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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.