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Norisuke Higashikata (東方 憲助 Higashikata Norisuke?) is a minor character featured in Steel Ball Run.

Norisuke is a mysterious Japanese competitor in the Steel Ball Run race.

He accumulates significance in JoJolion when he is revealed to have established the success of the Higashikata bloodline, founding the Higashikata Fruit Company.


Norisuke is a mature man of average to above-average height and medium build. He wears small, dark spectacles, a short beard, and very short, sparse hair; with his head covered in many small patches.

Norisuke has two navels (although his ancestors only bore one).[2]


Despite his old age, Norisuke has shown to be rather perceptive, deducing Hot Pants' true gender from the latter's disgust at touching his navel.



It is known from Tsurugi Higashikata's explanation of the Higashikata family's superstitious beliefs of warding away "demons of sickness" that Norisuke, being the firstborn son of his family, was raised as a girl until he turned twelve.[3]

Steel Ball Run

Norisuke placed third during the third Stage of the Steel Ball Run race and apparently finished second overall, according to his great grandson in JoJolion. In the aftermath of the race, he is seen on board the ship that Johnny Joestar boards, and greets him with a salute. A younger Japanese woman is seen standing beside him which is eventually revealed as his daughter Rina Higashikata.

In the aftermath of the race, he uses its prize money to start a successful business importing foreign fruit - a business his descendants continue to maintain well into 2011.

Race Stats

Steel Ball Run Race Statistics
Stage Placement Points
First 19th 3
Second 6th 25
Third 12th 10
Fourth 1st 100
Fifth 2nd 50
Sixth 4th 35
Seventh 2nd 50
Eighth 3rd 40
Ninth 3rd 40

Norisuke Higashikata finishes the race with a total of 353 points.



  1. 1.0 1.1 JJL Chapter 11: Family Tree, p.18
  2. SBR Chapter 40: Silent Way (1)
  3. JJL Chapter 23: The Secret Room, p.23

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