Pig-riding buckaroos ham it up in Japan
September 3, 1997
Web posted at: 11:39 p.m. EDT (0339 GMT)
MIKAME, Japan (CNN) -- Rodeo riders in the United States
mount up on bucking broncos and large, surly brahma bulls.
But the Japanese town of Mikame has been a major pig-farming
area for many years. So when they have a rodeo in the
Japanese wild west, the buckaroos ride bucking porcines.
Thirty men and 30 women mounted up for this summer's porcine
party -- taking turns on 10 lively pigs. The object is to try
to stay atop the pigs the longest.
While the noise hardly seemed like squeals of delight,
organizers claim the rodeo does not harm the animals, and the
pigs are not destined for the dinner table after a run in the
Mikame has been hosting the rodeo as part of its summer
festival for 11 years. The rodeo gets bigger each year, and
the only thing noisier than the pigs is the fireworks show
that starts as the riders and their steeds trot home for some
Reuters contributed to this report.