Armpit Onigiri made by sweaty armpits of Japanese girls

In the vast and diverse world of Japanese cuisine, few foods are as beloved and ubiquitous as Onigiri. These rice balls, typically shaped into triangles or cylinders and often wrapped in nori (seaweed), come with a variety of fillings ranging from pickled plum to grilled salmon. However, a bizarre and somewhat controversial trend has emerged in recent years: armpit onigiri. Yes, this is not a drill.

Armpit onigiri-mopulding onigiri
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Armpit Onigiri is exactly what it sounds like— rice balls shaped and moulded using the armpits with the maker’s scent. This unconventional preparation method has sparked a mixture of curiosity, amusement, and disgust. Originating from viral social media posts and videos, armpit onigiri has become a topic of both fascination and ridicule.

Armpit onigiri-mopulding onigiri
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Videos showcasing individuals using their armpits to mould the rice into the traditional onigiri shape have garnered millions of views. Some see it as a humorous take on traditional cooking methods, some view it as an avenue for a weird fetish or kink while others are appalled by the potential hygiene issues.

armpit onigiri - holding a rice ball

Armpit Onigiri exposes some intriguing features of current culture. For starters, it demonstrates the power of social media in influencing and creating food trends, no matter how weird they appear. Second, it demonstrates the lengths people will go to obtain views and followers online. In a world where digital popularity may lead to real-world possibilities, many are willing to go beyond the bounds of propriety and norms.

Unsurprisingly, armpit onigiri has serious health and safety risks. The armpit is unsanitary for food preparation because it is a breeding ground for bacteria from perspiration and natural skin flora. Consuming food prepared in this manner can expose you to major health hazards, such as food poisoning and bacterial infections.

Health experts and food safety officials have quickly condemned the trend. They emphasise the significance of proper food hygiene and the dangers of disregarding these measures. While the majority of people who participate in this fad are likely doing it for novelty and do not ingest the onigiri, the risk of injury exists.

The response to armpit onigiri has been divided. Many people in Japan, where food culture is inextricably linked to respect for tradition and hygiene, find the practice repugnant. On the other side, some see it as a harmless jest and a type of modern entertainment.

Chopping board of onigiri

Armpit onigiri is a peculiar phenomenon that highlights the intersection of food, culture, and social media. While it may not be a trend that lasts, it serves as a reminder of the ever-evolving nature of food culture and the sometimes bizarre ways in which traditions can be reinterpreted in the digital age. For now, most people would agree that when it comes to onigiri, it’s best to stick to more conventional preparation methods.

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