Monday, October 29, 2012


One of the most common childhood games played all over the world!  ROCK PAPER SCISSORS!  This game enjoys enormous popularity in Japan.  There are a variety of versions to play, and it's always fun to challenge music students to one of the Japanese versions.

Janken (じゃん拳 janken?) is the Japanese equivalent of Rock Paper Scissors, but taken to a whole new level in terms of usage and importance in daily life. If there is ever a clash of opinions between two people in Japan, more often than not this potentially embarassing situation will be decided with janken. Who gets to eat the last Rolo, you or me? What DVD should we rent, Terminator 2 or She's All That? Who should take the rap for our company's bankruptcy? etc. Japanese children will play janken tens if not hundreds of times a day. (source: 

If you are planning a trip to Japan (or just want to be a better Rock Paper Scissors player here in the US), check out the strategies in the infographic below!

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