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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 bullying amongst Korean[3][4] and Japanese children,[5] but has also been used by adults, such as baseball players like Kazuhiro Kiyohara.[6][dead link]

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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. ^ Garrido, Ben. "Stranger in a strange land". Newsreview.com. 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). Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Tomochika (31 May 2008). ""Kanchō!" wa ikite ita". Asahi Shimbun. 
  6. ^ "Kiyohara no Yakyū Jinsei no Ayumi". Sukkiri!. Nittele Entertainment. Retrieved 12 March 2014.