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The Japanese are a rice-cultivating people who have lived for more than 2,000 years.

Rce is Japanfs most important agriculture product, and many aspects basic to Japanese culture are related to rice, Sake, rice cake, rice cracker, and dumpling are all made from rice.

On auspicious occasions, Japanese eat rice steamed together with red beans, which they also serve as an offering to divinities. Japanese bring rice balls along on picnics, and mix the rice with vinegar so that it wonft spoil and make various kind of Sushi.

The Japanese also used the stems from the harvested rice plants as straw to make straw sandals and straw raincoat and even as material to make thatched roofs.

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