When I first started watching sumo, I had pretty much no idea what to make of it. I was intrigued, but I was confused as all hell (and the language barrier with the commentators did not help). Eventually, I found my way to r/Sumo which pointed me to the beautiful book that you see above: The Joy of Sumo by David Benjamin.
What a read. Not only did this book form the basis of my sumo education, but it did it in a hilarious and endearing way. David Benjamin is a talented writer with a good voice and is a pleasure to read. Whether you’re new to the sport or a wily veteran, this book is worth the time it takes to read it.
If you ever have a chance to read it, I’d strongly recommend that you do so.