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Sports in Japan


Railfaner100

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Karate isn't technically Japanese; it evolved in the Ryukyu islands in the 19th century. The islands were originally and independent kingdom with its own language and culture and were not annexed by Japan until 1879. (The US controlled the islands after WWII and until 1972).

 

Judo might be more appropriately considered a Japanese martial art.

 

I don't follow either sumo or judo much, but will be glad to learn more if introduced to them. I used to watch the sports program TransWorld Sport before I moved to the US (I have no idea how to watch it here), and it often included short news clips of the latest sumo and judo events, especially focusing, for some reason, on the Mongolian yokozuna Asashoryu.

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