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Joy of Sumo


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.


Samurai Spirit – Sumo

I stumbled across a great documentary about Sumo on YouTube the other day.  Here are the videos that comprise the documentary as a whole. (And, incase you were wondering,  “Samurai Spirit” was a TV documentary series from NHK World that focused on the traditional martial arts of Japan. If you’ve got time to kill, the other installments are also pretty interesting.)