Kazuko Hosoki

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Kazuko Hosoki (細木 数子, Hosoki Kazuko, born 4 April 1938 in Tokyo) is a Japanese fortune teller, as well as the author of over 100 books. In addition to her regular celebrity appearances on Japanese television, she is known for her belief that ancestor worship is central to Japanese identity.[1]


Hosoki began managing Tokyo clubs and coffee shops while still a teenager, eventually running up debts to Japanese organized crime members.[2] In 1983 she married influential Japanese power broker Masahiro Yasuoka, who died that same year.[2]


Hosoki appeared frequently on the original Iron Chef, where she served as one of the four celebrity judges that would determine the outcome of each match.[3] She is often seen stating her opinions very strongly on Japanese TV shows.[4][5] Some of her views may be taken as conservative.[6] She has repeatedly made very traditionalist statements on women in the family, stating that a woman's main function should be to support her husband's career.[6] She has also publicly endorsed prime-minister Junichiro Koizumi's controversial visits to Yasukuni Shrine.[citation needed]

Hosoki's celebrity fans include sumo wrestling yokozuna (grand champion) Asashōryū.[6] They have appeared together on TV specials and once Asashōryū rented her white Rolls-Royce.[citation needed] She maintains a residence in Arashiyama, Kyoto City.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Nelson, John. "Household Altars in Contemporary Japan Rectifying Buddhist "Ancestor Worship" with Home Décor and Consumer Choice". Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. 35 (2): 305–330. JSTOR 30233835.
  2. ^ a b Dorman, Benjamin (December 1, 2006). "Religion in the News: Tokyo's Dr. Phil". Trinity College. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Maldanado, Juan. "Judges: Kazuko Hosoki". The Iron Chef Battle Database. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Hosoki Kazuko in TBS's "Zubari Iu Wa Yo! and more". The Japan Times. August 8, 2004. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Fortune-teller forecasts pop singer, conversations with the dead and psychic powers". The Japan Times. April 15, 2007. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Dorman, Benjamin (September 3, 2012). "Defining Religion in the Post-Aum Era". In Prohl, Inken; Nelson, John (eds.). Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions. Brill. pp. 509–528. ISBN 9789004234352.