Magical Banana, a popular word association game from the 90s

I was in the car with my friend Masami today, and she asked me if I knew what Magical Banana was. But of course! Magical Banana was a segment of brain teaser variety TV show in which celebrities stood inside booths and played a word association game set to a rhythmic beat. It was really popular — kids played it in elementary school to learn language, and we used to play it in high school as a late night drinking game in parks and bars.

In this TV clip from October 1996, Japanese celebrities — including pop diva Amuro Namie — play Magical Banana. It’s super fun! You should try it sometime.

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