Japan is increasingly obsessed with capybaras, the best rodent and very likely the best animal of all time. Accordingly, there's a plush toy craze to go with it: behold Kapibara-san.
No animal is complete without its own cute character in Japan—and capybaras have Kapibara-san (link in Japanese). By one estimate, over 5,000 items (link in Japanese) now bear the face of the character, which was launched in 2005. According to Kapibara-san's owner, toy giant Bandai, capybaras are known for their "happy, natural, and easygoing lifestyle" and loved for their healing effect on humans.
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— 🎀風間りぃ🎀 (@kazamarii) April 7, 2017
If you like flying capybaras, you'll love capybaras taking a yuzu hot bath. (Very popular in Japan.) pic.twitter.com/lu0Mtn5TZL
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