“Konkon chiki was a popular New Year’s game in the Meiji period (1868 – 1912). The object of the game was to grab the cup of sake before your hand was caught by the slip knot.
“Kon kon chiki chin kon chiki chin” - This has no meaning but is the sound of the circular gong-bell played during the parade of the floats in the famous Gion festival in Kyoto in July and is known as Gion music. “Geisha of Pontocho” by P.D. Perkins, first published in 1954, page 185.”