Bovine Sumō?!

Tōgyū (闘牛), or bull sumo, has been a part of local culture for hundreds of years, and there are 13 official venues on the island that stage tournaments. In tōgyū, the animals are goaded by human handlers, and the bloodless match ends when one bull retreats; it's more like eight-legged sumo than anything remotely resembling European bullfighting. The three biggest tournaments are held in January, May and October – call the tourist office to confirm details. These matches raise animal-welfare issues; some travellers will prefer to steer clear.