The Pretz / Pocky game (and Japan’s Ally McBeal)

the tokyo files archives 東京ファイル

Recently saw the ‘Pretz Game’ プリッツゲーム, aka the ‘Pocky Gameポッキーゲーム for the first time.

What is the Pretz game? Set-up: Take a snack stick (Pretz for salty, Pocky for sweet), and put it in the mouth of two people. Play: take small bites and try to reach the other person.

According to Wikipedia, “Two people begin eating one Pocky from each end. The first person whose mouth comes off the Pocky or the other player gets to the middle first loses. If the participants end up kissing, it is a tie.” It looks something like this (source):

Pretz Pocky Game Tokyo Love story.jpg

This is a scene from Tokyo Love Story 東京ラブストーリー (1991), a classic manga-turned-TV drama. The primary female character, Rika Akana 赤名リカ, is a vivacious…

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