The simple rice ball.  Who would have thought this yummy Japanese triangular-shaped side dish could start a trend that is sweeping Instagram the world over?

This bizarre trend sees parents and grandparents’ squishing their babies faces with their hands and posting the photos for the world to see. The adult places their thumbs under the baby’s chin and using their palms to squash the baby’s face into a shape to loosing resemble the triangular rice ball.

The trend originated with one father, Masahiro Ehara from Tokyo who squished his own baby’s face with his hands, posted the photos and the hashtag #RiceBallBaby was off and racing.

Pet owners have also gotten in on the act adding their own dog photos withe the rice ball baby look to them.


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  • Wow have never seen this before,interesting!


  • Good grief, I hadn’t heard of or seen this until now. I guess as long as no one gets hurt… The pets are cute!


  • I am sure a baby would much prefer a cuddle, not having his/her face squashed.
    I was told the top one reminds him of a open fish’s mouth.


  • oh, I love this… nice one!


  • Strange what will people think of next lol


  • Cute babies (and puppies) but this is a very strange idea.


  • What will people think of next lol super cute bubbas though!


  • Bizarre!! Hardly surprising on social media


  • lol no i haven’t heard of this. wow people are bored hey


  • Ha! Ha! No, I’m not part of this baby trend. I’ve never heard about it before! :-)


  • Lie hd


  • No not something I have done


  • Oh my goodness, neither the babies nor the dogs look too happy about this!!! No harm done, and a bit of fun though.


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