May 19, 2024
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Onigiri Gone Wild: The Bizarre Trend of Armpit Rice Balls in Japan

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Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls); Image Courtesy:justonecookbook

Bizarre Take on a Beloved Snack Divides Opinions

A fist-sized rice ball molded with the armpits of young women is causing a stir in Japan, with some restaurants reportedly selling them at a premium price ten times higher than regular rice balls. This unusual culinary trend raises questions about hygiene, appeal, and the boundaries of adventurous eating.

Sweat and Tradition Collide

A recent report detailed a peculiar twist on a staple Japanese food. Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls), a portable rice ball enjoyed for centuries, has been re-imagined in a way that’s sure to raise eyebrows. “Onigiri rice balls have existed since samurai took them to the battlefield,” the report explained.

The report expressed skepticism about the armpit rice ball’s long-term popularity, stating, “There seems to be little chance of it becoming a hit.”

Armpit Rice Balls A Sweaty Sensation in Japan

Hygiene Measures and Public Spectacle

The process involves young women rigorously disinfecting their hands and any surfaces that will come into contact with the rice ball ingredients. Then, after inducing sweat through exercise, they use their armpits instead of their hands to mold and shape the rice balls.

The report noted, “Customers who have tasted the armpit delicacy evaluate that the taste is not much different,” and explained a surprising marketing tactic used by some restaurants. “Some restaurants publicly demonstrate the process and boast about unique techniques by allowing customers to visit the kitchen,” the report detailed.

Online Debate Erupts: Forbidden Desire vs. Food Safety

This unconventional rice ball has sparked heated debate online. One netizen, embracing a sense of adventure, commented, “If this rice ball can satisfy a few forbidden desires and is hygienic, then it’s not harmful.” Another netizen, prioritizing safety, expressed strong disapproval: “This is unacceptable. What if the chef has hidden diseases? I’d rather eat regular rice balls.”

A Land of Diverse Delicacies

Japan’s culinary scene is known for its intriguing offerings. Natto, a traditional fermented soybean dish known for its strong smell, sticky texture, and bold flavor, was mentioned as an example. Additionally, the report referenced a more visually appealing trend: “A few years ago, a rainbow cheese sandwich was popular at a restaurant called Le Chéne in Tokyo,” the report explained. “When you cut the sandwich in half, the cheese stretches out into a rainbow shape,” showcasing the playful side of Japanese food culture.

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