FUN STORY so once I was at Haus Maus and I found this rainbow-colored slinky, and Maus’ cat (who goes by many names these days) was lying on the floor, so I said “Hey cat wanna see a magic trick” and started sending compression waves along the slinky in front of him. Since this cat is all about acrobatic ultraviolence (chasing nerf darts is a big thrill for him), I figured he would try to catch the compression or something. Instead, he began licking his nose, very rapidly. Stop the slinky, the cat stopped. Start the wave, and there goes the tongue.
We learned later that a cat licking its nose very rapidly is part of an anti-seizure reflex, so apparently there is something about the compression wave (the color? the sound? the lines?) that triggered seizure defense lines.
This story wasn’t fun at all, was it? This story was “the day I tricked a cat into thinking he was having a seizure, several times.”
This is もちアイス (mochiaisu) and the “soft skin” is pounded rice cake. The white stuff you see on the outside is powdered sugar so they won’t get sticky. It’s very delicious on a hot day and you can get these at the right self-serve frozen yogurt joints. Unfortunately North America sells one mochiaisu for a dollar and some cents whereas in Japan you can get these by the boxful in any supermarket.