Crying Baby Contest

Held by college sumo wrestlers, a couple of babies cry at the Naki Sumo or Crying Baby Contest at Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo on Saturday. The annual traditional ritual is performed as a prayer for the healthy growth of babies.

  • 6

    Chenchan

    Seems like baby on the right did his/her best to win!

  • 9

    sensei258

    I'd be crying to if my mother had handed me over to a stranger. Those poor kids must be terrified.

  • 0

    Kabukilover

    This is really cruel.

  • 2

    smithinjapan

    Saw this once at a shrine in Hyogo prefecture. The wrestlers who held the babies were extremely gentle, and in a way it was cute, but it's less a prayer for the health of babies than it is a kind of entertainment.

  • 4

    Cortes Elijah

    Good for their little lungs. It makes them more stronger and less likely to get fear. Good!

  • -6

    HideSatou

    Why does the government allow this absurd ritual?

  • -2

    Red Dragon

    It is a contest! The little piglets are being squeezed and pinched to make them squeal louder to win.

  • -1

    YongYang

    Although for the intention of actually making my child cry --something I'd not do, to purposefully aim to cause fear in my child-- the crying is a natural response mechanism, I don't understand why you'd WANT your child to be stressed out, but babies do cry when given to strangers by a parent. The infants are not being physically abused, maybe mentally though!

  • -7

    WilliB

    There is already enough bullying in Japanese society.... at least babies should be spared. This is one stupid "tradition".

  • -5

    Crimson and Clover

    Should be renamed "Most Traumatized Baby Contest".

  • -3

    Cos

    It makes them more stronger and less likely to get fear.

    No, it's the contrary. That's the best way to make a kid fearful.

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    Cortes Elijah

    CosAPR. 27, 2014 - 07:04PM JST It makes them more stronger and less likely to get fear. No, it's the contrary. That's the best way to make a kid fearful.

    Actually no. I had a childhood full of fear and crap happening to me and it made me fearless. A little bit of fear training on this new generation will harden them up.

  • -5

    Lilic

    Just Ridiculous.....

  • -2

    Crimson and Clover

    "Actually no. I had a childhood full of fear "

    These are not children. They are infants.

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    Cos

    Actually no.

    OK, your alleged child memories have more value than the thousands scientific studies made about stressing infants.

  • -1

    Wyandotte Nation

    I see nothing cruel or wrong, getting kids involved is essential for normal growth and development, and don't you feel better after a good cry? I know I do...

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    bass4funk

    Actually no. I had a childhood full of fear and crap happening to me and it made me fearless. A little bit of fear training on this new generation will harden them up.

    Oh, I most definitely agree with you about that.

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