Maybe We Don’t Realise Because… It’s On Our Back

“The part of a person that’s remarkable is like the umeboshi on the back of a rice ball.

All around the world, there are different colors, shapes, and flavors, but because it’s stuck to the back, they might not be able to see their precious umeboshi.

‘I’m not special,’ each one would think, ‘just plain ole rice.’ Even though that’s not true, and there is an umeboshi on the back. The reason people get jealous of one another is because they can see the umeboshi on other people’s backs. Even now, someone might be feeling envious of something you don’t recognize in yourself.”

– Tohru Honda, Fruits Basket


I really love this analogy.

This reminds me of how special and unique we really are. Every single one of us on this planet. Even if we might not know it!

Tohru describes our special qualities as being the umeboshi (pickled plum) on the back of a rice ball. She explains that maybe don’t realise how special we are because our qualities our on our back, where we can’t see it, so we don’t believe we have anything special at all.

[For those unfamilliar with rice balls (or ‘onigiri’ in Japanese), click here for some images – courtesy of good old Google!]

I think it’s true that if we were to look at ourselves through another person’s eyes, we would view ourselves differently. Because we see ourselves every day from only one perspective, so sometimes we miss things or just don’t realise how special we really are.

Everyone should believe they are special.

You are special.


About Lily

Lily is the blogger's name of an overimaginative, positivity-powered, and potentially awkward introvert girl who likes to think she's "quirky" (though it's very possible that she's just plain weird!) She loves music, musical theatre, art & comics, inspirational stories, languages, expressive people and anything that is a little eccentric.
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2 Responses to Maybe We Don’t Realise Because… It’s On Our Back

  1. And I feel the same way about you, dear Lily!!

    And the next time I’m in a Japanese restaurant, I’m gonna order a rice ball and look for the pickled plum!! : )

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