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Kokeshi from the manga.

The third game that Takahata Shun must play is in the hospital, after he manages to escape the school. Here he finds three kokeshi dolls that want to play with him.

About the gameEdit

In the manga, the kokeshi play a game called "Kagome Kagome". It consists in one person standing blindfolded in the middle of a ring of children (in this case kokeshi) while circling around him while playing a song. When the song comes to an end, the kokeshi stop and the person in the middle has to guess who's standing behind him. If he guesses correctly, the children swap places and the game starts again.

The lyrics of the song that is chanted actually have quite a dark meaning.

Kagome, Kagome, the bird in the cage,
When will you come out?
In the night just before the dawn,
the crane and the turtle slipped.
Who stands behind you now?

The bird in the cage is a child in the womb (a Japanese expressson of "a bun in the oven") and the crane and the turtle -symbols of longetivity- "slip", meaning miscarriage or stillbirth.

TraditionalKokeshi

Real traditional kokeshi

Shun manages to guess who is behind him (Shouko). What he does is talk to the Kokeshi before starting the game, therefore managing to reconize each kokeshi by the sound of their voice. He then remembers the position they are in while they are circling around him. Once the game has begun, he just waits until one of them talks, which is Kobayashi, determines it's position and then can easily know who is standing behind him, who will fall to the ground and will be saved.

Kokeshi dollsEdit

Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head. The body has a floral design painted, typically in red and covered with a layer of wax. Th bottom is marked with the signature of the artist.

Kokeshi in the mangaEdit

Engacho, the kokeshi who turns people into kokeshi, is lurking the hallways of the hospital looking for victims. Here is a list of everyone he turns into kokeshi (that we know of).

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