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Displaced Nation • 2 years ago

Tokyo-born restauranteur HIROAKI "ROCKY" AOKI (1938-2008). A former wrestler on the Japanese Olympic team, Aoki moved to New York after failing to qualify for the 1960 games in Rome. In 1964 he opened his first teppanyaki-styled restaurant with the $10,000 he earned selling ice cream from a truck. Thus the Benihana chain was born. Rocky married three times. His offspring include supermodel Devon Aoki. A self-proclaimed “risk-taker,” he was the 1st to cross the Pacific Ocean in a hot-air balloon!

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