Japanese Sports: A History Lee Thompson

ISBN: 9780824824648

Published: August 1st 2001

Paperback

307 pages


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Japanese Sports: A History  by  Lee Thompson

Japanese Sports: A History by Lee Thompson
August 1st 2001 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 307 pages | ISBN: 9780824824648 | 5.79 Mb

This comprehensive survey of Japanese sports is attentive to the complex and fascinating interaction of traditional and modern elements. In the course of tracing the emergence and development of sumo, the martial arts, and other traditional sportsMoreThis comprehensive survey of Japanese sports is attentive to the complex and fascinating interaction of traditional and modern elements.

In the course of tracing the emergence and development of sumo, the martial arts, and other traditional sports from their origins to the present, it demonstrates that some cherished ancient traditions were, in fact, invented less than a century ago. It also registers scepticism about the use of the samurai tradition to explain Japans success in sports.

Special attention is given to Meiji-era Japans frequently ambivalent adoption and adaptation of European and American sports - a particularly telling example of Japans love-hate relationship with the West. The book goes on to describe the history of physical education in the school system, the emergence of amateur and professional leagues, the involvement of business and the media in sports promotion, and Japans participation in the Olympics.



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