Newborns visit relatives as cuddly rice bags
TOKYO (Reuters) New born babies in Japan who can’t make it around to visit all their relatives can now send them proxies instead cuddly bags of rice.
A small rice shop in Fukuoka, southern Japan, has been swamped with orders for “Dakigokochi” rice filled bags shaped like a bundled baby and printed with the new born’s face and name.
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“Other rice shops sell bags printed with baby photos, but they use regular bags. People say they aren’t good for holding,” said Naruo Ono, own Louboutin Shoes er of the rice shop, Yoshimiya.
“Rice for small babies would be stuck at the bottom of the bag, and the baby’s photo would be scrunched at the top.”
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The rice bags have made perfect “half return” gifts, Ono said, although relatives face a dilemma once they are done with the cuddling.
“People say they have a hard time opening them up and eating the rice,” Ono said. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.