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Yep, it’s time once again to check in on Japan’s stupidest most intriguing sport: Bo-Taoshi

Nov 12, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

Cadets of Japan's Military Defense Academy compete in their traditional "Botaoshi" game, in which players try to pull down the opposing team's pole, at the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the academy in Yokosuka Reuters

It’s a sport reminiscent of the training exercises in the novel Ender’s Game (and if you haven’t read that, you should) … a 60-year-old Japanese military tradition called Bo-Taoshi. That word is Japanese for “Ow! My spine!”

Because you never know when another country will invade and ruthlessly try to topple your telephone poles, the Japanese military has invented this sport for its cadets. The rules are simple: There are 150 men on each team. Seventy-five men defend their team’s pole, while the other 75 try to pull down the opponents’ pole. (“Call for Dr. Freud. Dr. Freud, white courtesy phone …”).

This is done by any means necessary, and as you can see below, the mayhem is brutal, and of course stupid. A winning strategy usually involves running up the backs of your teammates and launching yourself at the enemy pole.

Or as they called it at my high school, Free Taco Day.

source: Reuters

source: Reuters

  1. bla bla bla - Nov 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Not nearly as cool as buck-buck.

    • bla bla bla - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Anybody that would thumbs down buck-buck is clearly a lowdown liar, their feet stink, and I bet they don’t love Jesus. Harumph!