My Wednesday post about my life in Japan...
Last year when I was visiting my family, I saw this poster for the Nakizumo Festival.
Ok, Sumo wrestlers holding babies dressed up as Sumos ? I found it is called Natizumo or The Crying Baby Festival. A Japanese proverb is "a crying baby grows fast" or "a crying baby is a healthy baby".
Younger Sumo in training or sometimes father dressed up in Sumo outfits hold the babies in a face-off and the first baby who cries is the winner. When the babies don't cry the judges will cry Naki Naki Naki which means cry cry cry or bring out an ogre mask, which usually does the trick. The baby is held up high so the cries are closer to heaven so the Gods will bless the baby.
All over Japan these Nakizumo Festival are held to help drive Evil Spirits away. As a Mum I am not sure how to view making your baby cry but as it is just for a one time only and babies seem to cry a lot in the early months of their life, who am I to say an over 400 year old Japanese tradition is wrong. Everyone seems to have fun, smiles and laughter everywhere, food stalls, people cooing over all the babies in the match or not, it seems just another way to for the neighborhood to go to the Temple and celebrate.
Oops... all photos from last Wednesday post and today's have been taken by fabulous Daughter mollybot.
tears. . . parsnip
music. . . On A Clear Day, Kiki's Delivery Service, OST