Nisemonogatari episode 10 Midori no Hibi episode 4 Is the Order a Rabbit? episode 10 Mawaru-Penguindrum episode 12

From left to right, top to bottom: Nisemonogatari, Midori no Hibi, Is the Order a Rabbit? and Mawaru-Penguindrum.

In the case of Midori no Hibi, why is Midori calling Seiji "governor"? Is this a reference to something?


The name of this meme is Obi spin, from the Japanese term 帯回し obi-mawashi.

An old jidaigeki-related meme wherein someone (usually a middle-aged man) pulls on the obi of a young woman wearing a kimono, causing her to spin around as it unravels. Usually accompanied by the tugger saying "It's fine, isn't it? (よいではないか、よいではないか)" in a sexually suggestive tone, while the young woman says "ohhh myyyy~! (あ~れ~)" as she spins.

This is, of course, an inherently voluntary game the two are playing, as simply putting her arms down would stop the young woman's obi from unraveling.

In the samurai movies and TV shows, the tugger is usually an 悪代官 aku-daikan, an evil governor, hence Midori's addressing Seiji as "governor". There is even a whole series of video games based on the premise, conveniently named Akudaikan.

TVTropes has more to say (and more examples) about this meme:

A little-known gesture of implied rape in Japanese culture involves the Shogun grabbing the waistband of his consort and ripping it off so hard that she spins several circles and falls on the bed with her clothes splayed open.

In some rare cases, the obi spinning is done to a male.


While this guy calls the obi spin an "ozashiki-asobi technique", I am not too sure if he meant it as a satire or a deformation of a Geisha entertainment activity. Obi spin is even featured in shows by the famous comedian Ken Shimura.

Shimura Ken

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