Weird Japan: Unusual trends that only exist in Japan

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Most parents try to make their babies stop crying, but this Japanese tradition encourages it (at least for one day). The 400 year old Nakizumo Festival, held in Tokyo every year, is meant to bring babies good health. Parents bring their children to the festival where sumo wrestlers hold the babies, gently shaking them and making funny faces in order to provoke them into crying. It is thought that doing this will ward off evil spirits.

 

                                       

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