Japanese sumo style baby crying contest for Children’s Day

HIROSHIMA, Japan (AVN/NHK) — People in Japan believe that the loud cry of a baby will ward off evil spirits and bring healthy growth.

Yesterday, Hiroshima held their annual crying sumo contest on Children’s Day. It’s a national holiday in Japan.

About 800 babies aged 6 to 18 months took part this year.

Babies are dressed in traditional festival coats and headbands. Two babies sit face-to-face in a sumo ring, and the baby who cries first is the winner.

A referee shouts “nokotta” at them to make them cry. “Nokotta” means “start fighting” or “keep fighting” and is the traditional term shouted during every sumo bout.

Some babies burst into tears before their bout began. A few remained blissfully unaware of what was happening.

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