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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 Asia such as Japan.[2] In Korea it is called ddongchim (Korean: 똥침).[3][4] In China, it is popularly called Qiānnián shā. The word 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.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Boong-Ga Boong-Ga is a video game for the Korean and Japanese market that allows the player to engage in simulated kanchō.

"Ddong Chim" is the title of a first season episode of Kim's Convenience which focuses on the fallout from the prank.

See also[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. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Goose". Wiktionary.