Japan

Authored by: Shiro Nakagomi , Yuji Yamamoto

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324

10.4324/9781315777054.ch05

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Abstract

The emergence in Japan of the modern discipline of sport psychology, and its subsequent rise to the thriving field that it is today, took place in the full light of the twentieth century, and its story shall be told in detail here. However identifying the true origin of the inquiry into the psychological aspects affecting physical performance in Japan is not a simple task. Located firmly within the Oriental cultural-spiritual sphere, there has been a long and rich tradition in Japan of reflecting on and emphasizing the importance of such concepts as Kokoro (mind), Tamashi (soul) and Seishin (spirit). Since classical times, these terms have commonly appeared in treatises on the martial and performing arts (and in surviving oral traditions, as well). The psychological insights recorded in extant texts continue to bear relevance for sport psychologists today, and offer hints for dealing with the most contemporary issues, attesting to the important link between ancient traditions and our modern academic discipline.

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