1977 年 10 巻 1 号 p. 30-45
We tried to make rough surveys on the real situations and the organizations of Sumo (Japanese wrestling) and other sport events in Amami island districts.
Consequently we found that Sumo is held with no relation to Taikyo (the Society for Physical Culture) or the Educational Board in this district.
According to our findings Sumo is developed from the divine event and brought up on the peculiar soils. It is also held under the present political and social influences.
Under such a peculiar background, Sumo events are often carried on among other sports, under the sponsorship of the Society for Physical Culture or the Inter-High School Athletic Association, which naturally gains good results at various tournaments and which draws our attention to it.
The organization of other sports except for Sumo is arranged by the Educational Board.
The system of organization is similar to that of urban district, but in reality it was organized by the officials concerned and that it is arranged by the form of events.
Therefore, the spontaneous activities by the Sport Associations seem to be in active owing mainly to the lack of the positive participation of the young or middle aged men.