7–8
 
West Maegashira #4
4–11
 
West Maegashira #10
9–6
 
East Maegashira #5
8–7
 
West Maegashira #1
4–11
 
1963 West Maegashira #7
11–4
 
East Maegashira #1
8–7
O
West Komusubi #1
4–11
 
West Maegashira #3
9–6
O
West Komusubi #1
2–8–5
 
West Maegashira #7
8–7
 
1964 West Maegashira #3
7–8
 
West Maegashira #3
4–11
 
West Maegashira #5
5–10
 
West Maegashira #9
14–1
FT
East Komusubi #1
4–11
 
West Maegashira #4
6–9
1965 East Maegashira #6
8–7
 
West Maegashira #3
5–10
 
West Maegashira #5
6–9
 
West Maegashira #7
10–5
 
East Maegashira #3
7–8
West Maegashira #3
8–7
 
1966 East Maegashira #3
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
6–9
West Maegashira #3
9–6
East Maegashira #1
6–9
 
West Maegashira #3
7–8
 
West Maegashira #3
10–5
 
1967 West Komusubi #2
6–9
 
East Maegashira #2
8–7
East Maegashira #1
2–13
 
West Maegashira #5
7–8
 
West Maegashira #6
5–10
 
East Maegashira #9
8–7
 
1968 East Maegashira #7
8–7
 
West Maegashira #5
5–10
 
West Maegashira #8
7–8
 
East Maegashira #9
6–9
 
East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
West Maegashira #9
Retired
1–14
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fujinishiki Takemitsu Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 

See also[edit]