Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Quirky Asia Files: Meet the Japanese Rice Babies

Seriously. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried!

Read on:

New-born babies in Japan who can't make it around to visit all their relatives can now send them proxies instead - cuddly bags of rice.

A small rice shop in Fukuoka, southern Japan, has been swamped with orders for "Dakigokochi" rice-filled bags shaped like a bundled baby and printed with the new-born's face and name.

Each rice bag is tailor-made to weigh as much as the new-born and shaped so the rice fills the bag up. Holding the round-edged bag would feel like holding a real baby.

You know, I'm not so sure I would want to hug a bag of rice.


Lady Jane said...

Sounds very odd. Of course, there are those "rice bags" that have cinnamon sticks or lavender or whatever in them, which you heat in the microwave and use as heat pads. Those are quite nice to hug. :)

Mad Minerva said...

Oooh, those heating pads sound nice. The Japanese rice-baby bags, though, seem to contain rice that you're actually supposed to EAT at some point.

Rice baby cannibalism? ;-)

Lady Jane said...

Oh, yes, well that's creepy. :)