Hands-free tapioca bubble tea challenge goes viral online in Japan

Breasts and boba balls take over the Internet as cleavages become drink holders across the country.

Tapioca bubble teas are absolutely booming in Japan right now. And if past trends have taught us anything, it’s that whenever something becomes popular here, it doesn’t take long for fan art to start appearing in honour of it.

That fan art appeared on Twitter this week, when Kiseki Himura (@Strangestone), a Japanese illustrator and creator of weekly Twitter illustration series Getsuyoubi no Tawawa (Tawawa on Monday) posted this image online.

月曜日のたわわ その225 『手放しタピオカ』 https://t.co/0znSChJpa3

比村奇石@C96月曜西れ-20 (@Strangestone) June 10, 2019

If the image looks familiar, that’s because this is the same web series that kicked off the viral Tawawa Challenge in 2016, which inspired thousands of people around the world to balance their smartphones on their chests. Himura’s tapioca image has created an all-new challenge for 2019, as people everywhere are now balancing bubble teas on their breasts, and sketching their favourite characters taking part in the dare as well.

格差 #手放しタピオカ #飲料提袋的正確用法 https://t.co/QwH8uOkzNR

兎姫🐰UsagiHime (@kuroxusagihime) June 16, 2019

Here we have Rize and Chiya from Is The Order A Rabbit? showing off their hands-free skills, although Sharo on the end finds herself left out…

タピオカタイム #ごちうさ #手放しタピオカ https://t.co/LQ3X1Byg9b

Jobson (@JobSleepyowl) June 14, 2019

Miku Nakano from The Quintessential Quintuplets takes up the tapioca challenge…

美玖ちゃんカフェで勉強しながらタピオカチャレンジ #五等分の花嫁 #タピオカチャレンジ #手放しタピオカ #絵描きさんと繋がりたい #うまいと思ったらフォローお願いします https://t.co/ZPOKm5w0Dw

おきひろ@自称神絵師 (@okihiro1123) June 19, 2019

As does Kanako Mimura from THE [email protected]: Cinderella Girls and THE [email protected] Cinderella Girls: Starlight Stage.

らくがき 手放しタピオかな子 #手放しタピオカ #三村かな子 https://t.co/YhuBdsU8kT

熊部藤郎 (@kuma_226) June 14, 2019

▼ Other popular homages feature the Fate/Grand Order series…

集中できません 💦💦 #FGO #FateGO #手放しタピオカ https://t.co/Bd7wZG9lUk

月野 (@tsuki_nonono) June 14, 2019

武蔵ちゃんなら余裕よね #FGO #手放しタピオカ https://t.co/9QWQeUYdbb

凪しぃ (@nagishy) June 14, 2019

手放しチャレンジ成功し 嬉しさからはしゃぎこぼす武蔵ちゃん。 かなり久しぶりのFGO落書き。。 #FGO #手放しタピオカ https://t.co/2GJ45eqM3S

ほし☆☆☆ (@HOSHI_SAN_3) June 16, 2019

Love live!

タピる #手放しタピオカ #lovelive #のぞえり https://t.co/g3wktgm7SJ

[email protected]日目南ナ52b (@monoland27) June 19, 2019

▼ And Aqours.

手放しタピオカ #手放しタピオカ #Aqours #ラブライブ!サンシャイン!! #国木田花丸 #黒澤ルビィ #津島善子 pixiv.net/member_illust.… https://t.co/dP5mvnBa4K

Vanilla Kunikida (@VanillaNishiki) June 18, 2019

It wasn’t long before people in the real world started taking on the hands-free challenge as well, sharing photos…

わいか〜!!!でもタピオカじゃない #手放しタピオカ https://t.co/HiN4QSlYhh

夏目まどか (@maaysk1220) June 10, 2019

流行りの #手放しタピオカ #手放しタピオカチャレンジ https://t.co/KClE6XM16t

神代冥🖤7/2恵比寿CreAtoにて (@MEIZAURUS) June 18, 2019

流行りのチャレンジできてるかな? #手放しタピオカ #タピオカチャレンジ https://t.co/KD9XCKOrND

カモミール🌼6/30西武園プール撮影会7/27.28生誕祭イベ (@chamomi017) June 18, 2019

▼ And videos of their feats…

@Strangestone 実写版です。 よろしくお願いいたします。 https://t.co/e5c1zoOf3r

Hカップな広告マン-アリペイサン (@hcupadman) June 10, 2019

#手放しタピオカ おっぱいは2つあるから タピオカも二つ乗せられるよね? #月曜日のたわわ #タピオカチャレンジ https://t.co/z5kYiNZbIN

ヴァネッサ・パン@7/26♡5年ぶりにDVD発売 (@kazuminoomi) June 17, 2019

This video shows you don’t have to have big breasts to participate in the hands-free challenge!

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