My son had a few friends over the other day, and when they were trying to decide who would go first to play a video game with only one player mode, they naturally resorted to playing janken
("Rock Paper Scissors"
). Here in Japan, janken
is THE decision making method for kids and adults alike; everyone knows it and uses it. Which got me thinking about my own childhood growing up in the States in the '70s and early '80s; as I recall, nobody I knew used "Rock Paper Scissors" to decide things. I think we used "Eenie Meenie Minie Moe," or some variation on that, but even this memory is vague. And of course, it's been years and years; have things changed since then?
I'm also interested in this because janken
appears a lot in Japanese films, and every time I encounter it when I'm translating it into English, I find myself wondering how many people in which countries are actually familiar with the concept.
Googling turns up the World RPS Society
, and this
interesting page among other things, which suggests that RPS and its variations are more common than I thought, but is it really?
So my question is (1) How did you decide who goes first where you grew up? and/or (2) Do you know and use RPS or its variation? How common is it where you are?