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Kancho (カンチョー kanchō?) is a Japanese prank performed by clasping the hands together in the shape of an imaginary gun and attempting to poke 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 form of bullying amongst Korean[4][5] and Japanese children,[6] but has also been used by adults, such as baseball players like Kazuhiro Kiyohara.[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. ^ Garrido, Ben. "Stranger in a strange land". Newsreview.com. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "「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. 
  6. ^ Tomochika (31 May 2008). ""Kanchō!" wa ikite ita". Asahi Shimbun. 
  7. ^ "Kiyohara no Yakyū Jinsei no Ayumi". Sukkiri!. Nittele Entertainment. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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