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The Joy of Sumo: A Fan's Notes
by David Benjamin (Goodreads Author)
Throwing away the rituals, this book takes a humorous look at sumo as a sport--from locker room drama to the farce of the 'sumo interview.'
Paperback, 1st edition, 293 pages
Published January 1st 1900 by Tuttle Publishing
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A book written for fans of Japanese sumo wrestling (Ozumo) as a sport, with complete disregard to the cultural and religious ceremonial overtones. A good introduction for those just getting into sumo, especially from a western sports mindset. He recommends assigning nicknames to wrestlers and to notice their personalities. A definitely de-emphasis of learning the all of the attendant japanese vocabular and names. For example, his classification of wrestlers into basic types by body shape, or the ...more
When his 2nd-grade teacher, Annabella Poss, gave him a spelling workbook, Benj started writing stories on the back pages. Through more than 50 years and a dozen cities on three continents, he's still filling the back pages. The latest among his stores is Three'a Crowd, a noir comedy that takes the reader to Paris and Las Vegas. Benjamin's sumo book, SUMO: A Thinking Fan's Guide to Japan's National ...moreMore about David Benjamin...