Surprise! The Most Hilarious (and Frightening!) Japanese Hidden-Camera Show Pranks

Be very glad you're watching these pranks and are not an unsuspecting victim!

It's no secret that Japanese game shows and the accompanying pranks tend to get a little out of hand. While American hidden camera shows don't mind embarrassing their contestants a little, the Japanese apparently have no qualms about scarring their contestants for life with hilarious, terrifying and sometimes seemingly dangerous pranks. Below are a few of our favorites that will make you thankful you're not one of their unsuspecting victims. 


Cue panic attack

If you think dodging through a crowd on your way to work is a nightmare, this is all of your worst fears come to fruition.


Old Faithful in water fountain form


Caught in a trap!


Massage mayhem

We're not sure why everyone is getting naked before they sit in these massage chairs, or why everyone is doing it at a small ski lodge, but now probably isn't the time to start asking questions...



What is the Japanese word for "pee our pants in terror because OMG?!" (Skip ahead to 1:50.)

Drew DiSabatino is a viral writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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