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Japan Photo Journal: Hot winter items

(Mainichi/Naohiro Yamada)

Metal hot-water bottles are seen at hardware maker Maruka Corp. in the western Japan city of Amagasaki, Hyogo Prefecture, in this recent photo as their production reaches a peak ahead of winter. According to the company, the metal bottles, which start at a little over 2,000 yen, are in constant demand as they can be directly heated on an open flame or an induction heating cooker, though the firm says its plastic products priced at around 1,000 yen are more popular. Metal hot-water bottles entered the spotlight as emergency supplies following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake because the water inside them doesn't need to be replaced.

    (Japanese original by Naohiro Yamada, Osaka Photo Department)

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