Why are black belts black?

According to Robert Twigger in Angry White Pyjamas, because you washing them would dissipate the ki (mystic energy), so by the time you reached that level belts were already naturally black

Why “Yawara-chan”?

Being the nickname for the judoka Ryoko Tani (谷亮子 Tani Ryouko). According to Wikipedia (where else?), it comes from the name of a popular series of manga about judo.

The next question then is, why is she soooooooooooooo popular? That includes the ultimate compliment for any celebrity, starring more than once in the manga Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku (“English” title Super Radical Gag Family)

Why isn’t judo a spectator sport in Japan? Second attempt

Explanations that have come to mind after much time pondering and watching the Olympics:

-Traditionally there were few spectator sports. Sumo is the major exception, but that is because it started as part of festival rituals at shrines
- The philosophical mumbo jumbo of “the way” of judo doesn’t really lend itself to sport for fame and fortune
- If my recent viewing of the Olympics is anything to go on, it’s dull to watch-especially when compared to sumo

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