People often say that cuteness is a religion in Japan, and really they’re only half-joking. Fashion magazines have even broken the faith into sects such as adult cute (otona kawaii), sexy cute (ero kawaii), elegant cute (eleganto kawaii), and the somewhat redundant “cute cute” (kyuuto kawaii).
Just as some of the faithful hold that Jesus’ image at times appears on potato chips and tortillas to remind mankind of his existence, so too do the gods of cuteness occasionally manifest themselves on foodstuffs in Japan.
The smiley faces above appeared in the cross sections of some green onions a Twitter using chef was slicing. He wasn’t the only one to come across the phenomenon, as another cook Tweeted the following, slightly more suspicious-looking green onions, along with his observation that “They look like they’re plotting something.”
We’re not sure what the pungent little guys are up to either, but on the other hand, there’s not a trace of malice to be found in the innocent faces in these chunks of cucumber.
These green pepper halves are also purely benign, with an expression that clearly says, “Go ahead, eat us. We don’t mind. It’s our pleasure to nourish you!”
On the other hand, with their furrowed brows and mouths gaping open in shock, these cucumber slices don’t look nearly as thrilled about their one-way trip to the digestive tract.
Moving from scared to scary, if this red pepper is going down, it’s going down fighting, apparently on its way to some vegetable Viking Valhalla. We’ll leave it to you to decide if that’s a battle scar under its right eye, or if it’s shedding a single tear that it’s life of traumatizing diners is coming to an end.
These sightings aren’t exclusive to vegetables either, as shown by the cat’s paw found inside some sliced citrus, which we’re hoping is cute enough to distract those of you who can’t stand puns while we make the obligatory “sour puss” joke.
That’s all we have for now, but with cucumbers in season and diced green onions being a standard condiment for the summertime dish of cold soba, we probably haven’t seen the last of our cute but edible visitors.
▼ P.S. The green onions love you.