They repeat the same pumping while chanting "Jan-ken-pon!". On "pon", the players show a fist for , index and middle fingers extended in a "V" for , or all fingers extended for . The exchange is won as determined by the rules:
Ties are broken by repeated plays, either accompanied by two more fist pumps with or the more rapid single pump with "pon!". There exist many other regional variations.
A further variant makes use of the rhythmic nature of the phrases and counts of three; every time a round is played, the tempo of the game is increased slightly. If a player loses tempo, they lose. It is quite easy for a long sequence of draws, or of fails to guess correctly in the second round, to result in the game reaching breakneck speed.
In the Philippines, a variation called jack en poy is used. This was introduced most likely during the Japanese occupation during World War II. The complete chant in Tagalog is Jack en poy, hali hali hoy, sino ang matalo, siya ang unggoy! ("Jack en poy, hali hali hoy, the one who loses is a monkey!"). Another variation is called bato bato pik! or simply pik.
Due to corruption in part through Hawaiian Pidgin, janken-pon is known in Hawaii as jan-ken-po with the n removed from Pon. The same result is seen in Peru where it is called yan-kem-po; the "n" from "ken" being interchangeable with "m" due to a grammatic rule in Spanish of using "m" rather than "n" before any "p" of the same word (yankempo and yan-ken-po spellings are also attested).
In Brazil, the name was made into joquenpo or joquempo. Children often add a vast variety of additional "weapons" which are used to beat more than one sign. The most common ones are the "flame" (thumb up, beats paper and scissors) and rain (fingers down, beats flame, paper and scissors). There are sometimes others, often made up on the spot.
The players show their hands simultaneously, after chanting "hī, fū, san", forming a number from 0 to 5. Whoever has chosen the largest number wins. For instance, 1 beats 0, 2 beats 1, etc. However, 0 beats 5. If both players choose the same number, it is considered a draw. Winning twice in a row is required for victory.
Some people believe it was the origin of the widely known janken, as three of the six possible hands in the game are the same, and the rules are similar.
|0||Make a fist.||Gū|
|1||Extend only the thumb.|
|2||Extend the thumb and index.||Choki|
|3||Extend the middle and ring fingers, as well as the pinky.|
|4||Extend all the fingers except the thumb.|
|5||Extend all the fingers.||Pā|
The traditional way to play kuma ken is to form two teams with five players each. Each team sits on one side of a long table, in such a way that five pairs of players opposite each other are formed. For each pair, ten sticks are laid on the table. Then, each of them plays the game ten times, whoever wins collecting a stick each time. When there are no sticks left, the pairs are shifted, and the same process is repeated until everyone in each team has played against every member of the opposing team.
The team which collects more sticks out of the total of 250 is declared the winner.
Instead of standard "eyecatch" sequences, the anime series Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo offers to play janken with the viewers (this is referred to in the English-language dub as "Bo-bobo the Fortune Teller").
In Hunter X Hunter the main character's special move is based on Janken, in which "fist" is a short-range punch, "sisors" is a middle-range cutting tech and "paper" is a long-range energy ball.
In Neon Genesis Evangelion, the characters Misato Katsuragi and Shinji Ikari play janken to make a schedule which decides whose turn it is to make dinner and do chores.
In the Dragonball series, the character Goku is taught how to use janken as a martial arts style by Grandpa Gohan. It can also be seen in the "Dragonball" games, where Kid Goku's attacks usually involve janken.
In the "Air Gear" series, in the Behemoth Arc, Ikki and Bando fight while playing Jan-ken-pon
In Kaiji, the first arc is about a game called Restricted Rock-Paper-Scissors, a variant of Jan-ken-pon.
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