Daruma-san Ga Koronda

In Japan, there is a game that kids play called “Daruma-san ga koronda”. The game features one person who is “it” and that person turns her back on all the other players who are waiting in a line (all facing her) a few meters away from her. The “it” girl says “Daruma-san ga koronda!!” and the line of kids starts to advance. After she yells the words (quickly or slowly for dramatic effect, as she prefers), she quickly turns around and everybody has to freeze. The point of the game is to get to the “it” girl without her seeing you move.

The following video is of a kitty called “Moire” who seems to have a good grasp of the rules of this game.

Here is the original post on the More Moire website.

“Daruma” means dharma doll and “” means “the dharma doll fell down”. You can read more about daruma on Wikipedia.

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