Chabudai Gaeshi - Playing and turning tables

Is it normal when we get angry to throw something at people? In Japan this is more fun because the houses have a small table called chabudai (卓袱台). These small wooden tables that have a low height of 15 to 30 cm can easily be thrown upwards when a person is stressed. This act of turning and playing the table is called Chabudai Gaeshi (ちゃぶ台返し).

The act of throwing the table in anger has typically been represented by country and husbands frustrated in TV shows, manga and anime. The first event was in a 1968 anime / manga called "Star of the Giants" and in a 1975 drama called "Terauchi Kantarou Ikka".  Playing the table expresses anger, frustration and disapproval. Chabudai gaeshi is seen as an act of old-fashioned parents, an act that can destroy the family.

Chabudai tables are placed on tatami-matted floors, where people sit on a zabuton or on the floor. These tables are used for various purposes like studying, playing and even dining. In winter, these tables are replaced by a kotatsu.

Chabudai gaeshi - playing and turning tables

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Chabudai Emojis - Turning the tables

Japan being one of the countries that invented the emoji, created several expressing the action of turning and throwing tables at people. These text-based emoticons probably came out in the early 1990s. Let's look at a few below:

  • (ノ≧∇≦)ノ ミ ┸┸)`ν゚)・;’;
  • (ノTДT)ノ ┫:・’.::・┻┻:・’.::・
  • (ノ≧∇≦)ノ ミ ┸━┸
  • (ノ*`▽´*)ノ ⌒┫ ┻ ┣ ┳
  • (ノ ` m´) ノ ~ ┻━┻ (/ o\)
  • ⌒┫ ┻ ┣ ⌒┻☆)゚⊿゚)ノWTF!
  • ┻━┻︵└(´▃`└)
  • (ノ ̄皿 ̄)ノ ⌒=== ┫
  • (-_-) ノ ⌒┫ ┻ ┣
  • ┻━┻ ︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵ ┻━┻
  • ノ`⌒´)ノ ┫:・’.::・┻┻
  • (┛ಸ_ಸ)┛彡┻━┻
  • (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • (┛✧Д✧))┛彡┻━┻
  • (┛◉Д◉)┛彡┻━┻
  • (ノ`⌒´)ノ ┫:・’.::・┻┻:・’.::・
  • (ノಥ,_」ಥ)ノ彡┻━┻
  • (ノ´・ω・)ノ ミ ┸━┸
  • (╯ರ ~ ರ)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • ─=≡Σ((((╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • ┻━┻ミ\(≧ロ≦\)
  • ┻━┻ ︵ ¯ (ツ) / ¯ ︵ ┻━┻
  • ミ┻┻(ノ>。<)ノ
  • . :: ・ ┻┻ ☆ () ゚ O ゚)
  • ┻━┻︵└(՞▃՞ └)
  • (ノ`´)ノ ~┻━┻
  • (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻
  • ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ノ⌒┫ ┻ ┣
  • ༼ノຈل͜ຈ༽ノ︵┻━┻
  • ミ (ノ  ̄ ^  ̄) ノ ≡≡≡≡≡━┳━ ☆ ()  ̄ □  ̄) /
  • (ノ ` A ”) ノ ⌒┫ ┻ ┣ ┳ ☆ (xx)

Chabudai gaeshi - playing and turning tables

The game of turning the table - Cho chabudai gaeshi

This culture of turning the tables when you're angry has even become a game with the name of cho chabudai gaeshi, whose sole purpose is to turn the table and play it by scoring points. This game can be found on arcades in Japan. The game offers an option to choose scenarios and characters, then just play and turn the tables in the best possible way.

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Thanks for reading, thanks for the comments and shares. To finish the article, watch a video of velberan turning the table: