Dynamic Sumo - Newton C. - Book
  • Dynamic Sumo - Newton C. - Book

Dynamic Sumo - Newton C. - Book

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Sumo, Japan'ss unofficial 'snational sport's, has a huge popularity at home and abroad. The appeal of this sport, with its fast, exciting bouts played agai
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Sumo, Japan'ss unofficial 'snational sport's, has a huge popularity at home and abroad. The appeal of this sport, with its fast, exciting bouts played against a backdrop of colorful traditions and stately, elegant rituals, transcends national and cultural boundaries. Sumo has a history spanning more than one thousand years but its origins are shrouded in legend. The traditions and rituals of today'ss professional sumo are inherently Japanese, and most closely reflect Japanese culture of the Edo period (1600-1867). Its official, professional tournaments have been held regularly since the early eighteenth century. The Japan Sumo Association, the organizational body overseeing the professional sport, has held official tours over the last thirty years around the globe, sparking further interest in sumo and its traditions. In the 1990s, sumo has enjoyed phenomenal popularity in Japan, perhaps more than at any other stage in its history. Access to satellite television, combined with the rise of three powerful Hawaiian competitors, has generated an increased awareness of sumo around the world in areas including the United States, Europe and the rest of Asia. 1. WHAT IS SUMO? - AN OVERVIEW The Sumo Ring - The Official Ranking Sheet - Referees and Judges - Official Tournaments - The Ring-Entering Ceremony - Pre-Bout Rituals - The Initial Clash - Cash Awards - The Sumo Arena 2. BEAUTY AND TRADITION - THE BEAUTY OF SUMO The Rikishi'ss Topknot - Colorful, Decorative Aprons - The Yokozuna Ring - Entering Ceremony - The Rikishi'ss Belt - The Referee'ss Costume - The Bow-Twirling Ceremony THE HISTORY OF SUMO The Earliest Days - The Rise of the First Great Rikishi During the Edo Period - The Meijiand Taisho Periods 1868-1926 - The Showa Period 1926-1989 - Sumo and World War II - Postwar Chaos - New Heroes of the TV Era - The Present Day 3. NEW LEGENDS Sumo'ss Hawaiian Legacy - Akebono - Wakanohana and Takanohana - New Ozeki Takanonami and Musashimaru - New Hopes 4. POWER AND TECHNIQUE Winning Techniques - False Starts - Kinjite - Fouls 5. DAILY LIFE Heya -'sStables's - Practice Sessions at the Heya - Elders - New Recruits - Regional Tours - The Championship and Other Prizes - The Final Day of a Tournament - Special Exhibition Tournaments - What the Rikishi Eat
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