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Kabedon or Kabe-Don (Japanese: 壁ドン; Kabe, "wall", and Don, "bang") refers to the action of slapping a wall fiercely, which produces the sound "don". One meaning is the action of slapping the wall as a protest which occurs in collective housing like condominiums when the next room makes noise.[1] Another meaning often appears in shōjo manga or anime when a man forces a woman against the wall with one hand or leans against the wall and makes the sound of "don", and this has become popular as a "clever move of confession".[2][3]


The term Kabedon first appeared in 2008 when voice actor Ryōko Shintani described it as "lovely situation".[citation needed] It has been popularized in the shōjo manga L DK by author Ayu Watanabe;[4][5] and in April 2014, the manga was adapted into a live-action film.[6] Afterwards, the term started to become familiar to the public and has appeared in multiple shojo manga stories.[1]


In Japan, Kabedon mainly appears in plots of girls' manga or anime when a man forces the woman against the wall; at the same time, his hand slaps the wall and surrounds the woman, and the sound of "don" is produced.[7]

In Japan, the walls of many accommodation buildings are thin and not insulated against sound. As such, simple actions like closing a door or turning on the television can easily be heard by neighbors. When this noise becomes too loud to bear, Japanese people tend to bang their connecting walls in protest.[1]

In China, kabedon was used in a commercial for Listerine mouthwash.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c Ashcraft, Brian. "Manga Trope Appears in Noodle Commercial, Confuses Some People". Kotaku.
  2. ^ "Feeling Exhilaration, Even Through a Mistake: Experiencing the "Kabe-Don" Japanese Girls Love So Much". Japanese kawaii idol music culture news | Tokyo Girls Update.
  3. ^ "Would kabe-don work outside of Japan?【Video】". March 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Junko. Kiss Him, Not Me Vol. 2. Kodansha Comics. Translation Notes. ISBN 9781682330340.
  5. ^ Green, Scott. "Kodansha Announces Manga Licenses Including "Princess Jellyfish"". Crunchyroll.
  6. ^ "Kento Yamazaki's Best Movies and Dramas". ReelRundown.
  7. ^ http://www.wowjpn.com/1966
  8. ^ Berman, Margo (July 1, 2016). "The Blueprint for Strategic Advertising: How Critical Thinking Builds Successful Campaigns". Routledge – via Google Books.