Japan Holds an Annual Contest on Who Can Angrily Flip a Tea Table the Farthest

    A shopping mall in Japan’s Iwata Prefecture hosted the 12th World Chabudai-Gaeshi Tournament on June 16, drawing a number of folks eager to flip a tea table.

    That’s right — the tournament is a tea table flipping contest! 

    The mechanics are simple: participants express the insides of their heart while sending a plastic fish flying as far as they can.

    They are then judged based on the distance traveled by the fish and overall performance.

    Image via YouTube / Kyodo News

    According to SoraNews24, the contest, which has been going on for years, comes from the phrase chabudai gaeshi, which translates to “upending the tea table.”

    During the performance, a contestant is cued by a woman in cooking attire, who gently taps and asks to “stop.”

    Image via YouTube / Kyodo News

    The contestant must then shout phrases of anger, hope or passion, before or while flipping the tea table, which holds a plate that contains a plastic Pacific saury.

    Image via YouTube / 日本ニュース

    As it turned out, 37 pairs of male and female contestants belted to their heart’s content, from “I want a job offer!” to “What’s wrong with me?”, according to Kyodo News.

    Shinya Chiba wins this year’s contest. Image via YouTube / 日本ニュース

    The winner of this year’s contest is Shinya Chiba, a member of the Iwate Big Bulls basketball team. He reportedly shouted “Go Big Bulls!” while sending the fish 8.29 meters (27.2 feet) from his position.

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