Babies Compete In 'crying Sumo' Contest

Babies compete in 'crying sumo' contest

A "crying sumo" contest for babies was held at a shrine in Kanuma City, north of Tokyo, on Sunday.

Two people playing the role of sumo wrestlers raised the infants over their heads 3 times while shouting at them on the ring set up at Ikiko Shrine.

Some babies started to cry before they were handed over, while others remained asleep the whole time.

Their parents called out their names and took photos.

The baby who cried first used to be the winner, but both competitors get prizes now.

A 35-year-old man from Oyama City said his first son grew up healthily after taking part in the ritual, so he brought his second son this year.