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I have loved sumo since I moved to Japan in 1964. I have gone to the stables for practice and to the Kokugikan for the matches. I have admired many wrestlers, but the standout gentleman of the sport — the uncommon man of guts and honor — is Takanohana.

He is the epitome of the sport: an honest athlete with heart, a person of impeccable honor, with a code of respect for the sport and for life. Takanohana is a modern-day samurai.

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