The Matrix

The Wachowskis’ 1999 sci-fi The Matrix has become a classic.

One of the most iconic images from the film is the lime-green characters of code that make up The Matrix. Did you know, its not actually indecipherable code? If you peer closely at the green code, it’s actually just jumbled stacks of Japanese characters such as: hiragana, katakana, and kanji.

Every film in the trilogy opened with this sequence.

Simon Whiteley, the man behind the code, recently told CNET that the source of the mysterious code comes from a batch of his Japanese wife’s cookbooks… from actual sushi recipes.

“I like to tell everybody that The Matrix’s code is made out of Japanese sushi recipes,” Whiteley explained. “Without that code, there is no Matrix.”