Why are the Japanese sending bags of rice to their relatives?


Due to the coronavirus epidemic, many people are not even able to meet their relatives and loved ones.


Corona has made it very uncomfortable even to meet relatives’ newborns and the elderly. This is creating a situation where the newborn child grows up without seeing all his relatives. This is also the case in developed countries like Japan. But the Japanese have come up with a unique way to eradicate the nausea of ​​their relatives who have not been able to visit the newborn because of the corona.


Japanese parents who gave birth to a new baby often send a bag full of rice as a gift to their relatives. The baby-sized bag of rice is called dakigokochi in Japanese. The baby-shaped bag full of rice is dressed like a child outside. Her face and body are shaped like a baby’s and her weight is the same as that of a newborn baby. After sending a baby-sized bag to a relative who has not been able to visit their child, Japanese parents have adopted this rule so that the relatives can meet the child by embracing the bag.


With the strictness of social distance and travel restrictions, the practice of sending rice bags as gifts to relatives has recently increased. One of Japan’s most popular rice shops, Yoshimia, says on its website – the surface of the bag is made of Japanese paper, so it’s a pleasure to touch. Also, the shape is round and when the rice is full, it becomes soft and tender. Due to which it feels like love. However, dakigokochi is not a new practice in Japan. But the epidemic has made it difficult for people to travel long distances for weddings and reunions.


According to Naruo Ono, owner of Yosimia Store, the idea came to him when his son was born 14 years ago. He had sent such a child-like bag of rice to distant relatives who could not come to visit his child. He started producing such bags commercially after the customers who came to his shop liked the work.


Available in a variety of colors, patterns, and prints, Dakigokochi costs about one Japanese yen per gram. That is, a 3.5 kg bag costs 3500 yen.