Saturday, February 16, 2013

Bloodless bullfighting in Okinawa | CNN Travel

At a bullfight in Okinawa there's no matador and there are no weapons. Visitors who expect bloodshed will be disappointed.

A bullfight in Okinawa is a bout between two bulls, similar to Japanese sumo wrestling -- only these contestants weigh as much as a ton.

Bullfighting has been a pastime of farmers in the Ryukyu Islands as far back as the 17th century. Today, bullfights can be seen at any one of a dozen outdoor arenas on the main island of Okinawa most Sunday afternoons.

 In recent years, most of the matches have been held at the Ishikawa Multipurpose Dome in Uruma City. It's a large cement structure that seats up to 3,000 spectators.

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