Farmer’s ‘Radish-On-The-Run’ Photographs Are A Twitter Hit

A root vegetable farm in Hyogo Prefecture with a particularly inventive farmer has become extremely popular among netizens through pictures posted on the farmer’s Twitter account.

On the user account @konsai_umemama, the farmer has uploaded several series of photographs involving daikon [a large white radish which is a popular food in Japan] that have ‘legs’. Since daikon is a root vegetable, they often grow unusual roots that can look like limbs. The farmer decided to take photographs of the most interesting daikon grown in the fields, and now his radishes are known all over Japan.

The series of photographs below is about ‘Escaping Daikon’, the radish that started the trend, although there have since been series of other photographs, including ‘Sexy Legs Daikon’.

From Togetter.com:

‘Escaping Daikon’ On the Run

1. The daikon is running away! LOL

2. And then, taking off from the barn, it’s the Daikon! w

3. Then, because of the daikon’s popularity, Papa Ume [the farmer] has to make deliveries early tomorrow morning to three different Megumi no Sato farm shops.

4. Of course, this daikon will go to Nana’s Farm on the early morning delivery, so we hope they’ll take care of him!

5. Escaping Daikon…Quickly!!!

6. Escaping Daikon makes his getaway!!!

7. Escaping Daikon, on the run!!!

8. The dog has found Escaping Daikon! (Ah…my hand is..(笑))

That blasted dog! Radish escape thwarted

9. Run for it~!!!

A dog frightens the daikon

10. Uh-oh! That dog barked at me~((((;゜Д゜))) Run away~!!!

Still running Japanese daikon

11. Escaping Daikon has made it back to the daikon field.

Running through the radish beds

12. Even when he gets caught Escaping Daikon always escapes (笑)

The daikon is getting away!

13. Ah, of course Escaping Daikon has escaped again! Running as fast as he can through the daikon field!

Daikon escaping by twilight

14. Jump! Escaping Daikon!

A daikon escapes from a farm in Japan

15. Bye-bye, Escaping Daikon. He just keeps on escaping!

Comments from Twitter:

nagatsukiyuko:

Too cute!

high_boots:

I love it w

s_lovers:

So cuuuute

kiyose_kuro:

Ah, warms my heart ♪

Under_the_Fool:

Yey! Yey!

umyadeyo:

Ah…I’m crying!

3pF:

I’m so glad they didn’t dare to draw a face on him.

hanagons:

That daikon’s gonna get chopped www

sininenkuumeri:

Laughed so hard w Really made me relax.

mackeystalk:

Waaa\(^o^)/Now there’s a whole series of escaping Daikon ~♪ This series shows us a farmer’s love for his daikon (!?) Great series of pics ~♪

shimamame12:

The way the story is set up is really comical(^O^)

tikuwa_ore:

‘Cc-could this be a mandragora? You mean they really exist!?’ #warmsmyheart

y_y6181:

o(*⌒O⌒)b Go for it!!

France_syoin:

Such a light-footed jump! It truly looks as though he’s gliding through the air. Splendid daikon legs!

JosephYoiko:

They should make this into a character that will boost the town’s economy (^0^)

don_jardine:

That last one — ‘The daikon just keeps on escaping’ — really touched me. His dignified and charming figure as he escapes

ekasan07:

I love things like this (´∀`*) Really lovely ~♪

shouske

What’s the daikon called?

mho_om:

What on earth…this daikon is totally cute w

pelicanmemo:

Lovely w

super_aaa:

He’s escaaaaaped! He’s really escaped this timeーw

hiroppe3rd:

I bet he gets an offer to appear on ‘Run for Money’ [a Japanese TV variety show]

karasumaru0307:

This farmer has a good sense of humour! So much fun!

sakiryon:

I love Escaping Daikon ~~~

suigyu703:

I was strangely moved w

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

    Here’s something you don’t see on koreaBANG…

    • ChuckRamone

      You mean a daikon shaped like a running person? Or are you implying something? All the articles are chosen by the sites’ editors. In that sense, they are responsible for how people gain certain perceptions of China, Korea and Japan.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

        The former, of course. *wink wink*

        • besudesu

          Well, our editorial policy is to select things that have been
          trending in the country in question. So at japanCRUSH we like to think that —
          as far as is possible — Japan chooses the stories for us…

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

            Just to clarify, I was hinting at a difference between the two countries (or at least, their Internet societies/cultures), and not between the editors of the two sister sites (or their potential biases/”agendas”, as implied by ChuckRamone).

          • besudesu

            Yeah, I think you’re right actually. This daikon drama is quite “Japanese”. When we first saw it, the only thing we could think to say was ‘kawaiiiii’. Then of course, some kind of critical thinking — though much impaired — sets in, and you realise that it’s an anthropomorphized root vegetable. And that still doesn’t change anything.

