Chabudai Gaeshi – Playing and turning tables

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Is it normal when we get angry to throw something at people? In Japan this is more fun because houses have a small table called a chabudai (卓袱台). These small wooden tables that have a low height of 15 to 30 cm can be easily thrown into the air when a person is stressed. This act of turning and throwing 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 frustrated country and husbands 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 floors that have tatami, 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

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 appeared in the early 1990s. Let's see 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 tables – 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 only objective is to turn the tables and play it scoring points. This game can be found at japan arcades. The game offers the option to choose scenarios and characters, then just play and turn the tables in the best possible way.

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