The earliest version of the familiar, childhood game Rock, Paper Scissors dates back to the Chinese Han Dynasty!
After being imported from China, the ancient version of the game was then popularized in Japan and evolved into new versions. They were referred to as "sansukumi-ken" games. The earliest of these “sansukumi-ken” games was called “mushi-ken” and was a direct incarnation of the ancient Chinese game. It used hand gestures representing three different creatures, a frog, a slug and a snake. The most popular version now is “jan-ken” and is the most direct incarnation of the rock, paper, scissors game we use today.