RUN, RADISH MAN!

RUN, RADISH MAN!

This freakish "radish" was plucked from a Japanese vegetable farm, and news of the green-haired homunculus quickly made the mysterious entity a national hero in Japan. Doubters say the Radish Man is not able to walk without assistance, but photos suggest otherwise.

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Pending approvalOriginal post by Brian Ashcraft on Kotaku

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

Last fall, a most unusual radish was unearthed in Japan. The vegetable walked—no, raced—from that farm and into our hearts. The result was TV appearances, a calendar, toys, and even a photo book. Behold the world's most successful radish.

If you are not familiar with daikon radish, they are rather large and look like this:

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

So no wonder after a farm in Hyogo Prefecture pulled a radish that looked like a little person running, people online in Japan were quite surprised. Dubbed "Running Away Radish" (逃げる大根 or "nigeru daikon"), the vegetable's initial tweet became an internet sensation and was retweeted over 30,000 times.

Obviously, the radish's shape is quite surprising; however, sometimes radishes grow what look like legs. What's amazing is that the farmers were able to pull the radish out and not accidentally break off any limbs!

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

More tweets followed, and the Running Away Radish went viral, even catching the attention of those outside of Japan.

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

This could get ugly.

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

Run, radish, run!

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

Run!

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

For freedom!

The farm's Twitter also uploaded photos of more radish friends.

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

Some like jump rope.

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

Others like hot baths.

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

This one is glum. So glum.

But none of them have been as popular as the Running Away Radish!

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

There have been TV appearances.

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

A calendar.

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

Coffee art.

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

This past weekend at Wonder Festival saw some new radish toys (FYI: these are not mass marketed).

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

There's even a Running Away Radish book.

All of this certainly must make this vegetable the most successful radish that has ever walked—sorry, ran—on this Earth!

How a Japanese Radish Became an Internet Hero

逃げる大根 [Facebook]

Photos: Photozou, ロケットニュース, 根菜農家うめまま@Twitter

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