On October 28, more than 1,300 people gathered at a park in Onojo City, Fukuoka Prefecture, for one noble purpose: to sit on each other’s lap.

The event was an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “Most people sitting on one chair”, which had previously been held by a group in Singapore that managed to create a “human chair” of 1058 people.

The was attempt organized by the Onojo City government to celebrate the city’s 40th anniversary of becoming a municipality, who chose the human chair record because it represented the trust and unity among the people of Onojo.

Here’s how a human chair works, as demonstrated by the kind people of Onojo City.

A large group of people form a line, standing behind each other with their feet forward and hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them.


Then, on the count of three, everyone sits on the lap of the person behind them, with the person at the very end of the line sitting on an actual chair. As long as no one starts wriggling around, the newly formed chain should hold itself up.


In order the qualify for the record, the “chair” must be maintained for longer than one minute.

On October 28, Onojo City succeeded in breaking the record in just one attempt , with 1,318 locals coming out to place their trust and bottoms on the laps of their neighbors.

City officials submitted a formal petition for review and finally, on December 18, they received a call from Guinness World Records informing them that the title officially belongs to Onojo.

I guess that’s another one to add to “World’s Longest Pedestrian Footpath” and other quirky world records held by Japan.

Source: Asahi Shimbun, Onojo City Homepage