The Big Book of Sumo: History, Practice, Ritual, Fight (英語) ペーパーバック – 1997/6/1
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Mina Hall befriended many sumo wrestlers in Japan and is a regular visitor to the sumo training stables. She lives in Las Vegas.
It is a very basic book about the ceremony and culture around Sumo and was very enlightening for someone who knows little to nothing about the sport. It is a very quick read and very interesting to learn about why they do the things they do in the ring, the history of Sumo (without going into unnecessary minutiae) and even how, where and when to travel to Japan to see Sumo up close.
Highly recommended for the beginner's guide to Sumo (and if you have an 8 year old asking questions you can't answer!)
Unfortunately, it has nothing on the actual techniques used from the standpoint of a competing wrestler. Only descriptions of some names of common techniques from a fan's perspective.
Never-the-less, it's a great little "Big Book of Sumo." Don't get this book if you are looking for more than a very general description of sumo technique. Do get this book if you want to understand the art, history and tradition of Sumo.