Introduction to Japanese Culture

Introduction to Japanese Culture

SUMO. Japanese. Wrestling. Foreigners seeing sumo for the first time are likely to be shocked by the sight of giant wrestlers competing against wrestlers only half their size. It just does not seem fair. The foreigner, after all, ...

Author: Daniel Sosnoski

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462911530

Category: Travel

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Featuring full-color photographs and illustrations throughout, this text is a comprehensive guide to Japanese culture. The richness of Japan's history is renowned worldwide. The heritage of culture that its society has produced and passed on to future generations is one of Japan's greatest accomplishments. In Introduction to Japanese Culture, you'll read an overview, through sixty-eight original and informative essays, of Japan's most notable cultural achievements, including: Religion, Zen Buddhism, arranged marriages and Bushido Drama and Art—from pottery, painting and calligraphy to haiku, kabuki and karate Cuisine—everything from rice to raw fish Home and Recreation, from board games such as Go to origami, kimonos and Japanese gardens The Japan of today is a fully modern, Westernized society in nearly every regard. Even so, the elements of an earlier age are clearly visible in the country's arts, festivals, and customs. This book focuses on the essential constants that remain in present-day Japan and their counterparts in Western culture. Edited by Daniel Sosnoski, an American writer who has lived in Japan since 1985, these well-researched articles, color photographs, and line illustrations provide a compact guide to aspects of Japan that often puzzle the outside observer. Introduction to Japanese Culture is wonderfully informative, a needed primer on the cultural make-up and behaviors of the Japanese. This book is certain to fascinate the student, tourist, or anyone who seeks to know and understand Japanese culture, Japanese etiquette, and the history of Japan.
Categories: Travel

Women in Judo

Women in Judo

In Britain, women first became involved very soon a er the introduction of Japanese wrestling to the country, ... of Uyenishi Sadakazu, who had been invited from Japan along with his compatriot Tani Yukio by E. W. Barton Wright.

Author: Mike Callan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000522723

Category: Social Science

Page: 120

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This is the first book to explore women’s judo in all aspects, from the history and governance of the sport to cutting-edge sport science perspectives. The book examines the story of judo for women, and how the history of the sport has paralleled the cultural and social challenges faced by women in both the East and the West. It considers the issues of leadership and governance in contemporary women’s judo, and the obstacles to stronger involvement for women in the sport as a whole, as well as the rules and competition structures that shape the sport today. The book also looks at the tactical and technical considerations of coaching women in judo, and the significance of the coach-athlete relationship, as well the physiology of the athlete – including the female athlete triad – and how that relates to training, performance, technique and skill acquisition. A concluding chapter presents short biographies of the pioneering female judoka Rusty Kanokogi, Ingrid Bergmanns, Kaori Yamaguchi, Karen Briggs and Ryoko Tani. This is essential reading for anyone with an interest in martial arts or women’s sport and a useful resource for those studying sport history, sociology of sport, gender studies and sport development and coaching.
Categories: Social Science

Black Belt

Black Belt

Having spent the previous 15 years introducing the Japanese sport of judo to Americans, he left for Japan with Olympic wrestling coaches Roy "Pop" Moore and Walt Wagner to present a group of 14 wrestling teams to the Japanese people.

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The oldest and most respected martial arts title in the industry, this popular monthly magazine addresses the needs of martial artists of all levels by providing them with information about every style of self-defense in the world - including techniques and strategies. In addition, Black Belt produces and markets over 75 martial arts-oriented books and videos including many about the works of Bruce Lee, the best-known marital arts figure in the world.
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Dining Guide to Japan

Dining Guide to Japan

Founded in New York in 1964 as a tiny 4-table restaurant by Hiroaki Aoki, a former member of Japan's Olympic wrestling team, Benihana was to play an amazing role in the introduction of Japanese food to the U.S.—and its history deserves ...

