Thursday, April 11 2013

Take one drink if you picked “tiger”

One of the drinking games at the maiko dinner is “Tora tora”, a variant of rock-paper-scissors where the players are hidden from each other by a screen, and step out miming a character: samurai beats tiger, tiger beats grandmother, grandmother beats samurai. We had a large group, but every time someone picked tiger, the other person had picked samurai.

Playing 'Tora tora' at Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto, Japan

Fortunately, they had non-alcoholic drinks available for when the kids lost.

Loser takes a drink (non-alcoholic) at Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto, Japan

When an even-smaller little girl lost a round, the honorable samurai who’d slain her tiger generously gave her the winner’s prize and took the drink instead.

Too cute to lose at Gion Hatanaka, Kyoto, Japan