Anthology of Sumo Wrestlers: Kototsurugi Sumo Artbook
Second artwork collection featuring over 450 illustrations by Junya Kototsurugi, former Sumo wrestler who turned into a manga artist after retiring.
From impressive but delicate portraits of popular sumo wrestlers such as yokozuna Haruo Terunofuji and ozeki Mitakeumi to illustrations used for merchandise sold at tournament venues and in calendars that sold thousands of copies every year, the book showcases a selection of pieces carefully chosen from the thousands left by the author. It also features interesting projects such as an illustrated directory of wrestlers and a comic that follows the typical career of a sumo wrestler.
Kototsurugi’s heartwarming art conveys what he saw, felt and dreamed when he was a wrestler himself and is sure to leave its mark on anyone who looks at it, regardless of whether they are sumo fans or not.
■ by Junya Kototsurugi
■ 257 x 182 mm / 128 pages
■ Published in March 2022
■ ISBN: 9784798627823
■ Japanese title: 力士のいる風景 琴剣大相撲イラストブック
World rights available
Junya Kototsurugi was active as a sumo wrestler between 1976 and 1986, then became a popular illustrator and manga artist after retiring, He was widely known in Japan for his stunning sumo art. He passed
away in 2021 at the age of 60.