Hakuho

PHOTO: Popular sumo wrestlers, actors, chase away evil spirits...
Yokozuna Hakuho participates in the annual "setsubun" bean-throwing festival at the Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Feb. 3. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--Sumo stars including yokozuna Hakuho and popular TV actors threw beans at well-wishers during the annual "setsubun" festival at the Naritasan...
VOX POPULI: Hakuho learned composure from sumo legend Futabayama
Yokozuna Hakuho hoists a sign celebrating his 33rd victory, a record in sumo history, on Jan. 23. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Tokuzo Miyamoto (1930-2011), a writer and passionate connoisseur of sumo, explored the question of what is the “ultimate of excellence” in the art of sumo wrestling in his...
SUMO/ Hakuho finishes off New Year tourney with perfect 15-0...
Yokozuna Hakuho, right, forces out yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 15 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Jan. 25. (Shiro Nishihata)
With his record-setting 33rd Emperor's Cup already in the bag, yokozuna Hakuho added a perfect 15-0 finish to his accomplishments on the final day of the New Year Grand Sumo...
SUMO/ Record-setting Hakuho closes in on perfect record at New...
Yokozuna Hakuho forces out yokozuna Harumafuji on Day 14 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 24. (Takuya Isayama)
Having already established himself in the sumo pantheon by securing his 33rd Emperor's Cup, Mongolia's Hakuho breezed through his bout against fellow yokozuna Harumafuji at the ...
SUMO/ Hakuho overpowers Kisenosato to wrap up record-breaking 33rd ...
Yokozuna Hakuho defeats ozeki Kisenosato on Day 13 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Jan. 23. (Takuya Isayama)
Yokozuna Hakuho beat Kisenosato at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 23 to clinch the title with two days to go and surpass the legendary Taiho on the all-time list...
SUMO/ Hakuho maintains two-win cushion on Day 12
Yokozuna Kakuryu defeats ozeki Goeido on Day 12 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 22. (Shiro Nishihata)
Yokozuna Hakuho took another step toward a history-making 33rd Emperor’s Cup on Jan. 22 when he overpowered Kotoshogiku to stay undefeated and in the sole lead at the New...
SUMO/ Hakuho moves step closer to history as Harumafuji falters on ...
Yokozuna Hakuho, right, thrusts out ozeki Goeido on Day 11 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Jan. 21. (Reina Kitamura)
Yokozuna Hakuho overpowered ozeki Goeido on Jan. 21 to open a comfortable two-win cushion when his nearest rival, yokozuna Harumafuji, was upset at the New Year Grand Sumo...
SUMO/ Hakuho overpowers Aoiyama to stay in sole lead on Day 10
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, forces down sekiwake Aoiyama on Day 10 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Jan. 20. (Shiro Nishihata)
Yokozuna Hakuho outfoxed Aoiyama on Jan. 20 to stay undefeated and move a step closer to rewriting the history books at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament.
SUMO/ Hakuho retains sole lead, Kisenosato suffers second loss at...
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, pulls sekiwake Ichinojo over the edge on Day 9 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Jan. 19. (Jun Ueda)
Unbeaten yokozuna Hakuho dashed upstart Ichinojo's hopes of an upset at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 19, while ozeki Kisenosato fell...
SUMO/ Hakuho remains unbeaten, rival Harumafuji bounces back on...
Yokozuna Harumafuji, right, pushes out maegashira No. 5 Kaisei with a throat thrust on Day 8 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 18. (Takuya Isayama)
Sole leader Hakuho, unbeaten and closing in on the record for most tournaments won, dominated another opponent to grab his eighth consecutive win at the New Year Grand Sumo...
SUMO/ Harumafuji tumbles to first loss, Hakuho takes lead at New...
Yokozuna Harumafuji, right, is defeated by maegashira No. 4 Jokoryu on Day 7 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 17. (Shigetaka Kodama)
Unpredictable yokozuna Harumafuji hit the dirt for the first time at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 17, opening the way for unbeaten compatriot Hakuho to assume the ...
SUMO/ Yokozuna Kakuryu falls again; Hakuho, Harumafuji improve to...
Komusubi Tochiozan, front, forces out yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 6 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Jan. 16. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
Yokozuna Kakuryu suffered his second defeat at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 16, while Hakuho and Harumafuji pounded through to their sixth wins to remain unbeaten ...
SUMO/ Terunofuji gives Kakuryu a scare as Hakuho, Harumafuji hold...
Yokozuna Hakuho goes flying but still defeats maegashira No. 2 Ikioi on Day 5 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 15. (Takuya Isayama)
Unbeaten yokozuna Hakuho and Harumafuji grabbed their fifth wins at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 15, with Kakuryu--who narrowly survived--and ozeki Kisenosato...
SUMO/ Yokozuna pair Hakuho, Harumafuji stay unbeaten, set pace on...
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, throws down maegashira No. 2 Terunofuji on Day 4 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Jan. 14. (Reina Kitamura)
Record-seeking yokozuna Hakuho and compatriot Harumafuji sent their opponents out to remain unbeaten after four days of competition in the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at...
SUMO/ Hakuho cruises ahead on bid to set record; Kisenosato...
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, pushes out top maegashira Takarafuji on Day 3 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo on Jan. 13. (Takuya Isayama)
Mongolian yokozuna superstar Hakuho crushed his third opponent to remain unbeaten on Jan. 13 in his quest to make history at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament, while ozeki...
SUMO/ Yokozuna Kakuryu falls to defeat, Hakuho, Harumafuji win on...
Top maegashira Takarafuji defeats yokozuna Kakuryu on Day 2 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 12. (Shigetaka Kodama)
Yokozuna Hakuho eased through his second match at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 12 and got an added bonus--in the final bout of the day, compatriot and rival...
SUMO/ Hakuho starts victorious on Day 1 on quest to claim most...
Yokozuna Hakuho, left, stands in triumph after forcing down komusubi Tochiozan on Day 1 of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament at Ryogoku Kokugikan on Jan. 11. (Takuya Isayama)
Yokozuna Hakuho, gunning for his 33rd career championship title, led a winning run by all the top wrestlers on the opening day of the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament on Jan. 11.
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...