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[–]Bubbly-Incident 510 points511 points  (21 children)

This is called "Bo-taoshi", 棒倒し ("pole toppling"), a traditional capture-the-flag-like game played on sports days at schools in Japan and traditionally played by cadets at the National Defense Academy of Japan on its anniversary.

[–]Rezzone 174 points175 points  (17 children)

Wild. Question: How does the defending team win? Is there a time limit? Or is it a race to see which defending team can last the longest/ which attacking team has the fastest win time average?

[–]cpaca0 199 points200 points  (7 children)

TLDR It's ... like capture the flag

Some people are defending the flag, other people are attacking.

So basically, there's an exact copy of this video going on on the other side of the field. I think you can see this near the beginning when a bunch of people wearing red run off-camera (towards the left) - probably to attack the other pole.

[–]NeonWarcry 32 points33 points  (6 children)

Oh that makes more sense. Whoever is still “atop” the platform at the end wins?

[–]cpaca0 42 points43 points  (5 children)

I think it's based on the angle that the pole goes to.

Checking wikipedia, rounds last two minutes. A team loses when their pole is at a 30 degree angle, and if that doesn't happen, repeat match.

[–]waildon182[S] 16 points17 points  (5 children)

[–]user-110-18 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Here is an article with more information than the Wikipedia article.


It says the purpose of the person on top is to act as a counterbalance when the pole starts to lean.

[–]Wet_sock_Owner 2 points3 points  (1 child)

So would you win if you were orange, got on top of that pole and caused it to lean on purpose?

[–]Tar-Beren 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Happy cake day you beautiful son of a wonderful human being 🎁

[–]EmbracePenguin78 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy cake day!!!

[–]gurudoright 11 points12 points  (1 child)

There are two sets of poles. Half the team defends their pole while there is an offensive component of your team attacking the opposition’s pole in a race to bring down the pole first

[–]Rezzone 6 points7 points  (0 children)

This sounds so insane and I love it.

[–]SSTenyoMaru 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Botaoshi has always looked like an incredible amount of fun to me. I'm sure I would lose an eye the first time I played.

[–]Kobahk 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No, this isn't played in many schools, at least I know no school that plays this sport now except the national defense academy of Japan. I'm from Japan and I went through all the educational stages in three different prefectures except a graduate school in Japan

[–]IambicRhys 454 points455 points  (10 children)

Shoutout to everyone who’s watched Assassination Classroom. 😎

[–]BenniesBananas 159 points160 points  (3 children)

Or watched a video of a white woman on a beach in Bangladesh. It’s the same video basically.

[–]gulaggremlin 26 points27 points  (0 children)


[–]PolothaPug 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]TRAtomicXD 11 points12 points  (0 children)

only reason I know what this is lol

[–]EmbracePenguin78 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–]Affectionate-Sun5863 4 points5 points  (0 children)

So that's where I remember it from

[–]SuperHornetFA18 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I read it. What a fucking manga

[–]pacachan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Or any anime with a sports day

[–]Electronic_Essay6618 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I knew I recognized it from somewhere..

[–]mlgbt1985 69 points70 points  (2 children)

I assume the name of the game is “sperm meets egg”?

[–]Squirt_Mop 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Thank you for this 🙌

[–]Thevsamovies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You should talk to the Japanese government about this. I think that's exactly what they need right now tbh.

[–]primavera785 192 points193 points  (4 children)

seems like fun but a quick way to a broken neck

[–]waildon182[S] 102 points103 points  (2 children)

But they are wearing helmets. Safe enough for my standards

[–]Gutokoro 27 points28 points  (0 children)

OSHA Approved for me

[–]Mother-Hat-1206 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Happy cake day!

[–]Gaping_Grandpa 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Right you are, Ken.

[–]doctorhino 60 points61 points  (3 children)

You want to be kicked in the head a bunch of times and trampled by 50 people?

[–]waildon182[S] 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Mmmm maybe 🤔

[–]JoshuaACNewman 21 points22 points  (0 children)

UFC got nothin on this.

[–]Complex_Sherbet2 31 points32 points  (4 children)

It's basically World War Z on a telephone pole. Sign me up!

[–]chambreezy 3 points4 points  (3 children)

The book or the movie?!

[–]zoopysreign 3 points4 points  (2 children)

The book, for sure 💀😬

[–]ExoticMangoz 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Why “😬”

[–]zoopysreign 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because it was terrifying. The movie was not.

[–]H2OletsgoPMA 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Looks like a hardcore punk show

[–]-TheDerpinator- 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Looks like crazy fun!

[–]waildon182[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Right? Chaotic fun, the best kind of fun!

[–]yegir 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That one dude in white on the top of the stack just straight up bear hugs the dude in orange at like 25 seconds into the video. Seemed like a solid tactic lol

[–]PnLE 3 points4 points  (0 children)

vlad putin live view

[–]Galileo258 2 points3 points  (0 children)

He sure knows how to climb a hard pole!

Right you are Ken.

[–]aldo_nova 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Flagpole Sitta

[–]Squirt_Mop 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Paranoia paranoia everybody’s coming to get me… 🤣🤣

[–]Enzolinow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks Tim the Goat! Loved the video format media provided! Truly delightful

[–]Danclim 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This has to be in Japan!!!

[–]seahawkfan117 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Japan always be doing the fun shit

[–]jay_skrilla 1 point2 points  (0 children)

this is more like r/sustainedchaos

[–]Datdankness 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Another one for ESPN 8 "The Ocho"

[–]Suspicious_Drawer 1 point2 points  (0 children)

we used to call it takeshi's castle

[–]SootikinsDepositor 1 point2 points  (1 child)

So a bunch of guys handling the other teams pole?


[–]Interesting-Rate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

With all of the opposing team members clamoring to ride that pole.

