It was all about holes in the ground – holes of all shapes and sizes dug by the participants.
The annual event of Japan All-National Hole Digging Competition is into its 12th year and a total of 259-teams competed for the coveted trophy ‘Golden Shovel’.
The competition was held in the outskirts of Tokyo and the participants had to dig with shovels for 30-minutes.
There were no fixed parameters and while some went for depth, others innovated trying to dig a heart shaped hole. And – since it was a sort of relaxation and of letting off steam, people came dressed in various costumes like skeletons and Arabian-style headgear to add to the festivities.
The Golden Shovel and cash prize of $1300 went to the team that had dug a hole of 3.39 meters deep.