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People Are Uncomfortable After Looking At This Japanese Artist's Intricate Food Carving

"This kind of pisses me off and I don't know why."

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Japanese artist Gaku has perfected the longstanding art of "mukimono" — a unique tradition in Japan of carving designs into fruits and vegetables. I mean, look at it. It's pretty fucking cool.

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Folks around the world are being newly introduced to the talented artist and the craft. Some of them have...other kinds of feelings about it.

Instagram: @gakugakugakugakugaku1

People are impressed with Gaku's delicate hand, but they're also feeling a bit...unsettled...looking at at his art.

This is cool but also inexplicably creeping me out https://t.co/RL4Xe1fpIO

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This really makes me uneasy https://t.co/i4L3sXjQrA

Descriptors like "creepy" and "terrifying" are being used a lot.

@Colossal @n0x00 that's kinda creepy tbh

@NerdyAsians @hellomizzyy This is terrifying

And people are confused about why they are having such a strong, visceral reaction to it.

@Colossal @modelady24 This triggers some serious chills in my body for some reason. Its almost creepy.

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The struggle to figure it out is pretty hilarious, tbh. "This kind of pisses me off and I don't know why."

This kind of pisses me off and I don't know why https://t.co/Wh8VSpb2wg

"I want to punch this food."

"Give me whatever this man is on."

give me whatever this man is on https://t.co/eiomJhwN67

"When the acid kicks in."

When the acid kicks in https://t.co/NsziyODJew

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Some found the intricate, geometric cuts to be pleasing and displeasing at the same time.

this is uncomfortable and satisfying at the same time https://t.co/2MzOTtuewI

While others just wanted to set it all on fire. Which could be an impulse driven by trypophobia, a fear or an emotional response to images of clusters of holes.

So unnatural, they're hard to look at https://t.co/XvQAQv2El0

This triggers my trypophobia. https://t.co/ep7dqxPA9B

My trypophobia is literally shaking rn https://t.co/DR6etVA5p1

I'd suggest you look through Gaku's incredible Instagram feed, but maybe first take a lap. Breathe.

Instagram: @gakugakugakugakugaku1

@Colossal this makes me want to vomit idk why

The artist also carves delicate, awe-inspiring designs out of fruits and vegetables that aren't as triggering.

Instagram: @gakugakugakugakugaku1

UPDATE: Gaku spoke to BuzzFeed Japan and said he is a self-taught food-carving artist, and learned about "the world of carving five or six years ago."

@Colossal @carnivorous8008 this is the future the liberals want

“I’m a chef, but I don’t use the skill at work at all, since carving is just my hobby," he added.

Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.

Contact Tanya Chen at tanya.chen@buzzfeed.com.

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