Saturday, March 28, 2020

Fruits Basket's Rice Ball (Onigiri) Analogy

White rice molded into the shape of a triangle, a red dot of pickled plum at its center, wrapped with black nori seaweed.

"Maybe the reason that you don't see it is because it's stuck to your back. What I mean is, a person's admirable qualities. They're just like, say, a pickled plum on a rice ball! In other words, the person's the rice ball and the plum is stuck to their back. So all over the world, you could have rice balls made with all sorts of wonderful ingredients, all different flavors and shapes and colors, but since it's stuck in the middle of everyone's back, someone could have a plum and not even know it. They'd look at themselves and think, 'I'm so plain, nothing but white rice.' Even though it isn't true -- because turn them around and sure enough, there it is ... there's the plum. So, if someone is jealous of somebody else, well then it's probably because it's easier to see the plum on someone else's back than your own." -- Tohru Honda, Fruits Basket

Five white triangle-shaped rice balls wrapped in black nori seaweed, each with a different ingredient on top.

When you can't identify your own admirable qualities, ask a friend or loved one what strengths and qualities they see in you.