cultural heritage, which tells so much about Japan’s magnanimity.
Fascinating it may be, to an outsider (just like me), the game is astoundingly perplexing, and watching it, even if just in a film, is nerve-wracking. It seems to be so technical, calling for following a myriad of complex rules, as every syllable chanted seems to facilitate failure for the
nervous players and every arm-sway is a make- or-break move. A ton of mastery is a pre-requisite to learn it.
However, it is its being so mechanical that makes it immensely interesting to someone who has never even heard of the sport. I mean who would not be baffled yet simultaneously amused by the relentlessly violent arm-swaying that happens as beautiful traditional Japanese poetry is poignantly sung.