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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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Kuniko Ishii, right, prepares a "Damako nabe" hot pot with plenty of locally produced ingredients at her home in the town of Gojome, Akita Prefecture, on April 16, 2022. Added to the basics, Ishii's recipe includes fiddlehead ferns and shiitake mushrooms. (Satoshi Takahashi)

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