Poking Holes In The Sometimes Fatal And Always Bizarre Game Of Kancho

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For a lot of us, we wouldnt experience something like this until we visit a doctor later in life, for example, or perhaps when we get experimental in the bedroom… Im guessing.

For people in East Asia however, having a stranger suddenly try and poke you in the arse with their outstretched index fingers is an unfortunate prank that can befall an unsuspecting victim at any time. Fortunately, its nothing to do with doctors or bedroom-related activities.

It is, in fact, just a game called Kancho, or Ddong Chim, popular among schoolchildren in Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, and South Korea. Its a bit like giving someone a wedgie, or pants-ing, but less in a bullying way and more of a general playground prank kind of way.

But where did this craze come from, can anyone play, and are the rules really as simple as just poking someone up the butt with your fingers?

Well, UNILAD is going to crack this case and get to the bottom of it…

Firstly, the word kancho literally means enema in Japanese. While in Korea, ddong chim translates to poop needle. Im not sure which is more poetic. In Taiwan, its apparently called Qiānnián shā, after a similar move in the popular Naruto anime.

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Either way, the game – if you can call it that, because Im fairly certain there are no winners here – is the same.

It involves clasping both hands together with your index fingers outstretched like a gun, sneaking up behind someone, shoving those outstretched fingers into their backside and shouting Kancho! or Ddong chim! Again, Im not sure who the winner would be.

Understandably, one of the first things you learn if youre a teacher in East Asia is not to let kids sneak up behind you. Thats right, this game isnt limited to children, unsuspecting adults can be kanchod too.

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The origins of the game arent exactly clear. Some say it comes from a style of karate, called Shourinji Kenpo, with the move mistakenly being documented by martial art master Masutatsu Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate, as he was forming his own style. Others say it comes from comedy anime cartoons and manga, such as Toiretto Hakase, also known as Dr. Toilet.

Eventually though, the practice found its way into the hands, fingers and backsides of schoolchildren. Throughout the years, its even inspired a short-lived arcade game called Boong-Ga Boong-Ga, which featured a pair of legs and an all-but exposed rear end where the player inserted their fingers. On the screen was the face of whoever the player was kancho-ing, with the aim being to get the face to grimace the most.

Then theres the infamous Ddong Chim statue, reportedly located in the Dodu-Dong area of the South Korean island Jeju. Apparently the town thought commemorating this innocent childhood game by casting it in bronze was something very worthwhile. Then again, here I am five and half thousand miles away writing about it, so I guess they were right.

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While the statue may be infamous around the world, the legend of Kancho or Ddong Chim hasnt made it as far, however. And if I tried to pull this move on someone Id not only be done for assault but cultural appropriation too. So Im not going to try and I dont recommend you do either.

Instead, I had a chat with Alex Sutcliffe, whos originally from the UK but went out to South Korea a few years back to teach English. Sure enough, it wasnt long before he got first hand, or finger, experience of Ddong Chim.

Alex explained:

There were a few attempts on my butthole that I managed to stave off thanks to the horror stories Id heard from other English teachers.

I taught middle school boys, that age where theyre just hitting puberty, and anything Ddong related was hilarious to them.

The closest I came was during a class where I was bent over helping a student with something in his textbook, then I hear my co-teacher (theres usually a Korean-speaking teacher in the room with you) shout HA-JI-MA (dont do that) at the top of her lungs and I spin around to see this kid with his fingers primed and a huge shit-eating grin across his face. Just in time.

For a Brit in South Korea for the first time, the game obviously came as a bit of shock, both culturally and otherwise. However, though youd think a teacher or parent might punish a kid for such a prank, it seems the practice is so ingrained in the culture its impossible to wean it out entirely.

As Alex added:

When I was there, mainstream Korean culture was not LGTBQ-friendly, and students would often call each other gay as a kind of friendly mockery, but then theyd hold hands, sit on each others laps, kiss each other on the cheeks, and ram their fingers as far up their friends assholes as they could, and that was apparently just all fun and games.

When you got past the obvious cultural differences though, its really funny and when I saw it going on around the school I just let it happen. I wasnt exactly in a position of authority, I was a guest teacher that needed another Korean teacher in the room at all times, so I let a lot slide.

Other teachers, however, saw the seriousness in Ddong Chim-ing:

It was taken pretty seriously in my school. If it happened when teachers were around theyd run over, tell them to break it up, be surRead More – Source