Sumo wrestlers make babies cry

Updated 2153 GMT (0553 HKT) April 26, 2014
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Held by an amateur sumo wrestler, a baby cries during naki-zumo (crying baby contest) at Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo, Saturday, April 26. The contest celebrates a traditional belief that a baby who cries grows more quickly. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
An inspector uses a mask of an oni, or demon, to try to make a baby cry. KIYOSHI OTA/EPA/Landov
Parents and babies wait their turn at the contest. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
The babies "compete" against each other. The winner is the baby that cries louder and longer. KIYOSHI OTAEPA/LANDOV
Two babies held by amateur sumo wrestlers go face to face in the crying contest. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
A sumo wrestler holds a colorful contestant. Naki-zumo is a tradition that goes back more than 400 years, according to The Japan Times. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
Not all the babies give in to the wishes of the crowd. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
The babies are often decked out in colorful costumes. Besides the belief in crying's health benefits, tradition also holds that the contest scares away evil spirits. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
The sumo wrestlers assisting in this competition are college students. Eugene Hoshiko/AP
The babies are often taunted by cheers of "nake, nake, nake" (cry, cry, cry) to bring out the tears. Eugene Hoshiko/AP