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The summer is here!! ☀️
In Japan after rainy season, July and August are the hottest months with daily high topping 30C, sometimes 35C or higher and high high high humility, it's a sweaty experience.....
スイカ割り (suika-wari =watermelon Splitting) is a traditional Japanese game that involves splitting a watermelon with a stick while blindfolded.
The rules are similar to piñata. (Next article's topic)
A watermelon is laid out, and participants one by one attempt to smash it open. Each is blindfolded, spun around three times, and handed a wooden stick, or bokken, to strike with. The first to crack the watermelon open wins.
Afterwards the chunks of watermelon produced are shared among participants.
By the way, what is the origin of this game?
It seems there are several stories behind it, but nobody is sure which one is correct one. For example:
1) It seems to be originated from a kind of training of sword fighting.
2) The samurai general, Hideyoshi Toyotomi started this for an entertainment of his castle-warming party.
3) To simulate the rocks, at the Jishu Shrine in Kyoto. There are two stones about 10 metres apart, you touch one stone, then walk to the other one with your eyes closed. If you reach it successfully, you will achieve true love."