More than 30 bald men gathered in northern Japan on Feb 22 to show off their hairless heads at an annual game night.
Members of the Bald Men’s Club in Tsuruta City, in Japan’s northern prefecture of Aomori, met at a hot spring facility for the event, where they took turns in competing in a unique game of tug-of-war by attaching suction pads onto their heads.
A red rope with suction pads on each end is attached to two bald heads, with both sides attempting to pull the pad off their opponent’s head. The person outlasting their opponent would move onto another round with another bald competitor.
Some with greasier skin or premature baldness struggled to keep the suction cups attached to their heads.
Other games included bald men showing off only the top of their heads through a hole in the wall for people to guess who the head belonged to.
This year marked the 29th event ever since the club’s inauguration in 1989, which now has more than 65 members from all over the country.
The club’s motto is to “view baldness in a positive manner, to have fun, and to brighten the world with our shiny heads”, according to its website.
64-year-old Masatomo Sasaki, who was a first-time participant at the tournament, said he used to feel insecure about his baldness but not anymore.
“I feel proud, or maybe I should say I feel good about being a bald man. And that is thanks to this bald men’s club,” Sasaki said.
He said he started losing his hair at age 40.
Some said they felt sore from the impact of the suction cups.
“My head still hurts. I think I need to ice it,” said another participant, 43-year-0old Toshiyuki Ogasawara.
But making bald men feel secure about themselves isn’t the club’s only aim. The club’s chairman, Teijiro Sugo, said he hoped that the gathering will turn into an Olympic event one day.
“I want all the bald men all over the world to gather here so we can organize a bald men’s Olympic tournament,” Sugo said.
The event is held every year on Feb 22. – Reuters