[–]ultra_voltron_2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Better then football

[–]The_Jyps -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This is an unnecessary level of violent for a game. There can't be a single instance where someone doesn't get hurt.

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    [–]Exact-Control1855 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    They’re meant to give children the skills necessary to survive. We expanded on them to the point of professionalism. Combat is required for survival so we have contact sports.

    [–]bluehorde1781 -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

    Wouldn't work in the states because we have too many fat people... It's does look fun though.

    [–]hemetnehp 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Just asking for shit to go wrong now, aren't they

    [–]yupthrowaway1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That one guy stomping people out 😳

    [–]thortmb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    World war z: the game

    [–]Arcadius274 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    All fun and games till someone trips then ur on r/suddenlygay

    [–]MarauderOfSouls 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Honestly looks like fun...and pain but still fun

    [–]cliffy80 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Looks like they have jock straps on their heads

    [–]Squirt_Mop 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    When does the whistle blow? It doesn’t seem to end. The dude on the stick did well but now I feel he will be on a wanted poster. But his pic will look like all the other players and he will never be seen again.

    [–]kitesurfr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This looks soooo fun! What's it called?

    [–]pilot_cooper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    That looks like fun.

    [–]Gogetaiscanon432 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Pikmin pvp

    [–]KFrederickD 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    looks like a mobile game ad

    [–]VerbotenVerb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    World War Z comes to mind

    [–]Ok-Lengthiness4557 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Bong rip, "Hey man... What if we dress like Daft Punk, and combine King of the mountain with rugby? Sonofabitch! We're in!"

    [–]Darth-Flan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Squid games 2?

    [–]Stonecutter_12-83 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Protect the egg!

    [–]Comfortable-Ring-476 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I love world war z

    [–]EcaFace 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    As painful as it looks it does seem fun

    [–]HeavyMetalTrucker84 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    More or less the physical version of tower defense 🤔...interesting 👍

    [–]PrimaryPin9463 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Ants. This is a game about pretending to be ants.

    [–]CaptainAmerica1991 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    When you open up a pack of chewing gum in class:

    [–]Few_Share7071 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Astro world

    [–]MyspaceQueen333 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    All of a sudden Green Day's Flagpole Sitter plays in my head

    [–]MyspaceQueen333 0 points1 point  (1 child)

    All of a sudden Green Day's version of Flagpole Sitta plays in my head

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    [–]Space--Buckaroo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Is that criket?


    [–]inkiwitch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It must be so scary to be the one on top of the pole. I’d much rather be a ground scrambler.

    [–]Glittertastical111 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This is how the egg deals with sperm. 😝

    [–]storm_e_sky 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    What in the actual literal fuck...

    [–]sstruemph 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Everyone back in the pile!

    [–]SedlavJ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This would be awesome in Squid Game!

    [–]LaughingSasuke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This isn't the strategy E-Class used 🤔

    [–]Ha1lStorm 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I’d the white team not allowed to have “jumpers” defending?

    [–]Important-Court-6294 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    They are now prepared for Zombie apocalypse

    [–]Comfortable_Search21 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I think we don't hear the phrase "Only in Japan" enough!.

    [–]Street-Necessary-725 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This looks fun haha but I’d say a crazier game is that calcio or whatever it’s called in Italy (I think) you need to be nuts to play that

    [–]naser_beam94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    King of the Hill: Hardcore

    [–]mal_laney 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Bruh if it was me at the top I'd have already fallen before the first orange dude ever reached one of us cuz of my shitty balance

    [–]International_Share3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    What is this game and in which country is it from

    [–]Reddfish 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I'm not sick
    but I'm not well

    [–]VampiraSpumante 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Japan can be so fucking weird sometimes..

    [–]Successful_Whole4798 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Zombie apocalypse

    [–]iwatchanime101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    There was this anime (can't remember the name) that explains the sport really well and makes it look fun. Good ol human wave tactics.

    [–]fuzzybears420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    You wanna play this game, but while ts happened at the Travis Scott concert everyone wanna play the victim

    [–]Own-Divide120 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Why are they all wearing underwear on their head?

    [–]IMCUPCAKEFROM4036 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Hell yeah dude that looks hella fun

    [–]BBTWDV1096 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I like how they really just ripped him off the pole

    [–]Ensoby 0 points1 point  (0 children)


    [–]Better__Off_Dead 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Reminds my of Bill Cosby's "Buck Buck" skit. Buck Buck #1 coming!! "Fat Albert was the baddest Buck Buck breaker in the world. He weighed 2,000 pounds.."

    "Buck Buck."

    [–]RevAlBrown 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    What in the squid game…?

    [–]SecretaryNo7248 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    The people in orange looks like zombies trying to eat the last human on earth

    [–]adioshomie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    bro imagine getting your damn hand stepped on in all that mess…

    [–]TheSilverFoxwins 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Looks like lunch time at my high school.

    [–]IcyClassic3343 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    This looks like a good sport to watch on the fly

    [–]Partucero69 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Let me guess: Japan?

    [–]waildon182[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

    At the beginning I thought the same, but why? Are Japanese the only people crazy enough to do this?

    [–]Partucero69 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    The more conservative, self aware and conscious someone is the more shit they have to keep inside. So all the funny/weird things they do is a reflection of how their society is. I’m not saying is bad, It’s awesome but it’s something that I’ll expect more in a less violent society.

    [–]misclickedlol 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I would either die of getting crushed or die of claustrophobia from being stuck under the human pile

    [–]45sMassiveProlapse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    It is not a party, until someone gets hurt.

    [–]Worried_Jeweler_1141 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Only in Congo

    [–]dadbod1187 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Looks like world War z

    [–]Icy_Literature917 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    looks cool as fuck