Being bald can have its advantages or disadvantages (depending on who you ask.) But for a group of bald men in Tsuruta City, Japan, they took the opportunity to celebrate their hairlessness in a fun and unique way.
The group of 30 men, part of the city’s Bald Men Club, gathered at a local hot spring in town to compete in the annual event. Each participant took turns competing in a variant of tug of war by sticking a suction cup to their heads. The suction cups are attached to a small red rope, and the winner is the individual who pulls off their opponents cup.
The game can be quite painful, but participant Toshiyuki Ogasawra shrugged off the painful aftermath, happily claiming:
My head still hurts, I think I need to ice it.
A separate participant Masatomo Sasaki claimed that he used to feel insecure about his baldness, but his inaugural participation in the event helped him change his view on it revealing:
I feel proud. Or maybe I should say I feel good about being a bald man.
Sasaki revealed that he started losing his hair when he turned 40-years-old, and is happy that he found the club exclaiming:
And that is thanks to this bald men’s club.
The club was founded in 1989, and has since grown to about 65 members, with individuals coming from all over the island nation to join and take part in club activities.
According to its website, the club encourages people to:
View baldness in a positive manner, to have fun, and to brighten the world with our shiny heads.
Meanwhile, Teijiro Sugo, the club’s chairman hopes that the annual gathering can eventually morph into something much larger than it is now.
I want all the bald men all over the world to gather here so we can organize a bald men’s Olympic tournament.
For those interested in heeding Sugo’s call to action and participate in the event, it takes place every year on February 22nd, which should be plenty of time to save up for the plane ticket to Japan.
Featured image via Youtube.