Perhaps hoping to take some of the heat off their whale hunting and dolphin killing countrymen, the residents of Kochi in western Japan held one of their traditional dog fighting contests over the weekend, with tenacious Tosa dogs tackling each other’s, erm, tackle.
The fights themselves, whilst far from affable, are thankfully not to the death, with a set of judges scoring the animals on temperament, stamina and injuries inflicted, allowing successful entrants to gradually work their way up the ranks — the top slot being reserved for the Yokozuna.
Like this cuddly looking companion for example.
For a bit more in-depth info, this post in the Tokyo Times archive is possibly worth a peek.
Or not as the case may be.