Municipal Bullfights Stadium

Municipal Bullfights Stadium, Uwajima

Municipal Bullfights Stadium

Municipal Bullfights Stadium
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Quite different from Spanish bullfighting
Jul 2015
Bullfighting in Japan is nothing like the somewhat gory experience in Spain, where basically the bull is stabbed and allowed to bleed until it is weak enough to be put out of it's misery. In Japan, the bulls are like huge pets who are docile to humans, but who instinctively begin to lock horns as soon as they see another male bull. Better yet, the loser doesn't die, they just get too tired to continue and trot away to live another day. There are only three places in Japan that offer bullfighting: someplace in Joetsu area, in Okinawa, and in Uwajima. Worse yet, the bullfights only occur perhaps 6 times a year, usually when you are not in town. One of the best times to see bullfighting is during the Uwajima Festival, so you can kill two birds with one stone. It's only held during the last day, so be sure you are in town the right day. No reservation is necessary. Just show up and buy a ticket. You can sit anywhere in the stadium. The cost of admission is not for the feint of heart: 3000 yen, but the fights last for three hours. The bulls themselves have quite a bit of stamina, and you can see where the term "stubborn as a bull" comes from. Many of the bullfights last around 30' or so. sometimes the other bull doesn't want to fight, so the other one wins by default. A good thing about this bull fighting ring is unlike the ones in Spain, it is enclosed and covered from the rain. Also there is a translucent, inverted dome in the middle of the ring, so lighting is good for photographs. What surprised me about this facility is it's at the top of a small mountain. During the Uwajima Festival there is a free shuttle bus that takes you to the top. Afterwards, the bus (at around 1:30-2:00 PM took me to the Uwajima Bus Depot in town, where the float procession was about to start, so timing was very good for me.

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DanL917
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Quite different from Spanish bullfighting
Jul 2015 • Solo
Bullfighting in Japan is nothing like the somewhat gory experience in Spain, where basically the bull is stabbed and allowed to bleed until it is weak enough to be put out of it's misery. In Japan, the bulls are like huge pets who are docile to humans, but who instinctively begin to lock horns as soon as they see another male bull. Better yet, the loser doesn't die, they just get too tired to continue and trot away to live another day.

There are only three places in Japan that offer bullfighting: someplace in Joetsu area, in Okinawa, and in Uwajima. Worse yet, the bullfights only occur perhaps 6 times a year, usually when you are not in town. One of the best times to see bullfighting is during the Uwajima Festival, so you can kill two birds with one stone. It's only held during the last day, so be sure you are in town the right day. No reservation is necessary. Just show up and buy a ticket. You can sit anywhere in the stadium.

The cost of admission is not for the feint of heart: 3000 yen, but the fights last for three hours. The bulls themselves have quite a bit of stamina, and you can see where the term "stubborn as a bull" comes from. Many of the bullfights last around 30' or so. sometimes the other bull doesn't want to fight, so the other one wins by default.

A good thing about this bull fighting ring is unlike the ones in Spain, it is enclosed and covered from the rain. Also there is a translucent, inverted dome in the middle of the ring, so lighting is good for photographs.

What surprised me about this facility is it's at the top of a small mountain. During the Uwajima Festival there is a free shuttle bus that takes you to the top. Afterwards, the bus (at around 1:30-2:00 PM took me to the Uwajima Bus Depot in town, where the float procession was about to start, so timing was very good for me.
Written August 5, 2015
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