Japan’s ‘crying baby’ sumo festival brings a whole new meaning to baby bawling


After a pandemic-induced hiatus, the “Crying Baby” sumo festival in Japan is making a comeback. This event, which involves sumo wrestlers holding infants and trying to make them cry, has been a tradition for over 400 years. 

According to The Guardian, the ritual, which took place over the weekend at Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, involves pairs of toddlers in ceremonial sumo aprons, facing off as they are held up by their parents. 

“Staff wearing “oni” demon masks tried to make the babies cry, with the first to bawl declared the winner by a sumo referee in an elaborate traditional uniform holding a wooden fan used to signal victory,” the outlet reports.

While some may think it’s terrible to make babies cry, the chairman of the Asakusa Tourism Federation, who organized the event, shared, “But in Japan, we believe babies who cry powerfully also grow up healthily. This kind of event takes place in many places in Japan.”

A total of 64 babies participated in the festival. 


Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in Oddities
Choose your Reaction!
Leave a Comment
Make A Donation
Global Social Gathering is a privately held and run platform providing a clean and diverse social platform for all walks of life. Rather than charge a monthly or annual subscription fee to help cover the cost of operations we rely on donations from our members to assist us in offsetting the cost of providing the service.

Global Social Gathering We would like to show you notifications for the latest news and updates.
Allow Notifications