Kaneshiro Kofuku

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Kaneshiro Kofuku
金城 興福
Personal information
Born Kofuku Kaneshiro
(1953-02-27)February 27, 1953
Takanabe, Miyazaki, Japan
Died December 29, 2002(2002-12-29) (aged 49)
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight 140 kg (310 lb; 22 st)
Career
Stable Kasugano
Record 683-725-22
Debut September, 1969
Highest rank Sekiwake (July, 1977)
Retired May, 1987
Special Prizes Fighting Spirit (3)
Gold Stars 2 (Wajima)
* Up to date as of Sep. 2012.

Kaneshiro Kofuku (born Kofuku Kaneshiro; February 27, 1953 - December 29, 2002) was a sumo wrestler from Takanabe, Miyazaki, Japan. He made his professional debut in September 1969, and reached the top division in September 1974. His highest rank was sekiwake. After being runner-up in the January 1979 tournament and winning the Fighting Spirit prize he changed his shikona or fighting name to Tochihikari, in honour of ozeki Tochihikari Masayuki, who also fought for Kasugano stable. However, after falling back to the juryo division in 1985, he was no longer considered worthy of such a prestigious name and so reverted to Kaneshiro, his birth name.[1] He left the sumo world upon retirement in May 1987, unable to acquire elder stock in the Japan Sumo Association and remain as a coach. This was because the Sumo Association had introduced a rule in 1976 requiring Japanese citizenship to become an elder, and Kaneshiro, because of his Korean parentage, was not eligible until it was too late.[1]

He died at the age of 49, from a heart attack.[2]

Career record[edit]

Kaneshiro Kofuku[3]
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
1969 x x x x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #2
3–4
 
1970 East Jonidan #71
5–2
 
East Jonidan #32
4–3
 
West Jonidan #14
4–3
 
East Sandanme #78
2–5
 
East Jonidan #22
4–3
 
West Jonidan #10
5–2
 
1971 West Sandanme #52
3–3–1
 
West Sandanme #62
5–2
 
West Sandanme #35
5–2
 
West Sandanme #10
4–3
 
West Makushita #60
4–3
 
East Makushita #52
2–5
 
1972 East Sandanme #11
4–3
 
East Sandanme #3
6–1
 
East Makushita #34
6–1–P
 
West Makushita #11
4–3
 
East Makushita #9
4–3
 
West Makushita #6
5–2
 
1973 East Makushita #3
6–1
 
East Jūryō #11
7–8
 
East Jūryō #13
8–7
 
East Jūryō #11
7–8
 
West Jūryō #12
10–5
 
West Jūryō #5
7–2–6
 
1974 West Jūryō #6
7–8
 
West Jūryō #7
7–8
 
East Jūryō #3
7–8
 
East Jūryō #6
11–4
 
East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
East Maegashira #8
9–6
 
1975 East Maegashira #3
5–10
 
West Maegashira #8
8–7
 
East Maegashira #6
6–9
 
East Maegashira #9
8–7
 
East Maegashira #6
9–6
 
West Maegashira #2
9–6
1976 East Maegashira #1
8–7
West Komusubi #1
4–11
 
West Maegashira #5
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
8–7
 
West Maegashira #1
3–12
 
West Maegashira #8
9–6
 
1977 East Maegashira #2
5–10
 
East Maegashira #7
11–4
F
East Komusubi #1
8–7
 
West Sekiwake #1
5–10
 
East Maegashira #3
6–9
 
East Maegashira #6
9–6
 
1978 East Maegashira #2
8–7
 
West Komusubi #1
3–12
 
East Maegashira #8
8–7
 
West Maegashira #4
6–9
 
East Maegashira #7
10–5
 
East Maegashira #2
5–10
 
1979 West Maegashira #7
12–3
F
East Komusubi #1
6–9
 
West Maegashira #1
5–10
 
West Maegashira #5
9–6
 
West Komusubi #1
2–13
 
West Maegashira #7
10–5
 
1980 East Maegashira #1
5–10
 
West Maegashira #4
5–10
 
West Maegashira #10
12–3
F
West Komusubi #1
5–10
 
East Maegashira #4
6–9
 
East Maegashira #7
6–9
 
1981 West Maegashira #11
10–5
 
West Maegashira #2
5–10
 
West Maegashira #5
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
7–8
 
West Maegashira #3
3–12
 
West Maegashira #9
10–5
 
1982 East Maegashira #4
6–9
 
East Maegashira #6
9–6
 
East Maegashira #2
4–11
 
West Maegashira #10
9–6
 
West Maegashira #5
6–9
 
West Maegashira #9
7–8
 
1983 West Maegashira #10
8–7
 
East Maegashira #6
7–8
 
West Maegashira #6
9–6
 
East Maegashira #1
1–14
 
East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
East Maegashira #4
4–11
 
1984 East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
East Maegashira #5
5–10
 
East Maegashira #11
4–11
 
West Jūryō #4
8–7
 
West Jūryō #2
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Jūryō #2
9–6
 
1985 West Maegashira #13
2–13
 
East Jūryō #8
8–7
 
West Jūryō #5
10–5
 
East Jūryō #2
5–10
 
West Jūryō #7
8–7
 
West Jūryō #4
7–8
 
1986 East Jūryō #7
9–6
 
East Jūryō #2
5–10
 
East Jūryō #8
8–7
 
East Jūryō #5
8–7
 
West Jūryō #3
3–12
 
East Jūryō #13
8–7
 
1987 West Jūryō #11
8–7
 
East Jūryō #9
6–9
 
East Jūryō #12
Retired
2–13
x x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sharnoff, Lora (1993). Grand Sumo. Weatherhill. ISBN 0-8348-0283-X. 
  2. ^ "Ex-sekiwake Kaneshiro dies at 49". Japan Times. 10 October 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kaneshiro Kofuku Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2012-09-05.