Today’s word: suikawari
An appropriate word for the summer. Suika means “watermelon,” and wari comes from the word waru, meaning “to split, divide.” Suikawari is a game that is similar to one played with a pinata, in which a person is blindfolded and tries to split the watermelon with a stick. The watermelon is placed on the ground, and often there are teams in which the one the person belongs to will call out directions to help him/her locate the watermelon, and the opposing teams yell out false clues to lead the person astray.
I first played this game on the beach near my grandmother’s house in Japan. I don’t remember who won, but I do remember there was lots of juicy watermelon to be eaten, with a sprinkling of salt on the slices.