Sumo and Masculine Gigantism

Authored by: Hans Bonde

Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415522533
eBook ISBN: 9780203121375
Adobe ISBN: 9781136326967

10.4324/9780203121375.ch11

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Abstract

Contemporary sumo is an immensely popular sport in Japan, though less popular than certain imported Western sports, notably baseball and soccer. Also, to foreigners, especially from the 1990s onwards, Japanese sumo has become popular as part of the image of Japan, as a TV sport, and as an integral part of tourism in Japan (Masao 1998).

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