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Season 5 Episode 30

Sumo East and West

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 08, 2004 on PBS
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Sumo East and West
Director Ferne Pearlstein explores the often misunderstood world of sumo wrestling. The ancient Japanese practice is changing, thanks to American interest. While Western sumo wrestling has brought more attention to the sport, it also ignores many of the important cultural traditions that contribute to true sumo wrestling. Supporters of Japanese sumo will have to decide whether American interference is helping or hindering.moreless

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