Japanese Word Game しりとり (Shiritori)

Learn しりとり (shiritori), a Japanese Word Game, to Boost Your Vocabulary

しりとり is a game that we often play as kids while we’re on the train or in the car, while we’re waiting or have nothing to do — and it’s a great way to build your vocabulary.

The rules are simple. Start with a word and think of a word that begins with the last kana letter. Take the しり (rear) of the previous word and continue.  (*The name of the game comes from しりをとる “take the rear.”)