Suika Game is a traditional Japanese children's game that is often played during summer festivals and gatherings. This game is also known as Watermelon Smash or Watermelon Game in English-speaking countries. Suika, which means watermelon in Japanese, involves blindfolded players attempting to smash a watermelon with a stick while being spun around.
- A large, ripe watermelon is placed in an open area, such as a garden or a spacious room.
- Players gather around the watermelon, and one player is chosen to be blindfolded first.
- The player who is blindfolded is spun around a few times to disorient them, making it more challenging to aim accurately.
Smashing the Watermelon:
- Armed with a stick or a wooden bat (traditionally a wooden stick called a "bokken" is used), the blindfolded player attempts to strike the watermelon.
- Other players may guide the blindfolded player by giving verbal cues, such as "left," "right," "higher," or "lower," to help them aim.
Winning the Game:
- The objective of the game is to successfully smash the watermelon open.
- The blindfolded player has to rely on the guidance of others to locate the watermelon.
- When the watermelon is cracked open and splits into pieces, the game is considered won.
Enjoying the Spoils:
- Once the watermelon is smashed, players can enjoy the sweet, juicy fruit as a refreshing treat, typically using their hands or provided utensils.
- After one player takes a turn, blindfolding and spinning, the game can continue with another player taking their turn until everyone has had a chance.
Suika Game is a simple yet enjoyable summer tradition that combines elements of blindfolded fun, teamwork, and the reward of savoring delicious watermelon on a hot day. It's a popular activity at outdoor gatherings, festivals, and picnics, providing entertainment and a tasty treat for participants of all ages.
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