Rice, Rice, Baby

What do you do if you have a new baby but can’t travel around so you can show it off to all the relatives? If you’re in Japan you send a cuddly bag of rice with the baby’s face printed on it as a surrogate. They’re called Dakigokochi, and a rice shop in Fukuoka is making a new kind that’s selling like, well, hot rice cakes. The rice-filled bags are custom-made to weigh as much as the child, have the baby’s face and name printed on them, and supposedly kinda sorta feel like you’re holding a new-born. The only problem so far is that once people are done with the cuddling they have a hard time opening the bags so they can eat the rice. I wonder how you say Ziploc in Japanese?

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