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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Start date : 
October, 2018
Thesis Topic: 
Ascending via Awase: Competitions in Heian Japan
Research Summary: 
Colton’s PhD research topic concerns the world of premodern sumo wrestling. Specifically he will be looking into the role of the sumo at court, the motivation of the wrestlers, and how sumo was viewed by its spectators. Using sources from the twelfth century onwards Colton’s research will examine the rise, fall and subsequent rise again of sumo; from popularity as a court spectacle, through relative obscurity, to a cultural phenomenon of the Modern era.