Japan's Nakizumo Or 'Crying Sumo' Festival


Japan's Sumo wrestlers are known for many things - their strength, their strict regiment, their size and now apparently, their ability to make babies cry - At least that's what they came to do in full force last weekend, at the Nakizumo or Crying Sumo Festival, which took place in temples all across the country.

The 400-year old tradition is based on the premise that a 'good wail' is healthy for babies and involves the wrestlers picking up the little ones and growling or making faces to get them to cry. The baby that cries first wins the competition. In case two babies start crying at the same time, the one that wails the loudest, wins!

While it may sound pretty cut and dry, things don't always go as predicted - Some babies start to laugh instead of crying, others simply stare at the wrestler in disgust, as if berating him for trying to scare someone so little!

While the babies are being harassed, the parents stay in the background and pray for their good health . . . . . And maybe also, that their babies cry loudly so that he/she can be declared winner!


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  • cat girl usa Friday, November 8, 2019 at 6:49 am
    that is funny
    • Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:11 pm
      First of all it is not mean. Second they do this for a reason. It will make the boys be strong when they grow up. trust me I know I live in Japan.
      • my name is jeffFriday, February 15, 2019 at 10:43 am
        why do they do this that is sad they are making babies and young kids cry that in heck is wrong with them
        • grace2402Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm
          so mean!!!
          • bekahboo
            bekahbooWednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:36 am
            Thats sad and happy
            • japen kidWednesday, January 3, 2018 at 1:16 pm
              yeah it's fun
              • .lolWednesday, January 3, 2018 at 1:08 pm
                this video is great
                • bobTuesday, February 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm
                  • bubbus514
                    bubbus514Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm
                    WHO WOULD EVER DO THAT! THATS JUST MEAN!(I wish this was illegal/banned.)
                    • kimoraTuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:47 am
                      that is cra cra girl like