Results of the 1st Flush Game

Here are the results of the 1st Flush game held from Sep. 4, 2008 to Oct 7, 2008.

First take a look at the "The list of points for each phrase". It sure is interesting. We expected "sushi," "anime," "manga," and "mount fuji" to rank high, but look at the results! There is incredible variety in the images that non-Japanese have when hearing "Japan." The high score for "the rising sun" is the most surprising. As Japanese it makes us happy, but we did get to thinking if Japan just now really is a "rising sun".

Champion of the 1st Flush game

No one came up with all of the four top phrases: sushi, Tokyo, anime, and nikoli or samurai. "tlhinman" and "Hetcenus" both scored highest but with different words. We drew lots, and "Hetcenus" came out tops. CONGRATULATIONS! You got drawn first and you are the winner.

We will send the first prize, a nikoli.com original T-shirt, to "Hetcenus" so let us know what size you want. "tlhinman" was drawn second and you win a copy of Penpa Mix5. Winners, please tell us your name and address, with post code, and we will get it off.

Results for all participants

This list has the points for all the participants. Remember the question was: "What do you imagine when you hear 'Japan'? Please tell us four phrases that popped into your head.".

RankingNicknameFour phrasesPoints
A1A2A3A4P1P2P3P4Score
1tlhinmannikolirising sunsushitokyo1211372989
1Hetcenusanimemangasushitokyo185372989
3kierneyanimetokyosushinintendo182937286
4dvstokyolanguageanimesushi291183785
4karenann000tokyosushihaikuanime293711885
4Erictokyomount fujisamuraisushi297123785
4mlcsushianimetokyopuzzles371829185
8pragontokyonikolimangasushi291253783
8buckaducksushitokyonikoliorigami372912583
10Mischarising sunnippontokyosushi114293781
11tigernikolisushitokyotoyota123729280
12Grumpysushijapantokyofuji37329574
12JPBolassushiorigamitokyosudoku37529374
14Dodkalehsushitokyosonycountry37293473
15Peacocktokyosushiearthquakesbullet train29371269
16DaveNIsamuraiblossomsushianime121371868
16yeozsamuraianimesushiyakuza121837168
16cynsushisamuraianimesumo wrestling371218168
19mintratersushirising sunkimonoanime371111867
20canucknipponsushianimemount fuji43718766
21moorsyanimetechnologysushiorigami18337563
22achan1058sushianimejapanpuzzle37183361
23Caprica Sixtokyokaraokeanimerising sun291181159
24asteroidnikolitokyosamuraisumo122912558
24fbobislandtokyohiroshimaanime82931858
26dreahansushirising sungeishasumo37113556
27Jestersamuraimangasushiramen12537155
27PTSTOCKLEYsushininjasamuraiorigami37112555
29shaevelsushirising sunsumotea37115154
29Bobrising sunmangageisha girlssushi11513754
31StandupPhilosophernikoliislandcountrytokyo12842953
32Filoutokyoislandjapanesenikoli29831252
32Donimocountryislandsushipuzzle4837352
34ephpersontokyomount fujinikoliyen29712149
35caribousushishintokaratemount fuji3711746
35Spelvinnikolicountryeasttokyo12412946
35IronOrchidrising sunsamaraiorigamitokyo11152946
38monkeyfishtokyofujiislandjapanese2958345
38wilsonplamesushinintendodonkeysumo3721545
40stigantsushisumo wrestlerstechnologyhello kitty3713344
40josantokyokyotogeishassamurai29211244
40mewmixjapaneserobotgodzillasushi3223744
40gdiddyrising sunkamikazehiroshimatokyo11132944
44dlimpidavjapananimationsushi1323743
44NA0akibasushikyotogeisha1372343
46Rinka Serizawasushiotakuanimationgame3712141
47bethlettokyohello kittycherry blossom treemount fuji2931740
47rileypbsushifuriganahitorionnanoko3711140
47tyuislandssashimisushinaruto1137140
50Tracymountainsislandtemplestokyo1812939
51wildTurkeysakehello kittysudokutokyo1332936
52ThatGuytechnologyculturenikolianime32121835
53Blue Birdtokionikolisamuraisumo11212530
54Eliottanimeasianislandelectronics1818128
55antimatterrobotanimesonygodzilla2183225
56ZedBeefar eastrising sunmount fujinippon1117423
56New Dawnnipponfujitoyotasamurai4521223
58jamattack!red circlesmallweird snacksanime1111821
59lilouhakiriricesamuraimanga1212520
60Aludirknikolisakurajrfuji1211519
61Lieramajasunsamuraidaimyogeisha2121318
62Striated Motmotchinakorearising sunsudoku1111316
63carolyn81archipelagoislandfujifish185115
64Alanmount fujibullet trainhiroshimanuclear bomb723113
65Gabered dotricegame showsony12137
66Puffinpuzzleemperoratomicnoodle31116
66herrbugsunnihongoculturepagoda21216
68apk01004123411114
68richiebabesweird culturegood motor carshorrible raw fishpearl harbour11114
68Rhaegyssakura blossomsancient beautyhonortechnology tradition11114

The list of points for each phrase

PhrasesPoints
sushi37
tokyo29
anime18
nikoli12
samurai12
rising sun11
island8
mount fuji7
fuji5
manga5
origami5
sumo5
country4
nippon4
geisha3
hello kitty3
hiroshima3
japan3
japanese3
puzzle3
sony3
sudoku3
technology3
animation2
bullet train2
culture2
godzilla2
kyoto2
nintendo2
rice2
robot2
sun2
toyota2
11
21
31
41
akiba1
ancient beauty1
archipelago1
asian1
atomic1
av1
blossom1
cherry blossom tree1
china1
daimyo1
donkey1
earthquakes1
east1
electronics1
emperor1
PhrasesPoints
far east1
fish1
furigana1
game1
game show1
geisha girls1
geishas1
good motor cars1
haiku1
hakiri1
hitori1
honor1
horrible raw fish1
islands1
jr1
kamikaze1
karaoke1
karate1
kimono1
korea1
language1
mountains1
naruto1
nihongo1
ninja1
noodle1
nuclear bomb1
onnanoko1
otaku1
pagoda1
pearl harbour1
puzzles1
ramen1
red circle1
red dot1
sake1
sakura1
sakura blossoms1
samarai1
sashimi1
shinto1
small1
sumo wrestlers1
sumo wrestling1
tea1
technology tradition1
temples1
tokio1
weird culture1
weird snacks1
yakuza1
yen1

Rules for the word game "Flush".

Please answer the question with four phrases that popped into your head. The number of players who write us the same phrase becomes the points you get for a phrase. The sum of the points for your four phrases becomes your score. The player with the highest score becomes the winner.

We will consider capital and small letters the same, but singulars and plurals, spaces, or other little differences are judged as different. So "Blue bird" and "blue bird" are the same, but "Blue bird," "Blue birds," and "Bluebird" are all different.