Sumo babies of Japan

Taken at a traditional event in Kainan, in the Wakayama prefecture in western Japan, the image shows two babies having a bout in the sumo ring, after switching their usual nappies for the more traditional sumo wrestling garment.

But, for their parents, the event is more than just a cute photograph to slot in the album and bring out to embarrass them when they’re older.

It is believed that if a baby gets the dirt from the sumo ring on their back, they will go on to lead a healthy life. But, the tots themselves seem to be less-than-happy about the situation, and certainly don’t appear to be enjoying themselves half as much as the spectators!

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