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Kimodameshi (きもだめし or 肝試し; lit. "test one's liver"),[1] or test of courage is a Japanese activity in which people explore frightening, and potentially dangerous, places to build up courage.[2][3]

Kimodameshi is usually played in the summer, in group activities such as school club trips or camping. At night, group of people visit an ominous place such as a cemetery, haunted house or forest path to carry out specific missions there.[4][5][6][7] The exercise teaches the group that, working together, they can overcome their fear.[8]

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  1. ^ Ogawa, Teizō (April 20, 1986). "History of Traditional Medicine: Proceedings of the 1st and 2nd International Symposia on the Comparative History of Medicine--East and West : 1st Symposium: October 22-28, 1976, 2nd Symposium: October 23-29, 1977, Susuno-shi, Shizuoka, Japan". Division of Medical History, the Taniguchi Foundation. Retrieved April 20, 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ 肝試し - コトバンク
  3. ^ Martin, Samuel E. (February 12, 2013). Tuttle Compact Japanese Dictionary, 2nd Edition: Japanese-English English-Japanese. Tuttle Publishing. ISBN 9781462910823. Retrieved April 20, 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Kimodameshi: Putting a chill in the Japanese summer - Stripes Okinawa
  5. ^ Stevenson, John (April 20, 2018). Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales. Hotei Publishing. ISBN 9789074822718. Retrieved April 20, 2018 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "Miyamoto And The Super Mario Kart Team On Drifting, Battle Mode And Creating Tension On The Track". June 29, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Children's Folklore Review". East Carolina University. April 20, 2018. Retrieved April 20, 2018 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Hendry, Joy (October 1, 2000). The Orient strikes back: a global view of cultural display. Berg. ISBN 9781859733332. Retrieved April 20, 2018 – via Internet Archive. kimodameshi game.