The Golden Age of Sumo: Behind the Curtain
A Talk by Lynn Matsuoka| Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities
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DATE Friday, March 10, 2017
TIME 7:00pm (Museum doors reopen at 6:00pm)
PRICE $10 (members $7)
LOCATION Morikami Theater
Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

Get insight into sumo life and the behind-the-scenes action during the time of Grand Champions Kitanoumi, Chiyonofuji and Akebono with Lynn Matsuoka, artist and sumo expert. Hear stories of these grand champions and other top Sekitori, high ranking sumo wrestlers. The talk is illustrated with drawings and paintings by Lynn Matsuoka in the dressing rooms, at the practice stables and on tour with the rikishi, sumo wrestlers.


Lynn Matsuoka

Lynn Matsuoka specializes in sports, theater, equestrian documentary, artwork and portraits, and lectures on the world of Japanese sumo.  CNN reported on the artist: “Few artists so completely dominate their field that their name becomes synonymous with the subject matter, but Lynn Matsuoka has succeeded in capturing the essence of (Japanese) sumo and has won a loyal following along the way.” Her reportage artwork is in corporate and private collections around the world, including the National Sumo Museum in Tokyo. She is currently working on a memoir about her life with sumo in Japan.

The Secret World by Lynn Matsuoka