Starting a new series of updates, I thought I would let you know what goes on during recess. There are a number of games that seem to be shared across the globe like soccer, or in this case tag, but there are some differences I can talk about as well.
Today’s edition features a game called Oni Gokko. This is translated to mean demon done together. In Japanese, the ‘it’ person is the demon. Perhaps a bit harsh, but it makes far more sense to run from someone who is a demon rather than a eunuch. I’ll let one of my students tell you how it works…
Having now gained favor with my Japanese viewer base, here is a translation:
About half of the people run away. Then the Oni Hunters will go out and and catch the other people. If caught they have to go in a circle. As for saving them, the the active members still being hunted need to make it into that circle. If they are unable to save their comrades and all of the players are caught, then the Onis win and the game is over.
Now here is another snippet of play, me being already caught.
The teams are limited at the school, and I was assigned to be the demon. Sadly though, my teammates were the 1st and 2nd graders. Worthless. not only could they not catch the older students, they couldn’t protect those that I spent my valuable energy on catching. A little bit frustrating, but I now have to assume the adult role of seldom winning and instead entertaining when playing with kids half my age. They know I’m the best, I don’t need to prove it with winning every time. As you can guess, the kids love recess, and unlike America only get 20 minutes after lunch to be kids. This is one of the best parts of my job.