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No-Hands Tapioca Bubble Tea Challenge

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A few weeks back a new challenge took place on Japanese Twitter. That was the No-Hands Tapioca Bubble Tea Challenge. We thought it was just a passing joke, but it has gone viral. So we are forced to write about it. Which is OK with us.

It would seem that cleavage is now the new drink holder. The reason for this No-Hands Tapioca Bubble Tea Challenge seems to be the growing popularity of tapioca bubble teas in Japan. When things become popular in Japan, soon the world catches on. This has now sparked even fan art.

Tapioca has been huge in the states for some years. I remember the first time was 2012 when I had my first boba (bubble/tapioca) drink. Young actors like Nichika Akutsu, who got his break playing the lead character Ryoma Echizen in The Prince of Tennis The Musical, is famous for his love of bubble tea drinks. In fact, it’s so popular that there’s even a verb in Japanese, タピる tapiru usually meaning “have a bubble tea drink.”

So what is boba tea? Well here is a good explanation we have found for those, not in the know.

Boba — the drink in its entirety — originates from Taiwan, though its disputed which city and specific shop it actually started from. Originally, boba pearls were used in shaved ice desserts and paired with syrups, beans, and delectably chewy rice balls. Milk tea was also consumed regularly and thankfully, someone decided to merge the two, thus creating the genius, beloved drink we now have today.

Boba culture made its way to America through Taiwanese neighborhoods and blossomed near college campuses and high schools, where students would gather for study groups. Most boba shops, even now, are open late and offer affordable snacks and drinks — which made them the perfect stop for late-night hang outs and crunchtime studying.

Kat Thompson Thrillist

Featured image is from @maaysk1220

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