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Quite often Japan is ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to things like technology, convenience stores, and even shoes. But surprisingly it can lag behind everyone else in the most random areas.

This time around, Japanese Twitter users have only recently discovered “the negative photo illusion,” where you stare at a photo for 30 seconds, look away, and see something “magic.” If you’ve seen this before, don’t spoil it for the thousands of Japanese Twitter users going crazy over it. And if you haven’t seen this before, well then click to see more! You’ve been missing out for years.

Here’s the tweet that’s been getting all the attention online, with the steps to follow in case you’ve never experienced the illusion yourself. (But we have to ask: where have you been all these years?)

▼ Step 1: Stare at the red dot for 30 seconds.
Step 2: Look away to a blank white area, like a wall or piece of paper.
Step 3: Blink as fast as you can and be amazed.

So what did you see? If done correctly, you should see a perfectly colorized photograph of Imaichi Ryuji from J Soul Brothers. If you didn’t, then make sure you’re looking at a completely blank area after you’re done staring, or try staring at the picture for longer.

We wanted to include a quick explanation for why this happens, maybe even with an easy-to-understand analogy, but it actually turns out the science behind this colorization is actually very complicated. So instead, here’s some translations of comments made by amazed Japanese netizens:

“What? Why did it turn to color?!”
“It’s like all the opposite colors or something.”
“Oh my god! It turned to a color photograph!”
“That’s really amazing, but why did they use a picture of Ryuji?”
“He’s so handsome I’m still seeing him long after I stopped blinking.”

If you’d like to see more of this illusion, take a 30-second glance at some of these pictures below. We’re not sure why these photos in particular were picked, so bonus points if you can guess who the person is before you see them in color (or, for some of them, even after too):

▼ Let’s start off with an easy one.
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▼ Now we’re getting into Hard Mode.
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▼ …and we’re staying in Hard Mode.
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▼ This one’s difficulty depends on how well you know a certain country’s pop scene.
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▼ Warning! Expert mode! Do not attempt unless you have completed Normal Mode first!
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So how did you do? Did you see all of them in full, glorious color? Or do your eyes just feel like they’re going to pop out of your head? Either way let us know, and if you know of any other cool computer screen optical illusions, be sure to link to them in the comments section!

Source: Twitter via Hima Tsubushi News
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