Friday, April 10, 2009

As you can see from the pictures below, Uwajima bullfighting is completely different from the commonly known Spanish variety. Firstly, there is no matador. Another key difference is that the bulls are never seriously injured or killed. Two animals are brought to the center of the ring to square-off in a sumo style match. The fight continues until one bull's knees touch the ground, or an animal flees from the ring. The longest match of the tournament lasted over 29 minutes!

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