(August, 2001) Los Angeles, CA
Hawaiian-born KONISHIKI is one of the greatest sumo wrestlers of all time, and the heaviest pro sumo wrestler ever, at over 600 pounds. KONISHIKI was the first foreigner ever to attain “ozeki” (Champion) rank in pro sumo, and was a groundbreaking force (pun intended) in the internationalization of sumo.
KONISHIKI’s presence as a special guest attracted tons of adoring fans to the inaugural the first annual US Sumo Open. He also served as Nisei Week Parade Grand Marshal.