How crazy is Japan? This is a country where a woman was recently arrested for killing her husband after a bad breakup. Ok, sounds fair to us. Except the crime happened in an Internet-based virtual world.
Let’s get this straight. The wife: make-believe. The husband: make-believe. The arrest: all too real.
Good thing this imaginary couple didn’t have any kids. If they did, their children might resemble the “babies” being sold by a Japanese company called Yoshimiya.
No, this isn’t some black market baby smuggling operation run by the Japanese mob. Yoshimiya sells bags of rice shaped like swaddled babies. These rice babies aren’t targeted at desperately infertile couples. They’re for real parents.
Instead of handing out cigars, proud new parents in Japan are doling out sacks of rice. The bags are printed with the newborn’s photo, name and date of birth. But here’s the best part: the bags contain the baby’s exact weight in rice. So holding the bag feels just like holding the real thing. Can you say creepy?
A typical bag for an average sized baby runs about $35, which is still slightly less than a cup of coffee in Tokyo.
Yoshimiya owner Naruo Ono says he’s run into one small glitch with his rice babies. “People say they have a hard time opening them up and eating the rice.”
They gobble down everything else in Japan, including live sea urchin. So what’s wrong with a cute little rice baby every now and then?