Saturday saw Tokyo’s Sensoji Temple host its annual crying sumo event.
A competition that pits wailing and whimpering babies against one another, with the loudest bawler taking the top prize. Although the organizers will probably claim it’s not as cruel as it sounds, considering that the real purpose of the event is to wish the children good health.
However whilst the granting of good health through such a practice is hopeful to say the least, what isn’t is the infliction of deep and disturbing mental scars. As the memories of being held aloft in front of a crowd by an overweight and near-naked stranger will surely haunt these youngsters for many many years to comeâ€¦