If you're familiar with the way Japanese people abbreviate foreign words, you might be able to sound this one out. Puroresu is short for pro wrestling, and while there were a number of attempts to bring it to Japan in the early 20th century, it didn't catch on until The spread of the sport is largely attributed to Japan's first big puroresu star, Rikidozan, a Korean-Japanese former sumo wrestler who gave Japan a hero when the country was struggling with its post-war identity crisis. Popular wrestlers in more recent history include Giant Baba, Antonio Inoki and Tiger Mask actually a chain of four wrestlers who wore the mask in turn. J-pop lovers might even recognize Ladybeard, of Ladybaby fame, who made his Japanese puroresu debut in
And it could bring up young players who look forward to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. New powers from other countries also come up to the courts in Asia. We can see this phenomenon would parallel its economic heat-up there. Japan had been one of leader of both economy and sports. And now is eager to be center of Asia Volleyball back again. Japan have a long and successful Volleyball history.
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Basketball and volleyball were both invented at Springfield College in Massachusetts within a few years of one another. In , William G. Morgan, after watching basketball develop, decided to invent a less strenuous sport for older people. He called this game "Mintonette".