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Japan Photo Journal: Bald ambition

(Mainichi/Yuji Ezawa)

Two bald men compete in a tug of war using a string attached to each of their shiny pates with suction cups, in the Yamada hot spring area of Tsuruta, Aomori Prefecture, on Sept. 13, 2019. The event, run by the Tsuruta Hagemasu-kai (both a pun on the town's name and roughly translatable as 'the bald brigade encouragement association') nonprofit organization, saw some 30 group members face off. The association is dedicated to "bringing light to the world through the shininess of bald heads," and will host the fifth national edition of the tug-of-war competition in the northern Japanese town on Oct. 5.

    (Japanese original by Yuji Ezawa, Aomori Bureau)

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