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People In Japan Are Stretching Their Pets Cheeks To Look Like Rice Cakes

Soooo cute.

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People in Japan are grabbing and squeezing animals' cheeks in a trend called もちもち, or "mochi mochi."

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The phrase is usually applied to the chubby, stretchy cheeks of young children.

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But recently, people have begun to notice that animals — specifically shiba inus — have notable stretchy cheeks.

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モチモチ猫もいいけど モチモチ犬はいいよね|ω•。 ))


Obivously Japanese pet owners have noticed a similarity between their pets' cheeks and the popular food.

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Caution: Attempts to "mochi mochi" pets may always not go as planned.



Rachael Krishna is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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