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Photo Journal: From pillar to pickle

Japanese radishes are hung out to dry in the Hakone Seiroku area around Mount Hakone and Mount Fuji in the city of Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, ahead of the New Year, in this recent photo. Ippei Honma, the 36-year-old owner of a local radish farm, has hung out some 10,000 Japanese radishes on a slope in the area. According to the Mishima Kannami branch of Japan Agricultural Cooperatives, Japanese radishes are widely cultivated in the area, which has well-drained soil. After a week-long sun-drying process, the radishes will be pickled in barrels and become "takuan," or pickled radishes.

    (Japanese original by Toshiki Miyama, Tokyo Photo Group)

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