Hakuho

Sumo wrestlers provide entertainment on cruise
From left, yokozuna Hakuho, ozeki Kisenosato, komusubi Ikioi and maegashira No. 6 Toyonoshima salute on the deck of Asuka II in Yokohama on Dec. 10. (Noriyasu Nukui)
About 750 passengers on the luxury liner Asuka II will be entertained by four of the biggest performers in Japan.
VOX POPULI: Hakuho's rise started with a near-miraculous turn of...
With tears in his eyes, yokozuna Hakuho receives the Emperor’s Cup in Fukuoka on Nov. 23 after winning his 32nd career championship. (The Asahi Shimbun)
It has already been seven-and-a-half years since Hakuho was promoted to yokozuna at age 22. I wrote about him in this column after I watched him perform his first “hono...
SUMO/ Promise made to fabled Taiho drove Hakuho to record-tying...
Yokozuna Hakuho is overwhelmed with emotion during the awards ceremony after winning his 32nd career championship in Fukuoka on Nov. 23. (Ryo Ikeda)
Hakuho flashed a rare display of emotion after capturing the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 23 to match the all-time record of 32 championships, as if the floodgate of...
SUMO/ Hakuho claims 32nd championship, ties immortal Taiho on Day...
Hakuho, left, forces out fellow yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 15 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 23. (Ryo Ikeda)
A determined Hakuho made short work of fellow yokozuna Kakuryu to take his 32nd career title and a place in the record books alongside Taiho on Nov. 23 on the final day of the...
SUMO/ Kakuryu keeps alive championship hopes on Day 14
Yokozuna Kakuryu throws ozeki Kotoshogiku to the dirt on Day 14 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 22. (Ryo Ikeda)
Yokozuna Kakuryu won his 12th match at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 22 to set up a final-day showdown with Hakuho, who is looking to take home a record-tying 32nd...
SUMO/ Hakuho takes sole lead after Kakuryu falls at Kyushu tourney ...
Yokozuna Kakuryu, left, is forced out by yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 13 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 21. (Azumi Fukuoka)
Yokozuna Hakuho's hopes of a record-tying 32nd championship title got a big boost at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 21 as Harumafuji drove Kakuryu out of the...
SUMO/ Dominant Hakuho, tricky Kakuryu keep lead on Day 12
Yokozuna Kakuryu forces down ozeki Goeido on Day 12 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 20. (Motoki Nagasawa)
Co-leaders Hakuho and Kakuryu captured their 11th wins at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 20, although Kakuryu had to resort to a little trick at the face-off of his...
SUMO/ Kakuryu suffers first defeat, shares lead with Hakuho on Day ...
Yokozuna Kakuryu, right, is pushed out by ozeki Kisenosato on Day 11 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 19. (Azumi Fukuoka)
Kakuryu was battered out of the ring for his first loss, Harumafuji hit the dirt for the third time and even Hakuho was nearly sent out on Nov. 19 in what was a tough day for...
SUMO/ Kisenosato records second loss as sole leader Kakuryu posts...
Yokozuna Kakuryu, back, forces out maegashira No. 3 Terunofuji on Day 10 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 18. (Mahito Kaai)
Mongolian yokozuna Kakuryu held onto the sole lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 18, but his determined compatriot Hakuho is turning up the pressure with one loss ...
SUMO/ Unbeaten yokozuna Kakuryu marches on, Hakuho throws Ichinojo ...
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, throws sekiwake Ichinojo on Day 9 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 17. (Ryo Ikeda)
Unbeaten yokozuna Kakuryu maintained his one-match lead over defending champion Hakuho and ozeki Kisenosato on the ninth day of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 17,...
SUMO/ Kakuryu holds ground; Hakuho, Kisenosato stay on his heels...
Yokozuna Kakuryu slaps down komusubi Ikioi on Day 8 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 16. (Ryo Ikeda)
Yokozuna Kakuryu sent his eighth victim to the dirt at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 16, while Mongolian compatriot Hakuho and Japanese ozeki Kisenosato held firm at ...
SUMO/ Kakuryu wipes out giant-killer Takayasu to remain unbeaten...
Yokozuna Kakuryu, right, pushes maegashira No. 3 Takayasu out of the ring on Day 7 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 15. (Motoki Nagasawa)
Mongolia's Kakuryu denied rank-and-filer Takayasu a sweep of upsets against the current yokozuna trio at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 15, winning with ease to...
SUMO/ Takayasu stuns Hakuho; Kakuryu takes sole lead on Day 6
Maegashira No. 3 Takayasu, left, slaps down yokozuna Hakuho on Day 6 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 14. (Azumi Fukuoka)
In a stunning upset, defending champion Hakuho hit the dirt for the first time at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 14, leaving fellow Mongolian Kakuryu in the sole lead.
SUMO/ Hakuho, Kakuryu take lead after Kisenosato overwhelmed on...
Yokozuna Hakuho throws No. 2 maegashira Toyohibiki on Day 5 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 13. (Koichi Ueda)
The leaders pack at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament narrowed to the yokozuna duo of Hakuho and Kakuryu on Nov. 13 after ozeki Kisenosato stumbled out to his first loss.
SUMO/ Harumafuji falls again as Hakuho sails on in Kyushu tourney...
Top maegashira Tochiozan, right, forces down yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 4 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 12. (Ryo Ikeda)
Yokozuna Harumafuji and rising star Ichinojo fell to defeats at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 12, but defending champion Hakuho and rivals Kakuryu and Kisenosato all ...
SUMO/ Harumafuji dealt first loss as Hakuho survives close call on ...
Maegashira No. 3 Takayasu, right, defeats yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 3 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 11. (Yoichi Kawatsu)
Yokozuna strongmen Hakuho and Harumafuji were put to the test on Nov. 11 at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament and only Hakuho emerged victorious, while the junior member of the...
SUMO/ Yokozuna trio remain perfect on Day 2 while Ichinojo rebounds
Yokozuna Hakuho, front, pushes out top maegashira Aminishiki on Day 2 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 10. (Motoki Nagasawa)
Mongolia's yokozuna trio sailed through their second day at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament with wins on Nov. 10, while up-and-coming sumo sensation Ichinojo climbed back into ...
SUMO/ Ichinojo no match for Harumafuji as Hakuho starts strong on...
Sekiwake Ichinojo, right, is forced out by yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 1 of the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament at Fukuoka Kokusai Center on Nov. 9. (Koichi Ueda)
Yokozuna Hakuho got off to a typically masterful start as the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament kicked off on Nov. 9, but Mongolia's new rising star, Ichinojo, was completely...
SUMO/ Hakuho wins autumn tourney to move into tie for 2nd on...
Yokozuna Hakuho, top, throws down grand champion Kakuryu on Day 15 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 28. (Reina Kitamura)
Yokozuna Hakuho of Mongolia won the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament on Sept. 28 to capture his 31st Emperor's Cup while furthering his status as one of the greatest wrestlers in...
SUMO/ Hakuho moves closer to 31st title by defeating Ichinojo on...
Yokozuna Hakuho throws down maegashira No. 10 Ichinojo on Day 14 of the Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Sept. 27. (Naoko Kawamura)
Grand champion Hakuho moved a step closer to winning his 31st Emperor's Cup on Sept. 27 when he defeated upstart Ichinojo to regain sole possession of the lead at the Autumn...