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11th Annual Hole-Digging Contest

Japan does it again! We have some great contests in this country. I wrote recently about the contest whereby guys thousands of guys, dressed only in a loincloth, gather together at a temple to try to grab their “sacred wood.”


Yeah. That’s one that you just don’t want to miss.


But I just found out about another contest in Narita that I missed! I had to slap myself in the forehead. It is the All-Japan Hole Digging contest. This contest has been going on for 11 years now and people gather from all over the country to join in the, er, “fun”!


Japanese boy digs it big time!


There are awards given for best hole, deepest hole, most creative digging, and best digging costume.


Entrants have 30 minutes to dig whatever they want and to try to grab the coveted, er, “Hole Award.”


There’s even rules on how big shovels can be and many contestants are kids and ladies groups.



It is contests like these that help make Japan a wonderful and peaceful place to live. It gives people a chance to get out and meet new friends and work together with the community.

Here is a video of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9lO1g3mjs4

I think I’m going to show up next year and earn one of those trophies! Sounds like lots of fun!