SUMO EAST AND WEST

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“Sumo is not a sport. It’s a lifestyle.”

Forming a semi-circle, five American wrestlers, wearing bike shorts under traditional sumo loincloths, squat while training. Japanese illustration of a traditional sumo wrestler wearing an ornately decorated ceremonial apron, with a rope belt tied around his large waist.
—Yokozuna Akebono, Sumo Grand Champion 

One of Japan’s most time-honored and insular traditions, the ancient sport of sumo traces its history back more than two thousand years. But as more and more Americans enter professional sumo rings both home and abroad, will sumo survive this super-sized cultural collision?

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