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Japan: Meet Anatoli-San, Russia's home-grown SUMO wrestler

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Japan: Meet Anatoli-San, Russia's home-grown SUMO wrestler

Japan: Meet Anatoli-San, Russia's home-grown SUMO wrestler

Meet 32-year old giant Orora Satoshi, previously known as Anatoli Mikhakhanov, the first Russian ever to come to Tokyo to study Sumo.

Though others turned professional before him, Satoshi-Mikhahanov has been in Japan the longest and holds a special respect which he puts down to knowing Japanese.

Orara Satoshi, which translates as Northern Lights, was born in the small town of Zaigraevo in Buryatia.

According to him, he chose this sport on a rainy day in his childhood when the only thing on television was Michael Jackson or sumo.

He opted for the latter, and after watching “only one bout” of the famous Hawaiian-born sumo wrestler Konishiki Yasokichi, he decided to fully dedicate himself to the sport.

Satoshi was so keen that when he was 16 his family moved to St.

Petersburg so he could study sumo properly.

Later the same year he passed his exams to sumo school and he left to Japan in 2000 to train at the Yamahibiki Sumo stable.

After years of practise, Satoshi gained notoriety in the sport, and in 2010 the Russian sumo wrestler was declared the second heaviest in the world with a combat weight of 262 kg (578lb).

His weight continued to increase, going up to 273 kg (602lb) in 2012.

Despite being happy in Japan, Satoshi stated he would return to Russia: “it is good on a visit, but home is better”.

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