If the bottom is falling out,
Let's go home
Nabe, Nabe Sokonuke
While you're saying it, you hold hands with the other person and swing your hands, and when you say "Kaerimasho" (let's go home), you turn around and swing back to back. Then you turn around and go forward, and you go faster each time.
You can hear it sung here.
We found a video of Nabe Nabe Sokonuke where you can see it played.
You can read more about Nabe, Nabe Sokonuke on Mama Lisa's World Blog and share your memories about it there. If anyone would like to chant this rhyme for us, we'd love to add a recording!
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to Erin Yuki Violet Taylor for contributing this song and for the instructions to play the game. Many thanks also to Ayako Egawa for translating it.