|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia. (January 2012)|
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!".
Although similar to a wedgie or a "goosing" in some ways, Kancho involves much more direct and intimate physical contact.
The word is a slang adoption of the Japanese word for enema (浣腸 kanchō ). 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.
This prank is pervasive in Japan. Examples include a TV gameshow where a celebrity routinely kanchōs random people.
In February 2006, Nanmon Kaiketsu ("Solving Difficult Problems"), an NHK TV show about social problems, speculated that the long-term leniency toward Kancho is an indirect cause of the rampant train gropings across Japan.
In other countries
- In Taiwan, the practice is called "童子拜觀音" pinyin: Tóngzǐ bài guānyīn.
- In South Korea a similar prank is called "ttongchim" (Korean: 똥침).
- In New Zealand this is similar to a "Hopoate", named after John Hopoate.
- In Sweden it is referred to as "Dajma" or "Daima".
- In Israel a similar prank is called "doresh" (Hebrew: דורש) which translates to "demand" or "requires". The name refers to the supposed demand of the fingers by the victim's anus.
In popular culture
- In an early episode of Naruto, Kakashi Hatake performed this prank on Naruto during the Bell Exercise test. Rock Lee also uses this technique extensively in the parody manga Rock Lee's Springtime of Youth.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Incendium", BMO performs a Kancho prank on Finn. In the episode Her Parents, Lady Rainicorn's mother Ethel also performs one on him with her horn.
- In the American TV show Family Guy, minor character Victor Lin was involved in a combat style game of kancho in Season 3.
- Boong-Ga Boong-Ga, a video game for the Korean and Japanese market that allows the player to engage in simulated Kanchoing.
- School prank
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- Dong Chim