【SUMMER】3 Classic Childrens’ Games at Japanese Traditional Festivals

Yatai or a “booth” is open on festival days and there are toys and games there that you can buy. There are some great booths to see that are sure to be open, especially during summer festivals.

A Gun shooting game


1: Goldfish scooping

Kingyo-sukui, goldfish scooping is one of the most typical booths at Japanese summer festivals. There usually is a water tank with plenty of goldfish swimming inside of it.
You’ll hold a cup in your left hand and scoop the fish with your right hand with a tool called a “poi”, covered in thin Japanese paper. The paper will break easily from the water, so you need to be fast! You can take home the fish you caught. Take care of your new friend.

Goldfish scooping
Goldfish scooping

2: Super ball scooping, a boys’ favorite

You can scoop super balls too.  Super balls are a very ‘bouncy’ type of ball. The best way to play with them is with your cat. They will absolutely love it when it bounces really high! Like the goldfish, they float on the water and you have to scoop them with a special tool. They come in all sorts of sizes and colors. Will you be able to catch your favorite one?

Superball scooping
Superball scooping

3: Impersonating your favorite anime character

Masks vendors are a classic in Japanese festivals and have a long history. Today they sell mainly masks of Japanese anime characters and other heroes who are currently the most popular among children. How many can you recognize?

Masks
Masks

Gun shooting games, yoyo scooping are other popular games. After playing why not have some delicious festival street food? Read our article: Japanese festival street food

Yoyo scooping
Yoyo scooping

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I love Japanese folkcraft article, traditional handicrafts and antiques. I’m seeking the Japanese people’s religious outlooks and its origins that are behind Japanese people’s unique sense and techniques rooted in the ordinary life.