Giant-testicled pig statue at Japanese restaurant baffles Internet

Because nothing says “delicious cooking” like huge, saggy pig balls, right?

Japan loves cuteness-based marketing, and it’s pretty common for businesses to try to attract customers with friendly animal mascots. So when a tonkatsu (pork cutlet) restaurant in Japanese Twitter user @Zetton_EP’s neighborhood was thinking of ways to catch passersby’s eyes they settled on putting an anthropomorphic pig statue outside the eatery’s entrance.

Seems like a pretty solid idea, right? And with Japan’s well-known expertise in crafting cute characters, we’re sure the result is just adora-

地元のとんかつ屋にいる豚に改造された狸 https://t.co/THBPKmAySp


ぜっとん (@Zetton_EP) March 20, 2019

Well, that’s disturbing. It’s hard to say what the scariest part is. Is it the insanely dilated pupils? The intimidating bared teeth? The smooth, shiny breasts?

Oh, wait, it’s actually easy to pinpoint the most disturbing part of the statue: the pig’s gigantic, ground-scraping testicles.

▼ If they’re not already visible, click the image below to see the pig’s testicles (note: this is the first, and hopefully last, time we’ll have to write such a sentence).

地元のとんかつ屋にいる豚に改造された狸 https://t.co/THBPKmAySp


ぜっとん (@Zetton_EP) March 20, 2019

Feeling hungry for some pork cutlet yet? Neither are these online commenters:

“Eyes of death.”
“So much darkness in its expression.”
“You can almost hear it saying ‘…me…kill…me.’”
“To me, the expression says, ‘You got a problem, bro? Huh? You wanna go right now, bro?’”
“His face and balls are so wrinkly.”
“Funny face. Funny crotch.”

▼ The statue also inspired some crossover fan art with Japan’s water-vomiting blowfish meme.

@Zetton_EP https://t.co/AgsvvBeZ0X


ケオ (@kkkm0t) March 20, 2019

So what happened here? Well, it appears the statue isn’t an entirely custom job. Instead, it looks like whoever made it started with a statue of a tanuki (raccoon dog), which are commonly found outside of soba noodle restaurants and shrines in Japan, and thus pretty easy to come by. These statues will, without fail, have large testicles, which are a seminal element in artistic depictions of the animals.

Rebranding as a tanuki statue account https://t.co/rn3UCYCQtm


∷ (@MattyGozz) June 18, 2018

Rather than build a pig statue from scratch, someone took a tanuki statue (or at least its primary components) and swapped on a new nose and ears. OK, those seem like understandable cost-cutting methods, but why leave the massive balls?

Probably because without them, the statue might not be able to stand. The statue’s testicular mass seems to stretch down as far as its feet, meaning that the balls are actually part of the figurine’s base. Chopping them off and having the statue stand only on its feet might be too small a contact patch to provide a steady base, and removing that much weight from the statue could upset its center of gravity so

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