Yankees in the Dohyo: American Ascendancy in Sumo Today
Never have I seen grouped together so many brawny men, giving a better idea of stall-fed bulls than human beings. One of them was especially brought to me that I might examine his massive form -- massive because his frame was covered with a mass of flesh, which to our ideas of athletic qualities would seem to incapacitate him from any violent exercise.
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by Joshua Garoon
American opinions of sumo wrestlers, or rikishi, haven't changed much since Commodore Matthew C. Perry logged his impressions in 1854. Those not completely blinded by ignorance see big fat men in loincloths. So how is it that Americans have caused such a stir in sumo? Two of the three current sumo grand champions, or yokozuna, are American, while a former US wrestler is one of the most popular celebrities in Japan.
Sumo by Mankota Kubota