LOST (and FOUND) in TRANSLATION #017 – “OUSAMA GAME”
13/07/2015 6 min read
Do you enjoy “ice-breaker” games? How about games that are designed to pull you out of your comfort zone? Okay, even if you’re a “stay-in-your-comfort-zone” kind of guy or girl, you might be interested to learn about a Japanese game that inspired a manga series! Today’s word: 王様ゲーム (ou-sama game) “Ou-sama” means “the king”, thus “The King Game”. Very popular at drinking parties, this game is like the Japanese equivalent of “Truth, Dare or Command” … only without the truth or dare options. Wanna learn how to play? Here are the rules:
- You play with a group of 5-10 people (It works best with a mixture of male and female players)
- Each player draws a lot. One has the word “king” written on it, and the others have numbers.
- Everyone chants “Ou-sama wa dare da?” (Who is the king?) and the player who drew the “king” makes themselves known.
- The King can then issue orders (usually of the embarrassing variety) by calling out numbers. For example: “Number 3, kiss number 4!”