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Ukiyo-e: Sumo as Martial Art

By Joseph Svinth, M.A.

Ukiyo-e: Sumo as Martial Art

During the 1780's, Japanese merchants began marketing woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) showing sumo tournaments and champions. These prints from the mind-19th century were acquired in Japan between 1959 and 1961. They help illustrate many aspects of sumo as well as reflect the evolution of the artistic medium in Japan.

SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 8 No. 4 (1999): 16 pages.