In Japan, competitive hole-digging is an actual thing

Now this is new: an annual competition that actually pits teams against each other for digging the deepest hole as they build camaraderie. Though it sounds vaguely morbid: why dig a hole, if not to bury a dead body? In any case, the Japanese seem to take it very seriously, with 271 teams taking part in the 14th edition last year to win the coveted prize of a… gold shovel. Uh huh.

Prizes are also dished out for other achievements, such as the most creative hole and the most original team costume. As the event organizer deadpanned on camera, ‘Once you become a grown up adult, I don’t think there is anywhere else in the world where you can seriously dig a hole.’ So much sass there.

Via Harpers

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