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A Thinking Fan's Guide to Japan's National Sport



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Sumo by David Benjamin
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"Sumo" is a fresh and funny introduction to the fascinating world of sumo, Japan's national sport. Author David Benjamin peels away the veneer of sumo as a cultural treasure and reveals it as an action-packed sport populated by superb athletes who employ numerous strategies and techniques to overcome their gargantuan opponents. "Sumo" provides an engaging, witty, behind-the-scenes look at sumo today. This volume is an updated and thoroughly revised version of Benjamin's popular "The Joy of Sumo", which was called the most entertaining and irreverent guide to sumo by James Fallows in "The Atlantic". Benjamin's enthusiasm and insight into the sport remain unmatched, and his frequently humorous descriptions of the personalities and pageantry of the sport will have you laughing out loud.

Author Biography

David Benjamin is the author of The Joy of Sumo (Tuttle) and The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked (Random House). He lived in Japan for 7 years, where he was editor-in-chief of Tokyo Journal, contributing editor and columnist for The Japan Times Weekly, and wrote a weekly column for The Mainichi Daily News. Following the publication of The Joy of Sumo, he became a regular sumo columnist in Shukan Bunshun and an occasional commentator on sumo and other sports on television.. He remains the only foreigner ever to cover Japan's national sport on a regular basis in a major Japanese-language publication. Today, Benjamin splits his time between New York and Paris, with regular visits to Japan. He continues to write fiction as well as weekly opinion essays, which have appeared in - among other publications - the New York Times, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Release date Australia
February 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
16-PG Colour Insert
Tuttle Shokai Inc
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