When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

Last year, Kotaku first reported on a trend among Japanese students: smushing cream puffs in people's faces on their birthdays. Things have, well, escalated.

Note: This article contains content some readers might find objectionable.

As pointed out on Naver, instead of simply cream puffs, youth are now splattering each other with various combinations of flour, mayonnaise, tea, ketchup, tomatoes, tofu, raw eggs, Coca-Cola, orange juice, birthday cake, habanero sauce and, um, even lube. Here are some birthday celebrations (via Twitter and Naver):

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

For example, this birthday boy was covered in 500 grams of flour, 200 grams of mayo, 100 grams of ketchup, a teaspoon of yogurt, a can of beer, a package of tofu, and an egg.

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

This one is worse: Margarine, wasabi, whole tomatoes, a large serving of Japanese beef stew, soybean flower, and katsuobushi (dried tuna flakes). Blergh.

When Japanese Birthdays Look Disgusting and Somewhat Frightening

"This is repulsive," wrote one commenter on 2ch, Japan's largest bulletin board. "I don't even want to think of them as a Japanese person like me." Another added, "These people are completely nuts." 2ch commenters also wondered what the appeal of these birthday celebrations were.

Not all Japanese teens celebrate birthdays this way, so don't think that. And, of course, most Japanese people think this kind of thing is not only disgusting, but incredibly wasteful. From a young age, parents teach their kids in Japan to clean their plates and eat every grain of rice. This sort of behavior flies right in the face of that.

最近の若者の誕生日サプライズが過激化しすぎている件・・・ [Naver]

[Top pic: morinson1031]

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