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Japanese parents send rice bags instead of babies for relatives to hug

Published: 10th Aug 2021 12:44 pm

The pandemic has put restrictions to all kinds of events that we celebrate in our lifetime. One such important milestone for parents is to celebrate their child’s birth. However, due to restrictions, even relatives are not allowed to visit the newborn.

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But these Japanese parents might have a solution to celebrate the joy in the form of rice bags. Yes, new parents in Japan are sending bags of rice – that weigh as much as the newborn — to relatives who can’t visit the infant due to the pandemic.

The phenomenon of ‘Dakigokochi’ — which means rice-filled bags shaped like a bundled baby and printed with the newborn’s face and name — is increasingly getting popular among new parents in Japan.

The rice bags come wrapped in a blanket along with the picture of the infant on the cover of the rice bag. And holding the rice bag feels like holding the baby.

‘The Guardian’ reported that the price of each bag rises in proportion to the weight, with some businesses charging one yen a gram, with a 3.5 kilograms pack priced 3,500 yen (approx. Rs 2,400).

So, isn’t it an interesting way of sharing your joy with loved ones?


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