1. People in Japan are grabbing and squeezing animals’ cheeks in a trend called もちもち, or “mochi mochi.”
2. The phrase is usually applied to the chubby, stretchy cheeks of young children.
5. But recently, people have begun to notice that animals — specifically shiba inus — have notable stretchy cheeks.
8. “Mochi” in Japan is a glutinous rice cake that can be eaten as a sweet treat or with soup like a dumpling.
9. Obivously Japanese pet owners have noticed a similarity between their pets’ cheeks and the popular food.
12. Caution: Attempts to “mochi mochi” pets may always not go as planned.
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