Date of Performance/Collection: 3-27-2020
Primary Language: English
Background: Informant is a 22 year old American who has lived in California his whole life.
Interviewer: Do you remember any games you played during your childhood?
Informant: I remember a hand game I use to play with my sister. It was called Pikachu.
Interviewer: How do you play pikachu?
Informant: Pikachu is considered a hand game that goes along with a little song. You play with another person and you hold one of your hands against each other and the other hand would touch above and below, then side to side. Then you would play rock paper scissors and whoever won would pinch your cheek. You would do the song again and play rock paper scissors again. If the same person pinched both cheeks you get to slap them at the end. The song “Pikachu going up, going down. Pikachu going side to side” At the end of the pinching and slapping your cheeks would be red making you look similar to Pikachu.
Context: Interview with a family member, asking them about childhood games they remember
Thoughts: Pikachu sounds like a fun game. I like the fact that it incorporates more than one game, because it has rock paper scissors as well but the added twist of pinching and slapping seems mischievous enough for a children’s game.