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There's A Huge Meme In Japan Where You Squish Your Baby's Face Called "Rice Ball Babies"

This is adorable.

Posted on December 9, 2015, at 12:54 a.m. ET

In June, Japanese comedian Masahiro Ehara posted a series of tweets where he squished his kids' faces in the shape of a rice ball.

Rice balls are a traditional Japanese food. They look like this:

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So, Masahiro posted photos of him squishing his kids' faces one by one.

And the photos went super viral!

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Some users thought maybe it looked more like a blobfish than anything.

@eharamasahiro あれīŧŸwww すいぞせんwwwこんãĒキãƒĸくãĒいですよねwww

But nevertheless, "rice ball babies" turned into a huge thing and have been a meme on Japanese Twitter ever since.

@eharamasahiro 可愛かãŖたぎでäžŋ䚗しãĻã†ãĄãŽå­ã‚‚ã‚„ãŖãĻãŋたらしかめãŖéĸãĢãĒãŖãĻしぞãŖた( ´â€ĸĪ‰â€ĸ` ) ごめんねâ€Ļâ€ŧī¸Žã§ã‚‚é Ŧčĸ‹ãŒå¯æ„›ã„www

čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎりぎčģŒčˇĄ #čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎり

"Why are you doing this to me?"

イãƒŗã‚šã‚ŋぎ「#čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎり」をチェックīŧæ‰‹ã§ãã‚…ãŖと包んだčĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“が可愛くãĻį™’ã•ã‚Œã‚‹ã€œâ™Ą @candypot_jp →


People started doing it to themselves.

#čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎり #おれがčĒ°ã§ã—ょう

And their friends.


@eharamasahiro かくれももじりここãĢもいぞしたīŧđŸ‘可愛いですかīŧŸ

It doesn't work for every head type...

Also, cats and dogs really don't seem to be into it.

čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎりį”ģ像が はやãŖãĻいるようãĒぎで 我がåŽļぎおãĢぎりをドãƒŗ❗ī¸ #čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎり

@eharamasahiro ã†ãĄãĢも同じぎいるīŧīŧīŧđŸ˜‚

#æĩčĄŒã‚ŠãĢぎãŖãĻãŋる #čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎり #ã‚ã‚“ãĄã‚ƒã‚“ãŠãĢぎり

In July, the meme got so popular it was talked about on Japanese TV.

『゚ッキãƒĒâ€ŧ』 【#čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎり】 åŠ č—¤ã€Œéĸį™Ŋいね。あれでずãŖとį”Ÿãžã‚ŒãĻから写įœŸãĢしãĻあげたいね。成äēēぞでやãŖãĻあげたいīŧˆįŦ‘īŧ‰ã‚‚う、14īŧˆæ­ŗīŧ‰ã¨ã‹ãĢやられãĻる時ãĒんãĻ、äŊ•ã ã‚ˆã€œīŧãŋたいãĒīŧˆįŦ‘īŧ‰ã§ã‚‚力å…ĨれすぎãĒいようãĢしãĒいとね」

A major Japanese variety show did a very important investigation into the phenomenon of "rice ball babies."

『゚ッキãƒĒâ€ŧ』 【čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“ã‚ĒニゎãƒĒ】 エハナマã‚ĩヒロさんぎ子䞛ぎ写įœŸãŒčŠąéĄŒãĢ 三åĨŗãƒģéŸŗįžŊãĄã‚ƒã‚“ã€å¯æ„›ã™ãŽã‚‹ãŖīŧīŧ éĄ”ã‚’ã‚€ãŽã‚…ãŖ、としようとエハナさんが手をもãŖãĻã„ãã¨ã€ãąããŖīŧã¨įŦ‘饔ãĢãĒる☆ #エハナマã‚ĩヒロ #čĩ¤ãĄã‚ƒã‚“おãĢぎり

Ehara even turned himself into a rice ball baby.

ã‚ã‚‹ã‘ãŠã€æ˛šå¤šã™ãŽãĻ胸į„ŧけするã‚ĒニゎãƒĒやけおいいīŧŸ @ChoChoHirocho 兄さんぎã‚ĒニゎãƒĒはãĒいぎですかīŧŸ

Ehara also warned Twitter users that turning your kids into rice ball babies shouldn't be an excuse to hurt them, just squish their faces.

ãĄãĒãŋãĢč™åž…ã¯ã‚„ã‚ãžã—ã‚‡ã†īŧīŧ 子䞛はįŠļæĨĩぞで可愛がãŖãĻ育ãĻãĻあげぞしょうīŧŧ(^o^)īŧ äŋįˆļさんãĒりたいぐらい子䞛åĨŊきやぎãĢč™åž…ã™ã‚‹č¨ŗãĒいでしょがīŧ

Which is honestly the best part of having a baby anyways.