Suikawari: A Cracking Good Summer Sport

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There are so many things you can do for fun at the beach on a hot summer day. Swim in the surf, play volleyball, build a sandcastle, relax on a towel and enjoy a cool beverage, and wiggle your toes in the sand. How about taking a stick and cracking open a watermelon? Watermelon is one of Japan’s favorite summertime treats so it is not a surprise to find the juicy fruit in abundance at the beach. But taking a stick to the fleshy orbs? That is the essence of a traditional summer game known as suikawari. Official Rules Created The origins of suikawari [(watermelon (suika) + wari (split, divid, cut)] are murky. Some say it is derived from Africa where watermelons are native and grow in the wild. It was customary to split the fruit in a prayer for an abundant harvest. Others say that the game is a remnant of ancient Japanese times when melons were used in practicing the art of sword handling. It is a simple game where the contestant is given a long stick or pole and then blindfolded. The task is to split open the watermelon and directions are continually shouted by accomplices to get the deed done. The game is taken so seriously that in 1991 the Japan Agricultural Cooperative set up the Japan Suika-Wari Association to codify the playing of the game. An official suikawari game placed the player between five and seven meters from the watermelon and set a standard size…
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Suikawari: A Cracking Good Summer Sport
Original Source: www.JapanInfoSwap.com
Suikawari: A Cracking Good Summer Sport

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