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The Joy of Sumo: A Fan's Notes

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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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Feb 16, 2010 Jay rated it liked it
Pretty interesting and at times funny. The author is irreverent fan of sumo; he likes to include funny and affectionately disparaging descriptions of the wrestlers he describes. The book is a bit dated though--all of the wrestler profiles are from the early 90s.
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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
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Dec 28, 2013 Sumo Chris rated it it was ok
This book is packed with factual errors... basic factual errors... meaning that however well Benjamin may write and however funny he may seem... it's not very good. A number of sumo experts have condemned it for lack of appropriate research.
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