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URUMA, Japan: Blood-shot eyes fixed menacingly on their foe and snorting furiously, two giant bulls smash into each other with shuddering force: In Japanese bullfighting, matadors need not apply.While the Spanish corrida faces mounting pressure from animal rights activists after being banned in Catalonia in the past few years, bullfighting on Japan's southern island of Okinawa still attracts big crowds, including families with small children who peer excitedly through the metal bars at the spectacle just feet away.A bloodless spectator sport dating back hundreds of years also known as bull sumo, champion prizefighters are called "yokozuna" – like Japan's roly-poly wrestlers – and lead a pampered life.Bullfighting in Japan can be traced back almost 800 years, when it was held as entertainment for the deposed Emperor Gotoba following his exile to the western Oki islands, where it is still practiced today.Many bulls never recover from a heavy defeat – on this day a yokozuna called "Samurai" took one look at a brooding opponent tipping the scales at 1,100 kilos and beat a hasty retreat, so terrified he attempted to jump the fence.
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