Ichiro Suzuki - Personal Life

Personal Life

The Japanese name "Ichiro" is often written 一郎, meaning "first son". Ichiro's name, however, is written with a different character, 一朗, so that his name roughly means "brightest, most cheerful". He has an elder brother, Kazuyasu Suzuki, who is a fashion designer.

Ichiro married Yumiko Fukushima (福島弓子, Fukushima Yumiko?), a former TBS TV announcer, on December 3, 1999 at a small church in Santa Monica, California. The couple have no children. They have a pet dog (Shiba Inu) named "Ikkyu", a combination of "Ichi" (一?) of "Ichiro" and "Yumi" (弓?) of "Yumiko", which can be pronounced "kyu" as well. The couple reside in Issaquah, Washington during the season.

On March 18, 2011 Ichiro donated ¥100 million ($1.25 million) to the Japanese Red Cross for earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.

Since November 2000, Nobuyuki Suzuki, Ichiro's father, has run the Ichiro exhibition room named "I-fain" in Toyoyama, Ichiro's hometown. It exhibits a wide variety of collections of his memorabilia, personal items from his childhood and up-to-date baseball gear etc.

Ichiro is the honored chairman of the Ichiro Cup, a 6 month long boys' league tournament with more than 200 teams, held in Toyoyama and surrounding cities and towns since 1996. Ichiro watches the final game and attends its awards ceremony every year.

Read more about this topic:  Ichiro Suzuki

Other articles related to "personal life, personal, life":

Ray Milland - Personal Life
... During the 1954 shooting of their film Dial M for Murder Milland and his co-star, Grace Kelly, were reported to have had an affair which almost destroyed both their careers ... The scandal was kept secret with the aid of the movie's studio, Warner Bros ...
John, King Of England - John As King - Personal Life
... John's personal life impacted heavily on his reign ... in interpreting this material, noting that chroniclers also reported John's personal interest in the life of St Wulfstan of Worcester and his friendships with several senior clerics, most especially with Hugh ...
Joseph Conrad - Merchant Navy - British Voyages - Master
... Islands (1896) he also appears in the autobiographical volume, A Personal Record (1912), where Conrad writes "If I had not got to know Almayer ... Vidar and very busy whenever in harbour." Neither the pathetic Almayer of A Personal Record nor the tragic Almayer of Almayer's Folly have much in common ... Given Conrad's negligible personal acquaintance with the peoples of the Malay Archipelago, why does this area loom so large in his early work? (Leaving aside The Rescue, whose completion was repeatedly deferred till ...

Famous quotes containing the words life and/or personal:

    They think how one life hums, revolves and toils,
    One cog in a golden singing hive:
    Stephen Spender (1909–1995)

    A man’s personal defects will commonly have with the rest of the world precisely that importance which they have to himself. If he makes light of them, so will other men.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)