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Emi Motokawa (October 4, 1976) is a Japanese professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Sakura Emi.


After starting her career in International Wrestling Association of Japan in August 1995, Sakura worked for several promotions across Japan, winning numerous titles, before founding her own promotion, Ice Ribbon, in early 2006. Sakura not only wrestled for the promotion, but was also solely responsible for training wrestlers for the promotion, where she went on to become a two-time ICE×60 Champion and a record five-time International Ribbon Tag Team Champion. During 2009, Sakura held not only both the ICE×60 and International Ribbon Tag Team Championships, but also the Daily Sports Women's and JWP Tag Team Championships and the NEO Singles and NWA Pacific Women's Championships, which led to the Tokyo Sports magazine naming her the 2009 joshi wrestler of the year. After six years with Ice Ribbon, Sakura left the promotion for "personal reasons" in January 2012. The following month, Sakura formed the Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling promotion in Bangkok, Thailand. During 2012, Sakura also became a regular for Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling (JWP) Project, winning the JWP Openweight Championship in October.

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

  • Japanese Women Pro-Wrestling Project
    • Daily Sports Women's Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Kaori Yoneyama
    • JWP Openweight Championship (1 time, current)
    • JWP Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Kaori Yoneyama
    • Enemy Award (2009)
  • NEO Japan Ladies Pro Wrestling
    • NEO Singles Championship (1 time)
    • NEO Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Yoshiko Tamura
    • NWA Pacific Women's Championship (1 time)
    • Mid Summer Tag Tournament VIII (2009) – with Nanae Takahashi

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