There’s Now A Meme In Japan Where You Squish Your Baby’s Face. Yep.

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Japan is well known for its wacky trends. I mean, they practically seem to emerge on an almost daily basis now. Things like a Buddhist monk dispatch service and a Onesie With a Pocket For Your Cat seem absolutely bonkers to us. But that’s just one of the many reasons why we absolutely love Japan.

This new Japanese fad isn’t set to end things any time soon. In fact, it could possibly be our favourite Japanese trend ever. Back in June, Japanese comedian Masahiro Ehara posted a number of tweets. They showed him squishing his kids’ faces in between his hands – all to resemble the shape of a rice ball.

ICYDK, a rice ball is a traditional Japanese food made using white rice and nori. And it looks like this:

Rice balls or rice ball babies? Who knows?

See? Squint and it’s basically a squished baby’s face…

Each of Masahiro’s pictures of his kids went completely viral. The first picture above has been liked almost 70,000 times, and retweeted almost 36,000 times. The others were also well received:

This picture on the right has got to be one of our favourites though. Look how much they’re getting into it!

People have been getting behind the trend, tweeting their own photos of their very own rice ball babies. All the pictures of the cherubs’ chubby cheeks and squishy faces almost make us a bit broody. Almost. 

Not one to stop there, the trend is now branching out to animals and adults. It’s, uh, not quite as cute when a full grown adult does it. And it’s actually pretty tricky. (Yep. Definitely just did not try to do it in the middle of my office.) And it doesn’t hold a torch to the hilarious results that gurning produces.

The rice ball babies trend has been made so popular, a Japanese TV show also made it the subject of a huge investigation into the phenomenon. It basically involved walking around squishing a lot of baby faces. We’re assuming, at least.

Rice Ball Babies: Cruel or Cute?

While many think the rice ball babies trend is unbearably cute, there are others who will say that it’s bordering on cruel. Taking charge of the trend, Masahiro took the opportunity to warn his Twitter followers that turning kids into rice ball babies shouldn’t hurt them. Rather, it should just involve a gentle squish of their little faces.

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