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Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

Martial arts- Quotes about sumo, karate, kendo, aikido, kyudo

“There was a period in the heady, decadent days of the Edo Period when there was women’s sumo as well. At first they appeared in just loincloths like the men, but eventually the law made them cover up; the engravers of popular woodblock ukiyo-e prints had to oblige by adding vests to cover breasts” Well, the men show their tits off so why shouldn’t the women?? Insight Guides Japan

“Infants on steroids” rikishi (sumo wrestlers) as described in Lonely Planet Tokyo Encounter

“Although baseball is truly the athletic obsession of Japan…sumo remains the “official” national sport. This is fitting, partly because of its history that dates back as far as the third century. and too for its hoary, quasi-religious ritualism- but mostly because, in Japan, it’s a more exciting sport” Insight Guides Japan

“[In sumo] it’s a long physical and emotional climb to the top, with little sleep, lots of dirt and sweat, constant humiliation, cooking, running errands and scrubbing backs, and the awesome task of accompanying 200-kilogram (450lb) senior wrestlers to the restroom- all just for bed and board. Only those at the top receive a salary.” Insight Guides Japan

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  Byron Marshall wrote @

MARTIAL arts

  alexcase wrote @

Sorry about that. I was almost as angry with myself when I spotted the same mistake on my other blog. Anyone want to volunteer as a free editor and proofreader??


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