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Minoru Suzuki and Sanshiro Takagi, wrestlers from Japanese professional wrestling promotion DDT Pro-Wrestling, fight inside a Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train from Tokyo to Nagoya during a wrestling show on Sept 18, 2023. Image: JR Tokai/Handout via REUTERS

Japan's bullet trains host wrestling, dining events in new travel trend


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Lots of men watching semi naked men roll around in the train aisle?

No thank you.

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I don't get it. A train car filled with seats and an aisle makes a terrible wrestling venue. At least, why not have a customized car with ring in the center and seats around the edge? And what's the point of going to Nagoya?!

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Wait for the first passenger injuries and lawsuits.

Why not some traditional music and singing ?

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If the pro-wrestling shinkansen experience is successful, why not expand a trial to include Sumo bouts? I'm sure it would be wildly popular with time-constrained foreign tourists who are moving between cities and wish to sample some Sumo. Modifications to the carriages would be made to accommodate a mini-dohyō.

If people are willing to pay ¥55,000 for a Sushi and saki experience on the shinkansen, I'm sure people would pay very big for a Sumo experience.

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This is just weird.

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How utterly stupid.

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Mr KiplingToday  07:30 am JST

Lots of men watching semi naked men roll around in the train aisle?

No thank you.

I personally think pro wrestling is about as stupid as they come. But I don't think their fans watch it to see semi-naked men. Sometimes a post says more about the poster than anything else.

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Japan certainly does some wierd stuff

I doubt if everyone on the train wanted to be involved in a wrestling brawl

Safety of the passengers is a concern

This will ultimately lead to more violence on Japanese trains -

Just plain stoopid and inappropriate in my opinion

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I'm sure people would pay very big for a Sumo experience.

First of all there would need to be a ring and secondly many are too large to even walk the aisle

Ridiculous idea


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And yet, they still don't allow pets.

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Politik KillsToday 08:15 am JST

This is just weird.

> factcheckerToday 08:26 am JST

How utterly stupid.

Yes, it's weird and it's stupid, but it looks like a lot of fun, and I think that's the point.

Despite having no interest in pro wrestling, I'd definitely go just for the experience :)

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Japan, this is why we love you.

the yen might be crashing, the economy is going backward, the population is collapsing but you still show us you can be quirky as all hell through all adversity.thank you

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And what's the point of going to Nagoya?!

I often ask that question, but sometimes find myself in Nagoya anyway. I would prefer the non-wrestling seats, but don't begrudge those who are happy to pay for them.

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It is gross. If the wrestlers were women, it would make slightly better sense.

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Interesting, could be nice..

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Finally some real news on this site

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Exotic dancers?


-9 ( +8 / -17 )

Desperation leads to desperate measures.

How far has this country fallen?

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DDT Pro-Wrestling continues to be innovative. Wonderful idea. Just look at the happy faces on the astonished viewers. Very nice!

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How about pole dancers?

-5 ( +7 / -12 )

Pole dancers can be male and female.

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No female wrestlers? I demand sexual equality!

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What a stupid and utterly pointless thing to have on a train Yuk!!....of all places. The vast majority of watchers were male, which did not surprise me one bit, watching semi naked males wrestling on a train woud be a real attraction for them. I mean, what else coud they do, look out of the windows and look at the scenery?....

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"We want to continue creating experiences that meet the nozomi (expectations) of customers

Truly baffling

Must be a translation issue

Some customers might be unexpectedly surprised their regular train has a wrestling dinner option carriage.

Only in Japan

Might be worth attending as its just so weird and unique

-7 ( +4 / -11 )

Not a wrestling fan so I obviously wouldn't buy a ticket for that train car. But for once, JR is trying to be innovative by offering different, customized travel experiences. I prefer to have a drink and nap on the shinkansen but if something caught my interest like a wine tasting car, I'd pay extra.

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wallaceToday  12:02 pm JST

Pole dancers can be male and female.

Should make some posters happy.

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As Barbara Kingsolver wrote: "There's a shoe for every foot". To each their own, Personally I'd rather read a book while riding a train.

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What an embarrassing spectacle. Really.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

I like it. Basically Monkey Tennis. I think Alan Partridge would definitely have got a second series had he come up with this idea.


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Embarrassingly poor taste.

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How about a special train featuring lingerie mud wrestling?  Just asking ...............

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imagine the stench

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Man, there are some killjoys on this site. I don't care for the wrestling in the slightest, but chartering out individual cars for various events isn't a bad idea to make a bit of extra cash if there's a market for it, and the chartering organisations organise suitable insurance for the event.

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