NAKI SUMO BABY CRYING CONTEST
The traditional festival takes place at the Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, where Sumo wrestlers take the stage and hold up the participating babies and try to get them to start bellowing.
The origins of the bizarre practice date back hundreds of years and behind it is the belief that somehow the piercing wails work to drive off nearby demons that would otherwise bring you to harm.
Among the techniques used to make the babies cry include putting on a scary mask to freak them out and the old standby of just yelling into their little faces.
But it’s all worth it, apparently, because the best cryer is ensured a long, healthy life.