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Kotaro Yabu’s Jiu-Jitsu Kyoujidai wins the 2022 Suntory Arts and Sciences Award (Society and Customs category)!
Kotaro Yabu (Associate Professor, Faculty of Physical Education, Sendai University) won the 2022 44th Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences (Society and Customs Division) for “Jiu-Jitsu Maniac Era: The Jiu-Jitsu Boom and Surroundings in the Early 20th Century America” (Asahi Selected Books). Did.
The Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences (sponsored by the Suntory Foundation) was established in 1979. Divided into four categories: “Politics/Economics”, “Arts/Literature”, “Society/Customs”, and “Thoughts/History”, each year, works published after January of the previous year are selected to consider society and culture broadly. Awarded to those who have conducted original and excellent research and criticism activities.
44th Suntory Prize for Arts and Sciences
Japonism, the Russo-Japanese War, and the mass consumer society that emerged in the United States in the early 20th century are all the rage in jiu-jitsu and judo. There was a judoka who was carrying the expectations of Jigoro Kano and taught judo to the president of the United States, and there was also a jujitsu person who challenged a wrestler to a mixed martial arts match. Why jiu-jitsu was seen not only as a martial art and self-defense, but also as a means of health and beauty. A mysterious jiu-jitsu textbook created by an American novelist and its overwhelming popularity. A shift in gaze from liking to hostility in the rise and fall of jiu-jitsu darlings. The activities of Yoshitake Yamashita and Tsunejiro Tomita, who were called Kodokan’s Four Heavenly Kings, in the United States, and the vortex of enthusiasm that even they were drawn into. A young judoka named Mitsuyo Maeda and Akitaro Ohno broke Kano’s teachings and opened up new possibilities for judo. Depicts the era when the world was enthusiastic about jiu-jitsu and judo with abundant illustrations. [Author profile]
Born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1979. Associate Professor, Faculty of Physical Education, Sendai University. In 2002, graduated from the Department of Literature (English and American Literature),
Ritsumeikan University. In 2010, completed the doctoral course at the Ritsumeikan University Graduate School of Sociology (Major in Applied Sociology). PhD (Sociology). Specializes in martial arts history, sports history, and physical culture history. Edited and authored Challenging Olympic Narratives: Japan, the Olympic Games and Tokyo 2020/21 (co-edited with Andreas Niehaus, Ergon), and co-authored Jiu-jitsu and Judo across the sea: The dynamism of Japanese martial arts (edited by Yasuhiro Sakaue, Ao Yumisha) and others.
“Jiu-Jitsu Maniac Era: Jiu-Jitsu Boom in America in the Early 20th Century and Its Surroundings” (Asahi Sensho)
Author: Kotaro Yabu
List price: 1870 yen (main unit 1700 yen + tax 10%)
Release date: Friday, December 10, 2021
Standard 46 size paper, 352 pages, Asahi selection book 1027 https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4022631155
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