Author: Boye Lafayette De Mente

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462903177

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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Dining in Japan is both an art and an adventure— an experience that is made memorable by the variety of unique dishes, their gourmet quality, and the style in which they are served! With Dining Guide to Japan, you will have an extensive list of Japanese restaurants and exquisite food dishes. Dining Guide to Japan acts as a perfect Japan travel guide which includes: Dining and Transportation Maps Japanese Dining Vocabulary and Pronunciation Additional Food Vocabulary Detailed Descriptions of Japanese Cuisine Japan is literally a diner's paradise, with restaurants featuring the world's leading cuisine, from Chinese, French, German, Greek, Indian, Italian, Korean and Russian to Vietnamese. Japan's traditional food is world famous for its health and longevity enhancing properties and is not all rice and raw fish. In fact, Japanese cuisine is both varied in ingredients and cooking styles, and most foreign visitors quickly develop a taste for such things as miso soup, nori, oyako–don, ramen, shabu–shabu, soba, sukiyaki, tofu, tonkatsu, udon, unagi, yaki–tori… and yes, even fugu, the deadly globefish!
Categories: Travel

Wrestling Figure Checklist The Definitive Guide to the Action Figures of Professional Wrestling

Wrestling Figure Checklist  The Definitive Guide to the Action Figures of Professional Wrestling

Introduction: Since the 1980s, any professional wrestler who has had either a considerable amount of time on television, ... The first line of wrestling figures started in Japan in 1969 with the Japan ProWrestling Alliance (JWA), ...

Author: Harvey George

Publisher: Harvey George

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Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 129

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Wrestling Figure Checklist is a definitive guide to the history of wrestling action figures and toys. The 1980s would see pro-wrestling explode internationally, with merchandise becoming heavily involved with the squared circle, leading wrestling figures to become some of the hottest toys at retail. The expansion of wrestling promotions in America, Japan and Mexico would mean that thousands of superstars would appear in toy collections across the world. This book is a chronological checklist of this history, comprised of almost 10,000 different action figures and playsets released from the 1960s to 2010s, including everything from the major lines, all the way to the independent figures and limited editions. This is a must-have guide for any wrestling fan or toy collector, and the biggest and most comprehensive wrestling figure checklist ever made.
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The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts

The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts

3 Some jūdō players such as Shoji Hiroo, who had taken part in the Santel affair, trained with Santel while on tour in the United States and back in Japan organised with Hatta Ichiro the Japanese amateur wrestling.

Author: Raul Sanchez Garcia

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351333795

Category: History

Page: 240

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This is the first long-term analysis of the development of Japanese martial arts, connecting ancient martial traditions with the martial arts practised today. The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts captures the complexity of the emergence and development of martial traditions within the broader Japanese Civilising Process. The book traces the structured process in which warriors’ practices became systematised and expanded to the Japanese population and the world. Using the theoretical framework of Norbert Elias’s process-sociology and drawing on rich empirical data, the book also compares the development of combat practices in Japan, England, France and Germany, making a new contribution to our understanding of the socio-cultural dynamics of state formation. Throughout this analysis light is shed onto a gender blind spot, taking into account the neglected role of women in martial arts. The Historical Sociology of Japanese Martial Arts is important reading for students of Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Sport, Sociology of Physical Activity, Historical Development of Sport in Society, Asian Studies, Sociology and Philosophy of Sport, and Sports History and Culture. It is also a fascinating resource for scholars, researchers and practitioners interested in the historical and socio-cultural aspects of combat sport and martial arts.
Categories: History

Identity in Professional Wrestling

Identity in Professional Wrestling

Pro wrestling in Japan, known as puroresu (a shortened phonetic katakana rendering of “pro wrestling”), was popularized largely through the efforts of rikidozan, a former sumo, who promoted incredibly successful events in the 1950s that ...

Author: Aaron D. Horton

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476667287

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 317

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Part sport, part performance art, professional wrestling's appeal crosses national, racial and gender boundaries--in large part by playing to national, racial and gender stereotypes that resonate with audiences. Scholars who study competitive sports tend to dismiss wrestling, with its scripted outcomes, as "fake," yet fail to recognize a key similarity: both present athletic displays for maximized profit through live events, television viewership and merchandise sales. This collection of new essays contributes to the literature on pro wrestling with a broad exploration of identity in the sport. Topics include cultural appropriation in the ring, gender non-comformity, national stereotypes, and wrestling as transmission of cultural values.
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The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture

The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture

Theseactivities include sumo wrestling, kyūsha (ceremonial Japanese archery), kenjutsu (traditional Japanese fencingand the predecessor of kendo) andjūjutsu (judo's predecessor). During the Meiji Restoration,physical training was ...

