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1st June 2006, 08:21
I was wonderring if anybody knows of books online for sale which do in depth about sumo training, what its all about/how it works etc and other things such as history and expected sumo ability ? I would really like to read in depth about these wrestlers.



Joseph Svinth
1st June 2006, 08:59
For books, I'd recommend starting with Lora Sharnoff, Grand Sumo (New York: Weatherhill, rev. ed., 1993).

Online, try http://www.banzuke.com/banzuke/BanzukeIndex.html .

If you're also interested in history and such, then you might find some of the following of interest.


* "Commodore Perry's Expedition to Japan," Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 72 (May 1856), 740-741
* "Japanese Wrestlers," Ballou's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, May 30, 1857, 341
* Inglis, William. "In the Name of Dai-Jingu," Harper's Weekly, LI:2629 (May 11, 1907), 678-679
* Tokugawa, Iyemasa. "Japanese Wrestling," Transactions and Proceedings of the Japan Society London, 10 (1911-1912), 138-158
* Tittle, H. "Sumo: The Japanese Wrestling," first published 1919, reprinted in translation at http://ejmas.com/jcs/jcsart_svinth1_0600.htm


* Bickford, Lawrence R. Sumo and the Woodblock Print Masters (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1994)
* Buckingham, Dorothea. Essential Guide to Sumo. (Honolulu, HI: Bess Press, 1994)
* Hewitt, Edwin. Sumo (Tokyo: Nihon-Sumo-Kyokai, no date)
* Hikoyama, Kozo. Sumo: Japanese Wrestling (Tokyo: Board of Tourist Industry, Japanese Government Railways, 1940)
* Kakuma, Tsutomu. Sumo Watching, translated from the Japanese by Deborah Iwabuchi (Tokyo: Yohan Publications, 1993)

For US sumo history, see

* Azuma, Eiichiro. "Social History of Kendo and Sumo in Japanese America," in "More Than A Game: Sport in the Japanese American Community," ed. by Brian Niiya (Los Angeles: Japanese American National Museum, 2000)
* Opler, Marvin K. "A 'Sumo' Tournament at Tule Lake Center," American Anthropologist, Jan-Mar, 1945 Vol.47 (1):134-139 (reviewed at http://www.publicanthropology.org/Archive/Aa1945.htm )
* Svinth, Joseph R. "A Celebration of Tradition and Community: Sumo in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1943," Columbia: The Magazine of Pacific Northwest History, 13:2 (Summer 1999); an updated version appears at http://ejmas.com/jcs/jcsart_svinth_0202.htm

Todd Lambert
1st June 2006, 10:44
I think some of the articles Mr. Svinth mentioned can be found at Juryo.net (www.juryo.net).

Try Shiroikuma.com (http://shiroikuma.com/) for some training tips & vids.

1st June 2006, 12:18
Cool, thanks guys, ill look into it right away.
Thanks again!

Todd Lambert
1st June 2006, 15:21
Grand Sumo: Fully Illustrated is a goldmine (! :cool:

1st June 2006, 15:47
Grand Sumo: Fully Illustrated is a goldmine (! :cool:

Wow! Great link! Thanks!

Todd Lambert
2nd June 2006, 03:53
If you are looking to increase you general knowledge about sumo, there are several good online publications, such as Sumo Fan Magazine (http://www.sumofanmag.com), Le Monde du Sumo (http://www.lemondedusumo.com), a great forum at SumoForum (http://www.sumoforum.net).

Piles of excellent resources abound!