In more detail, players attempt to be the last one called away from the red-light district by the cry of crows, warblers, and roosters. The game consists of two decks of cards — birds and shamisen — along with a time board. Each turn follows this sequence:
- Cards are drawn from both decks. Birds are placed on the table in front of the current player, while shamisen cards go into their hand.
- Shamisen cards are then played to eliminate birds.
- A check is made against the time board to see whether the remaining birds cry and the current player is eliminated.
The turns continue until one player remains in the game and is declared the winner.