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In Photos: Hot pot of 'Damako' rice balls, free-range chicken warms up Japan's Akita Pref.

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One after another, Kuniko Ishii proficiently shapes ping pong-sized "Damako mochi," or rice balls, at her home in the town of Gojome, Akita Prefecture, on April 16, 2022. (Satoshi Takahashi)

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