大貧民 - poor bastards

A Japanese card game which presupposes inequality both at the outset and as the game proceeds.

The flow:

The players are divided into five groups:

  • the very rich,
  • the rich,
  • the middle,
  • the poor, and
  • the poor bastards

Time Bomb

I learned this game from students in an English class at Meiji University.

In this game participants add words to make a sentence under pressure of time.

Part One:
Everyone stands in a circle.

One person starts a sentence by saying one word. The next person has five seconds to add a word that continues the sentence, and so on until someone fails to add a word, or adds a word that doesn't work. When that happens -- the group screams, or makes an explosion sound, etc.

Example:
1. My
2. mother
3. was
4. born
5. in
6. a

Favorite/Least Favorite

A simple activity: ask each person to think of her/his favorite and least favorite [word, person, place, object, action, body part(?), letter, number...whatever] and share them with a partner, explaining her choice.

The sharing can be with just one person (quick), with several people in a round-robin format, with the whole group.

The sharing could be done in spoken or written form, could be drawn or pantomimed.

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