Friday, March 27, 2009

Lazy summer afternoons and Syato

Memories of warm summer afternoons pregnant with laziness that would be broken by extended shouts of “siyatooooo....” never fail to bring a smile to those who took part of this game in their childhood.

For the uninitiated, syato is a game using 2 uneven branches, a shallow hole dug in the ground, agile hands and a loud voice. It doesn't need USB ports, surround-sound speakers and compatibility isn't an issue. Syato combines bending, kneeling, arm swinging, catching and running – a good exercise workout combination without having to spend a thing. The winner in syato gets bragging rights, and the loser gets another chance to challenge him on the next lazy summer afternoon.

So, who wants to play a game of syato?

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