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I’ve always found it a little weird when someone describes something as, “The best thing since sliced bread.” Sure, the convenience of not having to get out a knife and make the cuts yourself is nice and all, but is it really worth getting that excited over?

But then again, it would be sort of a pain if you were having a potluck party with a group of people, and someone just brought a whole, unsliced loaf of bread. Unless, of course, it had an awesome surprise waiting inside, like this one did.

Earlier this week, Twitter user Near 13 had what she described as an Otsukare Party, a casual celebration with coworkers or classmates to mark the end of a project. For the meal, each member of the group brought something to eat or drink, and given the wide variety of pre-made food available in Japan, it’s likely most of the participants stopped by the supermarket on the way to the party.

One of Near 13’s friends, though, brought a homemade dish. Although semantically, we’re not sure if you can use the word “dish” to describe a whole loaf of bread, which is what it looked like the friend was offering to share.

But hey, home-baked bread is probably tastier than the store-bought variety, right? Still, with 10 diners to split the loaf between, it might have been considerate to slice it ahead of time, don’t you think?

Actually, Near 13’s friend did make exactly one lengthy cut along the top edge of the loaf. If she’d done anymore, though, it would have ruined the surprise when she removed the crust to reveal this:

It turns out the entire loaf was packed with sandwiches made from the bread that had been hollowed out of it. Looking inside, we can see Japanese standbys such as ham and egg sandwiches, plus others with what appear to be cucumbers, smoked salmon, and even strawberries and cream (the last being a popular item in Japanese convenience stores).

“’Oh my God!’ we all shouted,” says Near 13, who along with her friends was delighted at the creative packaging. As an added bonus, the sandwiches are all crust-free, which is how Japan generally prefers them. On the other hand, if anyone was in the mood for the crust, the lid of this clever carrying box meant there was plenty to go around.

Source: Feely
image: Twitter