Recommend me a Kano biography
Try this one:
The author is better known for his biographies of Ueshiba, but he has written a bit about other people.
(take what he writes about Ueshiba with a pinch of salt!)
Try this one: http://www.amazon.com/Father-Judo-Bi...5198951&sr=1-4
I am not mad keen on the lack of sources and the hand-waving, but it is the best we have got in English.
Originally Posted by MavericZ
wow, I was expecting a really well made bio, but I guess I'll just wait till one comes out.
The Father of Judo, A biography of jigoro Kano. by Brian Watson. one of the best ive read.
I'm going to instead direct you to a brilliant post on judoforum by one of the most informed judoka on there. Synopsis: you will not get an accurate biography of Kano without access to his diaries, which are being withheld by his grandson.
One hell of a post and enlightening as well.
Originally Posted by Scott Larson
Those diaries (which sit in a foot-square box in a back room of the Kodokan library)-- wonder if they'll ever be released. They are quite small and a bit grubby, and written in English. I'll bet that no one person has ever read all of them (except for Kano, of course).
Originally Posted by Sophist
The reason for not releasing them is that they are considered the property of the Kano family. There is an inner sanctum at the KDK which contains books, documents and papers which are virtually inaccessible to mere mortals. When I had learned to read Japanese, I asked the late Kawamura Teizo, one of the high-ups there, whether I could have a look at some. He told me no, that even he needed permission to even enter the room, and that if he wanted to read something in the room, he could only do it with a guard present.
Last time I was in Japan, I was allowed to read one of those diaries.
Translated, it begins:
I'm just a Jigoro,
and everywhere I go...
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