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More than Cricket and FootballInternational Sport and the Challenge of Celebrity$
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Joel Nathan Rosen and Maureen M. Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781496809889

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496809889.001.0001

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Chad Rowan

Chad Rowan

Ritual, Religion, and One American’s Pitch-Perfect Performance inside Japan’s Hall of National Sport

(p.123) Chad Rowan
More than Cricket and Football

Mark Panek

University Press of Mississippi

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

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