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Updated: March 5, 2020

Crying Baby Sumo (Nakizumo) Festival in Memory of Ichikawa Danjuro IX 九代目市川團十郎『暫』復元記念『泣き相撲』

2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo
Mid October 2020 - Early November 2020

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.

All parents hope their children will grow up to be strong and healthy, and many take part in this event.

The bronze statue of the kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX behind Sensoji Temple was restored in 1986. It depicts the actor playing Kamakura Gongoro, a character from a famous play called Shibaraku. A strong-willed boy with distinctive bangs, Kamakura delivers his lines in a childlike manner.

The Asakusa Tourism Federation organized the first Crying Baby Sumo event in front of the statue in 1991. At this event, a referee tries to make babies being held by sumo wrestlers cry, as these cries are said to be a sign of good health. With the first event being very well-received, it soon became an annual tradition that's especially popular among parents hoping to raise strong and healthy children.

How to Get There

  • Asakusa Station | 5 min on foot
    Ginza Line | Asakusa Line
  • Asakusa Station | 5 min on foot
    Tobu Skytree Line | Tsukuba Express

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Opening Hours

  • 10:45-16:00 (Scheduled)
    For start and finish times, visit the official website.
    The event may be postponed in case of rain.

Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • Breast feeding room |

Please check the official event website for the latest updates on opening dates and times, prices, and other information.

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