Going to pieces! Japanese actress disassembles fruit and veg and counts the number of individual pieces to kill time during lockdown
- Japanese idol Kikkawa You, 27, has been disassembling fruit on her Twitter page
- Popstar & actress is best known for producing a song 17 and a half minutes long
- Japan’s lockdown started on Wednesday but pop stars have been unable to perform since February due to a closure on large-scale shows
A Japanese idol and actress has gone viral for sharing her quarantine hobby of carefully picking apart pieces of fruit and veg and counting the segments.
Kikkawa You, 27, who’s best known for producing the longest song by a Japanese idol at 17 and a half minutes long, started the unconventional lockdown pastime last Friday and has been sharing the results on Twitter ever since.
The first task she took on was disassembling an orange segment into each individual juice sac. She recorded 158 pieces, took a picture, and shared her findings online.
Pictured: Before Japanese pop idol Kikkawa You disassembled an orange segment on 3 April
Pictured: After You, who is currently locked down in Japan, disassembled the orange segment she shared with her followers that she had found 158 individual juice sacs (pictured) on 3 April
Pictured: Japanese actress and pop idol Kikkawa You in an undated photograph
She did the same with strawberry pips on the same day, picking out 241 individual seeds.
Two days later You ventured away from fruit and challenged herself to deconstruct a mass of cod roe into 340 individual eggs.
Over the next few days she painstakingly severed pieces of corn from a cob, juice sacs from a raspberry and pips from a kiwi.
Pictured: A strawberry before Japanese idol Kikkawa You deconstructed it during lockdown last week
Pictured: The individual strawberry seeds after Japanese idol Kikkawa You deconstructed it last week. She recorded 241 individual pips
Pictured: A mass of cod roe before (left) and after (right) it was deconstructed by You in Japan earlier this week
Some Twitter users were concerned about You’s state of mind in lockdown, with one asking ‘Is she okay?’
One found her actions relatable in the current circumstances.
‘I can relate. The other day I was trying to calculate how many slices of bread I’ve eaten in my life,’ she said.
Pictured: A kiwi half before it was dissected by Japanese idol Kikkawa You this week
Pictured: The individual seeds from the kiwi half after You dissected it to while away the time in lockdown in Japan this week
Pictured: A corn kernel before Japanese idol Kikkawa You disassembled it earlier this week
Pictured: The individual pieces of corn from the kernel. You said she painstakingly counted 433 seeds
Another was concerned about the science behind You’s findings, tweeting: ‘I thought corn was supposed to have an even number of kernels due to cell division.’
Tokyo declared a state of national emergency due to the coronavirus on Wednesday as the country’s death toll reached 85 with 4,768 confirmed cases.
But for pop stars, who have been unable to perform since February due to a closure of large-scale shows, there’s been little to do in recent months, according to SoraNews24.
Pictured: An individual raspberry before it was dismantled by You earlier this week in Japan
Pictured: The individual juice sacs of a raspberry after Kikkawa You dismantled it in Japan last week
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the state of emergency would include increased social distancing but stop short of hard lockdowns of the kind in place in Europe.
Governors can ask people to stay inside – something Tokyo’s governor has effectively already done by asking people to limit unneccessary outings and work from home.
There will be no punishments for defying the measures and the government are largely relying on peer pressure and respect for authority.