Crying baby sumō
Koyasu Jinja (Hachioji, Tokyo)
23 September 2015
This is not a real sumo, but a ritual event for babies less than one year old, wishing for their healthy growth. First they go through a ritual to get blessings of the deity, then go to the ring for matches according to their birth-month categories. The rules are simple. The baby who starts crying first is the winner of each match of six babies. Each participant will receive a special charm of the shrine. Enjoy delightful chaos of crying babies and spectators at the shrine. For your souvenir, how about buying auspicious pears sold on the precincts on the day? It puns on the Japanese word nashi for the juicy and crunchy fruit and “without” (bad luck or diseases).
Place name Koyasu Jinja (in Japanese) 子安神社 Phone 042-642-2551 Dates 23 September 2015 Opening hours 10 am – 4 pm Price Free (￥5000 par child for participation in the sumō) Address 4-10-3 Myojin-cho, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo Getting there
- 1 min walk from Hachioji Station (Keio Keio Line)
- 5 min walk from Hachioji Station (JR Chuo Line)
* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.