Eringi mushrooms will be an unexpected source of otaku loneliness, Twitter learns

”Lousy eringi, making me feel miserable.”

Japan loves mushrooms. The country is blessed with a wide selection of edible fungi, and foodies love eating them raw, grilled, or as ingredients in hot pots or other dishes.

Nonetheless, there’s one kind of mushroom that Japanese Twitter user @mazuimoyashi can’t stand the sight of: eringi, or king trumpet mushroom.

This may appear form of strange, since though they’re not as highly prized as say, shiitake or matsutake, eringi are still a well-liked mushroom in Japan, perfectly edible and presenting no digestive difficulties. They aren’t considered to have a grotesque appearance either… but @mazuimoyashi does have a problem with the way in which they give the impression of being, which is:

“A protracted time ago, I saw someone write that ‘eringi are real-ju,’ and now I can’t bear to have a look at them directly.”

Real-ju is a Japanese slang term, often utilized by otaku, to seek advice from someone with an energetic social or romantic life. That looks as if an odd thing to associate with mushrooms, but as @mazuimoyashi goes on to say, “Just about all eringi packs appear to be parents with a child, or a pair cuddling up to one another,” and now that he’s mentioned it, it’s a tough mental image to shake.

Between the gentle curve of their stalks and the way in which grocers slide their caps underneath one another, they really do appear to be a bunch of romantic couples and blissful families, so in the event you’re going through an prolonged slump in your love life, taking a look at those eringi might make you more conscious about your individual loneliness. At the least that appears to be the mentality of the 17,000-plus individuals who’ve retweeted @mazuimoyashi’s thoughts.

“Lousy eringi, making me feel so miserable,” continued @mazuimoyashi. He didn’t completely give over to despair, though, and a couple of days later tweeted a follow-up, encouraging fellow non-real-ju to eat some eringi and absorb their happiness. Because even in the event you’re eating by yourself, good food continues to be some great company to have.

Source: Twitter/@mazuimoyashi via Jin
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