I guess this is the Japanese version of Smackdown?
I don’t know what’s funnier, the music behind this or their giddy expressions of joy after getting slapped. But somehow, I feel… left out? #peerpressure
Here are two explanation provided via youtube, not sure who to believe.
(1) old tradition: in new year, we ring temple bells 108 times in Japan.
(2) recent trend: Many TV programs in new year are related to pro-wrestling matches (ex. K-1)…
(3) recent trend: it is honored to be slapped by this guy (old pro-wrestling hero). This slap means “Injection of fighting spirit”.
(1) + (2) + (3) = this video.
and from JMusicChan
It’s not so strange if you know circumstances.
He’s a japanese wrestler who ends his career. It’s a farewell ceremony, that’s all