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[Rikidozan at Kawafuku restaurant, Los Angeles, California, June 8, 1955]

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[Rikidozan at Kawafuku restaurant, Los Angeles, California, June 8, 1955]
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photograph | negative

Los Angeles, Calif., June 8, 1955


Photograph by Toyo Miyatake Studio, Gift of the Alan Miyatake Family


2 photograpic prints : b&w; ; 5 x 7 in.

2 negatives : b&w; ; 4 x 5 in.

Published in Rafu Shimpo, June 9, 1955, Japanese section.

Famous Japanese professional wrestler Rikidozan at Kawafuku restaurant in Little Tokyo during his visit to Los Angeles, California, June 8, 1955. Large man with curly hair in patterned dark jacket over collared shirt and light pants eats Japanese food with chopsticks in a booth, and laughs as he stands next to a lantern, statue and bridge-like railing in front of a mural at restaurant.

Typed on original envelope: Rikio-Zan.

Rikidozan was a well-known Japanese professional wrestler who was born Kim Sin-nak in South Hamgyong, Korea on November 14, 1924, moved to Japan and started in training in sumo; his highest rank was sekiwake. He is considered the founder of Japanese professional wrestling. (01.09.2008 cht)

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