As you probably know by now, “butaniku” is the Japanese word for pork. “Buta” means pig and “niku” is our word for meat. The kanji for meat is ?. A wildly popular comic and cartoon series in the early 80?s called “Kinnikuman” featured a superhero with the same name who had a ? character tattooed on his head (because he was very muscular).
Participants wearing period dress knelt on mats along a stream, writing short waka poems in the time it took for a cup of sake to float past. They then took the cup and drank from it. The poems were recited later.