Author: Yoshio Sugimoto

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107495463

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 430

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This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the influences that have shaped modern-day Japan. Spanning one and a half centuries from the Meiji Restoration in 1868 to the beginning of the twenty-first century, this volume covers topics such as technology, food, nationalism and rise of anime and manga in the visual arts. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture traces the cultural transformation that took place over the course of the twentieth century, and paints a picture of a nation rich in cultural diversity. With contributions from some of the most prominent scholars in the field, The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture is an authoritative introduction to this subject.
Categories: Literary Criticism

No Way but to Fight

No Way but to Fight

Perhaps inspired by Ali's spectacle with a Japanese wrestler, Antonio “Pelican” Inoki, in 1976, or the introduction to Rocky III in 1982, they speculated about a “matchup of superheroes” between Tyson and the professional-wrestling ...

Author: Andrew R. M. Smith

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9781477319765

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 408

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Olympic gold medalist. Two-time world heavyweight champion. Hall of Famer. Infomercial and reality TV star. George Foreman’s fighting ability is matched only by his acumen for selling. Yet the complete story of Foreman’s transition from an urban ghetto to global celebrity has never before been told. Raised in Houston’s “Bloody Fifth” Ward, battling against scarcity in housing and food, young Foreman fought sometimes for survival and other times just for fun. But when a government program rescued him from poverty and introduced him to the sport of boxing, his life changed forever. In No Way but to Fight, Andrew R. M. Smith traces Foreman’s life and career from Great Migration to Great Society, through the Cold War and Culture Wars, out of urban Houston and onto the world stage where he discovered that fame wrought new challenges. Drawing on new interviews with George Foreman and declassified government documents, as well as more than fifty domestic and international newspapers and magazines, Smith brings to life the exhilarating story of a true American icon. No Way but to Fight is an epic worthy of a champion.
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Jujutsu and Judo in the West

Jujutsu and Judo in the West

2 The growing interest among Westerners (especially among the English) in Japanese fighting systems was not simply another example of the Victorian penchant for collecting esoteria. The rapid introduction of Japanese com-batives to ...

Author: Michael DeMarco

Publisher: Via Media Publishing

ISBN: 9781717030153

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 198

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The late 19th century saw a dynamic growth of contacts between Western countries and the Far East. Along with the increase in travel came a wave of educational opportunities for Americans and Europeans to gain first-hand experience of living in countries such as China, India, and Japan. Likewise, adventurous individuals from the Orient made their way to the West. Scholars, politicians, and business people became experts in their adapted culture. Some learned the native language and became experts in their second culture, often writing and lecturing on a variety of topics, including martial traditions. By the early 20th century a number of Japanese jujutsu and judo instructors were teaching their exotic arts in Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. How were these instructors viewed by those in their host countries? What similarities and differences were seen between the Japanese combatives and the local traditions such as Catch-as-Catch-Can, Greco-Roman, and Pancrase wrestling, and styles of boxing? Chapters in this anthology present an excellent overview of the early days when jujutsu and judo took foothold in the USA and Europe, with particular emphasis on England and the influence of The Budokwai in London, which as noted on Wikipedia, is “the oldest Japanese martial arts club in Europe. It was founded in 1918 by Gunji Koizumi and initially offered tuition in jujutsu, kendo, and other Japanese arts. It was the first judo club in Europe.” This anthology offers a historical view of how and why jujutsu and judo became living traditions in the West, and developed over the decades. There are six technical chapters by David Finch, well-known for his knowledge of judo and famed for his professional photography. The last chapter is a fitting finale presenting a comprehensive history and technical description of The Budokwai Kime-no-kata, a judo kata created during the earlier period of the institute. The fourteen chapters in this anthology—most from the Journal of Asian Martial Arts and a few newer writings—also discuss many of the leading practitioners of jujutsu/judo. As these arts adapted and transformed to Western countries, the purpose and modes of practice have also changed. This is important for all to study since knowledge of the past is vital for how these forms of combat and sport will evolve in the future.
Categories: Sports & Recreation