Ritual, Religion, and One American’s Pitch-Perfect Performance inside Japan’s Hall of National Sport
Chad Rowan is the first non-Japanese to reign in the sport of Sumo. Using the ring name, Rowan’s foreign status in the sport made him an anomaly that was exceedingly problematic for Japan. This chapter explores the ways the athlete represents the essence of being Japanese against the backdrop of the challenges that Rowan’s presence brings to the culture.
Keywords: Sumo, Gaijin, Nationalism, Japan, Japanization