There was a game that appeared in a few episodes of Nichijou (not familiar with the original manga) where there was a bunch of circular (wooden?) discs stacked and a small hammer was used to try to strike one out, and I assume the object is to do so without toppling the stack.

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Was this a made up game for the series or is it a real game? What is it called?

  • i believe it was not a game ment to knock the other out !!! :P you just have to knock out one of the discs till the head reaches bottoms. if it falls you lose
    – Dimitri mx
    Apr 13, 2013 at 17:56
  • @Dimitrimx I know you're not supposed to hit the other person with the block (was the only screenshot I could find), by "knock one out", I mean knock it off the stack.
    – Jon Lin
    Apr 13, 2013 at 18:02

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The game is called Daruma Otoshien.wikipedia (だるま落としja.wikipedia)

Let me quote Japanese Wikipedia, since the text on English Wikipedia might be inaccurate at the time of writing of this post.


Rough translation (I'd appreciate it if someone can edit it with a better translation):

(Skipped text) Under the daruma head are several thin cylinder pieces stacked on top of each other. The game involves hitting the thin cylinder pieces from the side with a mallet one by one, bringing down the daruma head without the rest toppling over. The trick is to hit the body quickly.

Image retrieved from Wikipedia at File:Darumaotoshi.JPG

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