Surely you’ve heard of Gudetama the egg character from Sanrio, the same company that brought you Hello Kitty. He whines about not wanting to do anything and his purpose in life is to lie around and wait to be eaten. He’s all over the internet and television in Japan, with over 650K followers on Twitter and animated shorts on the TBS channel.
I love this guy and think he's pretty hilarious! You can imagine my surprise when I was out with my wife shopping in Osaka and came across a restaurant named Cafe Costa Mesa in Namba Parks that was serving special dishes with eggs that look like Gudetama. I’ll admit, we didn’t have time to eat there but I had to take a few pictures for you.
Gudetama is Sanrio’s most unmotivated character and has absolutely no energy to move. The first part of his name, Gude pronounced (goo-deh) is a Japanese onomatopoeia for describing something or someone with no strength. Tama comes from the word tamago, which means egg.
Even though he looks like just one character, he actually represents every egg in existence since the age of dinosaurs! Sometimes you even see two of them lying around making sure to do nothing.
You can buy merchandise with Gudetama on it like chopsticks, keychains, pens and iPhone cases. Now, you can go to a restaurant and eat him! After all, the saying on his Twitter account page is, “I’m only going to be eaten in the end.” Thanks Cafe Costa Mesa for giving us the opportunity!