The co-op bookstore for avid readers
Book Cover for: Giant Among Giants: Akebono Taro and the Reshaping of Sumo Wrestling., Ryouko Matsuura

Giant Among Giants: Akebono Taro and the Reshaping of Sumo Wrestling.

Ryouko Matsuura

Dive into the monumental life and enduring legacy of Akebono Taro in "Giant Among Giants," the definitive biography of the first non-Japanese yokozuna and one of sumo wrestling's most iconic figures. Written by Ryouko Matsuura, this compelling narrative captures the essence of a man who not only dominated the sumo world but also transformed it forever.Akebono Taro, born in Hawaii and thrust into the deeply traditional world of sumo, rose through the ranks to reach the pinnacle of yokozuna - the highest rank in sumo wrestling - amid both celebration and controversy. This biography details his unprecedented rise, exploring how his influence extended beyond the dohyo (sumo ring) to challenge and change Japanese perceptions of outsiders in their national sport.
Through intimate interviews with family, friends, and rivals, along with detailed research and heartfelt anecdotes, Ryouko Matsuura presents a vivid portrait of Akebono's journey. From his roots in Hawaii to the heart of Tokyo, readers will experience the personal struggles and public triumphs, including his battles within the ring and his cultural impact on a nation and beyond.
The book goes beyond biography, delving into the cultural significance of sumo wrestling in Japan, the challenges faced by outsiders in the sport, and how Akebono's legacy continues to influence future generations of wrestlers. "Giant Among Giants" not only chronicles the life of an extraordinary athlete but also paints a broader picture of sumo wrestling's evolution in the global sports arena.
Perfect for readers of sports biographies and those interested in the cultural tapestry of Japan, "Giant Among Giants" offers a rare glimpse into the life of a legend whose story deserves to be told and remembered. Step into the world of Akebono Taro and witness the journey of a true giant, on and off the sumo ring.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: Apr 12nd, 2024
  • Pages: 84
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.17in - 0.27lb
  • EAN: 9798322674429
  • Categories: Sports