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Shiritori Practice

What is しりとり?

Shiratori (しりとり) is a Japanese word game where players take turns saying words that begin with the final kana (or syllable) of the previous word. The goal is to avoid words that end in the kana ん (n), as very few Japanese words start with ん. The game can be played in Japanese using hiragana, katakana, or kanji, and it's often played by children and adults alike for entertainment or to test one's vocabulary. The game can become challenging as players try to think of words quickly while following the rules.


For Example

Player 1: さくらんぼ (sakuranbo) - cherry

Player 2: ぼんさい (bonsai) - bonsai tree

Player 3: いぬ (inu) - dog

Player 2: うどん (udon) - udon noodles (ends in ん, so Player 2 loses this round)


The game continues until a player either cannot think of a word or says a word that ends in ん. The last player standing or the player with the most points wins.


For Example

すいか (suika) - watermelon

かさ (kasa) - umbrella

さくら (sakura) - cherry blossom

らくだ (rakuda) - camel

だいこん (daikon) - radish

こんぶ (konbu) - kelp

ぶどう (budou) - grape

うさぎ (usagi) - rabbit

ぎんこう (ginkou) - bank

こうちゃ (koucha) - black tea

ちゃいろ (chairo) - brown

ろうそく (rousoku) - candle

くつした (kutsushita) - socks

たぬき (tanuki) - raccoon dog

きのこ (kinoko) - mushroom

こまち (komachi) - rice variety

ちゅうもん (chuumon) - order, request


Players need to think quickly and creatively to come up with words that match the criteria while avoiding words that end in ん. The game can be quite challenging and fun!

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