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Japan Photo Journal: Fresh rows of flavor

(Mainichi/Naohiro Yamada)

Japanese radishes are dried in the sun and cold winds from the sea on the premises of pickle maker "Tarunoaji" in the city of Gobo, Wakayama Prefecture, in western Japan, in this recent photo. The company hung the radishes on about 100 meters of frames on the day the vegetables were harvested by local farmers. Some 200 metric tons of the radishes will dry to condense their "umami," or delicious flavor, by late February 2020 before they are made into pickles. Ryosuke Nakano, 40, a managing director of the company, said, "This work is necessary to make tasty pickles." Many people come to take photos of the seasonal scenery, according to Nakano.

    (Japanese original by Naohiro Yamada, Osaka Photo Department)

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