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Kancho (カンチョー kanchō?) is a prank performed by clasping the hands together in the shape of an imaginary gun and attempting to insert the extended index fingers sharply into an unsuspecting victim's anus, often while exclaiming "Kan-CHO!".[1][2]

The word is a slang adoption of the Japanese word for enema (浣腸 kanchō?).[3] In accordance with widespread practice, the word is generally written in katakana when used in its slang sense, and in kanji when used of enemas in the medical sense.

It is a popular form of mischief amongst Japanese children,[4] but has also been used by adults, such as baseball players like Kazuhiro Kiyohara.[5] A similar prank called "ddong-chim" is used by children in Korea.[6][7]

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  1. ^ "Lisa's Japanese Below-the-Belt Prank Tutorial | Table Of Malcontents". Wired. 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2010-01-06. 
  2. ^ Ashcraft, Brian & Jean Snow. Arcade Mania: The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers (2008) (noting that the prank is popular among schoolchildren)
  3. ^ Makihara, Kumiko (2009-07-24). "My Un-American Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ Tomochika (31 May 2008). ""Kanchō!" wa ikite ita". Asahi Shimbun. 
  5. ^ "Kiyohara no Yakyū Jinsei no Ayumi". Sukkiri!. Nittele Entertainment. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Garrido, Ben. "Stranger in a strange land". Newsreview.com. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "「カンチョー少年の像」の躍動感がハンパない". RocketNews24 (in Japanese). Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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