Hagiwara Shrine Naki Sumo Crying Sumo 0

Hagiwara's main god, Nomi-no-Sukune, is known as the father of sumo wrestling and an ancestor of Sugawara-no-Michizane.

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Hagiwara's main god, Nomi-no-Sukune, is known as the father of sumo wrestling and an ancestor of Sugawara-no-Michizane. Because of this connection, Hagiwara Shrine decided to bring back the youth sumo tournaments it held before the Second World War. In 1996, "Naki Sumo" was instituted as a Shinto ritual at Hagiwara. In the purification ceremony, two shrine priests dressed in samurai garb stand in a sumo ring facing east and west while holding crying infants. Onlookers laugh in amusement at the hilarious spectacle, and whichever baby cries the loudest wins. On the day of the ritual, there's a variety of entertainment including sumo songs and street performers. Already a part of "history" in the Kinki region, Naki Sumo will mark its 23rd anniversary next year. People come from all over for Naki Sumo, and last year, over 280 babies participated. Held annually on April 29th, registration begins in March.

  • name

    Hagiwara Shrine (Hagiwara Tenjin)
  • place

    Shrine grounds
  • address

    75-1 Hikishoharaderamachi, Higashi-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka, 599-8112
  • transport

    2-minute walk from Hagiharatenjin Station on the Nankai Koya Line
  • schedule

    April 29th
    12:00 - 16:00
  • name

    Hagiwara Shrine (Hagiwara Tenjin)
  • tel

    072-285-0295
  • general participation

    Yes
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