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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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This image shows "Damako mochi," or rice balls, completed by dipping in salt water to prevent crumbling when cooked, at Kuniko Ishii's home in the town of Gojome, Akita Prefecture, on April 16, 2022. (Satoshi Takahashi)

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