Capybara characters ride on each other’s heads and walk home through Japanese shopping mall

Capybara characters ride on each other’s heads and walk home through Japanese shopping mall. Ever since he appeared as an arcade game toy back in 2003, Kapibara-san has been loved by the masses in Japan. The adorable character, modelled on the world’s largest rodent, the real-life capybara, is so adored he now appears on clothing, stationery, keychains, and even edible meals at his own dedicated cafe.

Capybara characters ride on each other’s heads and walk home through Japanese shopping mall
Capybara characters ride on each other’s heads and walk home through Japanese shopping mall

Kapibara-san can often be seen in animated images ferrying his smaller friends around on his head, in a style known as “nosu nosu” or stacking. It’s a trait so endearing that some Japanese people feel inclined to stack their own Kapibara-san toys on real capybaras, with the animals proving to be just as obliging as their animated counterparts.

Capybara characters ride on each other’s heads and walk home through Japanese shopping mall
While the stacked Kapibara-san characters are charming in the animated world, nobody really expects to see them walking around in real life, so when this Twitter user saw a trio of brown-coloured creatures coming towards her in the mall, she immediately took out her phone to capture the moment on film. According to the shopper, seeing Kapibara-san walking home was a surreal experience.

The way the different-sized capybaras swished by as one entity, passing familiar stores as if it were a regular shopper, has been bringing smiles to the faces of thousands, who were quick to like and reshare the clip on Twitter, leaving comments like:

“Squeeeee! I absolutely love this character!”
“I wish I was there to see it! I would’ve run up and given them a huge cuddle!”
“I wonder what it’s like for the person inside the costume!”
“Don’t ruin the fantasy – it’s real and there’s no-one inside!”
“Those top two should jump off – the one underneath is walking like it’s exhausted!”

While most comments were full of adoration for the charming characters, others couldn’t help laughing at their appearance, likening the stack to a pile of, well, poo. It’s not easy being a brown and stocky-shaped character, but we reckon Kapibara-san pulls it off with plenty of kawaii!

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