All That And A Bag Of Rice: The Dakigokochi Virtual Baby Simulator/Announcement – Daddy Types

I’m anti-baby but pro-cute packaging ideas. Consequently, I think this Japanese alternative to the cigar is both far healthier and far more squeeful. Best of all, there’s no squalling brat to soothe, and you can eat its weight in rice. Somewhat Swiftian, when you think about it…

To celebrate the birth of a baby in a way that makes it feel like the kid’s right there in your arms, a rice shop in the southwestern Japanese city of Kita-Kyushu will send out a customized dakigokochi, a roughly baby-shaped bag of high-grade rice to everyone on your birth announcement list. The bag will be printed with the kid’s picture, stats, and a greeting–and it will weigh the same as the kid did at birth.

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