Ja­panese Men Hold Com­pe­ti­tion to Cel­e­brate Bald­ness

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

More than 30 bald men gath­ered at a hot spring fa­cil­ity in Tsu­ruta City, Ja­pan, on Wed­nes­day to show off their hair­less heads and have fun. Mem­bers of the city’s Bald Men Club took turns com­pet­ing in a unique game of tug-of-war by stick­ing a suc­tion cup, which is at­tached to a sin­gle red rope, to each of their heads. Both sides then at­tempt to pull the cup off of their op­po­nent’s head. “My head still hurts,” Toshiyuki Oga­sawara, 43, said with a smile. Masatomo Sasaki, 64, a first-time par­tic­i­pant at the tour­na­ment, said he used to feel in­se­cure about his bald­ness but now feels dif­fer­ently. The club, which has at­tracted roughly 65 mem­bers from all over the coun­try since its found­ing in 1989, en­cour­ages peo­ple to “view bald­ness in a pos­i­tive man­ner, to have fun, and to brighten the world with our shiny heads,” ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

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