Normally efforts are made to make a baby stop crying but at this festival- usually held in April – parents bring their babies where sumo wrestles are given the responsibility to make their babies cry.
They either use a mask or use words to frighten the baby. It is a belief if a baby cries then the demons run away. The louder the baby cries the better it is and that baby wins the contest.
A look at those wrestlers should be enough I suppose for a baby to cry but it seems that does not work.
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Would you trust your baby with a sumo wrestler?