Japan’s Baby Crying contest

Naki Sumo, or the Baby Crying Festival is a contest in Japan where sumo wrestlers hold a baby to see whose infant will cry first. The baby to cry loudest and longest wins the contest. A Japanese proverb says that 'crying babies grow fast'. So they believe that the louder an infant wails, the more gods have blessed it. The competition is thus intended to generate good health for the babies.

Student sumo wrestlers carry crying babies beside a referee (C) clad in a traditional costume during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Sensoji temple in Tokyo on April 21, 2012. Some 100 babies aged under one took part in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
Baby-cry Sumo
Student sumo wrestlers carry crying babies beside a referee (C) clad in a traditional costume during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Sensoji temple in Tokyo on April 21, 2012. Some 100 babies aged under one took part in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
A student sumo wrestler carrys a crying baby beside a referee (L) clad in a traditional costume during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Sensoji temple in Tokyo on April 21, 2012. Some 100 babies aged under one took part in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
Baby-cry Sumo
A student sumo wrestler carrys a crying baby beside a referee (L) clad in a traditional costume during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Sensoji temple in Tokyo on April 21, 2012. Some 100 babies aged under one took part in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
Student sumo wrestlers carry crying babies during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
Baby-cry Sumo
Student sumo wrestlers carry crying babies during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
TOKYO - APRIL 28: Sumo wrestling students hold babies as they try to make them cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 28, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby to cry wins the competition. The ceremony takes place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
Baby-cry Sumo
TOKYO - APRIL 28: Sumo wrestling students hold babies as they try to make them cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 28, 2007 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby to cry wins the competition. The ceremony takes place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
TOKYO - APRIL 25: A crying baby is carried by Sumo wrestling student during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby to cry wins the competition. The ceremony takes place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
Baby-cry Sumo
TOKYO - APRIL 25: A crying baby is carried by Sumo wrestling student during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby to cry wins the competition. The ceremony takes place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
TOKYO - APRIL 25: Sumo wrestling students hold babies as they try to make them cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby to cry wins the competition. The ceremony takes place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
Baby-cry Sumo
TOKYO - APRIL 25: Sumo wrestling students hold babies as they try to make them cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby to cry wins the competition. The ceremony takes place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Sumo wrestler students try to make babies cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 29, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby that cries wins this competition. The ceremony has been taking place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. Majority of the children who participate are less than 1 year old. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
Baby-cry Sumo
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Sumo wrestler students try to make babies cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 29, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby that cries wins this competition. The ceremony has been taking place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. Majority of the children who participate are less than 1 year old. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Sumo wrestler students try to make babies cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 29, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby that cries wins this competition. The ceremony has been taking place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. Majority of the children who participate are less than 1 year old. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
Baby-cry Sumo
TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 29: Sumo wrestler students try to make babies cry during the Crying Sumo competition at Sensoji Temple on April 29, 2006 in Tokyo, Japan. The first baby that cries wins this competition. The ceremony has been taking place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. Majority of the children who participate are less than 1 year old. (Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images)
A crying baby is carried by a student sumo wrestler during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
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A crying baby is carried by a student sumo wrestler during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
A crying baby is carried by a student sumo wrestler during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
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A crying baby is carried by a student sumo wrestler during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
A crying baby is carried by a student sumo wrestler during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
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A crying baby is carried by a student sumo wrestler during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
A crying baby is carried by a student sumo wrestler during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
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A crying baby is carried by a student sumo wrestler during the "Baby-cry Sumo" competition at Tokyo's Sensoji temple on April 30, 2011. Some 50 babies aged under one participated in the annual baby crying contest. Japanese parents believe that sumo wrestlers can help make babies cry out a wish to grow up with good health. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO
TOKYO, JAPAN: APRIL 29 A baby cries as university sumo club members hold them during Crying-Sumo at Sensoji Temple April 29, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. The baby that cries first wins the game. The ceremony has been taking place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. Majority of the children who participate are less than 1 year old. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
Baby-cry Sumo
TOKYO, JAPAN: APRIL 29 A baby cries as university sumo club members hold them during Crying-Sumo at Sensoji Temple April 29, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. The baby that cries first wins the game. The ceremony has been taking place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. Majority of the children who participate are less than 1 year old. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN: APRIL 29 A baby cries as a university sumo club members holds them during Crying-Sumo at Sensoji Temple April 29, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. The baby that cries first wins the game. The ceremony has been taking place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. Majority of the children who participate are less than 1 year old. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)
Baby-cry Sumo
TOKYO, JAPAN: APRIL 29 A baby cries as a university sumo club members holds them during Crying-Sumo at Sensoji Temple April 29, 2004 in Tokyo, Japan. The baby that cries first wins the game. The ceremony has been taking place in Japan to wish for the good health of the child as it is said that crying is good for the health of babies. Majority of the children who participate are less than 1 year old. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)

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