Poohsticks is a sport first introduced by Winnie-the-Pooh, or as many Japanese people know him, Pooh-San. Poohsticks is a simple sport that can be played on any bridge over a river or stream. Each player stands on the bridge and drops their stick on the upstream side of the bridge. The player whose stick appears on the downstream side of the bridge is the winner.
An alternative way to play this game is to set a starting point upstream and a finishing point downstream. This way, you can have a longer race with some obstacles that may hinder your stick’s path down the stream.
There is some strategy involved in poohsticks. Dropping your stick where the current is faster for instance. The stick you choose can also have an effect.
There is actually an annual poohsticks world championship held in Oxfordshire, England. It has been going for more than 20 years and attracts up to 1,500 visitors.
Next time you are walking over a bridge with friends or family, why don’t you play a game of poohsticks?