          • Sillian

            I don’t understand what you are trying to say. It depends on how you diversify your sources. On each site, you can see what’s trending if they have a ranking system. Between different sites though, it’s up to the editor’s choice. If you only go to mainstream portal sites or politics or current events message boards, you will see more serious stuff. If you go to more light-hearted sites, you will find more quirky and funny things. What I mean is that, JC could’ve chosen yet another serious article plagued with netouyo comments because there are always trending articles like that and KB could’ve chosen something from popular humor sites.

          • ChuckRamone

            This is exactly what I thought you were implying. Easy going, fun Japanese vs. Humorless, serious Koreans. Is it just me or are people who love Japan very passive aggressive, just like the people of the country they worship?

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

            Aww shucks. You saw right through my *wink wink*. :(

            I wasn’t actually aware that “humorless, serious Koreans” is an existing stereotype, but when you put it like that, I must admit it sounds rather natural and obvious, in a “well, duh!” sort of way.

            Curse you for filling my head with another stereotype. >:[

          • ChuckRamone

            catty, bitchy, passive aggressive – are you perhaps a teenage girl?

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

            I’d point out that you’re rather catty and bitchy yourself (seriously, you’re the only one who’s pounced on me for my comment, and on an article about an adorably anthropomorphized radish, no less), but I wouldn’t want to initiate a bitch fight. :)

          • ChuckRamone

            What kind of game are you playing? You brought up KoreaBang for no reason. Then I asked you why and you proceeded to equivocate and otherwise beat around the bush.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

            Because sometimes making a subtle implication is all that needs to be said.

          • ChuckRamone

            So you’re basically trolling? I’m sorry I fell for it. Next time I’ll just assume you’re trolling and ignore your comments. I thought maybe you were a sincere commenter.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

            My comment *was* sincere. There’s nothing inherently insincere about a subtle implication. -_-

            All it means is that I didn’t intend to get drawn into a long, petty argument, which unfortunately ended up happening anyway…

          • ChuckRamone

            Thanks for clarifying. You want to make snide remarks that go unassailed. OK.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

            Thank you for understanding.

    • Anonymous

      Please expound.

  • Kate

    Cute ^_^♥

    • http://twitter.com/ParaMilitaryZoe Chris Granzow XI

      If that picture is you, you’re really hot (typing my thoughts out loud).

      • YourSupremeCommander

        You two should get a room… but wait, she might call the cops on you.

      • Kate

        I like this choco cake (typing my thoughts aloud).

        • Gerhana

          hm (typing my thoughts aloud).

        • http://twitter.com/ParaMilitaryZoe Chris Granzow XI

          …she says as she changes her picture.lol

    • http://twitter.com/RedHotRussia Augis Barkov

      Please, put back your hot picture – I was late for the show.

      • Kate

        Oh yeah sure man sorry you were late! ^_^ Hope this doesn’t make you too hot!

        • http://twitter.com/RedHotRussia Augis Barkov

          Mmm…. looks yummy!

  • lonetrey / Dan

    Ahahahaha this is so cute!

  • Gerhana

    its a good way to make youth interested in real farming because no youth are interested in being a farmer or understand the hard work of farming. That they bring fun to the idea of farming is commendable. I tried before just for the experience and I hated it, wasted my damn holiday. However, some might find it enjoyable while the older generation find it necessary and a way of living.

    Ah, there are a few things that I enjoy about that farming work. Each evening after hard work we would have a little sparring session near the paddy field because the owner is the son of a tomoi master. After shower we sit outside drinking tea looking down on the field while the sun set before I went home. Its beautiful and the tea is refreshing. Very south-east asian. It wont be as enjoyable without those hard farming work. I just hated waking up early in the morning to hold a cangkul and start digging.

  • the ace of books

    In Empire of Japan, daikon escapes you! In Soviet Russia, daikon escaps KGB!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/noah.altman Noah Altman

      Nobody escapes Soviet Russia

      • the ace of books

        Nobody expects the KGB! Our main weapon is surprise, surprise and fear — our two main weapons are fear and surprise…and an almost fanatical devotion to Marx&Engels – damn, I’ll come in again.

        • http://www.facebook.com/noah.altman Noah Altman

          Legendary. 42 years and still the golden standard for comedy.

  • Lillee

    So funny^^ ,maybe there will be soon a manga of this^^

  • Cleo

    that radish is Cantonese slang for Japanese soldiers in China

  • 3ayo

    That’s too neat. :D

  • dk2020

    the daikon should do the horsey dance to bring peace and goodwill between japan and korea.

  • Raminess

    That was pretty fun to view through. It’s nice to see that people can take a little time to be silly and have fun with their work.

  • Keith Howell

    My dog, Tenga!

  • LindyA

    I wonder what that radish was actually thinking…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.j.james.18 Jesse Junior James

    So Cute..!! :)

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