Wrestling: Dance of the Rhinoceri

Without sumo wrestling, there might be no Japan. According to legend, the Japanese won their homeland in a sumo match between a Shinto god named Takemikazuchi and an aborigine. Takemikazuchi "crushed his opponent like grass" and thus took the deed to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Since they owe so much to sumo, it is no wonder that the Japanese are wild about the sport—even though it has lost some of its appeal since the good old days of 2,000 years ago when wrestlers fought to the death. Now they only try...