すいかわり/Splitting a Watermelon

24 May

from asahi-net.or.jp

I thinkすいかわり(スイカ割り)would be an awesome summer tradition to start. In Japan, it seems that it’s often done on a beach, but I imagine it would also be fun at a backyard BBQ or park. You can read about rules for suikawari here (from mitinoku.or.jp). Basically,

1. Lay a watermelon on a towel or tarp (if you are worried about the mess)

2. Blindfold a person and give them a sturdy stick (a baseball bat might work too)

3. The blindfolded person places the stick on the ground and his forehead on top of the stick and spins around 5 times.

4. Everyone else yells “right! left! forward! backward!” etc to help the person get close to the watermelon.

5. The person gets one shot to break the watermelon in half.

This video will give you a good idea of how it’s done:

You can also play a virtual game of suikawari here (from family.shogakukan.co.jp).

Wouldn’t this game also be fun at birthday parties (instead of using a pinata?).

It would also be a GREAT way to practice giving directions in Japanese. Here are the basic words you need to know:

Right= Migi(みぎ)

Left= Hidari(ひだり)

Forward= Mae(まえ)

Backward= Ushiro(うしろ)

Straight= Massugu(まっすぐ)

Let me know if you try this out! Have fun!

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