How To Play Konpira Fune Fune, The Geisha Drinking Game

This Konpira Fune Fune drinking game is referred to as “ozashiki asobi” which refers to a drinking party game played with a Geisha. Although there is many different ones, this one is usually the most common. It’s a rhythm game that involves the players tapping a bowl in the that’s between them and the geisha to the rhythm of a song and then either putting out a fist or flat hand depending on if the vessel is still there or not.

What You’ll Need To Play

A small table, a vessel of some sort on the table (bowl, cup, whatever), and drinks. Everyone playing should practice the traditional song before hand as this game requires you to know it.

You can listen to it here.

The lyrics go as follows

Konpira fune fune oite ni hokakete


maraweba shikoku ha

sanshu nakanogori zozusan

konpira daigonken,

ichido mareweba



Konpira Fune Fune Rules

The object of the game is simple. Don’t mess up! The player and the geisha both sing the song at the same time. The geisha will touch the vessel at the first tempo of the song, then on the next tempo it’s your turn to do the same. This alternates back and forth following the beat of the song.

At any point either person can grab the vessel from the table. If it’s someone’s turn to go and the vessel isn’t there they instead must tap their closed fist on the table. Someone can only grab the cup 3 turns in a row and must return it on subsequent turns. Any more than that results in losing the game.

First one to mess up and do the wrong action loses. They must drink.


Konpira Fune Fune is all about quick thinking while keeping a simple tempo. It sounds easy on the surface but can get very confusing quickly.