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Kanchō (カンチョー?) is a Japanese 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]

The word is a slang adoption of the Japanese word for enema (浣腸 kanchō?).[2] 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.

It is a form of prank amongst children in East Asian countries such as Japan,[3] Korea, and Taiwan, etc. In Korea, it is called ttongchim.(똥침) [4][5] In Taiwan, it is called Qiānnián shā (千年殺).[6]

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  1. ^ Ashcraft, Brian & Jean Snow. Arcade Mania: The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers (2008) (noting that the prank is popular among schoolchildren)
  2. ^ Makihara, Kumiko (2009-07-24). "My Un-American Son". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  3. ^ Tomochika (31 May 2008). ""Kanchō!" wa ikite ita". Asahi Shimbun. 
  4. ^ Garrido, Ben. "Stranger in a strange land". Newsreview.com. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  5. ^ 「カンチョー少年の像」の躍動感がハンパない. RocketNews24 (in Japanese). Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "癱父便秘 孝女討教遭推拿師「千年殺」 - 社會 - 自由時報電子報". news.ltn.com.tw. Retrieved 2016-03-12. 

External links[edit]

  • kancho.org Website "dedicated to teaching the world about the fun and excitement that is Kancho."