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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] Korea, and China. 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.

Because the act involves forced physical contact and can cause physical pain, it could be considered a form of physical assault or sexual assault, meaning the "prankster" could be charged with a crime.[6]

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  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. ^ Castillo, Adriana (6 April 2019). "Beware of Kancho: Sexual Harassment or a Game? Naruto the Movie". Educator Talk. Retrieved 2019-09-30.[better source needed]

External links[edit]

  • kancho.org (archive) – a website "dedicated to teaching the world about the fun and excitement that is Kancho."