Onigiri, also known as omusubi, nigirimeshi, or rice ball, is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or cylindrical shapes and often wrapped in nori. Traditionally, an onigiri is filled with pickled ume (umeboshi), salted salmon, katsuobushi, kombu, tarako, mentaiko, takanazuke (pickled takana) or any other salty or sour ingredient as a natural preservative.

You can buy onigiri in most of Japanese convenience stores. It is just a super traditional and humble food they people consume it without much attention. However, talented Onigiri Gekijou (Rice Ball Theater) expertly crafted rice balls and gave them a facelift.

Using a variety of ingredients, Onigiri Gekijou turns one of Japan’s favorite traditional snacks into realistic but adorable depictions of animals – cat, dog, bunny, bear, money, these onigiri animals are just too cute to eat.

Below are some of Onigiri Gekijou’s creations. And you can find more on its Twitter page. You can even see how they made these onigiri animals from their YouTube channel.

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