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April 29, 2016

Photos of the day 04/29

Held by college sumo wrestlers, two babies cry during a Naki Sumo, or crying baby contest, at Sensoji Buddhist temple in Tokyo on Friday. The annual traditional ritual is performed as a prayer for the childrens' healthy growth.

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