More than a hundred infants were on hand at Tokyo’s Irugi Shrine yesterday, taking part in an ancient ritual designed to ensure babies’ health. The secret? Use sumo wrestlers to get them bawling their eyes out.
Yokozuna is the highest rank in sumo, but over the past 250 years, the sumo wrestlers who've reached the title have gotten younger, and in the last few years, less Japanese.
I remember one summer, when I was 10 or 11, I spent a day at home watching sumo wrestling on ESPN2. I came away from the experience thinking that sumo wrestling was boring and dumb. I would not have been so dismissive if some shit like this had gone down.