An unusual race took place November 1 at Fusomachi, Aichi Prefecture which is known for being a pig cub producing center in Japan.
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Background: An unusual race took place November 1 at Fusomachi, Aichi Prefecture which is known for being a pig cub producing center in Japan.
It was a quite big pig event ever sponsored in the country.
The race was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Fuso Domestic Animal Market.
The participants were mostly pig cubs and their owners were far more anxious than the racers themselves who, completely ignoring their masters' anxiety, loitered on the 100-meter course as their instinct dictated them.
There was a large number of spectators mostly children who waving small flags encouraged the racing pigs.
It took considerable efforts on the part of some pig owners to bring their racing animals to the goal as they apparently wanted to have their own ways.
The race was also to celebrate partly the annual pig growing industry festival.
On this day, many pig cubs were brought into the market from early in the morning from neighbouring areas by farmers and transactions based on auction were carried out.