Kanchō

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Diagram showing how the action is performed

Kanchō (カンチョー) is a 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] It is a common prank among children in East Asian countries such as Japan.[2] In Korea, it is called ddongchim (Korean: 똥침).[3][4] In China, it is popularly called qiānnián shā (千年殺), which was derived from the jutsu technique in the manga and anime series Naruto, in which it is known as 千年殺し (sennen goroshi, meaning "one thousand years of death"). The word "kanchō" is a slang adoption of the Japanese word for enema (浣腸, kanchō).[5] In accordance with widespread practice, the word is generally written in katakana when used in its slang sense, and in kanji when used for enemas in the medical sense.

In English-speaking countries, the prank is known as goosing or “yemming”.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Boong-Ga Boong-Ga – video game which allows the player to engage in simulated kanchō

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ashcraft, Brian; Snow, Jean (2008). Arcade Mania!: The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers. Kodansha International. p. [page needed]. ISBN 978-4-7700-3078-8. (noting that the prank is popular among schoolchildren)
  2. ^ Tomochika (31 May 2008). "'Kanchō!' wa ikite ita". Asahi Shimbun.
  3. ^ a b Garrido, Ben (28 January 2010). "Stranger in a strange land". Reno News & Review. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. ^ 「カンチョー少年の像」の躍動感がハンパない. RocketNews24 (in Japanese). 6 May 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-05.
  5. ^ Makihara, Kumiko (23 July 2009). "My Un-American Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-07.