Jump to content


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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), as seen in the anime YuYu Hakusho during episode 67. 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 term “goosing” generally refers to a comparatively mild grabbing of the buttocks with the tips of the fingers and thumb in imitation of a harmless bite on the butt from a goose. However, the kanchō prank may also be known as goosing.[3]

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. ^ 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.