Kan’tchou feel it?

First of all, I’d like to apologise for the lack of updates recently. I hope this makes up for it.


I love it when photos don’t need captions.

Hilarious pictures aside, I would now like to talk about a serious and troubling issue. The Japanese name for it is 浣腸. Even if you’ve never heard of it before there is a strong chance that someone you care about will have had direct experience of it.


Until recently I myself was totally ignorant of 浣腸. All that changed, however, in the blink of an eye when I was working in an elementary school last Wednesday. The day had begun just like any other and the morning’s lessons had been pretty unexceptional.


The Japanese educational system largely relies on the lecture method.

After lunch I was walking down a corridor when I was surrounded by a mob of seven-year olds. Being darling and lovable children, they stole my chopsticks and started climbing on me. So far so normal. After a few minutes of this one boy lurched forwards with a look in his eyes that was part-human, part-wild animal. ‘KANCHOOOOOU!’ he screamed at the top of his lungs. I had no idea what this word meant so I was completely unprepared for what happened next. He put his hands together with both index fingers protruding upwards, and….


….pretty much

Luckily I was able to overpower the seven-year old, but that was definitely the end of playtime. Looking over my shoulder the entire way, I returned to the staff room.


Unfortunately ‘Maru maru,mori mori’ was playing over the school intercom at the time, so for the rest of life this will forever remind me of that traumatic experience.




Out of curiosity I looked up 浣腸 (kanchou) in the dictionary.

And I quote:

‘ 浣腸 – kanchou – (to give) an enema’.

Of course.

Off to claim another victim.

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