Regarding the cultural differences implicated by the varying rules of hide and seek

When playing hide and seek, children in Japan finish their count and ask whether those doing the hiding are ready: “Mou ii kai?”

To which the hiders will say either that they are either ready (“Mou ii yo”) or that they need more time (“Mada dayo”).

Compared with the “Ready or not, here I come” I grew up with, I find the Japanese version to be not only more polite but also slightly advantageous to seekers with sensitive hearing.

(dtn)

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