Crying Sumo

Sumo wrestlers holding babies battle it out in this well-wishing crying contest. Parents hoping for a strong and healthy child bring their babies to this annual event to participate in the unique ritual. In a simple but unusual premise, sumo wrestlers stand across the ring and compete to make their infant cry first, which for this one day is considered a good thing as their bawling is thought to ward off evil spirits. If simply being raised aloft by a smiling sumo wasn’t scary enough, there are demon masks and shouting tactics to try and scare the little ones to tears, all with the best intentions of course! According to an old saying, apparently, “Naku ko wa sodatsu,” which roughly translates to “Crying babies grow up well!”

Image: Guilhem Vellut via Flickr under CC


Apr 29 2017


11:00 - 14:00


Free to attend but there is a fee and required registration for participating babies

More Info

Event website
Sensoji Temple


Sensoji Temple
2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku

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