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The Legacy of Kano Jigoro

The Legacy of Kano Jigoro

Judo and Education

The Committee for the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Jigoro Kano
Translated by Tom Kain

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Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-136-1 (Hardcover) | 344 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2020

About the Book

The founder of judo, Kano Jigoro, is a highly revered figure amongst those who pursue the sport. Little is known, however, about his various other achievements, from how he laid out the foundation for sports in Japanese education to his immense devotion and commitment to bringing the Olympic Games to Japan.

Born in 1860, Kano showed his brightness from a young age and studied hard from childhood. After graduating from Tokyo Imperial University, the most prestigious school, he embarked on a teaching career which eventually led him to become the headmaster of the Tokyo Higher Normal School for a total of twenty-three years. This was just one of the many roles he undertook; aside from this he was chairman of the Japan Amateur Sports Association and became the first Asian member on the International Olympic Committee. And all the while he never ceased to develop and promote his creation, judo.

For the first time, this comprehensive biography written by a team of Kano experts and researchers sheds light on the many dimensions of the legendary figure. It depicts how he truly lived life to the fullest by living out his own words—seiryoku zen’yo and jita kyoei—the best practical use of one’s energies and putting one’s efforts to good use for the benefit of both oneself and society.

About the Author

The Committee for the Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Jigoro Kano

The Committee compiled and published this book to give readers an illuminating introduction to Kano Jigoro's life, achievements, and philosophies.


"The level of detail in the book is impressive, and it includes topics seldom seen elsewhere. For example, earlier this month I watched a Japanese docudrama called “Idaten,” portraying Japan’s experience in the Olympic games. I was curious to see if the prominent role played by Professor Kano in the television series was substantiated by any historical sources. After reading The Legacy of Kano Jigoro, I am confident that he was the driving force behind Japan’s inclusion in the Olympics and the awarding of the games to Japan in 1940 (cancelled) and 1964 (successful)."

Richard Bejtlich, May 18, 2020

Martial Journal








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Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報

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