For the past 40 years or so, Sumiko Funahashi has grown vegetables near her home in koga, Ibaraki Prefecture. Yet whilst perhaps having found the odd amusingly shaped turnip, the 68-year-old housewife has never come across anything shaped quite like this before.
The dazzling daikon (radish) was pulled out of the ground at the end of November, and since then, nearby residents have been making trips to see it – treating this unique member of the mustard family as a good luck charm of sorts. Funahashi-san herself proudly claiming, “I won’t eat the radish for the moment and have put it on display in the alcove of my home.”
This unusual root vegetable veneration it turns out is due to the fact its shape is likened to that of a baby sitting up. A view that makes one wonder what on earth Ibaraki infants look like.